Athletic Training

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Master of Athletic Training Graduate Program

​The University of Findlay offers a two-year professional Master of Athletic Training Program designed for students who have completed a bachelor's degree. This program is perfect for college graduates who may want to change careers or further their education. 

Two Components:

  1. ​Coursework
  2. Clinical education
These two components function together to maximize student learning and development. Students are given a firm 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 coursework. These constructs are applied to real-world practice during clinical education where students are assigned to a variety of clinical experiences.

Graduate Admission Process

Because a limited number of students can be accepted into the professional (graduate) phase of the Master of Athletic Training Program each year (maximum of 16), the selection committee formally admits only the most qualified students. There are two different routes for students applying directly to the graduate phase of the Master of Athletic Training Program:  

Early Admission
This route is for those students who may already hold college degrees or undergraduate students who have finished the admission criteria early.

Applicants must have all of the admission criteria completed and admission documents received by December 1 (we will wait for any academic transcripts that contain courses taken during the fall semester). Applicants will be notified of their admission status around January 1.

Regular Admission
This route is for any undergraduate student or college graduate who did not meet the Early Admission deadline. These applicants should have their Athletic Training Program application documents submitted by April 1 (please contact the program director, if applying after April 1). 

Regular admission applicants will be notified of their admission status within one month of a completed application.

Admission of qualified students will continue until all available positions have been field and classes begin in mid-June (annually). 


Application Process & Requirements

All graduate students must complete a separate application to the MAT through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). This includes meeting the admission criteria and completing the application materials listed below:
  • Minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum MAT program prerequisite GPA of 3.0.​​
  • Criteria such as quality of applicant essay
  • Minimum of 75 clinical observation hours under the direct supervision of a Board of Certification (BOC) - certified athletic trainer
  • Complete the Athletic Training Central Application Service (ATCAS) which includes supplemental application materials (junior and professional admit applicants, only). ATCAS and the supplemental application include official transcripts, letters of recommendations as well as descriptions of experiences in the field, community and campus used to determine the student’s admission to the professional phase of the program.
  • Technical standards document  - sign this document and return it with your admission materials
  •   Pay AT Program application fee.
  • Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from an English speaking university from the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia or Canada must meet the previously listed admissions conditions plus submit official scores showing they have achieved a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 79 with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual band score below a 7.0) or an IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 without regard to individual band scores or a minimum Pearson Test of English (academic) score of 61. Full admission is dependent on satisfying all admission requirements. Students may receive conditional admission, if not supplying a TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson score at the acceptable level. These students are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
  • All students who are not an American citizen or permanent resident must provide an affidavit of financial support (original).

    Conditional admissions may be granted to those who do not meet the criteria for full admission. Conditional admission is based on the prospective student’s application and merits. For example, students who do not meet the 3.0 cumulative grade point average or prerequisite GPA may be considered for conditional admission but must attain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the first nine hours of the MAT program (including PHTH 564) to be fully admitted to the program. For more information about conditional admissions, contact the MAT program director.

  • GRE scores are not required for admission.  Admission to the University of Findlay DOES NOT Guarantee admission to the MAT.
  • Admission is limited and not guaranteed to those meeting the minimum admission criteria.
  • Only those who are formally admitted into the professional phase can continue with the academic and clinical education components of the program.
Applicants with graduate coursework completed: There may be some graduate courses that will transfer into our MAT curriculum. Each student's case will be reviewed individually according to the  University transfer policy. Regardless of what courses transfer, the type of clinical experiences and previous degrees earned, our MAT program is still two years in length - as required for CAATE accreditation. 

If a prospective student is lacking any of the requirements by the application deadline, please contact Dr. Bart Welte at [email protected] to discuss your options. Furthermore, admission of qualified students will continue until all available positions have been filled.  Classes for the Professional Phase of the MAT program begin in mid-June.

Undergraduate Pre-Requisite Admission Criteria

Minimum pre-requisite course GPA of 3.0. These courses must be completed before the professional phase of the MAT program begins. (Course codes for UF are provided for comparison. Applicants are not required to take these courses at UF).

Pre-requisite Course Name

Findlay Course Equivalent

Human Anatomy and Physiology I, with Lab

BIOL 322 / L or BIOL 222/L

Human Anatomy and Physiology II, with Lab

BIOL 323 / L or BIOL 223/L

General Chemistry I with Lab

CHEM 130 / L

Human Nutrition

HEPR 205

General Psychology

PSYC 100


MATH 123 or 410

Kinesiology or Biomechanics

HPE 336

Exercise Physiology 

HPE 308
P​HYS 150/L or PHYS 250/L​
​BIOL 100 or BIOL 102 or BIOL 152/L​

Completion of 75 Clinical Observation Hours

  • Completed under the supervision of a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Students completing observation hours locally are not given any preferential attention in the admission process
  • Observation hours must be documented on the Clinical Observation Form.
  • Students are also evaluated on their written communication skills, goals, maturity and applicant recommendations to predict their success in the MAT and as an athletic trainer

Technical Standards for Admission

These Technical Standards are designed for all students who are applying for admission into the MAT program. Please download,  review carefully, and sign this document. Return it with your admission materials. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of A​ccomodation & Inclusion​. 

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

All UF students are required to successfully complete OSHA/Bloodborne Pathogen training before being allowed to observe athletic training clinical settings on the University of Findlay campus. Students will not be allowed to gain observation hours with any of the University of Findlay athletic training clinical sites until the test is on file.

Students must contact Alyssa Matejka at [email protected] ​or 419 434-5670 to schedule this training session. The student must pass a test at the end of the training with greater than 80 percent. Upon successful completion of BBP training, a copy of the test will be placed in the student's academic file.

Local students may contact Alyssa Matejka for assistance in finding an observation experience on campus or other affiliated sites.

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