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Athletic Training (MAT)

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Affiliation: School of Health Sciences & Education

Degree Offered: Master of Athletic Training

The graduate program in Athletic Training is pending accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The CAATE has been offering the entry-level Master of Athletic Training degree since 2006. Accreditation standards of athletic training degrees were first developed in 1993. For the best preparation for graduate work in athletic training, the prerequisite courses are required as foundation work. Building on this background, the graduate program provides the specialized coursework and practicum experiences that prepare and qualify successful candidates for careers in athletic training.

The main components of the program include: 1) advanced coursework in the assessment and treatment of injuries; 2) advanced clinical practicum experiences with a diverse athletic and active population; 3) a sequence of major projects that provide opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge and expertise through both oral and written presentation; and 4) professional activities that promote athletic training. The Truman graduate program in Athletic Training is characterized by high academic and professional standards, close collaboration between students and faculty, and professional preparation.

Students who wish to pursue graduate study in athletic training should contact the Program Director in Athletic Training for information. Students who are interested in the graduate program of study are encouraged to obtain information early, so that appropriate plans can be made to meet the prerequisites.


It is the mission of Truman State University entry-level Athletic Training Master’s program to develop critically thinking athletic training students, who can meet the diverse demands of and provide service to the profession.


It is the goal of the MAT program to prepare the athletic training students for the Board of Certification exam through progressive clinical experiences. It is the goal of the MAT program to provide the athletic training students with the skills necessary to perform the duties of a certified athletic trainer.


  1. To prepare students for the Board of Certification Exam.
  2. To provide students, through a program of progressive clinical experiences, the skills necessary to perform the duties of a certified athletic trainer.
  3. To furnish students with the clinical and academic skills to work in the variety of venues employing certified athletic trainers.
  4. To prepare students who are proficient in all content areas designated by the National Athletic Trainers Association competencies. The candidate performs the clinical proficiencies designated by the National Athletic Trainers Association competencies essential to athletic training at a professional level.
  5. To continue to determine and assess the effectiveness of athletic training course content and clinical experiences.
  6. To understand the subject matter and have learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful to him/her.
  7. To ensure that all program graduates meet the rigorous requirements for obtaining eligibility for the Board of Certification exam.
  8. To provide academic and clinical experiences, in accordance with program accreditation standards, that prepare graduates to provide comprehensive athletic training program services.
  9. To model and promote ethical principles and procedures in the conduct of clinical practice, academic achievement, and research.
  10. To model and promote professional values which include a respect for diversity and the importance of lifelong learning.


The Athletic Training program staffs and maintains the Truman State University Athletic Training Room in the Health Sciences building and the Kennels facility. The athletic training facilities have group rehabilitation areas, taping areas, wet room areas, and modality treatment areas. The athletic training facilities have an extensive collection of diagnostic and rehabilitation materials that are used by student athletic trainers as they prepare for professional degrees. Off-site facilities including local high school and clinic settings are used for practicum hours. These facilities are equipped with modality and rehabilitative equipment to provide care to active individuals. The Truman athletic training facilities are open throughout the academic year and limited times in the summer serving Truman athletic teams. The Truman Athletic Training undergraduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The Truman graduate athletic training program is eligible for accreditation in Spring 2017.

All of the facilities are Truman State University approved clinical sites and meet CAATE accreditation standards. All student rotations are provided under the supervision of professionals who are licensed by the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and maintain current and “good” standing professional certification. Students are supervised by preceptors at all times during practicum hours.


  1. The student must be recommended for admission to graduate study by the program’s Admission Committee and Dean.
  2. The student must be admitted by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
    Program Criteria are:
      a. Minimum GPA score of 3.0 overall or 3.0 GPA on last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work
      b. Strong Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores on the GRE 
      c. Submit syllabi (if taken at an institution other than Truman) and earn a grade of a “C” or better for the following undergraduate courses:
          1. Nutrition
          2. First Aid/CPR - must hold current professional rescuer certification upon entry and show proof
          3. Biomechanics
          4. Exercise Physiology
          5. Human Anatomy with lab
          6. Human Physiology with lab (4 credit hours; program administrators will evaluate syllabus)
          7. General Psychology course (3 credit hours)
          8. Statistics
  3. No student is permitted to transfer graduate level coursework toward the degree in athletic training in which a grade lower than a “C” was achieved.

Note: Applicants should submit to the Graduate Office the application to Truman State University, GRE scores, all transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (only 1 may be from a family member).

Note: Applicants should submit to the Athletic Training Program Director, completed observation hours sheet, copy of current First Aid/CPR certifications, copy of a physical (less than 1 year old) from a licensed physician (M.D., D.O. or N.P.), signed technical standards for Truman State University, and completed immunizations form, and copies of the prerequisite course syllabi. All forms can be found on the Truman State University-Athletic Training website (hes.truman.edu).

This is a cohort-based program and students will only be admitted to begin the program during the summer semester.


Before graduation, the student desiring an MAT must complete the following:

  1. The 60 credit hour Athletic Training curriculum (minimum of 54 credit hours at the graduate level).
  2. The academic and practicum experience requirements.
  3. A master’s research project.
  4. Submit the research project to state, district, or national level for oral or poster presentation.
  5. Register and take the Board of Certification exam.
  6. Pass all competencies distinguished by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
  7. The specified requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies pertaining to grade point average, prerequisite requirements, residence, course number, time limitations, repeat courses, and examinations.


As part of the application process, a student applicant must observe a minimum total of 50 clock hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. These hours must be documented, verified, and signed by the certified athletic trainer.


As part of the application process, a GRE score (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing components) must be sent to the Truman State University Graduate Office.




Courses are listed by semester. All of the courses are a major requirement for graduation.

Students pursuing a graduate degree in Athletic Training must demonstrate competency in assigned skills during the clinical courses and pass each course with a “C” or better before enrolling in subsequent clinical courses.

*ES 505G  and ES 501G  may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level at Truman State University.

Research Component:

Students pursuing a graduate degree in Athletic Training are required to complete a research project and may register for this course the semester they are finishing the project (AT 667G - Master’s Research in Athletic Training ).

Clinical Hours Requirement:

Each semester students are required to complete 120 clinical hours. The curriculum is designed to allow students to apply classroom knowledge to clinical application. These clinical hours are to be completed at Truman State University approved clinical sites and may take place on holidays and weekdays in addition to regular practice or clinic hours.

Field Experience Requirement:

After AT 639G - Athletic Training Clinical 3 , the students will complete a field experience requirement. The course is designed for the student to gain experience int he athletic training profession at an off-campus site. The selected off-campus site must meet the Truman State University MAT program requirements (see course syllabus) and be completed in a minimum of 80 hours under the direction of a licensed healthcare professional.

Pre-Requisite Requirements:

Students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in Athletic Training must have an earned Bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisite course requirements for admission consideration.
The following Truman courses satisfy these requirements:

BIOL 365 - Human Anatomy  Credits: 3

BIOL 365L - Human Anatomy Lab  Credits: 1

ES 205 - First Aid and CPR  Credits: 1

ES 245 - Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sport  Credits:3

ES 342 - Biomechanics with Lab  Credits: 4

ES 345 - Exercise Physiology  Credits: 3

BIOL 325 - Human Physiology  Credits: 4

PSYC 166 - General Psychology  Credits: 3

STAT 190 - Basic Statistics  Credits: 3


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