Athletic Training Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Degree Program Director: Susan Wehring, EdD, LAT, ATC
Introduction The Gannon University Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program is a 54 credit curriculum designed to prepare students to become certified Athletic Trainers through the Board of Certification (BOC). The MAT degree includes the didactic and clinical education experiences necessary to prepare individuals for a career as a licensed health care professional. The program includes the following course content: patient care, examination, diagnosis, and intervention; prevention, health promotion and wellness; and health care administration. All program content embodies patientcentered care, interprofessional practice and education, evidencebased practice, quality improvement, health care informatics, and professionalism.
Mission The mission of Gannon University Athletic Training Program is to provide comprehensive didactic, evidence-based, and clinical education to prepare students for a career in athletic training. The Master of Athletic Training Program will provide outstanding classroom and clinical instruction in the prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of physically active individuals. The student has the opportunity to develop competency and proficiency in performing skills incorporating analytical problem-solving abilities to assist with the practice of athletic training.
Outcomes 1. The program will provide quality education that produces graduates with the ability to independently practice in a variety of settings. 2. The program will establish, adopt, and disseminate content of ‘best practice’ within the profession of Athletic Training. 3. Students and graduates will demonstrate the ability to practice with cultural competence. 4. Students and graduates will demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration within the current health care environment. 5. Students and graduates will demonstrate proficiency within the domains of athletic training, encompassing the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to become a credentialed health care provider. 6. Students and graduates will be prepared to practice as reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors to the profession and society.
Certification/Licensure To achieve national certification and state licensure as an Athletic Trainer, students must first graduate from a CAATE accredited professional program. Upon successful program completion, students are eligible to take the national Board of Certification (BOC) examination. After becoming board certified, Athletic Trainers are eligible to apply for state licensure.
Accreditation The Master of Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6836 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 250, Austin, TX 78731-3193.
Admission Requirements • Prospective students will apply using the ATCAS – Athletic Training Centralized Application System. ATCAS provides a full-service web-based application and admissions process for prospective athletic training program applicants. • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. • Prerequisite Course Requirements for entry into the Master of Athletic Training degree program: – Biology 1 semester – Chemistry 1 semester – Physics 1 semester – Psychology 1 semester – Human Anatomy 1 semester – Human Physiology 1 semester • Cumulative grade point average of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. • Three letters of recommendation. • Personal essay. • Students whose native language is not English and who intend to begin their degree immediately must demonstrate English language proficiency with the following documentation: a minimum TOEFL iBT of 79. • Completed Technical Standards form.
Academic Progression Students enrolled in the professional master’s program will be required to meet the following criteria in order to matriculate to graduation from the program. • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0; students who fall below these criteria will be granted one semester of probationary status in which they will be required to raise their grade point average above the minimum standard, or they will be separated from the program. • Please review the MAT Student Handbook for information regarding professional and ethical behavior.