Master of Athletic Training, MAT

Program Description

The Professional Masters of Athletic Training degree (MAT) at Utah Tech University is designed to prepare students to become athletic training professionals. Professional athletic training education uses a skills-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being. The educational requirements for CAATE include acquisition of knowledge, skills and clinical abilities along with a broad scope of foundational behaviors of professional practice. Students complete an extensive clinical learning requirement that is embodied in the clinical integration proficiencies (professional, practice-oriented outcomes) as identified in the Athletic Training Education Competencies. The primary focus for the MAT program is to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification Examination (BOC). Passage of the BOC examination is a requirement for licensure in most states. Eligibility for the BOC exam is contingent upon completion of a program accredited by CAATE that must instruct the Competencies within the curriculum.

The MAT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  

Admission Requirements

Note: Admission requirements may change year to year as governed by CAATE, please check the Master of Athletic Training Website for next catalog year’s admission requirements. (following this link will take you out of the University Catalog).

  • B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent for international students with the following pre-requisites (with grade of C or higher):
A grade of C or better must be attained:
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB) 1
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab 1
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab 1
CHEM 1010Introduction to Chemistry (PS) (Lab recommended but not required ) 13
or CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
PHYS 1010Elementary Physics (PS) (Lab recommended but not required) 13
or PHYS 2010 College Physics I (PS)
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA) 13
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC) 13
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)

or equivalent from other institutions

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • Personal statement
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

Additional Requirements:

  • All international students must demonstrate language proficiency in Standard American English.
  • Criminal background check**
  • Technical standards form**
  • 50 hours of athletic training observation experience**
  • GRE scores are recommended but not required   

** Can be completed between acceptance and program start

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.

Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Program Curriculum

60 credits

MAT 6001Integrated Clinical Experience I1.5
MAT 6002Integrated Clinical Experience II1.5
MAT 6003Integrated Clinical Experience III0.5
MAT 6004Integrated Clinical Experience IV2.5
MAT 6005Integrated Clinical Experience V2.5
MAT 6201Foundations of Clinical AT Care I0.5
MAT 6202Foundation of Clinical AT Care II0.5
MAT 6203Foundations of Clinical AT Care III0.5
MAT 6204Foundations of Clinical AT Care IV0.5
MAT 6205Foundations of Clinical AT Care V0.5
MAT 6030Acute Care in Athletic Training3
MAT 6032Acute Care Clinical Skills1
MAT 6060Athletic Training Organization and Professional Responsibility3
MAT 6070Therapeutic Interventions I 3
MAT 6072Therapeutic Intervention I Clinical Skills1
MAT 6080Therapeutic Interventions II 3
MAT 6082Therapeutic Interventions II Clinical Skills 1
MAT 6100Clinical Anatomy3
MAT 6130General Medical Assessment and Referral 3
MAT 6150Athletic Training Clinical Skills2
MAT 6210Pathoetiology & Orthopaedic Assessment I 3
MAT 6215Pathoetiology and Orthopedic Assessment I Clinical Skills 1
MAT 6220Pathoetiology & Orthopaedic Assessment II 3
MAT 6225Pathoetiology and Orthopedic Assessment II Clinical Skills1
MAT 6250Preventative Health Techniques 3
MAT 6260Orthopedic Surgical Interventions3
MAT 6275Mental Health Care in AT Practice3
HHP 6290Research Methods in Health and Human Performance3
HHP 6295Quantitative Methods in Human Performance3
HHP 6299Research Non-Thesis Option3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 60 approved credit hours with no grade lower than a C, including a non-thesis research project. (Acceptable non-thesis projects include critically appraised topics, interrelated series of research proposals, conducting an empirical study, or a problem-based analysis of the literature, each of which require an extensive writing component).
  2. Complete a clinical experience each semester.
  3. Apply for graduation by the dates posted (clicking this link will take you out of the University Catalog). 
  4. Gain final approval for graduation from the Graduate Council.
  5. Complete all other program and university requirements.