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Master of Athletic Training - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Athletic trainer?

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions1.

Where are athletic trainers employed?

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician practice, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Performing arts including professional and collegiate level dance and music2

What kind of salary can I expect as an athletic trainer?

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2016 Salary Survey3, the average annual income for athletic trainers holding a master’s degree is $52,950. Salaries can vary by employment setting, years of experience, job responsibilities, highest academic degree held and other factors.

Who is Manchester’s MAT program for?

For students who’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline and are looking to earn the credentials for a career in athletic training, Manchester offers a full-time, two-year, accredited, professional master’s degree program. That infuses the classroom and laboratory with a diversity of knowledge and a wider variety of backgrounds and experiences. It gives our graduates enhanced versatility in the job market, and it enriches the overall breadth of the athletic training profession.

Manchester also offers an accelerated program for Manchester undergraduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a field other than athletic training. In this 3+2 program, students can complete their bachelor’s degree in as little as three years in a major such as exercise science and fitness and earn their MAT in another two. Students may also choose to take four years to earn their bachelor’s degree.

What does the curricular structure look like?

The Master of Athletic Training degree (MAT) is a 67-semester-hour program spanning two full academic years, including a summer session. An optional three-semester-hour internship is also available as well as an elective International Sports Medicine course; that course has been conducted in England & Ireland, and Greece & Rome.

For full course listings and course descriptions visit

What changes are occurring in athletic training education?

Beginning in 2026, one must hold a master’s degree from a CAATE-accredited athletic training education program to be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. After the beginning of the fall semester, 2022, no students can enroll in a bachelor’s degree program to meet requirements for certification.

How is Manchester University responding to these changes?

Manchester University has had both bachelor’s and master’s CAATE-accredited athletic training education programs since 2010.  The undergraduate program, established in 1984, has not admitted first-year students since 2016 in anticipation of this degree requirement change. The master’s program (MAT) is well-established, graduating 43 students beginning in 2012, and has received full accreditation from CAATE through 2026. The MAT program is located on MU’s beautiful Fort Wayne campus.

Where do classes take place?

Classes for the MAT program will take place at Manchester University Fort Wayne Campus .

Why was the MAT program moved to Manchester’s Fort Wayne campus?

There are several important reasons.  First, accreditation requirements dictate that programs in athletic training be administratively housed with similar health care professions, thus our relationship with MU’s Pharmacy Program is a natural alliance.  This affords many interprofessional opportunities as our MAT students collaborate with our Pharmacy and Pharmacogenomics students and many practicing heath care providers and researchers. 

Second, Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second-largest city, is home to a large, robust health care industry, and offers a vibrant cultural and entertainment atmosphere.  

Third, we are able to share resources with other health care education programs. For example, simulation labs and virtual cadavers will be readily accessible for our MAT students.

And fourth,being located in Fort Wayne, MAT students have shorter commutes to clinical education sites. Fort Wayne is an attractive place for our graduate students to live and learn.

Are there any other changes associated with the MAT program move to the Fort Wayne campus?

Yes. The MAT curriculum is continually being evaluated and improved upon. Beginning in fall 2019 there will be significant changes to the curriculum, incorporating classroom modules for several weeks followed by clinical experiences of several weeks duration. At least one of the clinical experience rotations will be a minimum of a four-week immersive experience.

How would you describe the class environment?

The class sizes are small. The goal is to remain small to ensure that there is significant interaction, collaboration and teamwork among all faculty and students.

What is the cost of tuition and fees for the MAT program?

Tuition and fees for Manchester’s MAT Program are among the lowest in the area.  For specific information see MAT tuition and fees  .

What are the MAT program admission requirements?

To be considered for admission, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average
  • Acceptable reference recommendations
  • Completion of Manchester University Health Form and vaccination record
  • Evidence of successful completion of program prerequisites
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission

What prerequisites are required for admission?

The following undergraduate courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00/4.00):

  • Human Anatomy with lab (Lecture and lab = at least 4.0 semester hours)
  • Human Physiology with lab (Lecture and lab = at least 4.0 semester hours)
  • Exercise Physiology with lab (Lecture and lab = at least 4.0 semester hours)
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology
  • Physics (any level)
  • Chemistry (any level)
  • Nutrition
  • Principles of Fitness and Exercise Prescription
  • General Psychology
  • Statistics 
    • Statistics courses counted for the prerequisite should address the following topics. These topics should be included in the course description provided by the applicant. An introduction to statistical techniques used in the social and natural sciences. Topics include: graphical and numerical summaries of data; sampling and experimental design; elementary probability; binomial, uniform, normal, student’s t, and chi-squared distributions; hypothesis tests and confidence intervals for means and proportions, ANOVA, and linear regression. Statistical software is introduced during weekly lab sessions. Students are expected to be proficient in using computer applications and the campus network

What is the timeline to apply?

Applications for admission are accepted any time after Sept. 15 of the cohort year for which you are applying. Visit Master of Athletic Training Admissions   for complete information and links to online applications.

MU is a participating member of the Athletic Training Centralized Application System™ (ATCAS). ATCAS allows applicants to upload all application information one time, and then that information is shared with the programs to which applicants are applying. 

Is there a fee to apply?

When using the Athletic Training Centralized Application System™ (ATCAS) to apply, there is an initial fee plus a per application fee.

Do I need to take the GRE for admission to the program?

No – we do not require students to take the GRE to be considered for the MAT program at Manchester University.

What sort of references are preferred?

Professional, such as professors, or supervisors from related work/efforts.

Can the MAT program be completed online?

Because of the required clinical education component, students must be in residence for two years.  The curriculum is a mix of classroom, laboratory, and off-site clinical experiences.

Can I visit campus?

Register for a visit here.

Does Manchester University provide housing for graduate students?

No, Manchester University does not provide housing to graduate students. Click here to view local housing resources.

Are graduate assistantships available?

At this time, there are no graduate assistantships available for this program.

Are there internships or jobs available?

This is a full-time program, and in the best interests of the students, outside employment during the program is not recommended.

Can I take other courses at the same time as I am enrolled?

This program is a full course load. We advise that you do not take courses outside of the program.

If I have more questions about the MAT program who should I contact?

Email and a team member from Admissions and Enrollment will get back to you, usually within 24 hours.  If you would like to reach out directly to the Program Director, please Dr. Lucas Dargo at



3 National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2016 Salary Survey

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