Master of Athletic Training, MAT


Program Description

The Professional Masters of Athletic Training degree (MAT) at Dixie State University is designed to prepare students to become athletic training professionals. Professional athletic training education uses a skills-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being. The educational requirements for CAATE include acquisition of knowledge, skills and clinical abilities along with a broad scope of foundational behaviors of professional practice. Students complete an extensive clinical learning requirement that is embodied in the clinical integration proficiencies (professional, practice-oriented outcomes) as identified in the Athletic Training Education Competencies. The primary focus for the MAT program is to prepare students to sit for the Board of Certification Examination (BOC). Passage of the BOC examination is a requirement for licensure in most states. Eligibility for the BOC exam is contingent upon completion of a program accredited by CAATE that must instruct the Competencies within the curriculum.

Dixie State University is currently seeking accreditation for their new 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, 2021. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited.  Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.


Admission Requirements

Note: Admission requirements may change year to year as governed by CAATE, please check the Master of Athletic Training Website for next catalog year’s admission requirements. (following this link will take you out of the University Catalog).

  • B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent for international students with the following pre-requisites (with grade of C or higher):
A grade of C or better must be attained:
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB) 1
5
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab 1
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab 1
4
CHEM 1010Introduction to Chemistry (PS) (Lab recommended but not required ) 13
or CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
PHYS 1010Elementary Physics (PS) (Lab recommended but not required) 13
or PHYS 2010 College Physics I (PS)
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA) 13
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC) 13
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • Personal statement
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

Additional Requirements:

  • All international students must demonstrate language proficiency in Standard American English.
  • All students must be First Aid and CPR certified prior to beginning the Masters of Athletic Training program**
  • Criminal background check**
  • Technical standards form**
  • 25 hours of athletic training observation experience**
  • GRE scores are recommended but not required   

** Can be completed between acceptance and program start


Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Dixie State University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to meet the educational licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Requirement may vary state to state and may change at any time. Students who intend to use their DSU degree to secure licensure in any state other than Utah will need to review the professional licensure disclosures in that state pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select your program, or speak to the director of your program.


Program Curriculum

60 credits

MAT 6000RIntegrated Clinical Experience11
MAT 6030Advanced Acute Care in Athletic Training3
MAT 6032Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills1
MAT 6060Athletic Training Organization and Professional Responsibility3
MAT 6070Advanced Therapeutic Interventions I 3
MAT 6072Advanced Therapeutic Intervention I Clinical Skills1
MAT 6080Advanced Therapeutic Interventions II 3
MAT 6082Advanced Therapeutic Interventions II Clinical Skills 1
MAT 6100Advanced Clinical Anatomy3
MAT 6130General Medical Assessment and Referral 3
MAT 6150Advanced Athletic Training Clinical Skills2
MAT 6210Pathoetiology & Orthopaedic Assessment I 3
MAT 6215Pathoetiology and Orthopedic Assessment I Clinical Skills 1
MAT 6220Pathoetiology & Orthopaedic Assessment II 3
MAT 6225Pathoetiology and Orthopedic Assessment II Clinical Skills1
MAT 6250Advanced Preventative Health Techniques 3
MAT 6260Orthopedic Surgical Interventions3
MAT 6275Mental Health Care in AT Practice3
HHP 6290Research Methods in Health and Human Performance3
HHP 6295Quantitative Methods in Human Performance3
HHP 6299Research Non-Thesis Option3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 60 approved credit hours with no grade lower than a B, including a non-thesis research project. (Acceptable non-thesis projects include critically appraised topics, interrelated series of research proposals, conducting an empirical study, or a problem-based analysis of the literature, each of which require an extensive writing component).
  2. Complete a clinical experience each semester.
  3. Apply for graduation by the dates posted (clicking this link will take you out of the University Catalog). 
  4. Gain final approval for graduation from the Graduate Council.
  5. Complete all other program and university requirements.

Graduation Plan

Year 1
Summer Semester
MAT 6100Advanced Clinical Anatomy3
MAT 6150Advanced Athletic Training Clinical Skills2
MAT 6030Advanced Acute Care in Athletic Training3
MAT 6032Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills1
Fall Semester
MAT 6000RIntegrated Clinical Experience2
MAT 6210Pathoetiology & Orthopaedic Assessment I 3
MAT 6215Pathoetiology and Orthopedic Assessment I Clinical Skills 1
MAT 6070Advanced Therapeutic Interventions I 3
MAT 6072Advanced Therapeutic Intervention I Clinical Skills1
Spring Semester
MAT 6000RIntegrated Clinical Experience2
MAT 6220Pathoetiology & Orthopaedic Assessment II 3
MAT 6225Pathoetiology and Orthopedic Assessment II Clinical Skills1
MAT 6080Advanced Therapeutic Interventions II 3
MAT 6082Advanced Therapeutic Interventions II Clinical Skills 1
Year 2
Summer Semester
HHP 6290Research Methods in Health and Human Performance3
HHP 6295Quantitative Methods in Human Performance3
MAT 6000RIntegrated Clinical Experience1
MAT 6250Advanced Preventative Health Techniques 3
Fall Semester
MAT 6000RIntegrated Clinical Experience3
MAT 6275Mental Health Care in AT Practice3
MAT 6130General Medical Assessment and Referral 3
Spring Semester
MAT 6000RIntegrated Clinical Experience3
MAT 6260Orthopedic Surgical Interventions3
MAT 6060Athletic Training Organization and Professional Responsibility3
HHP 6299Research Non-Thesis Option3
Total Hours60

Masters of Athletic Training Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use medical terminology with professional verbal and written communication which allows intelligent interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations with clinicians across the health care spectrum.
  2. Demonstrate ability to use contemporary technology to communicate with various populations
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical and legal standards in health care professions, including state and national regulation of athletic training
  4. Demonstrate program-solving and critical thinking to effectively and accurately produce differential diagnoses of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and general medical injuries and conditions; formulate appropriate intervention strategies, based upon the differential diagnoses of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and general medical injuries and conditions, as well as patient and clinician-oriented outcomes.
  5. Develop relevant and applicable clinical questions; assess, appraise, and apply current literature in athletic training practice.
  6. Measure, assess, and modify course of treatment based upon patient and clinical outcomes.
  7. Experience diverse clinical settings and patient populations that will prepare students for current employment trends; develop culturally competent and appropriate communication and interaction skills.
  8. Pass the Board of Certification Exam.