MAT in Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by athletic trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers provide services according to educational preparation and state practice act.

The University of Missouri School of Health Professions offers a professional program in athletic training. The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree prepares students through the use of an integrated curricular design focused on patient-centered care. The two year program (six semesters) develops collaborative practice ready clinicians through a variety of clinical experiences both on and off campus. In partnership with MU Health, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, the Athletic Training Program provides robust educational experiences, including simulation and standardized patient encounters. The culmination of these rich experiences prepares students to provide exceptional health care and become leaders in the athletic training profession.

Degree Requirements

While the curriculum is in the process of being finalized, below is a list of expected core courses.

ATHTRN 7100Introduction to AT Practice
ATHTRN 7200Clinical Experience I
ATHTRN 7250Clinical Experience II
ATHTRN 7500Cadaveric Human Anatomy
ATHTRN 7600Scientific Foundations of Therapeutic Internventions
ATHTRN 8100Emergency Management
ATHTRN 8200Evidence Based Practice in Health Care
ATHTRN 8250Quality Improvement in Health Care
ATHTRN 8300Assessment Management I
ATHTRN 8400Assessment Management II
ATHTRN 8500Assessment Management III
ATHTRN 8700Primary Care in Athletic Training
ATHTRN 8750Clinical Experience III
ATHTRN 8800Health & Wellness
ATHTRN 9100Collaborative Practice
ATHTRN 9200Clinical Experience IV
ATHTRN 9250Clinical Experience V
ATHTRN 9300Organization & Administration
ATHTRN 9400Medical Diagnostics and Procedures in Athletic Training
ATHTRN 9500Capstone

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Admission Criteria

The Department of Athletic Training will begin accepting graduate applications beginning early fall for the Inaugural Class of 2022 who will start coursework in the Summer of 2020. A limited number of students will be accepted per cohort.

Undergraduate Course Prerequisites

Physics *4
Chemistry *4
Human Anatomy ^3
Human Physiology ^3
Biology *4
Exercise Physiology3
Total Credits33

Admission to the Masters of Athletic Training Program will be based on the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA minimum: 3.00 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of college work
  • Completion of Undergraduate Course Prerequisites (or equivalent) 
  • Minimum GRE score: GRE will not be required for admission
  • Application completion and submission through ATCAS

All applications will be submitted through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS).

Potential applicants who have met all prerequisites for admission to the program should submit their application through ATCAS, beginning in early fall, in order to be considered for acceptance for the following Summer semester. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is appropriately filled. Not all applicants will be asked to participate in an interview process.

Please contact the Program Coordinator or Program Director for further questions.

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Plan of Study

Course curriculum for the Masters of Athletic Training is subject to change as the program is in the process of finalizing the proposed plan of study.

First Year *

ATHTRN 7100: Introduction to AT Practice
ATHTRN 7500: Cadaveric Human Anatomy
ATHTRN 7600: Scientific Foundations of Therapeutic Interventions
ATHTRN 7200: Clinical Experience I
ATHTRN 8100: Emergency Management
ATHTRN 8200: Evidence Based Practice in Health Care
ATHTRN 8300: Assessment Management I
ATHTRN 7250: Clinical Experience II
ATHTRN 8400: Assessment Management II
ATHTRN 8700: Primary Care in Athletic Training
ATHTRN 8800: Health & Wellness
ATHTRN 9100: Collaborative Practice

Second Year *

ATHTRN 8750: Clinical Experience III
ATHTRN 8500: Assessment Management III
ATHTRN 9200: Clinical Experience IV
ATHTRN 9300: Organization & Administration
ATHTRN 8250: Quality Improvement in Health Care
ATHTRN 9400: Medical Diagnostics and Procedures in Athletic Training
ATHTRN 9250: Clinical Experience V
ATHTRN 9500: Capstone

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Contact Information

Kimberly Wilhite
Athletic Training Program Coordinator
321 Hearnes Center
Columbia, MO 65211

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