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UWA Master of Athletic Training

Master of Athletic Training

Master of Athletic Training Brochure

Option 1: A five-year program in which students earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training.
Option 2: A two-year master’s program designed for students who already have a baccalaureate degree.

The University of West Alabama is currently seeking accreditation for our new Master of Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education © CAATE. The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2020.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

Transfer students may take pre-requisite courses elsewhere and transfer into the institution for their final two years of graduate work.
Pre-Athletic Training Requirements

The following pre-requisite classes or their equivalents are required to be completed before admission to the professional program (course syllabi are required if courses are not taken at UWA):

  • Biomechanics
  • Concepts of Health, Wellness and Fitness
  • Exercise Physiology with lab
  • General Biology with lab
  • General Physics I with Lab
  • General Psychology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, both with labs
  • Introduction to Athletic Training
  • Introduction to Nutrition or higher
  • Kinesiology
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry I with lab
  • Preferred courses include:
    • Chemistry II with lab
    • General Physics II with Lab
    • Motor Control and Learning

Admission Policies

Students who desire admission into the Master's in Athletic Training Program must submit a formal application. Formal application must be completed through the Athletic Training Common Application System (AT-CAS) by March 1st. Applications will be reviewed as received and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.ATCAS

The Athletic Training Admissions Committee will evaluate each student applying for admission to the Professional Program. Based on the review and decisions on the completed applications, students will be invited for an on-site interview with the Athletic Training Admissions Committee.

Formal notification of admission status to the Master’s Program will be made in writing and sent to the candidate.

Candidates who are NOT admitted to the program will also receive written notification of this decision. Students may be selected as alternates and if a vacancy should become available, these students will be informed. Not all qualified candidates may be admitted to the professional program due to limited enrollment in clinical experiences.

Admission Requirements

  1. A preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college coursework
  2. A “C” or higher in prerequisite coursework (Students may be enrolled in prerequisite courses at time of application)
    • Biomechanics
    • Concepts of Health, Wellness and Fitness
    • Exercise Physiology with lab
    • General Biology with lab
    • General Physics I with Lab
    • General Psychology
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, both with labs
    • Introduction to Athletic Training
    • Introduction to Nutrition or higher
    • Kinesiology
    • Statistics
    • Chemistry I with lab
    • Prerequisite courses can be taken at UWA prior to Master’s Program admission. Please contact the Athletic Training Program Director or Clinical Education Coordinator for more information.
  3. Proof of 200 Clinical Observation Hours with a certified athletic trainer.
  4. Official transcripts of all college coursework.
  5. Three professional recommendation letters. Please do not request a recommendation from personal friends. At least one letter from a certified athletic trainer is strongly recommended.
  6. Essay (500-word maximum), which should address the following key points:
    • Reasons for desiring a professional career in athletic training
    • Career goals
    • Attributes that you possess that will make you successful in life as an athletic trainer
  7. Current Resume
  8. Proof of current American National Red Cross Professional Rescuer (AED/First Aid/CPR) or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification or Emergency Medical Technician equivalence.
  9. Recommendations: Request three (3) professional recommendations to be submitted to the Athletic Training Program Director by March 1. Please do not request a recommendation from personal friends. (At least one letter from a Certified Athletic Trainer is strongly recommended.)
  10. Successful completion of an on-site interview with the Athletic Training Admissions Committee.

Provisional Acceptance Guidelines

Once students are provisionally accepted into the professional program, students must provide the following documentation to be considered for full admission:

  1. Proof of acceptance to the University of West Alabama School of Graduate Studies. ($30 application fee)
  2. Each student must complete and provide verification of a Hepatitis-B vaccination series and titer. Students may choose to not be vaccinated and will be required to sign a waiver. (Vaccination may be in process.) (Approximately $270, all 3 doses, at area drug store clinics without insurance.)
  3. Each student must obtain a tuberculosis skin test and provide verification of negative results within last 12 months. (Approximately $58 at area drug store clinics without insurance)
  4. Proof of immunization for MMR and DTP vaccines. (If not available, approximately $170 at area drug store clinics without insurance)
  5. Each student must read and sign a Confidentiality Statement for Athletic Training Students.
  6. Each student must read and sign a Technical Standards Form confirming that they understand and are able to comply with the establish standards.
  7. Each student must submit a negative drug screen according to guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the Athletic Training Program. (Approximately $33 through Marengo Drug Screening Center in Demopolis, Alabama)
  8. Each student must submit a negative criminal background check conducted according to the guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the athletic training program. ($54.15 through UWA Police Department)
  9. Each student must submit proof of current American National Red Cross Professional Rescuer (AED/First Aid/CPR) or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification or Emergency Medical Technician equivalence. (Approximately $7-$27 if conducted through UWA Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Staff)

Students in the 5 year MAT program are classified as graduate students in years 4 and 5. As such, in those two years they are only eligible for graduate level financial aid. They are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant or for scholarships where being an undergraduate is a condition of the award.

Master of Athletic Training Two Year Plan

Total Program Requirements (53 hours):

Master of Athletic Training Course Descriptions

  • AH 401 or AH 501. Professional Practice and Techniques of Athletic Training (3)
  • AH 502. Non Orthopaedic Evaluation & General Medical Issues (3)
  • AH 420 or AH 520. Fundamental Skills in Athletic Training (3)
  • AH 502. Non Orthopaedic Evaluation and General Medical Issues (3)
  • AH 432 or 532. Managing Medical Emergencies (3)
  • AH 508. Seminar in Athletic Training (1)
  • AH 522. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Lower Extremity (3)
  • AH 524. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Upper Extremity (3)
  • AH 530. Therapeutic Intervention (3)
  • AH 530. Therapeutic Intervention (3)
  • AH 531. Manual Therapy Techniques (3)
  • AH 540. Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (3)
  • AH 541. Movement Analysis and Corrective Techniques for Dysfunction (3)
  • AH 550. Health Care Management and Professional Behaviors in Athletic Training (3)
  • AH 561. Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training I (3)
  • AH 562. Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training II (1)
  • AH 563. Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training III (3)
  • AH 581. Athletic Training Clinical I (1)
  • AH 582. Athletic Training Clinical II (1)
  • AH 583. Athletic Training Clinical III (1)
  • AH 584. Athletic Training Clinical IV (1)
  • AH 591. Athletic Training Clinical Immersion I (2)
  • AH 592. Athletic Training Clinical Immersion II (3)
  • PE 570. Development of Strength and Conditioning Programs (3)