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

Earn your Master of Athletic Training at an NCAA Division I school

The Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) program at ACU provides entry-level comprehensive coursework, diverse clinical experiences and hands-on laboratory classes for those seeking knowledge in the field of athletic training.

Upon graduation, you will be able to apply your athletic training skills and knowledge in areas such as evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, and therapeutic interventions.

View a complete list of program goals and outcomes here.

Accreditation

ACU is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 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. 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.

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Program Overview

Credit hours 55
Degree Master of Athletic Training
Program length 24 months; begins in June.
Tracks N/A
Application deadline

March 1 for priority review.

May 1 for standard review (deadline may extend if space is available).

Coursework

You will take courses such as:

  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Lower Extremity Assessment of Injury
  • Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
  • Pharmacology 
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Possible employment settings as a Certified Athletic Trainer:

  • High schools      
  • Colleges or universities
  • Industrial health care clinics
  • Military base
  • Professional sports
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Physician offices or hospitals
  • Fine arts
  • Athletic training education programs

Clinical Education

Each M.A.T. student will have the opportunity to work with multiple sports teams as well as gain traditional clinic setting experience during their 6 semesters at ACU. Additionally, each student will complete two 4 - 6 week immersion experiential learning experiences where he or she is required to commit all time and effort (no classes during this time) to their experience. Some clinical experiences may include:

  • NCAA DI - football, men’s and women’s basketball, indoor and sand volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, track and field, cross country, women’s soccer, women’s softball, baseball
  • NCAA DIII - football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s tennis
  • UIL 6A High School - football, girls’ volleyball, girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, boys’ and girls’ gymnastics, boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ powerlifting, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track, boys’ and girls’ cross country
  • UIL 5A High School - football, girls’ volleyball, girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, boys’ and girls’ gymnastics, boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ powerlifting, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track, boys’ and girls’ cross country
  • Physical Therapy Clinic
  • Outreach Athletic Training Clinic
  • WNBA
  • MLB Class AA
  • Rodeo