Master of Athletic Training

trainer tending to athlete

Union College’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) is housed in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Our MAT program is designed for those who want to either begin or enhance a career in sports.  The program is comprised of two main components: coursework and clinical experience which will prepare and qualify highly-motivated candidates for successful careers in athletic training.

This 62-credit hour graduate degree is a two-year, full-time professional program. We are seeking national accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The first class will graduate in May 2022 and will be eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

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Curriculum and Degree Plan Options 

Students have two options for the MAT degree:

  • 3+2 Year Option: Undergraduate students at Union College can enroll in a joint degree program with the Exercise Science and complete necessary prerequisite classes and MAT degree programs so that students can receive both BS and MAT degree in five years.
  • 2 Year Option: Students who received a bachelor's degree from another institution or after four years at Union College (i.e., student athletes) will be able to apply to the MAT program as a traditional graduate student if they have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework.

 

Admissions Process

Due February 1, 2020

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited institution (If 2 yr MAT)
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average/GPA = 3.00 or higher
  • Science GPA (see pre-requisites) = 2.80 or higher
  • Clinical Observation = 50 hours (documented on Clinical Observation form)
    • College Athletics setting or any Medical Setting (preferred)
    • Supervised by BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (preferred)
    • Physical Exam and Medical History form 
    • Technical Standards for Admission into MAT form
    • Official Transcripts
    • Letter of Intent and Resume
    • Three recommendation letters (two academic and one from the person who supervised the 50 hours observation)
    • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening (ONLY after admitted)
    • CPR and First Aid are NOT required for admission, nor is it encouraged for applicants to get prior to starting this MAT program. For CAATE accreditation, all students will be required to take and pay for this training and certification in CPR for Professional Rescuer and First Aid within the first summer by MAT Program faculty. 
  • Completion of the Admissions Application for Undergraduate Admissions (for 3+2 year option) and Graduate Admissions (for 2 year option) 
  • TOEFL exam scores (minimum and for international students only): 500 on paper copy, 173 computer version or 61 on IBT format
  • GRE exam is NOT required for admission

 

Pre-Requisites (Undergraduate) = Science GPA (L = course with Lab)

  • Human Biology L
  • College Physics L
  • Human Anatomy L (Vert. Ana)
  • Human Physiology L
  • Statistics   
  • Wellness (Life Choices)  
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology L
  • Intro to Psychology

 

Admission Review Process (starts February 2, 2020)

  • 3 or 5 members of MAT Admissions Committee will review materials
  • Applicants will be notified 2-3 weeks after deadline of status
  • 15 qualified students will be selected and contacted by email and required to reply with confirmation to accept or decline their MAT program admission within 1 week from email.
  • Applicants on the alternate list will be contacted until 15 seats are taken. Likewise, those contacted must email whether they accept or decline the admission within (1) week.
  • Once the list is complete, all 15 new MAT student class will be contacted as a group by email by the program director to make sure the remaining tasks to complete for criminal background check, drug test, contact student list, and other tasks before starting in June).

 

Apply Now or to learn more about our MAT Program, contact Dr. Doug Branch: drbanch@unionky.edu or call 606.546.1508

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