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Curriculum & Learning Environment

Coursework | Hands-On Training | Course Schedule | Technological Learning | 3+2 Option

Curriculum & Learning Environment

With a passion for fitness and athletes, our Master of Athletic Training program offers students the hands-on experience they need to learn and lead. 


Our Master of Athletic Training program offers a wide variety of value experiences for students to practice techniques across a multitude of situations and environments.

First Core Year (18 credits)

Separated into three cohorts (Summer, Fall, and Spring), our MAT traditional students complete 14 credits (6 courses) in the general core curriculum and take six credit hours to complete their required Athletic Training Practicums (one and two).

Second Core Year (15 credits)

With the same separation as the first core year, students will take more advanced courses to prepare them to take their Board of Certification (BOC) Examination to become licensed as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Students will complete 12 credits (6 courses) in the second core year and take eight credit hours to complete their required Athletic Training Practicums (three, four, and five).

Athletic Training Practicums (10 credits)

The Athletic Training Practicum is a great opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. From the first to second core years, our Athletic Training Practicum offers a safe space for students to practice their technique under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or an MD.

A full list of Midland University MAT course descriptions and credit information can be found in the Academic Catalog.

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Hands-On Training

Our students learn in a heavily hands-on learning environment that not only allows them to learn techniques but also how to apply them in real-life situations.

During their training, students will grasp the key fundamentals of athletic training concepts by doing the exercises themselves. By allowing our students this opportunity to learn hands-on, we can improve their order of thinking and increase critical thinking.

Course Schedule

Designed for flexibility, our program offers both hybrid and in-person courses that are determined based on the needs of the class. 


For example, our hybrid schedule allows students to take their first class online in June and come back in July to learn face-to-face. However, second-year students may choose to go home for the summer and take courses online. 


Our state-of-the-art simulation lab creates an ideal environment for in-person instruction and training. Students have access to treatment tables, whiteboards and a large variety of other equipment that they can use to practice technique. 

Students will also have access to models, spine boards, tape, and other environmental equipment that they can use to learn hands-on.

Technological Learning

To take our Master of Athletic Training program to the next level, we’ve added technology that can help our faculty better serve our students.  

Simulation Lab

Midland’s Simulation Lab allows students to experience a variety of conditions in an environment that is ideal for training approach and effectiveness. The renovated, dedicated athletic training space provides a home for athletic training development.

Inside the athletic training space, our students train on mannequins in multiple scenarios of patient care. In fact, our mannequins can interact with students as a real-life patient would. 

With this type of technology, we can take athletic training to the next level and help our students improve their overall approach, the effectiveness of chest compressions, and breaths for CPR.


The students in our program are encouraged to use their Ipads for everything. From note-taking to recording instruction, students can refer back to their Ipads and continue learning and practicing outside of the classroom.  

Students can also use their Ipads to shoot videos for immediate feedback from their professors.

Largest Athletic Department in Nebraska

Our MAT students are assigned to a certified athletic trainer who covers all 33 sports offered at Midland University. Not only does this expose students to a wide range of athletes and injuries, but it will also give them real experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. 

Transfer Credit Policy

Students can transfer up to six (6) credits equivalent to Midland’s graduate-level MAT courses. The Dean of the School of Human Performance will approve all transfer credit requests. The 15 credits of practicum included in the program may not be transferred and must be completed in residence.

Master of Athletic Training 3+2 Option

With our Masters of Athletic Training 3+2 option, students have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in Human Performance and a Master of Athletic Training degree in just five years. Students can expect to complete the same courses and experience the same learning environment as the traditional Master of Athletic program path. 

Incoming students interested in the 3+2 option will begin by pursuing an undergraduate degree and fulfilling all prerequisite courses during the first three years of their undergraduate program.  Eligible students will then apply to the MAT during their junior year. 

Once accepted into the program, students will be enrolled in our Master of Athletic Training courses in the summer and fall of their senior year while also finishing up their undergraduate degree. These master’s level courses also count as electives towards their undergraduate degree. 

By the end of the fall semester, successful students are awarded undergraduate degrees and become full-time graduate students in the spring. Student-athletes are allowed to finish their senior year of eligibility while enrolled in the MAT.

Once students are enrolled in the MAT program, they can expect to learn in a clinical immersive athletic training experience in a variety of settings and across a wide range of sports.

Already Have a Bachelor’s Degree?

Midland is proud to offer a traditional, two-year Master of Athletic Training path for students who have already completed their undergraduate degrees. Contact us a to learn more.

How does my financial aid work with the MAT 3+2?

For the first seven semesters, or the semesters you are a traditional undergraduate at Midland, your financial aid will be awarded as a traditional undergraduate student. This means that you will receive the same scholarship and grant aid you were awarded when you began your enrollment at Midland, assuming you meet the normal renewal requirements. FAFSA filers will also receive the aid they qualify for as an undergraduate student. Please note a new FAFSA is required each year in order to be considered for federal aid.

At the end of the fall term prior to beginning the spring graduate term, your FAFSA will be updated by the MU Financial Aid Team to reflect your new status as a graduate student.  A spring/summer graduate student financial aid award will be packaged after that.  (You should also plan to file a new FAFSA for the next academic year so we can package your aid for the following graduate year at Midland).

Does my Midland scholarship and grant aid carry forward into the graduate program?

No. The Midland scholarship and grant aid you were awarded applies only to your undergraduate program and undergraduate costs. The MAT graduate program costs are charged at a different (lower) rate than undergraduate tuition and the program is shorter.

I thought my scholarship was for four years. Why does it not apply?

You are graduating in three and one-half years and only being charged for three and one-half years of undergraduate tuition. The scholarship funds help offset those undergraduate costs.

How is my financial aid different as a graduate student?

As a graduate student filing a FAFSA, federal graduate unsubsidized direct loans are available to help with your tuition and fee costs. Graduate students can borrow higher amounts of these loans, which may also provide some assistance for other expenses in some cases. Depending on your situation and remaining costs, other loan options may also be available.

Can I still play my sport during the first spring semester as a graduate student?

Generally speaking, yes, based on the latest NAIA eligibility guidelines. However, please confirm your eligibility with the MU Athletic Department.

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