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Manchester is moving Master of Athletic Training Program to Fort Wayne

Manchester University’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program is packing up its bags and will take residence next fall at its Fort Wayne, Ind., campus.

This move from the North Manchester campus allows Manchester to offer more opportunities to MAT students:

  • There is great potential to expand clinical experiences – including professional sports – in Indiana’s second largest city. Athletic trainers are integral members of health care teams in high schools, colleges and universities, pro sports, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, military and industrial settings – all plentiful in Fort Wayne.
  • The Fort Wayne campus, 10627 Diebold Road, is already the hub of Manchester’s graduate-level professional health science programs, the doctoral program in pharmacy and master’s program in pharmacogenomics. All three can share resources and specialized teaching spaces.
  • Fort Wayne offers a broad variety of apartments and rental homes, employment opportunities for spouses of students and a vibrant cultural and entertainment atmosphere.

    Mark HuntingtonFort Wayne offers the kind of lifestyle and clinical opportunities that graduate-level students expect, said Dr. Mark Huntington, dean for Natural and Health Sciences. 

    “We are looking forward to having our graduate and professional health professions programs under the same roof, and to taking advantage of the opportunities for interprofessional development for students and faculty alike,” said Huntington and W. Thomas Smith, dean of the Pharmacy Programs, in a joint announcement to faculty and staff.

    Manchester has a history of excellence in the health sciences, and its nationally accredited Master of Athletic Training Program stands out as one of the Midwest’s top athletic training graduate programs. Since the program’s inception in 2010, 100 percent of its MAT candidates have passed their national Board of Certification exam – 97.5 percent on the first attempt.

    In addition to a traditional two-year master’s program, Manchester also offers Athletic Training 3 + 2, five-year dual program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Fitness, and a Master of Athletic Training degree. The first three years would be at the North Manchester campus and the final two years would be at the Fort Wayne campus.

    At Manchester, class sizes are small, affording plenty of personal attention from highly trained, skilled faculty.

    Beginning in 2022, all individuals who wish to become a certified athletic trainer must already have a master’s degree from an accredited athletic training education program before taking the certification exam.

About Manchester

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at . 

November 2018