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Master of Athletic Training

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

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 plans to offer 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.

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.

Accredited – Cedarville’s current Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and we have filed paperwork for a degree-level change that will provide CAATE accreditation for the M.A.T.

State-of-the-Art 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.

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.

Program Start Dates

Classes begin the first Monday in June of each academic year.

Admission Process

Applicants should follow the specific admission criteria listed below. All applications for the Master of Athletic Training are submitted through the ATCAS system, established by the CAATE. Applications are accepter October 15 – May 1 and decisions are made by Master of Athletic Training Leadership on a rolling basis until May 15.

Criteria for Admissions

All students will apply through the ATCAS system established by the CAATE. ATCAS allows students to upload official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. These transcripts must be submitted before the applicant’s file is deemed complete. Students MUST meet all graduate course prerequisites (for non-Cedarville University students the undergraduate degree must be conferred) and all students must meet the Cedarville University specific Bible minor or approved equivalent courses or test out exams.

  • All students must affirm the Cedarville University doctrinal statement and provide a written profession faith in Christ.
  • All students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to apply.
  • Students must have a documented minimum 100 hours of observation in an athletic training setting.
  • Students must sign the Athletic Training Program’s technical standards document.
  • Students must submit a completed physical exam and up-to-date immunization record including Hepatitis B series, 2 Step TB test, and influenza vaccination-as part of the application packet.
  • Students must provide proof of federal level background check at the time of application.
  • Application fee should be paid based on ATCAS fee schedule.
  • Students must have completed a minor in Bible or have taken coursework adequate to meet the outcomes of BTGS-6100 Biblical and Theological Foundations for Graduate Study. Students who have not met this requirement, as determined by the Office of the Registrar, must enroll in this course which must be completed before the beginning of the first professional year or concurrent with other classes during the first year of the program.

Prerequisite Courses for Admission to the M.A.T.:

  • First Aid/CPR (for the professional rescuer)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 credit hours with lab)
  • Exercise Physiology
  • General Chemistry I and II (with a lab)
  • Physics (with a lab)
  • Microbiology (with a lab)
  • General Biology (with a lab)

Prerequisite courses must be completed before the beginning of the first professional year or concurrent with other classes during the first year of the program.

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