ABOUT THIS DEGREE
Are you interested in working hands-on with athletes and other health professionals to focus on the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, in addition to having responsibilities in administration, education and counseling? Life University’s 84-credit hour Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree is a two-year, full-time professional program that may be a perfect fit for you.
We have national accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). There are only 35 programs in the world to similar LIFE’s Master of Athletic Training degree, which is the only one offered in the state of Georgia. With an M.A.T. from Life University, you will have the ability to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and credentialed at the State level.
Students who choose to pursue the Master of Athletic Training would enter the program with minimal knowledge and experience in athletic training. After completing this degree, students would meet or exceed all the requirements to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam. The degree program prepares students in the five domains of athletic training:
- Injury and illness prevention and wellness promotion
- Examination, assessment and diagnosis
- Immediate and emergency care
- Therapeutic intervention
- Health care administration and professional responsibility
Our clinical education involves hands-on application of skills in a variety of sports through Life University’s athletic teams and Sport Science Institute, other college athletic programs, high school athletics, sports medicine and PT clinics, chiropractor’s offices and other arenas.
Athletic Training is recognized as an allied healthcare profession that provides comprehensive care to the athletic and physically active populations. An athletic trainer (AT) is involved in the prevention, assessment/evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. In addition, they also have responsibilities in healthcare administration and education. As a member of the Sports Medicine team, an AT works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other healthcare workers, athletic coaches, administrators and parents. Athletic trainers may be employed in high schools, colleges, sports medicine and PT clinics, professional sports programs, corporations, physician practices, the military and other healthcare settings.
For more information on degree specifics, requirements and curriculum offerings, please visit Life University’s Master of Athletic Training page.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.
Azalea Hancock, M.A.T. Student
“I enjoy it because I can keep the connection to sports and athletes. I played basketball growing up, was an assistant coach at a local high school during my time at Georgia State and my family is big on sports. So staying active and maintaining that connection is important to me. I also enjoy the health, fitness and rehabilitation aspect. Then you tie in immediate care, being a first-responder to an injury. There’s so much you can do with [the degree]. I’ve learned a lot through the program, mentors in the field and my clinical experiences.”
Other Academic Information
- Division of Sport Health Science
- Degree Requirements, Curriculum and Completion Requirements
- Undergraduate Admission Requirements
- Master of Athletic Training Brochure
- 2-Year MAT Program Outline (starts July 11, 2016)
- 2-Year MAT Program Outline (starts July 10, 2017)
- 2-Year MAT Program Outline (starts July 9, 2018)
- Program Expenses
- MAT Student Handbook
- 3 year retention, graduation, and employment rates
Other Relevant Information
- Tuition, Fees and Cost of Attendance
- Financial Aid
- Housing Overview
- Dining Services
- Wellness Center
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
- Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association (GATA)
- Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- AT Program A-Track Online
- Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA – District 9)
- Georgia Athletic Training License
- Board of Certification (BOC)
- Athletic Training Program Facebook Group