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Master of Athletic Training

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Type of Degree: Graduate

The athletic training profession has moved the required degree from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree at all colleges and universities, effective fall of 2022. Heidelberg University has approved our transition to a Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) degree will be applying to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) for this transition.​ As such, Heidelberg will no longer be accepting undergraduate students to this program. 

Students enrolling at Heidelberg after the fall of 2018 are encouraged to consider our other undergraduate programs in health science, biology, or even psychology to prepare to enter our MAT program. Heidelberg faculty will help you meet the prerequisites for a master in athletic training degree program. For more information, please contact Ryan Musgrave, assistant professor of athletic training.


Chicago Marathon

Get real hands-on experience by working as a medical volunteer for the Chicago Marathon. Heidelberg is the only school outside of Illinois to send athletic training majors. You’ll work at finish line alongside professionals at the second largest race in the country.

Conferences and Conventions

You’ll have the opportunity to attend regional and national athletic training conventions where you network with professionals, attend workshops and sessions, and meet other students from across the country. Heidelberg athletic trainings majors and faculty travel annually to conventions for the National Athletic Training Association, the Ohio Athletic Training Association, and the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association.

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department. 

Clinical Education Experiences

The purpose of the Master of Athletic Training Program at Heidelberg University is to prepare qualified entry-level athletic trainers to seek employment in a variety of clinical settings. Clinical education affords students real time opportunities to apply the theories, concepts, and skills learned in the classroom to "real-life" situations in a variety of settings.

Master of Athletic Training students will at minimum, gain experience working with equipment intensive sports such as football and lacrosse, activities in which the upper or lower extremities are emphasized, such as baseball, softball and soccer to name a few. Students will also be exposed to general medical conditions in settings such as local physicians’ offices, Urgent Care Clinics and Emergency Rooms. Clinical education experiences are incorporated into the curriculum at sports medicine clinics, universities, industries, physician offices and local area high schools.


To become a certified athletic trainer, all graduates must pass the Board of Certification Exam to receive a state license. Over the past seven years, Heidelberg students have a 100% overall pass rate on the BOC exam. (full chart of outcomes)

Roughly 85% of AT department graduates find related employment, internships, and/or are accepted to graduate school prior to graduation! Students completing the Pre-Professional curriculum within the Athletic Training major have a strong record of getting accepted to graduates school for physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant studies, and chiropractic medicine.


Our two-year athletic training program covers the required curriculum for all professional organizations and the board of certification. 

MAT Curriculum

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at or 419-448-2330.

Admission Process

Admission to the MAT program is competitive and selective. Applicants are required to complete the online application and submit on or before March 1st. 

MAT Admission Requirements


Heidelberg's Athletic Training Program to prepares the Athletic Training students for the certification process and examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC) as well as a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in a variety of professional settings. Visit our department page to view our:

ATP Related Fees 

Initiating and continuing enrollment in the ATP requires the student to pay for a number of program-specific fees, appropriate clinical attire as indicated by the ATP, professional dues and memberships (seniors only), travel to and from clinical sites and off campus events associated with the ATP, and other associated expenses which typically total $500 or more over the duration of the program. Students are advised to budget accordingly.

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