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Master of Athletic Training

Master of
Athletic Training

LIFE’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree is housed in the Department of Sport Health Science. This 76-credit hour graduate degree is a two-year, full-time professional program. We were given national accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in October 2014 (through 2019). The first class graduated in June 2014 and was eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam.

As a professional program, students in the AT program would enter with no or minimal knowledge and experience in athletic training. After completing the requirements for this degree, students would meet and exceed all the minimal requirements to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam. These are the current three-year BOC pass rate of Life University. Life University’s MAT program has been placed on Probation as of February 24, 2017, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.​

During this curriculum, the students will be required to conduct a research project but not a formal Master’s thesis. The MAT student will be completing a non-thesis degree program and will be required to take the Master’s comprehensive examination.

 

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For more information, contact:

Program Director
Dr. Roxanne Caron, D.C., LAT,  ATC, CVCP, TMR2
(770) 792-6100, ext. 1235
Roxanne.Caron@LIFE.edu

 

Application Requirements Specific to the MAT

Instructions for the graduate school application are found in the Academic Policies section of the Academic Catalog.

  • Acceptance into the professional graduate MAT degree program occurs on an annual basis (program starts in July of each year). The application process for the Master of Athletic Training degree is highly competitive, as the number of students accepted is limited.
  • All admissions requirements should be met and all official documentation received in the Office of Enrollment 30 days (45 days for all international students) prior to the beginning of the quarter of intended matriculation. Due to the competitiveness of the MAT degree program, application materials should be received by February 1 of each year.
  • All MAT students must submit and complete all MAT program admission criteria and other MAT program requirements that are discussed on this MAT program website, MAT Student Orientation in July (required), Wiggio (after admitted), and MAT Student Handbook (in Wiggio). If these are not completed, students will not be able to register for any academic classes at any time within the MAT program – NO exception.

Admissions Criteria

Deadline: February 1, 2018 or until filled

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better in the following classes:
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry I
  • Physics I
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with 280 cumulative and 3.5 writing.  Applicants are urged to complete alll testing well in advance of applying for admission to Life University.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher with regard to completion of academic requirements
  • Three recommendation letters (two academic and one from an athletic trainer who supervised their 75 hours observation)
  • Letter of intent and resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Completion of the Life University Online application (and $50 application fee)
  • TOEFL exam scores (minimum and for international students only): 500 on paper copy, 173 computer version or 61 on IBT format
  • Meet Technical Standards for Admission into MAT
  • Completion of Physical Exam & Medical History form
  • Minimum of 75 observation hours supervised by a healthcare professional (ideally a BOC certified athletic trainer).  This is documented on a form provided to the applicant and signed by the supervisor(s). These hours can be completed at multiple facilties and/or supervisors. Please use the Clinical Observation form to record these hours.
  • Only upon formal admission into the MAT program, students will be required to have a criminal background check and drug screening before the first clinical rotation in July/August (This information will be provided and explained at the MAT Student Orientation in July).
  • CPR and First Aid are not required for admission, nor is it encouraged for applicants to get prior to starting this MAT program. For CAATE accreditation, all students will be required to take and pay for this training and certification in CPR for Professional Rescuer within the first summer by MAT Program Director.

First Year

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 605 Evaluation Fundamentals 2 Hours 0 Hours 2 Hours

This course provides the student with an introduction to the injury evaluation principles of patient care. Topics include: patient interviewing and history taking, medical documentation, monitoring vital signs, positioning, transfers, the use of assistive equipment for ADL activities, gait instruction, and wheelchair prescription and training. Students will also be introduced to goniometry, manual
muscle testing, reflex testing and sensory testing.

MSHS 641 Athletic Injury Care 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

Students continue to learn about the athletic training profession. They are taught basic principles in the prevention, evaluation and care of athletic injuries. Students also learn basic taping and wrapping; and CPR/AED for the professional rescuer.

MSHS 661.11 Clinical Education I 0 Hours 2 Hours 1 Hours

Students are introduced to the profession of athletic training and the athletic training education program. Students will learn basic taping and wrapping; modalities, wound care, splinting, environmental and other basic skills. They will also be assigned to clinical education rotations under the direct supervision of a preceptor.

Sub-total: 7 credit hours

Fall Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 650 Injury Assessment: Lower Extremity 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course presents the systematic evaluation of exercise-induced injuries to the lower body including the hip and groin. Prevention and management of these injuries are also considered.

MSHS 661.12 Clinical Education II 0 Hours 2 Hours 1 Hours

The student will develop advanced taping, wrapping, bracing, fitting sports equipment. They will also be assigned to clinical education rotations under the direct supervision of a preceptor.

MSHS 670 Kinesiology of Sport 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of anatomical and kinesiological principles applied to the qualitative analysis of human motion in sports skills. Topics include movement terminology, muscle mechanics and function, levers, and an introduction to kinematics and kinetics of human motion.

