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Athletic Training

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


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

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

    Graduate Studies Application

    To apply, complete the graduate programs online application. During the application process, you will be prompted to select your desired program.

    Applicants for admission to the A-State M.A.T. must submit the additional required documentation and transcripts to:

    Arkansas State University Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    The deadline for submitted applications is February 1st.

    For more information, visit our graduate admissions website.

  • 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.

    Visit the bulletins page >>


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.