The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program is designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers (ATC). Athletic trainers function as members of the sports medicine team under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care workers, athletic administrators, coaches and parents. Athletic trainers may be employed in high schools, colleges or universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other health care settings. They are involved in the prevention, assessment or evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition, they also have responsibilities in administration, education and counseling.
Our program is designed for students with minimal or no knowledge and experience in athletic training. Upon completion of this Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)-accredited program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination. Upon successful completion of this examination students will become BOC-certified athletic trainers. Most states use the results from this examination to determine eligibility to practice athletic training.
Mission and Goals of the Program
The athletic training education program was founded on the premise that there is a need to prepare health care professionals who have the depth of knowledge and judgment to competently advance the art and science of their discipline.
The mission of the Master of Athletic Training program is to prepare highly qualified, ethical health care professionals in the management of health care problems in a physically active patient population who, in cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, function as an integral member of the sports medicine team to develop and coordinate efficient and responsive, evidence-based health care delivery systems in a variety of settings.
Based on a strong foundation of scientific principles, graduates will advance athletic training within the interdisciplinary health care system to better serve the patients, the profession and the community.
The MAT program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education(CAATE.)
The MAT program is available in the following two options:
Option ONE: 3+2 year program (five years total). 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 or health studies. 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 with a major in strength and conditioning or health studies. At the end of the student’s fifth year, he/she will receive his/her Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree. This 3+2 program is intended for entering freshmen, transfer students or students who change majors early in their undergraduate education.
Option TWO: Two-year program. 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 who 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.
The Master of Athletic Training program’s admission process is the same for students pursuing the 3+2 (Option 1) or 2 year professional option (Option 2). Due to the competitive nature of the program, students must meet the additional admission criteria listed below. 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.
Prospective students must meet the following admission criteria for full admission:
1. Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. This includes classes from all institutions attended.
2. Earn a “C” (2.0 GPA) or higher in the following prerequisite courses: BIOL 322/322L, 323/323L; CHEM 130/130L or 140/140L; HEPR 205; HPE 100 or HEAL 110, 308; MATH 123; PHED 336; and PSYC 100. Descriptions of these courses can be found in the undergraduate catalog.
3. Possess a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
4. Complete a minimum of 75 observation hours under the direct supervision of a BOC-certified athletic trainer.
5. Complete all program application materials.
6. Complete applicant essays (guidelines can be found on the application checklist).
7. Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with the possible exception of first- professional doctorate-degree holders, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g.,
8. Meet and retain technical standards established for the professional phase of the MAT program.
The following items are also considered when determining a student’s admission status:
1. Recommendations (applicant evaluation forms)
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.
Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
1. 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. Students not supplying a TOEFL or IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
2. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.
All program admission materials and technical standards are available upon request from the program director or on the MAT program website.
The professional phase of the MAT program includes the following courses: ATTR 510, 515 (minimum two semester hours), 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 530, 540, 541, 545, 550, 554, 561, 562, 564, 575 and 576; PHTH 547, 557, 564 and 565. No more than two courses with a grade of “C+,” “C” or “C-” can be used to meet graduation requirements.
The Master of Athletic Training program reserves the right to make program and admission requirements changes without prior notice. For up-to-date information pertaining to the MAT program, please contact the athletic training program director and/or visit the MAT program website.