Master of Athletic
Training

Athletic trainers don’t simply assist patients’ recovery from muscle- and bone-related injuries — they’re passionate, in-demand professionals dedicated to serving, uplifting and empowering their communities through health promotion and injury prevention.

Abilene Christian University angles our rigorous Master of Athletic Training program through this lens. We envision our graduates as Christian leaders shepherding others through their knowledge of human health. This approach starts on campus. Here, you’ll grow your skills and learn from nurturing, driven instructors supporting the success of our NCAA Division I teams. 

A mixture of coursework and clinical practice in line with Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards prepares you to take the State of Texas Athletic Training Licensure and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) exams and propels you toward a rewarding career guiding others through evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care and therapeutic interventions.

Athletic trainers don’t simply assist patients’ recovery from muscle- and bone-related injuries — they’re passionate, in-demand professionals dedicated to serving, uplifting and empowering their communities through health promotion and injury prevention.

Abilene Christian University angles our rigorous Master of Athletic Training program through this lens. We envision our graduates as Christian leaders shepherding others through their knowledge of human health. This approach starts on campus. Here, you’ll grow your skills and learn from nurturing, driven instructors supporting the success of our NCAA Division I teams. 

A mixture of coursework and clinical practice in line with Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards prepares you to take the State of Texas Athletic Training Licensure and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) exams and propels you toward a rewarding career guiding others through evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care and therapeutic interventions.

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Mission

Trainers helping football player

We value all that you bring to the Master of Athletic Training program and seek to build off your enthusiasm and existing knowledge. Our dynamic, respected program takes a holistic approach to career preparation, imbuing you with the concepts and clinical experience to pursue certification and exceed workplace expectations to make an impact from day one, all while cultivating the Christ-centered mindset to encourage and foster your patients’ health and recovery.

Program Structure

Master of Athletic Training

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

Program length: 24 months; begins in June
Credit hours: 55
Current tuition per credit hour: $850

Example Coursework

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Lower Extremity Assessment of Injury
Nutrition for Exercise and Sport.
Pharmacology

Department

Kinesiology and Nutrition

Application Deadlines

Priority Review: February 1
Standard Review: May 1 (Deadline may extend if space is available)

Curriculum

In line with CAATE standards, the Master of Athletic Training degree program trains all students to pursue a career in this or a related field first by introducing all knowledge and skills needed to pass Texas and national certification exams. 

Coursework exploring therapeutic injury prevention, management methods, diagnostic and treatment strategies, human anatomy and pharmacology is paired with clinical experiences in which you’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom in a real-world setting and simultaneously prepare for the workplace. You’ll develop the presentation, competencies and leadership required to collaborate with doctors and other health care professionals and serve your community through exemplary, compassionate health care.

Structure

We divide the athletic training program into two parts. Didactic courses welcome your curiosity by going over key principles, theories and applications within the context of sports medicine. You’ll then engage in two types of hands-on experiential opportunities:

  • Clinical Experiences: You’ll participate in one clinical experience per semester, guided and observed by an athletic training professional. Students learn to assist a diverse group of patients through opportunities with college, professional and high school sports teams, in clinical settings, in a physical rehabilitation or sports medicine clinic or in ACU’s own athletic training facility.
  • Immersion Experiences: Working alongside an athletic training professional, you’ll gain essential skills for entering the job market after graduation. Beyond applying classroom knowledge, you’ll begin to understand what’s expected of you as an athletic trainer or in a related field. 

Two paths lead you to the Master of Athletic Training program:

  • Two-Year Master’s Program: You’ll apply after completing your undergraduate degree. Although we welcome all candidates who’ve earned a bachelor’s, prerequisite courses in human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology/biomechanics, biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, statistics and nutrition set you up for success. You’ll then dedicate yourself to this intensive, two-year program requiring a minimum of 55 credit hours.
  • Five-Year Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Program (3+2): If your eventual goal is to enrich your local community through athletic training, start on your journey as an undergraduate with our five-year program. As a first-year student, you’ll enter the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Pre-Athletic Training (KATD) track, and apply for admission to the master’s program during your third year. Your last two years follow the standard master’s course sequence. At the completion of five years, you’ll have earned a bachelor’s and master’s and be prepared to seek certification both through knowledge and completed clinical hours. Learn more about the integrated 3+2 program.

