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Master of Athletic Training

Our Master of Athletic Training program offers a wide variety of value experiences for students to practice techniques across a multitude of situations and environments.

First Core Year (18 credits)

Separated into three cohorts (Summer, Fall, and Spring), our MAT traditional students complete 14 credits (6 courses) in the general core curriculum and take six credit hours to complete their required Athletic Training Practicums (one and two).

MAT 500 Advanced Emergency Techniques in Athletic Training (2 credits):

The course is designed to prepare students for planning, executing, initial, and post-care following an emergency. Emergency prevention applications will also be covered in this course. Students will be eligible to take their Basic Life Support (BLS) certification for Healthcare Providers.

MAT 501 Lower Extremity Evaluation (3 credits):

The course provides a review of the anatomy and biomechanics, clinical evaluation, pathologies, special tests, and on and off-field management of specific injuries of the lower extremity.

MAT 502 Upper Extremity Evaluation (3 credits):

This course provides a review of the anatomy and biomechanics, clinical evaluation, pathologies, special tests, and on and off-field management of specific trunk and upper extremity injuries.

MAT 503 Musculoskeletal Review (1 credit):

This course will review the muscular and skeletal anatomy of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on specific bones and their landmarks, muscles (origin, insertion, action, and innervation), and joints (types, osteokinematics, and arthrokinematics). This course will prepare students for higher-order thinking skills necessary for the evaluation of athletic injuries.

MAT 600 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training (3 credits):

The course covers the principles and types of therapeutic modalities, evidence-based practice in application, and the why and when for application using case scenarios.

MAT 601 Rehabilitation Methods in Athletic Training (3 credits):

The course includes instruction on foundational concepts in rehabilitation, rehabilitation of the spine and upper and lower extremities, and restoration of athletic performance.

Online Courses

MAT 511 Community Health (1 credit):

This course provides an understanding of the principles concerning personal, family, and community health. Students will learn to apply healthcare informatics concepts to multiple domains of public health to better understand, characterize, and promote health at the population level.

MAT 521 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training (1 credit):

The course covers the idea of evidence-based practice (EBP), what it is, and why it is important in health care professions. Clinical appraisal of EBP and application in real-life scenarios are covered as well as research statistics and design.

MAT 513 Epidemiology (1 credit):

This course provides students an overview of epidemiological methods in studying the distribution and determinants of disease in populations. This includes epidemiologic methods for the control of conditions such as infectious and chronic diseases, mental disorders, community and environmental health hazards, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Second Core Year (15 credits)

With the same separation as the first core year, students will take more advanced courses to prepare them to take their Board of Certification (BOC) Examination to become licensed as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Students will complete 12 credits (6 courses) in the second core year and take eight credit hours to complete their required Athletic Training Practicums (three, four, and five).

MAT 510 General Medical Conditions in Athletic Training (3 credits):

The course will teach students aspects of non-orthopedic pathologies and inter-professional practice with other students in other Health Care disciplines.

MAT 603 General Medical Applications (3 credits):

In this course, students will learn concepts and apply skills of the following: 1) Opening a vein for drawing blood and intravenous administration of medication and 2) Wound care and closure (including suturing methods).

MAT 520 Topics in Sports Medicine (2 credits):

The course focuses on topics concerning Professional Development and Responsibility, Legal Concerns and Insurance issues, Fitness and Conditioning Techniques, and Nutrition and Supplements.

MAT 628 Seminar in Athletic Training (2 credits):

This course is designed to review and simulate all competencies covered in the preceding semesters to help prepare graduating students to prepare for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Topics covered in this course include study techniques and test-taking strategies, information about the exam format, knowledge assessment of the athletic training domains and skills, and critical thinking assessment through simulation.

Online Courses

MAT 512 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology in Athletic Training (3 credits):

Advanced study of the pathophysiology and pharmacology involved in injuries and conditions commonly seen in the area of sports medicine.This will include a detailed macro and microscopic analysis of underlying pathophysiologies or sports-related injuries. This course will also explore the interrelationship of current therapeutic pharmacological agents and their physiological effects on the body.

MAT 620: Organization & Administration in Athletic Training (2 credits):

Students will learn concepts regarding program management, facility design and planning, reimbursement services/insurance, legal and ethical considerations, and pre-participation physical examinations and drug testing.

Athletic Training Practicums (10 credits)

The Athletic Training Practicum is a great opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. From the first to second core years, our Athletic Training Practicum offers a safe space for students to practice their technique under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or an MD.

To see the traditional program curriculum plan.

MAT 519 Athletic Training Practicum I (2 credits):

In the first semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training, students will be required to spend a minimum of 160 hours and a maximum of 320 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or an MD.

MAT 529 Athletic Training Practicum II (2 credits):

In the second semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training, students will be required to spend a minimum of 160 hours and a maximum of 320 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or an MD.

MAT 522 Orthopaedic Specialist Practicum (1 credit):

This course introduces orthopedic casting/bracing techniques and fitting for custom orthotics for the allied health professional. Based on feedback from radiographic imaging, students will learn the selection, application, and removal of orthopedic casting for upper and lower extremity disorders. This course is a hands-on course that involves both instruction and practical application.

MAT 604 General Medical Applications Practicum (1 credit)

This course contains the necessary hours where students will practice phlebotomy under supervision. There is a minimum requirement of 100 hours to complete this course and receive your phlebotomy certificate to be eligible to sit for the national phlebotomy exam.

MAT 619: Athletic Training Practicum III (2 credits):

Third semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training. Students will be required to spend a minimum of 160 hours to 320 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or an MD.

MAT 629 Athletic Training Practicum IV (2 credits):

Fourth semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training. This course is a minimum of 4 weeks and 160 hours and will not exceed eight weeks or 320 hours. This course is an immersive clinical experience, where the student will participate in a practice intensive experience (full-time) to experience the totality of care provided by athletic trainers.

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