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9MATR - Master of Athletic Training

Health and Human Performance Graduate Master of Athletic Training

Program Delivery

Residential Program

Program Level


Degree Designation

Master of Athletic Training

Program Type



College of Science & Mathematics

Program Description

Students wishing to pursue the Master of Athletic Training degree may do so as part of the accelerated BS-to-MAT program (3 undergraduate years in an approved curriculum + 2 graduate years), or after the completion of their bachelor’s degree. Students are not required to complete a Norwich University bachelor’s program to be considered or admitted.

The Master of Athletic Training uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical education model, athletic training students gain experience in a variety of educational domains to prepare them to serve as allied health care providers for the physically active population. Certified Athletic Trainers have specialized education in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries and illness affecting physically active populations. Educational content is based on cognitive (knowledge), psycho-motor (skills), and clinical proficiencies (professional, practice-oriented outcomes). The Athletic Training Program incorporates hands-on experience in various professional settings. The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.


  • Students will be prepared to enter the field of Athletic Training upon graduation and successful completion of the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. 

  • Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary for clinical practice and leadership within the profession of athletic training.

  • Students will be instructed in didactic, lab, and clinical settings in a manner that encourages the development of critical thinking skills, utilization of technology, and promotes a culture of lifelong learning.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Providing an official transcript from an accredited institution demonstrating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.

  • Maintain/provide proof of an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.

  • Provide verification of Certification in Emergency Cardiac Care through a course that meets the standards set forth by the Board of Certification.

  • Provide completed program application

  • Provide documentation of having completed at least 30 observation hours with a Certified Athletic Trainer

  • Provide a cover letter

  • Provide a résumé

  • Provide a reference letter from a Certified Athletic Trainer

  • Adhere to the technical standards of the program as described in the student handbook.

Students wishing to pursue the Master of Athletic Training degree may do so either as part of the accelerated BS-to-MAT program in 3+2 years, or two years as a graduate student.

To be considered for admission into the MAT program, the following criteria is required:

Overall GPA 2.75

Norwich students enrolled in an accelerated program applying with less than 2.75 GPA may still be conditionally approved to enroll in 500 level coursework with permission from the Program Director. 

Completion of undergraduate coursework

Norwich students enrolled in an accelerated program are allowed to complete up to 6 credits per semester. *

Note:  enrolling in 6 credits on top of the 500-level coursework will put students at 21 credits; potential on financial overload)

*All prerequisite/ foundational knowledge courses listed below MUST be complete prior to 500 level work

Prerequisite coursework overall GPA of 2.3

Prerequisite coursework requiring an average 2.3 GPA includes:

·         BI 101 Principles of Biology

·         BI 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

·         BI 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

·         CH 103 General Chemistry I

·         PS 201 Physics I

·         HHPR 301 Exercise Physiology

·         HHPR 365 Kinesiology

·         PY 211 Introduction to Psychology

·         MA 232 Statistics 

Additional Program Information

Careers for this Major

The following areas are opportunities where Certified Athletic Trainers are being employed.

  • Colleges & Universities

  • Hospital & Clinical Settings

  • Occupational Health

  • Military

  • Performing Arts

  • Physician Extender

  • Professional Sports

  • Public Safety

  • Secondary Schools


Students will develop the knowledge necessary to pass the Board of Certification exam.


Students will demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary to practice Athletic Training as an independent clinician.