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About the Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) Degree

Why Study Athletic Training at Cedarville?

Cedarville University’s Master of Athletic Training program will equip you to pass the National Athletic Trainers Association - Board of Certification (NATA-BOC) national exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Through exceptional classroom teaching and real-world, hands-on experiences, Cedarville’s M.A.T. will train you as an effective athletic trainer who serves with Christlike compassion. And, Cedarville’s program is one of the few distinctly Christian M.A.T. programs in the country.

Cedarville University also offers a B.S. in sport medicine/M.A.T. accelerated completion option, allowing you to complete both degrees in just five years.

As an incoming freshman, you can choose to begin Cedarville’s B.S. in sport medicine program and move into the Master of Athletic Training portion of the degree after three years. We have strategically designed the B.S. in sport medicine curriculum so the senior year is taken as part of the first year of the M.A.T. program. When you are admitted into the M.A.T. program, you are able to complete a B.S. in sport medicine, a Bible minor, and a Master of Athletic Training degree in five years.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Real-World Experiences

    You will complete immersion experiences where you will fulfill the role of a full-time athletic trainer. 
  • Collaborative

    You will benefit from interprofessional interaction with students and faculty in other healthcare programs.

Program Overview

Highlights of the M.A.T. Program

Biblical — With biblical integration in every course, you will discover how to serve your clients with the mind of Christ.

Exceptional Facilities — Program utilizes Cedarville’s 3,000-square-foot athletic training facility with a devoted educational laboratory.

Mentoring Faculty — Christian faculty members who are highly credentialed practicing clinicians and will teach, advise, and care about your success.

Accredited — Cedarville’s Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Interprofessional Collaboration — You will benefit from interprofessional interaction with students and faculty from Cedarville’s well-established and well-regarded healthcare programs, such as nursing, pharmacy, and our developing PA program*. You will be trained in procedures from professors from other disciplines, including wound care, suturing, pharmacology, and general medical procedures.

Clinical Experiences — During your coursework, you will complete clinical experiences with Cedarville Yellow Jackets NCAA Division II athletic teams and at local schools and medical facilities under the direction of a preceptor.

Immersive Clinical Experiences — You will complete four-, eight-, and 12-week immersive clinical experiences, where you will fulfill the role of a full-time athletic trainer, including treating patients, collaborating with the healthcare team, and filing insurance. Immersive experiences can be at places such as NFL and MLB teams, physician offices, and physical therapy clinics.

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What Can You Do With an M.A.T.?

Graduates will be able to work in a variety of settings, including high schools, colleges, professional sports teams, physical therapy centers, and doctor’s offices.

To receive the credential of Certified Athletic Trainer, all of our graduates sit for the Board of Certification (BOC). Graduates of Cedarville's program have a 15% higher first-time pass rate than the national average on the certification exam. They readily obtain positions in high schools, universities, clinical settings, and private practices across the nation. Our retention and graduation rates affirm the success of our program. View the CAATE Information and Outcomes Page on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education website.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply to the program through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS) and complete the free Cedarville Graduate Application.

Master of Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

Master of Athletic Training Costs

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in June.

Program Curriculum

Your rigorous M.A.T. curriculum will prepare you to pass the National Athletic Trainers Association - Board of Certification (NATA-BOC) national exam.

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Evan Hellwig, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor of Athletic Training

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Kristie Passage

Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Advisor | Ministry, Master of Athletic Training and PA Programs

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Mike Weller, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Athletic Training - School

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