Sub-total: 9 credit hours

Winter Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 600 Exercise Physiology 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in terms of how they relate to human performance limitations, training effects, and health-related benefits. Emphasis will be given to a study of the components of physical fitness. Exercise metabolism and nutrition will be covered.

MSHS 646 Therapeutic Agents 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of selected physical agents commonly used in athletic training. Topics include hydrotherapy, massage, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, and traction.

MSHS 652 Injury Assessment: Upper Extremity 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course presents the systematic evaluation of exercise-induced injuries to the upper body including the head, neck, and low back. Prevention and management of these injuries are also considered.

MSHS 661.13 Clinical Education III 0 Hours 2 Hours 1 Hours

Students will be assessed on psychomotor skills learned from the previous quarter – lower extremity and therapeutic modalities. They will also be assigned to clinical education rotations under the direct supervision of a preceptor.

Sub-total: 13 credit hours

Spring Courses

Course # Course Name *Prereq. Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credit Hrs.
MSHS 612 Exercise Testing & Prescription MSHS 600 3 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours

This course offers the study of the fundamental principles of exercise testing and prescription for healthy and diseased states. Ergometry commonly employed in human performance labs, clinical settings and health clubs will be evaluated. Topics discussed include medical screening, strength testing, power and flexibility, anaerobic and aerobic fitness assessment, body composition, exercise prescription, and metabolic calculations.

MSHS 647 Therapeutic Exercise Lab for Athletic Training 0 Hours 2 Hours 1 Hours

The purpose of this course is to provide an application of exercises and techniques based on current evidence. Skills taught in this course will include range of motion, flexibility, strength, balance, proprioception, aerobic exercise, aquatic exercise, manual therapy and others.

MSHS 648 Principles in Therapeutic Exercise 4 Hours 0 Hours 4 Hours

The study of the basic principles and techniques used to rehabilitate joints, muscles, and other soft tissue conditions. This course is required in the special interest curricula and athletic training.

MSHS 664 Clinical Education IV 2 Hours 0 Hours 2 Hours

Students will be assessed on psychomotor skills learned from the previous quarters – posture, body composition, therapeutic exercise and strength training. They will also be assigned to clinical education rotations under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Students must complete a minimum of 350 clinical education hours.

Sub-total: 11 credit hours

Clinical Education

Clinical education experiences are required each quarter in addition to the course load. Although academic courses take top priority over everything, students will complete a minimum of 1,200 hours in two years in a variety of sports and patient-type settings (including Special Olympics and Student SEATA Conference). 

Clinical education experiences within the profession of athletic training serve to provide invaluable experiences and contacts that will enhance the students’ educational process. Therefore, students are to complete a minimum of 15 hours per week per term but not to exceed 25 hours per week per term as an athletic training student during the clinical educational portion of the AT program, unless it is a holiday or school is on break. The student must have a minimum of one day per week without clinical experiences. The student is expected to document each day.

The following hours cannot be counted toward documented clinical hours: time spent traveling with a team, meals, unsupervised time or academic hours. Clinical hours completed during winter break or breaks between quarters are optional. Students are not required to complete hours during breaks in the academic calendar or during finals week. However, if a student has the opportunity to complete the clinical learning experience during this timeframe, one cannot earn more than 25% of the clinical hours required for the following quarter. These experiences must be pre-approved by both the clinical preceptor and the program director/clinical coordinator.

Students must be directly supervised by a clinical preceptor during the delivery of athletic training services. The clinical preceptor must be physical present and have the ability to intervene on behalf of the athletic training student and the patient. At no time is the student allowed to function as a first responder. During a clinical rotation, a student is not allowed to perform skills on a patient/client until the skill has been covered in a course and evaluated by the faculty member or clinical preceptor.

Students can only obtain clinical hours from a pre-approved site that has completed clinical preceptor training and undergone a clinical site evaluation, submitted all necessary documentation (which may include but is not limited to contract, credentials, licensure, BOC cards, emergency action plan and equipment documentation). At no time will a student be allowed to obtain hours from a non-approved clinical site.

Clinical Education Rotation Plan

Students are assigned to their clinical preceptors (CPs) and clinical sites by the Program Director or the Clinical Coordinator based on a clinical education rotation schedule through the various sports categories, as well as such considerations as the student’s strengths and weaknesses, career interests and goals, and prior experience. Additional factors, such as availability of CPs and physical capacity of the site, are also considered in assignment of students to clinical ed. rotation sites.

In addition, AT students in the equipment intensive rotation will be scheduled to observe, assist and compile notes as the physicians perform examinations in the athletic training room. All clinical education experiences off-campus (i.e., general medical, high school, physical therapy clinic, etc.) take priority over all other clinical responsibilities. If there is a problem with any of these clinical education sites or experiences, notify the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator immediately.

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