Athletic Training is an allied health field recognized by the American Medical Association. Certified athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, recognition/evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries due to physical activity.
In 2022, a master’s degree in athletic training will be required for anyone choosing to practice in this growing healthcare profession. The need for AT professionals who can provide preventive, diagnostic and rehabilitative services is expected to grow 22 percent in the next eight years. Along with their traditional role providing health services to athletes, AT professionals are sought after by the military, firefighters and law enforcement; corporations seeking to reduce injuries and lost productivity; and entertainment fields from the Cirque de Soleil to ballet companies to the WWE; to providing preventive care in retirement centers.
This unique program is designed so that students can complete a standalone master’s degree or an accelerated Bachelor of Science in EXSS and the Master of Athletic Training degree in a total of five years. Upon completion of the pre-professional portion of the accelerated plan, admittance into the professional program is competitive. Students in the Accelerated B.S. + MAT program who satisfactorily fulfill all requirements outlined are given preferential consideration for admission into the MAT portion of the program.