School of Education & Health Sciences
Master of Athletic Training
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:
- medical clinics
- high schools
- colleges and universities
- industrial settings
- performing arts
96% Overall Pass Rate on Board of Certification Exam
Our program has a long history of successfully preparing graduates for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam to become certified athletic trainers. See the Athletic Training Program Outcomes.
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.
North Central College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2027-2028 academic year.
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.
Applying to Master of Athletic Training
- June 27, 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 coursework must be completed no earlier than summer 2014 and have a grade of C or above. Prerequisites may be in progress when you apply. They must be completed prior to the start of the program if you are accepted. We do not accept advanced placement credit to fulfill prerequisite coursework.
- 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
- Begin your ATCAS Application: All applicants must apply online via the online application service ATCAS. Review all ATCAS and North Central College specific instructions prior to completing the application process.
- Submit the following to ATCAS
- Verification of completion of a minimum of fifty observation hours under the supervision of one or more certified athletic trainers
- Professional resume
- Personal statement responding to the following prompt: Athletic trainers are allied health professionals. Describe your reasons for wanting to become an athletic trainer and how you feel you will make a difference in the lives of your patients if you become an athletic trainer.
- Official transcripts from each institution attended. An earned, four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation is required. Evidence of earning a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale is also required to be considered for an interview.
- Three letters of reference:
- One letter from a faculty member
- One letter from the supervising athletic trainer of observation hours
- One letter from a professional reference
- Application Review and Interview Decisions
- Completed applications are reviewed throughout the admission cycle. Applications will not be reviewed until all required application materials have been submitted to and verified by ATCAS. Unverified applications will not be reviewed.
- Interviews are conducted and admission decisions are made until the class is filled. Interviews typically begin in the fall. Qualified candidates will be notified by mail if they are selected.
- Interview by Invitation Process
- Applicants must meet all the admission requirements listed to be considered for an interview. Applicants will be notified if they are invited to an interview session. An interview does not guarantee admission into the program.
Next Steps for Admitted Students
Once you are admitted to the program, you must submit the following materials:
- Signed matriculation agreement (provided with your admit letter)
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Signed Technical Standards form requiring physician signature.
- Proof of compliance with institutional immunization requirements (Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, and Diphtheria).
- Proof of Personal Liability insurancefor health care students.
- 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.
- Acknowledgement of handbook policies
- Current American Heart Association BLS Certification
- Master of Athletic Training Handbook (PDF)
- Information about academic calendars, grievance policies, financial aid, withdrawal from courses and related tuition refunds can be found at CardinalNet.
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.
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.
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.