Master of Athletic Training
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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.
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.
What To Expect
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.
Program length: 24 months (June start)
Credit hours: 55
2023/2024 tuition per credit hour: $871
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Lower Extremity Assessment of Injury
Nutrition for Exercise and Sport
Kinesiology and Nutrition
Priority Review: February 1
Standard Review: May 1 (Deadline may extend if space is available)
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
Each MAT 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
- MLB Class AA
Goals & Outcomes
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.
The program will prepare graduates to:
- Integrate faith and learning while offering athletic training services to those in need through schools, churches, hospital outreach, and other settings.
- Obtain employment in athletic training or related field.
- Assume leadership roles in the workplace and/or professional organizations.
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.