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Exercise Science & Athletic Training - Athletic Training


Imagine an internship with an NFL team, a ballet, or a leading orthopedic firm. As a student in Manchester’s nationally accredited Athletic Training Program, you’ll have amazing opportunities! You’ll get hands-on clinical experience and training that will prepare you to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). At Manchester, you’ll acquire the tools to become integral members of health care teams in high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, hospitals and industrial settings.


Important Update for the Profession of Athletic Training

All athletic trainers will need a master’s degree in the near future.

Read more about this important change in requirements for athletic training certification.

3+2 Dual Degree Program in Exercise Science and Fitness (BA/BS) and Athletic Training (MAT)

Manchester University announces the inception of a 5-year dual program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Fitness and a Master of Athletic Training degree (MAT).  The program will begin in the Fall, 2016 Semester.

Beginning in 2022, individuals who wish to become Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) must possess a Master’s Degree from an accredited Athletic Training education program.  Through this program, Manchester University affords individuals the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Fitness and a Master of Athletic Training degree in just five years, including summer sessions – a process which would normally take six.

Students in MU’s 3+2 MAT program attend undergraduate classes at our residential campus in North Manchester, Ind., earning their undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Fitness and the required courses to apply to the Master of Athletic Training Program. The final two years in the MAT professional program, students study at our Fort Wayne, Ind., campus, where they have enhanced access to internships, clinical experiences and all the amenities offered by the second largest city in Indiana.

Some student-athletes choose to take four years to complete the undergraduate portion of the program in order to maintain four years of athletic eligibility, thus completing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in six years.

Manchester’s Master of Athletic Training degree program:

  • Has been in existence since 2010
  • Is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 
  • Has an excellent track record for graduates who take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination – 100% have passed, with 97.5% passing on their first attempt.

Here’s how the dual-degree program works:

  • Students enter Manchester University as first-year students and declare an undergraduate major in Exercise Science and Fitness – Exercise Science Concentration
  • Students then complete the requirements for this undergraduate degree on an accelerated schedule, completing 12 semester-hours of coursework each summer in addition to completing courses in the Fall, January, and Spring semesters each year 
  • At the end of the students’ second year, they can choose to apply for admittance to the MAT program 
  • After completing the undergraduate degree requirements in the third year, students then begin their graduate studies the following summer at our campus in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • When the requirements for the MAT are completed, students are “certification-eligible”, meaning they are eligible to take the certification examination leading to the Certified Athletic Trainer credential (ATC)
  • Students who elect not to pursue the MAT degree or are not accepted to the MAT program, have completed the undergraduate degree in three years

The advantages of this program are obvious:

  • Students complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in 5 years, instead of 6, thus saving 1 year of tuition
  • Students are eligible for employment as an athletic trainer 1 year earlier*
  • Both the undergraduate major and the MAT program are academically strong and demonstrate a proven record of graduate success

*Assuming successful completion of the BOC examination and meeting specific state licensure requirements. 

Click here to see the 5-year curriculum for the 3+2 Dual Degree Program.

I already have a bachelor's degree and am interested in enrolling in the two-year master's program.

Manchester University is in the process of voluntarily withdrawing the undergraduate athletic training program. This is occurring due to accreditation changes and minimal level of education a student must have to become a certified athletic trainer. Manchester University no longer accepts undergraduate athletic training majors and will graduate our last cohort in May of 2020. Manchester University will continue its excellent work with the Master of Athletic Training degree.

Manchester University Undergraduate Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).