Core Courses

Year One (Summer)

MATP 611 – Basic Sports Medicine  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 613 – Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 614 – Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries Lab  Credit Hours: 1
MATP 690 – Field Experience I  Credit Hours: 1

Year One (Fall)

MATP 621 – Research Methods  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 622 – Therapeutic Modalities  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 623 – Orthopedic Evaluation of Lower Extremity  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 624 – Orthopedic Evaluation of Lower Extremity Lab  Credit Hours: 1
MATP 690 – Field Experience I  Credit Hours: 1

Year One (Spring)

MATP 631 – Organization and Administration in Athletic Training  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 632 – Pharmacology  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 633 – Orthopedic Evaluation of Upper Extremity  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 634 – Orthopedic Evaluation of Upper Extremity Lab  Credit Hours: 1
MATP 690 – Field Experience I  Credit Hours: 1

Year Two (Summer)

NUTR 635 – Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Credit Hours: 3
MATP 643 – Head, Neck, and Spine Assessment of Injury  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 644 – Head, Neck, and Spine Assessment of Injury Lab  Credit Hours: 1
MATP 691 – Field Experience II  Credit Hours: 1

Year Two (Fall)

MATP 651 – Strength Training in Rehabilitation  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 652 – Medical Conditions Seminar  Credit Hours: 2
MATP 653 – Therapeutic Exercise  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 654 – Therapeutic Exercise Lab  Credit Hours: 1
MATP 691 – Field Experience II  Credit Hours: 1

Year Two (Spring)

MATP 661 – Seminar in Athletic Training  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 662 – Psychology of Injury in Athletics  Credit Hours: 3
MATP 691 – Field Experience II  Credit Hours: 1

Total Major Hours: 55

Careers as an Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers collaborate with or practice under the guidance of a physician to improve a patient’s activity or aid in their recovery. More and more, athletic trainers occupy an integral role in today’s health care system, overseeing injury prevention, rehabilitation, diagnosis, wellness and intervention involving emergency, acute and chronic conditions. 

Opportunities arise from directing the treatment of individual patients in a fitness center or rehabilitation clinic to assisting professional sports teams and government employees. Reflecting this spectrum, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies 16% growth for these positions through 2029.

Potential settings for athletic trainers include:

  • high schools;
  • community colleges;
  • four-year colleges and universities;
  • industrial and occupational health care clinics;
  • military bases;
  • government and first-responder organizations;
  • professional sports;
  • sports medicine clinics;
  • physician offices and hospitals;
  • fitness centers;
  • fine and performing arts; and
  • athletic training education programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must complete an ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application Service) application. NOTE: There is a one-time, $85 application fee charged by ATCAS. In addition to completing the ATCAS application, ACU requires an application to the ACU Graduate school. Fortunately, all your information from ATCAS is automatically uploaded to the ACU Graduate school after you submit your ATCAS application. The ACU Graduate school fee is still required. Please click here to pay the ACU Graduate Application fee (which is separate from the ATCAS fee).
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Completion or near completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit official transcripts for review. Admissions are made on the assumption that applicants (except ACU KATP 3+2 applicants) will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the MAT program admission is void.
  • Prerequisite Coursework – All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation and must be three to four credit hours each. Click here to see the Prerequisite Policy. Prerequisites are:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Human Anatomy (or A&P I)
    • Human Physiology (or A&P II)
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
    • Statistics (basic)
    • Nutrition
  • GPA – An overall GPA of 3.0 is suggested to apply. Prerequisite and general science course grades will be reviewed.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation – Each applicant must obtain three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be completed by individuals who: (a) have supervised observation hours during any health care-related volunteer or paid work; (b) are previous or present instructors and/or advisors; (c) are previous or present employers; and (d) are health care professionals. Letters of recommendation should include elements demonstrating the applicant’s: (a) willingness to learn; (b) integrity; (c) perseverance; and (d) ability to interact with patients/clients. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the ATCAS Application (see link below).
  • Personal Statement – A written statement (600-800 words) describing how professional goals, interests, and faith all led you to apply to the Master of Athletic Training Program at ACU.

Please note that additional information will be required upon admission to the M.A.T. program at ACU. This includes:

  • Fifty hours of observation directly supervised by a certified and licensed athletic trainer in the spring semester prior to enrollment at ACU. Observation hours must be documented and signed by the supervising athletic trainer on this observation hours form.
  • A complete physical with medical history
  • Proof of immunizations (including TB test)
  • Drug test
  • Criminal background check
  • Proof of professional liability insurance
  • Proof of Health Insurance

Your admission to the program is not final until all the post-admission requirements are met. They must be completed by June 1.

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 at least one 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

Goals
Graduates will apply their athletic training skills and knowledge in the areas of evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, professional development and responsibility to improve the quality of professional medical care in their community while reflecting Christian values.

Outcomes
The program will prepare graduates to:

  1. Integrate faith and learning while offering athletic training services to those in need through schools, churches, hospital outreach, and other settings.
  2. Obtain employment in athletic training or related field.
  3. Assume leadership roles in the workplace and/or professional organizations.

Goals & Outcomes Details

Please click the below link to see our Student Outcome Measures

Student Achievement Measures


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ACU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education