Master of Athletic Training
Option 1: A five-year program in which students earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Professions 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.
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):
- 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
- Preferred courses include:
- Chemistry with lab (2 semesters)
- General Physics II with Lab
- Motor Control and Learning
Students who desire admission into the Master’s in Athletic Training Program must submit a formal application. The entire application packet must be submitted to the Athletic Training Program Director in the James P. Homer Field House, by 5:00 P.M. on March 1st. If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications may be submitted the next business day by 5:00 P.M. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots exist. Students are encouraged to apply by the March 1st deadline, as the program will likely reach capacity at that point.
The Athletic Training Admissions Committee consisting of the Athletic Training Program Director, Clinical Education Coordinator, Preceptors, professional students and possibly other professionals, will evaluate each student applying for admission to the Professional Program. Formal notification of admission 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.
(A Note to Transfer students: As soon as you decide to transfer to the University of West Alabama, you should notify the Athletic Training Program Director immediately to review application requirements. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis.)
Admission Requirements For Master’s Program
- Students must apply and be accepted to the University of West Alabama Graduate School
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all college coursework (a GPA below 3.0 may be considered)
- Completed pre-requisite courses (students may be enrolled in pre-requisite courses at time of application)
- Proof of 200 Clinical Observation Hours with a certified athletic trainer.
- Official transcript(s) of all college coursework
Instructions for Application to the Master’s in Athletic Training
- Students should first apply to the University of West Alabama Graduate School.
- GRE scores (or test equivalent) should also be submitted to the Graduate School directly.
- 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.)
- Essay (3 page maximum), which should address the following key points (upload to graduate school website):
- Reasons for desiring this professional career
- Career goals
- Attributes that you possess that will make you successful in life and as an athletic trainer
In addition to the Graduate School application, the following materials should be submitted directly to the Athletic Training Program Director:
- Transcript(s) and course work verification. Obtain a current official copy of all college course work. Students must complete or be in the process of completing required course work prior to application to the professional athletic training program.
Provisional Acceptance Guidelines
Once students are provisionally accepted into the professional program, students must provide the following documentation to be considered for full admission:
- Each student must complete and provide verification of a Hepatitis-B vaccination series and titer (or must sign a waiver) (students may be in process).
- Each student must obtain a tuberculosis test and provide verification of results.
- Proof of immunization for MMR and DTP vaccines.
- Verification of influenza vaccination or signed declination.
- Completion and submission of a Confidentiality Statement for Athletic Training Students.
- Technical Standards: Each applicant must read and sign the “technical standards” document confirming that they understand and are able to comply with the established standards (included in the professional manual).
- Verification of a negative drug screen according to guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the athletic training program. $30
- Negative criminal background check conducted according to guidelines established by the clinical agencies utilized by the athletic training program. $52
- Proof of current American National Red Cross Professional Rescuer/AED First Aid and CPR or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers certification or Emergency Medical Technician equivalency. $27 bienniallyThe entire application packet must be submitted to the Athletic Training Program Director in the James P. Homer Field House, by 5:00 P.M. on March 1st for the following summer semester (starting second summer session). If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications may be submitted the next business day by 5:00 P.M. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots exist. Students are encouraged to apply by the March 1st deadline, as the program will likely reach capacity at that point. 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.
- AH 400. Theory and Techniques of Athletic Training (3)
- AH 432. Therapeutic Modalities and Lab (3)
- AH 440. Therapeutic Exercise and Lab (3)
- AH 502. Non Orthopaedic Evaluation and General Medical Issues (3)
- AH 508. Athletic Training Capstone Project or Thesis (3)
- AH 520. Pathophysiology of Musculoskeletal Injury (3)
- AH 522. Assessment of Lower Extremities and Lab (3)
- AH 524. Assessment of Upper Extremities and Lab (3)
- AH 542. Performance Enhancement through Nutrition and Physical Conditioning (3)
- AH 550. Professional Behaviors in Athletic Training (3)
- AH 552. Athletic Training Administration (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/Practicum I (2)
- AH 585. Athletic Training Clinical/Practicum II (2)
- PE 540. Techniques of Research in Human Performance (3)
Total Minimum Required: 43 Hours