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Athletic Training (M.A.T.)

Our master of athletic training will prepare you to provide patient-centered care in collaboration with other allied health professionals. You will also develop the communication, decision-making, social and analytical-thinking skills necessary for professional practice. Angelo State University is seeking accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Once the program is accredited, graduates will be eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states’ statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. *Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.

*This definition is approved by the Inter-Agency Terminology Work Group and the Athletic Trainer Strategic Alliance, January 2017.

Degree

Master of Athletic Training

Careers

Athletic trainers are employed in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Professional Settings
  • Professional and Collegiate Sports
  • Secondary and Intermediate Schools
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Hospital ER and Rehab Clinics
  • Occupational Settings
  • Military/Government/Law Enforcement
  • Physician Offices
  • Dance/Fine Arts

Program Highlights

  • Four 8-week immersive clinical experiences

  • Faculty-mentored research projects

  • New state-of-the-art lab facilities

  • Numerous clinical settings

Student Learning Outcomes

To prepare athletic training students to meet the educational competencies and clinical proficiencies necessary to be eligible for the Board of Certification. To develop athletic training professionals who abide by high professional and personal ethical standards, which will contribute in a positive manner to the continued development of the profession of athletic training. To develop professionals who value education and recognize the importance of lifelong learning through participating in professional research, continuing education activities, evidence based clinical practice, and involvement in professional memberships and organizations. To provide a research experience for the students to create both graduates that can conduct research as well as be consumers of published research. To expose each student to a variety of employment opportunities through clinical experiences in collegiate, clinical, high school, and general medical settings.

Admission Requirements

Students will apply with the Texas Common Application to graduate school, pay the application fee, provide official transcripts from any university attended (as described in OP 42.01: Admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research), provide shot records required for clinicals, complete a written essay, and interview for admittance.

Regular Admission Criteria

  • Cumulative college grade point average 3.0 or higher (on 4.0 scale).
  • Must complete the application process, including paperwork, fees and interview process.

Committee Admission

Applicants that do not meet all of the regular admission requirements may be admitted by the review of the MAT Admissions Committee.

Prerequisites

College Coursework

  • One semester biology (with lab)
  • One semester chemistry (with lab)
  • Once semester physics (with lab)
  • Two semesters anatomy and physiology or equivalent (with lab)
  • General psychology
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition

Stage I

Step 1. Complete an application for admission.

Candidates will need to submit the ApplyTexas application for admission. If you have problems accessing the application, please contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research at 325-942-2169 or graduate.studies@angelo.edu.

Step 2. Compose an essay.

Write an essay of no more than 500 words (typed in 12-point type with one-inch margins) that describes your educational plans, career objectives, commitment to your particular field of study, any research experience, your view of research and possible research interests, and personal goals. The essay may also address any of the following factors, which are qualities that will be acknowledged in the admission process:

  • Socioeconomic history
  • Family background (including level of educational attainment)
  • Personal talents, leadership capabilities, community service.

You may submit your essay with your graduate school application or you can email your essay to graduate.studies@angelo.edu.

Step 3. Pay the application fee.

Domestic applicants will need to pay an application fee of $40. The application fee for international applicants is $50. The application fee can be paid online. We will also accept payment by cash, check, or money order. Checks will need to be made payable to “Angelo State University.”

Step 4. Order your academic transcripts.

We require transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, with the exception of Angelo State University. The application process can be completed with unofficial transcripts, though we highly recommend sending official transcripts. Transcripts delivered in a sealed envelope from the institution will be considered official. Transcripts sent by certified electronic exchange or an approved third party service will also be considered official. Please be aware that the overall GPA as posted to the transcript from the baccalaureate degree-awarding institution will be considered.

Transcripts can be sent to graduate.studies@angelo.edu or by mail to:

College of Graduate Studies and Research
ASU Station #11025
San Angelo, TX 76909-1025

Step 5. Complete a Self-Report Transcript form.

Email the completed form to bshsp@angelo.edu.

Step 6. Complete a Proof of Volunteer Hours form.

Applicants must complete at least 50 hours that includes two different areas of clinical practice. Applicants are allowed to use their facility’s hour verification form as long as it has both signature and license number of the supervising Athletic Trainer.

Email completed forms to bshsp@angelo.edu.

Step 7. Send three Letters of Reference to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Recommendations must include an Athletic Training/health-related, academic (instructor or academic advisor) and personal. Graduate Studies prefers to receive these by mail, but they can be done electronically if necessary. Electronically filled/signed recommendation forms may be sent to Graduate Studies at: graduate.studies@angelo.edu

All application materials and forms must be submitted to:

College of Graduate Studies and Research
ASU Station #11025
San Angelo, TX 76909-1025

If the applicant clears the Admission Stage I process, written notification from the College of Graduate Studies and Research will be sent to the applicant. Applicants must then wait for notification from the Master’s in Athletic Training Program in the Department of Health Science Professions as to whether they are moving on to Stage II.

Stage II

Stage II is the interview at Angelo State University. Once the applicant has received the letter indicating that Stage I has been completed, and an invitation from the Athletic Training Education Program in the Department of Health Science Professions for interview in either the fall or spring, the applicant must then send an additional $30 processing fee (check or money order made payable to Angelo State University Athletic Training Education Program) along with the Stage II Athletic Training Education Program Processing Form.

Up to 26 individuals will be recommended to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research for admission into the MAT program. Only written notice from the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research constitutes approval of admission.

For further information, contact:

Master of Athletic Training Program
Angelo State University
ASU Station #11057
San Angelo, TX 76909-0923
Telephone: 325-486-6179
Fax: 325-942-2129
Email: kristi.white@angelo.edu 

Application Deadlines

Early Admission Deadline for Summer Admission: December 1

Program Deadline for Summer Admission: April 1

Degree Plan

Year 1

  • 1st Term Summer - 10 Semester Credit Hours
    • AT 6300 Introduction to Clinical Education
    • AT 6310 Emergency Management Strategies in Athletic Training
    • AT 6400 Human Anatomy and Diagnostic Imaging
  • 2nd Term Fall - 9 Semester Credit Hours
    • AT 6205 Athletic Training Clinical Experience I
    • AT 6312 Research Methods and EBP in Athletic Training
    • AT 6405 Physical Examination, Diagnosis and Management of Injuries I
  • 3rd Term Spring - 12 Semester Credit Hours
    • AT 6210 Athletic Training Clinical Experience II
    • AT 6315 Therapeutic Modalities
    • AT 6318 Pharmacological Aspects in Athletic Training
    • AT 6410 Physical Examination, Diagnosis and Management of Injuries II

Year 2

  • 4th Term Fall - 12 Semester Credit Hours
    • AT 6175 Athletic Training Research Project I
    • AT 6215 Athletic Training Clinical Experience III
    • AT 6320 General Medical Conditions and Advanced Patient Care
    • AT 6325 Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • AT 6330 Administrative Topics in Athletic Training
  • 5th Term Spring - 9 Semester Credit Hours
    • AT 6176 Athletic Training Research Project II
    • AT 6220 Athletic Training Clinical Experience IV
    • AT 6333 Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training
    • AT 6335 Professional Preparation and Current Topics in Athletic Training

Total Credits 52

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