The Master of Athletic Training program prepares athletic trainers for patient-centered and evidence-based clinical practice in a diverse and rapidly changing healthcare environment.

School of Education & Health Sciences

Master of Athletic Training


Graduate Admission


Why Pursue a Master of Athletic Training Degree at North Central College?

We do more than prepare you for a career niche; we provide you with an understanding of athletic training and its role in serving a diverse range of populations. Our curriculum covers evidence-based practice, prevention, examination, acute care, therapeutic interventions and health care administration. You will have the opportunity to gain experience through our clinical education program, including rotations in our three fully equipped athletic training facilities and a variety of other settings.

The Changing Healthcare Environment

The master of athletic training (MAT) program prepares you for a career that is patient-centered and utilizes evidence-based clinical practice. As an athletic trainer, you are an allied healthcare professional who works in a diverse and rapidly changing healthcare environment with a physically active population in a variety of settings:

  • hospitals
  • medical clinics
  • high schools
  • colleges and universities
  • industrial settings
  • performing arts

100% Overall Pass Rate on Board of Certification Exam

Over the last three years, 100% of our graduates have successfully passed the Board of Certification Exam (BOC) to become certified athletic trainers. See the Athletic Training Program Outcomes (PDF).

Our program has an extensive history of developing highly skilled athletic trainers. By incorporating National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) competencies and proficiencies and providing a variety of clinical experiences into the graduate curriculum, the master of athletic training degree will equip you with the skills to make important decisions using your own judgement and observations, motivate athletes to stick to a training program, and help people perform better.


The graduate athletic training program at North Central College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2027-2028. Graduates of the MAT program will be eligible for the Board of Certification exam. The institution is no longer admitting students to the undergraduate program. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May of 2022.

Athletic Training Handbook

Review the Athletic Training Handbook (PDF) for an overview of the goals, objectives, and degree policies. 

Master of Athletic Training Curriculum

The Master of Athletic Training degree is a 55 credit-hour program that extends over 6 consecutive semesters, beginning with a summer semester. The minimum time commitment to complete the clinical experience requirements is two years.

Summer Year One

  • MATR 515 - Foundations of Athletic Training (4 hours)
  • MATR 530 - Principles of Musculoskeletal and Medical Assessment (3 hours)

Fall Year One

  • MATR 500 - Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training I (1 hour)
  • MATR 541 - Diagnosis and Management for Athletic Trainers I: Upper Extremity, Head, and Neck Injuries and Conditions (4 hours)
  • MATR 550 - Medical Aspects of Athletic Training (4 hours)
  • MATR 525 - Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training I (4 hours)

Spring Year One

  • MATR 505 - Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training II (1 hour)
  • MATR 540 - Diagnosis and Management for Athletic Trainers II: Lower Extremity and Spine Injuries and Conditions (4 hours)
  • MATR 535 - Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training II (4 hours)
  • MATR 551 - Administration and Management in Athletic Training (4 hours)

Summer Year Two

  • MATR 600 - Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training III (1 hour)
  • MATR 620 - Principles of Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning for Athletic Training (3 hours)

Fall Year Two

  • MATR 605 - Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV (2 hours)
  • MATR 625 - Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Training Practice (4 hours)
  • MATR 640 - Special Topics in Athletic Training (2 hours)
  • MATR 655 - Applied Research Project (2 hours)

Spring Year Two

  • MATR 610 - Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training V: Immersive Experience (4 hours)
  • MATR 650 - Decision Making in Athletic Training (4 hours)

Athletic Training Faculty

Spearheaded by a faculty with experience as clinicians as well as educators, you’ll be able to learn from faculty who can draw from practical experience. Our faculty are passionate advocates for the athletic training profession who are active in state and local professional organizations. 

Taylor Arman

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology; Athletic Training Coordinator of Clinical Education
+1 630 637 5575
Kendall Selsky

Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Athletic Training Program Director
+1 630 637 5546

Applying to the Master of Athletic Training

Admission to the North Central College Athletic Training Program is competitive. Preferential admission will be given to North Central College students who meet the admission criteria. Other candidates will be considered who meet the admission criteria. From the pool of eligible applicants, a cohort of 16 students will be admitted per year.

Important Dates 

  • July 2019 - Application for the summer 2020 semester is available through Athletic Training Central Application Service (ATCAS).
  • February 1, 2020 - Deadline to submit application materials to ATCAS.
  • Summer 2020 - Classes begin.

Prerequisite Requirements 

  • An earned, four-year, bachelor’s degree in a related area from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation, with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Prerequisite coursework with a grade of “C” or better. 
    • Biology: 3-4 credit-hour course with a lab
    • Chemistry: 3-4 credit-hour course with a lab
    • Physics: 3-4 credit-hour course with a lab
    • Psychology: 3-4 credit-hour course
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology: Two-semester sequence or:
      • 3-4 credit course in Human anatomy and 2-4 credit course in Human Physiology
    • Statistics and/or Research Design: 3-4 credit-hour course
    • Exercise physiology: 3-4 credit-hour course
    • Biomechanics or Kinesiology: 2-4 credit course
  • Verification of completion of a minimum of 50 observation hours under the supervision of one or more certified athletic trainers. 

Application Materials

  • Transcripts from each institution that you attended
  • Personal statement 
  • Admissions interview (phone or in-person)
  • Three letters of recommendation 
    • One from a professional reference
    • One from a faculty member
    • One from the supervising athletic trainer of observation hours

Next Steps for Admitted Students

Once you are admitted to the program, you must submit the following materials: 

  1. Signed matriculation agreement (provided with your admit letter)
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  3. Signed Technical Standards form requiring physician signature.
  4. Proof of compliance with institutional immunization requirements (Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, and Diphtheria).
  5. Proof of Personal Liability insurancefor health care students.
  6. Federal Background Check: Students who refuse to consent to or have findings on the background check that would preclude certification or licensure will be dismissed from the program. 
  7. Acknowledgement of handbook policies
  8. Current American Heart Association BLS Certification

Student Resources

Matriculation Criteria

Technical Standards

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a signed copy of the technical standards, which requires a physician signature. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule the examination and obtain this signature prior to the beginning of their first term in the program. The “Technical Standards for Admission to the Athletic Training Program” form must be signed by both the applicant and the physician completing the physical examination and submitted to the Program Director. The student is responsible to inform the Program Director if the ability to meet the Technical Standards changes.


Students are also expected to obtain all required immunizations (Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, and Diphtheria).  The immunization record must be signed by the physician conducting the physical examination or a record must be obtained from the health care provider.  The cost of any physical examination, follow-up tests, and/or immunizations is the responsibility of the student.  Failure to provide proof of immunizations will result in removal of the student from the clinical portion of the program.

Additional requirements for drug screening, immunizations/vaccinations, and background checks may be required by specific clinical sites.

Liability Insurance

Once admitted to the athletic training program, students will be required to purchase a liability insurance policy.  The students will be provided with this information with the admission policy.  This policy must be on file in the student’s clinical education file prior to beginning any clinical assignments.  The policy must be renewed annually while in the athletic training education program. The recommended provider is HPSO.

Background Checks

The student will undergo a background check once admitted to the program. Additional background checks may be required by clinical education sites. The student is responsible for the costs associated with the firstand futurebackground checks. Students may not begin clinical experiences until the background check is completed. Candidates for the BOC exam must report felony and misdemeanor convictions, which may result in denial of ability to take the BOC exam.

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