Prepare yourself to become a certified athletic trainer.
The Master of Athletic Training Program prepares highly qualified, ethical healthcare professionals with a depth of knowledge and judgement to competently advance the art and science of athletic training.
Curriculum focused on hands-on course work and clinical education
University of Findlay's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program is comprised of two main components: course work and
clinical education, which function together to maximize student learning and development. Students will have a solid foundation of the theoretical constructs governing athletic training and the ability to critically evaluate and use current research to guide their clinical practice during their course work.
Extensive academic preparation and clinical experiences enable athletic trainers to provide a variety of services, including the prevention, recognition, immediate care, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries in the physically active. Certified athletic trainers (ATC) work in a wide variety of settings, including:
- High schools
- Colleges and universities
- Sports medicine clinics
- Physician offices
- Professional sports
About the Program
The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program is a two-year program designed to prepare students to recognize, diagnose, treat, and manage health care issues of physically active patients. The goal of the program is to produce athletic trainers who are highly qualified and ethical health care professionals. This is an entry level program, and no prior coursework in athletic training is required. Clinical education is based on a team approach and emphasizes critical thinking, learning and assessment. Students gain clinical education experiences both on and off campus. These experiences prepare students to work in a number of settings with a wide variety of patients and medical professionals.
Clinical Rotations offered in:
- Intercollegiate athletics
- High school athletics
- Equipment-intensive environments
- Rehabilitation-intensive environments
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Industrial settings
- Findlay's student health center
State-of-the-art spaces dedicated to hands-on learning
Findlay has one of the largest cadaver labs in the region offering hands-on training to our health professional students. A strong foundation in human anatomy is essential to practicing as an athletic trainer. Findlay students take two semesters of gross anatomy with cadaver dissection. Learn more about the cadaver lab by watching the video below.
University of Findlay's Master of Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Evidence of Excellence
Our program has an employment rate of 100 percent within three months of graduating for the past three years. Students taking the Board of Certification (BOC) exam have a first-time pass rate of 100% over the last eight years.
The MAT is a 64 total credit hour program is offered in two formats:
The 3+2 Program is intended for entering freshmen, transfer students or students who change majors early in their undergraduate education.The first three years of this program are classified as the “pre-professional” phase. Students will complete the MAT program prerequisites and degree requirements for a major in strength and conditioning, exercise science for health professionals, or wellness and exercise promotion.
Upon acceptance, the “professional” phase will begin during the summer prior to the student’s fourth year. At the end of the student’s fourth year, he/she will receive a Bachelor of Science degree. At the end of the student’s fifth year, he/she will receive his/her Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree.
Incoming freshmen with a strong high school GPA (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) and a 24 or higher on the ACT or a 1100 or higher on the SAT may be eligible for early assurance into the Master of Athletic Training Program.
To learn more about how to apply to the 3+2 Program, please click here.
This program is only for those students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree (in any major) and have met the admission requirements for the professional phase of the MAT program. This two-year program is intended for college graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degree and may want to change careers, athletes who didn’t have time during their undergraduate years to major in athletic training and international students who want a career in athletic training.
To learn more about how to apply the the two-year graduate program, please click here