Master of Athletic Training

Dean of the College of Health Professions: States

Chair: Stevens

Associate Professor: Stevens

Assistant Professors: Nyman, Stump, Welte

Program Description

The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program is designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who function as members of the sports medicine team in collaboration with physicians. Athletic trainers may be employed in high schools, colleges or universities, rehabilitation clinics, professional sports, hospitals, physician offices, industry and other health care settings. They are involved in the prevention, emergency care, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic medical conditions.

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 (ATC). Most states use the results from this examination to determine eligibility to practice athletic training.

Mission Statement

The Master of Athletic Training prepares highly qualified, ethical health care professionals with a depth of knowledge and judgment to competently advance the art and science of athletic training.

Vision Statement

The Master of Athletic Training will strive for recognition as a premier program in educating future athletic trainers with a strong foundation of scientific principles, innovative educational strategies and a strong emphasis in clinical education, so they are prepared to advance athletic training to better serve the patients, the profession, and the community.

Student Goals and Objectives:

All AT students should strive to achieve these goals throughout the program.

Goal 1: Graduates will use the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned and mastered during the MAT to be gainfully employed or further their education.

1. Students will graduate from the program.
2. Graduates will be gainfully employed or further their education.

Goal 2: Students will become highly qualified, professional and successful athletic trainers.

1. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be an independent entry-level practitioner as evidenced by mastery of the NATA Educational Competencies and clinical proficiencies.
2. Students will apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to the clinical setting.
3. Students will demonstrate an organized thought process and be able to analyze necessary information to make sound judgments based on a theoretical framework and adaptable to a variety of situations.
4. Students will feel satisfactorily prepared to function as an independent entry-level practitioner by the end of their academic career at The University of Findlay.

Goal 3: Students will develop sensitivity towards the ethical issues and dilemmas and the need to respond in ways which affirm and protect human rights and values.

1. Students will model the NATA Professional Behaviors.
2. Students will abide by the Confidentiality and Professional Conduct Agreements.
3. Students will actively protect patient rights and values.
4. Students will develop and defend their position on commonly faced ethical issues faced in the practice of athletic training.

Goal 4: Graduates will be able to function as an athletic trainer in a variety of clinical settings and interact with a diverse patient population to produce the best possible patient outcomes.

1. Students will be able to make appropriate decisions based on patient needs in the college, high school and rehabilitation settings.
2. Students will be able to make appropriate decisions based on patient needs for a variety of patient populations including adolescents, college aged, and the general population.
3. Students will understand the importance collaboration among a variety of health care professionals and other individuals to produce the best possible patient outcomes.

Goal 5: Students will value the contribution of research to the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice within athletic training.

1. Students will be able to apply research findings to assure currency in the practice and the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice within a discipline.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use the tenets of evidence-based practice to make clinical decisions.

Goal 6: Students will value the need for lifelong personal and professional development.

1. Students will recognize the importance of becoming an active member of the athletic training profession.
2. Students will become a lifelong learner and recognize the need for continuing education to remain current in the practice of athletic training.


 The MAT program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE.)

Program Options

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 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 with a major in strength and conditioning or wellness and exercise promotion. 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 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.

Admission Requirements

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/BIOL 322L, BIOL 323/BIOL 323L; CHEM 130/CHEM 130L; HEPR 205; HPE 100 or HEAL 110: HPE 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, University and supplemental.
  6. Complete applicant essays (guidelines can be found on the supplemental application).
  7. Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution recognized by the University (Option Two only), with the possible exception of first-professional doctorate-degree holders, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., PharmD, etc.).
  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:

Degree Requirements

The professional phase of the MAT program includes the following courses:

ATTR 510Athletic Injury Care


ATTR 515Clinical Experiences Immersion


ATTR 519Physical Agents


ATTR 520General Medical Conditions and Interventions


ATTR 521Clinical Education I


ATTR 522Clinical Education II


ATTR 523Clinical Education III


ATTR 524Clinical Education IV


ATTR 530Research Methods and Statistics


ATTR 540Evaluation Fundamentals


ATTR 541Therapeutic Exercise


ATTR 545Administration in Sports Medicine


ATTR 550Sports Nutrition


ATTR 554Psychosocial Issues in Athletic Training


ATTR 556Applied Exercise Physiology


ATTR 557Kinesiology and Pathomechanics


ATTR 561Injury Assessment: Upper Extremity


ATTR 562Injury Assessment: Lower Extremity


ATTR 564Professional Development


ATTR 575Research Project I


ATTR 576Research Project II


PHTH 564Anatomy I


PHTH 565Anatomy II


ATTR 515: minimum two semester hours

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.