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Athletic Training

Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who work with physicians to provide preventative care, emergency treatment, clinical diagnosis and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Athletic trainers attending to an injured football player

Our Mission

The mission of the Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) Program is to educate athletic training professionals to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team emphasizing evidence based practice and to enhance and enrich the quality of life of all individuals and communities who encounter our faculty, staff and alumni.

This program is designed so that a bachelor’s degree and prerequisite coursework are completed prior to the start of professional coursework. Once accepted to the program, students attend full time for 2 years to complete the degree.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate evidence based clinical practice and decision-making in providing athletic training services.
  • Critically analyze, interpret and apply the results of published research to professional practice.
  • Synthesize the principles of biomechanics, anatomy and neurology to develop therapeutic interventions.
  • Demonstrate the importance of ethical decision-making in patient care decisions.
  • Effectively communicate with patients, parents, supervisors, physicians, coaches, and peers.
  • Recognize the role of athletic trainers as a healthcare provider as part of a multidisciplinary team within the healthcare system.
  • Prerequisites

    Bachelor’s Degree Required

    All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree by the time they begin the program. No particular field of study is required; however students graduating with or possess degrees in fields such as physical education, health, exercise science or kinesiology/biomechanics are encouraged to apply.

    Prerequisite Coursework

    Satisfactory completion of the following courses with letter grades of B or higher are required for admission to the M.A.T. program.

    • Medical terminology
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (including labs)
    • Chemistry
    • Physics I (including lab)
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Kinesiology and/or Biomechanics

    Increasing Your Admissions Score

    Students are encouraged to complete additional preparation courses in the hard sciences beyond the M.A.T. prerequisites to receive additional weighting credit in the application scoring process.

    Students are encouraged to complete related specialty certifications such as Emergency Medical Technician, Teaching Certification, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist or Casting Certification prior to the start of the M.A.T. program to enhance the admissions score.

    Spanish proficiency also adds points to the overall scoring total.

  • Applying to the M.A.T. Program

    The deadline for submitting applications to ATCAS and Graduate Admissions is April 1st.

    Applying to ATCAS

    To learn more about the ATCAS application process and to get started, please go to the website https://atcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. If you encounter difficulty with ATCAS, please contact their customer service at 617-612-2075 or atcasinfo@liaisoncas.com.

    Once a student has submitted an application through ATCAS, the transcript information is verified by ATCAS. This process takes time and depends both on the efficiency of ATCAS and the speed with which your schools respond to the inquiries from ATCAS. A-State will accept completed, verified applications from ATCAS until March 31st.

    If ATCAS has not completed the verification process by April 1st, the application will not be considered, even if it was submitted by the deadline. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications well before the deadline to ensure that the verification process will be completed by the deadline.

    The Athletic Training Program will begin reviewing applications after April 1st.

    MAT Program Application Forms

    Applicants of the MAT program must complete and submit the forms and information found below before they are enrolled into the program. Please take the time to review the checklist and forms because several forms will require the review of a physician and personal immunization information. Some required information (CPR and First Aid Certification) do not have forms.

    1. Application Checklist
    2. Technical Standards
    3. Criminal Background Check
    4. Drug Screening Policy
    5. Student Health Record
    6. Hepatitis B Vaccination
    7. Student Questionnaire

  • Tuition & Fees

  • Coursework Overview

    Course Schedule

    The vision of the Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) Program at Arkansas State University is to foster collaborative and interprofessional education with students, faculty and alumni to elevate the health care provided to our communities.

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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Currently Seeking Accreditation

Arkansas State University is currently seeking accreditation for our new Athletic Training program. The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2019. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited.

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Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.