Overview of Program
The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program at Southern Utah University is designed to educate, mentor, and prepare students through didactic instruction, research investigation, and hands-on application of evidence-based practice to enter the profession of athletic training.
The mission of the Master of Athletic Training Program is to provide students with a personalized learning environment that fosters meaningful development through traditional course instruction and experiential education opportunities. With a focus involving the Head, Hands, and Heart (knowledge, skills and disposition), students will become competent and effective healthcare professionals who positively impact their patients’ health-related quality of life and contribute to the professional field of athletic training.
Upon completion of the Master of Athletic Training Program, students will be able to utilize evidence-based principles to execute the following:
- Properly apply prophylactic taping and bracing to active individuals for the purpose of injury prevention;
- Employ techniques for clinical evaluation and diagnosis of athletic injuries and illnesses;
- Explain and demonstrate appropriate emergency procedures and immediate care of life threatening conditions common to physical activity;
- Explain and apply theoretical and practical application of therapeutic modalities;
- Utilize the concepts of range of motion, strength, power, endurance, and return to activity for implementation of rehabilitation programs for the injured patient; and
- Understand and administer necessary policies and procedures while effectively communicating with athletes, coaches, administrators, and other healthcare professionals.
Admission and Graduation Information
Requirements for Admission to the M.A.T. Program
Admission to the program will be based on the following application criteria:
- A completed bachelor’s degree
- Grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses (coursework must be within 10 years of application)
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- GRE scores: Students that have a 3.0 or higher GPA for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work are exempt from taking the GRE. Transfer graduate students with a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 for the last nine (9) semester hours are also exempt from taking the GRE.
- Submission of application to the Master of Athletic Training Program
- Letter of application to the Master of Athletic Training Program
- Two (2) letters of recommendation (one from a college-level instructor and one from a currently practicing certified athletic trainer)
- Program interview (on-campus or via video conference)
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Documentation of at least 50 hours of observation with a Certified Athletic Trainer(s)
- Proof of program-mandated immunizations (must be completed within 30 days of acceptance)
- Completion of five-panel drug test (must be completed within 30 days of acceptance)
- Completion of background check (must be completed within 30 days of acceptance)
- Current professional-level CPR (e.g., BLS, Professional Rescuer) (must be completed within 30 days of acceptance)
- Completed Technical Standards for Admission Form (must be completed within 30 days of acceptance)
Additional Admission Requirements for International Students
All international students and any applicant outside the U.S. must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English, or whose language for their undergraduate degree was not English, will be required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which is not more than two (2) years old and on which a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) has been earned.
First consideration application deadline for the Master of Athletic Training program is January 31st for the following summer entrance. Students are encouraged to apply for early admission as the program may reach capacity after the first consideration date.
Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 are automatically considered for admission. Students with a GPA between 2.75-2.99 will be considered if the students show above average GRE scores.
Coursework in the following areas must be completed prior to beginning the MAT Program:
Above course numbers are associated with SUU courses; transfer equivalents may be accepted with program approval.
All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or higher to count in the degree. Graduate students must complete their program within six (6) years of matriculation.