Master of Athletic Training

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.

Bachelors to Masters

The athletic training profession has moved the required degree from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree at all colleges and universities. Heidelberg University has transitioned to a Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) degree and has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).​

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A history of success

To become a certified athletic trainer, all graduates must pass the Board of Certification Exam to receive a state license. Historically, Heidelberg students have done very well on the BOC exam. (full chart of Student outcomes).

Undergraduate students interested in a career in athletic training can enroll at Heidelberg choosing from several different majors and/or our pre-professional health tracks. 

Admission Pathways

The Masters of Athletic Training is designed to be a two year program. See the admission pathways for the Masters of Athletic Training Program below.

Junior 3+2 year pathway

Eligible applicants must currently be enrolled at Heidelberg with successful completion of at least 101 undergraduate credit hours; the Masters of Athletic Training program prerequisite courses; admission requirements and, successful completion of course requirements with a major in Health Science or Exercise Science before being admitted to the program. Accepted 3+2 year applicants will begin the Masters of Athletic Training Program in August, prior to the semester start. A Bachelor of Science degree is intended to be awarded at the end of year one in the Masters of Athletic Training program. Students with prior college coursework are also eligible for this pathway.

Professional program pathway

Eligible applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree in any major, at any regionally accredited institution; the Master of Athletic Training program prerequisite courses; and, meet the minimum admission requirements.

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Heidelberg's Athletic Training Program prepares Athletic Training students for the certification process and examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC), and 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.

Professional Licensure

This program is designed to meet educational requirements for professional license or certification, which is required for employment in occupations related to this major. Please refer to this list regarding whether Heidelberg's program meets licensure requirements for specific states. 

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