What is the MAT program at Manchester University? The Manchester University Master of Athletic Training degree is generally a full-time two-year program offered on the school’s North Manchester, Ind., campus. Successful completion offers eligibility* to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination, which leads to the credential, ATC (certified athletic trainer).

What do athletic trainers do? Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries. They are often the first health-care professionals on the scene when injuries occur and are trained to recognize, evaluate and assess injuries, and provide immediate care. Athletic trainers educate people on how to reduce the risk of injury, advise them on the proper use of equipment, and recommend exercise and therapy programs. They also apply protective devices such as tape, bandages and braces.

Where do athletic trainers work? Athletic trainers are needed in every state of the country. They work in secondary schools, colleges and universities, in hospitals and clinics, in fitness and recreation centers, in business and industry, and for professional sports teams.

How’s the job market? Good. Our society is increasingly interested in sports and fitness and there is growing emphasis on reducing health-care costs by preventing injuries. For all those reasons, demand for athletic trainers is projected to grow for the foreseeable future.

Do I need a master’s to be an athletic trainer? About 70 percent of athletic trainers have master’s degrees. A master’s is necessary to work at the college level, and eventually, it may be needed for most entry-level positions. Also, 47 states require athletic trainers to be board-certified [licensed], which requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited athletic training program and passing a rigorous examination.

Is Manchester’s MAT program accredited? Yes, the program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

How much money can I expect to make? Like any occupation, it varies by employer and geographic location. But the national average salary for an athletic trainer with a master’s degree is $44,707. For an athletic trainer with a bachelor’s degree, it’s $39,096.

What will I learn in the MAT program? You’ll study a variety of topics that prepare you to excel as a professional athletic trainer. Understanding how the human body moves and works, pharmacology, administration, medical considerations, and statistics are among the course topics. A variety of practical, hands-on clinical experiences will be part of your training. An internship and direct teaching experience in a college setting are courses, too. For a complete list of courses and their descriptions, visit the MAT admissions page.

What is entry level? It’s a program for students with minimal knowledge and experience in athletic training and who have earned bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines. People with bachelor’s degrees from undergraduate athletic training programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) are not eligible for admission.

Why entry level? It provides candidates a different way to be eligible for certification. And students with a range of academic backgrounds enrich the classroom with a diversity of knowledge and variety of experiences. Holding a Master of Athletic Training degree with a bachelor’s degree in a different field enhances the versatility of our graduates in the job market. It also enriches the overall breadth of the profession.

Why Manchester? Manchester University already has a respected bachelor’s program in athletic training with highly trained, skilled faculty. At Manchester, classes are small, affording plenty of personal attention. Students will get teaching experience and immediate hands-on internship opportunities working with our athletic teams.

How long will it take? Generally the program can be completed in two full academic years, including two summer sessions. However, several undergraduate courses are prerequisites for the MAT program.

What are admission requirements? You’ll need a bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 grade-point average, first aid and CPR certification, letters of recommendation, and successful completion of some undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, fitness and exercise, psychology, medical terminology and statistics. For a complete and more detailed list, visit the MAT admissions page.

Can the MAT degree be completed via distance learning? No. All course work is offered on campus, and all clinical experiences are onsite at area facilities.

Where would I live? Limited on-campus housing is available to graduate students and can be requested at the time of admission to the program. A number of private apartments and rental homes are available in the neighborhood surrounding campus and throughout the community.

How much will it cost? Please visit the tuition and fees page.

How do I apply? Application can be made online by clicking here, by mail from the Office of Graduate Studies, Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962, or can be picked up in Room 133 of the Administration Building, phone 260-982-5051.

What if I have more questions? Contact Dr. Mark Huntington, associate dean for academic affairs and professor and chair of exercise and sport sciences at graduateprograms@manchester.edu.

*The Manchester University Master of Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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