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Master of Athletic Training-3+2

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Overview
Overview

With the 3+2 option, Midland University allows students to complete an undergraduate degree in Human Performance and a Master of Athletic Training in just five years.

Incoming students interested in the 3+2 option will begin by pursuing an undergraduate degree and fulfilling all pre-requisite 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 they will enroll in Master level courses in the Summer and Fall of their senior year while also finishing up their undergraduate degree.  These Masters level courses also count as electives towards their undergraduate degree.  By the end of 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.


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Admissions
Admissions

Applications to the Midland University Master of Athletic Training 3+2 Program are accepted on a rolling basis, though applying early is encouraged, as admissions are capped for each cohort.

All applicants must meet the prerequisite criteria outlined below: 

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Successful completion of the following required prerequisite undergraduate courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology with lab – 2 semesters
    • Biology with Lab – 1 semester
    • Chemistry with lab – 1 semester
    • Exercise Physiology –  1 semester
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics – 1 semester
    • Physics with lab – 1 semester
    • Psychology – 1 semester 
    • Statistics –  1 semester

Application Process

The first step in the application process is to fill out the Application form.

Once you have completed this online application, please upload the materials described below via Submit your Documents.

Personal Statement
Please provide a brief narrative describing your goal and/or philosophy related to personal, academic, professional and service development, your interest in athletic training, and your relative background in allied health profession such as athletic training.

Statements should be no more than two pages.

Athletic Training Clinical Exposure Hours Log
Please include your log of clinical exposure hours, with a minimum of 50 hours.

Policies Form
Please read and return the Policies Form, outlining the broader expectations for a student in this program.

Master of Athletic Training Policies Form
Midland University Master of Athletic Training Program Policy and Procedures Manual

Reference Form
Please provide two references for your application who can speak to your character and your ability to succeed in this program. We will reach out to your references directly; letters of recommendation are not required.

Master of Athletic Training Reference Form

Technical Standards Form
Please read and return the Technical Standards Form [linked], outlining the technical expectations for a student in this program.

Master of Athletic Training Technical Standards Form

 A member of the admissions will reach out to you upon receipt of your application to schedule your program interview. 

After Acceptance

Financial Aid: Graduate financial aid is not dependent on income, although the FAFSA requires input from your most recent tax returns. We have found that 97% of our applicants have been eligible to borrow the full available loan amount, as long as they:

  • meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the FAFSA,
  • are not in default or owe a refund to any federal financial aid program,
  • have not reached the $138,500 limit of combined undergraduate and graduate borrowing.

All students interested in applying for student loans should complete the FAFSA and enter Midland's Title IV Code: 002553. The application can be found here.

Deposit: Your $250 deposit secures your place in the Midland MAT Program, triggers your enrollment in your first courses, and is non-refundable.

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3+2 Courses
3+2 Courses

See a sample 3+2 year-by-year course schedule here

Master of Athletic Training Course Descriptions

For descriptions of undergraduate courses, please review the Academic Catalog.

MAT 400/500 Advanced Emergency Techniques in Athletic Training (3 credit hours): The course is designed to prepare students for planning, executing, initial and post care following an emergency.  Emergency prevention applications will also be covered in this course. Students will be eligible to take their Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers. 

MAT 401/501 Lower Extremity Evaluation (3 credit hours):  The course provides a review of the anatomy and biomechanics, clinical evaluation, pathologies, special tests, and on and off field management of specific injuries of the lower extremity. 

MAT 402/502 Upper Extremity Evaluation (3 credit hours):  This course provides a review of the anatomy and biomechanics, clinical evaluation, pathologies, special tests, and on and off field management of specific injuries of the trunk and upper extremity. 


MAT 503: Musculoskeletal Review (1 credit hour): This course will review the muscular and skeletal anatomy of the human body.  Emphasis will be put on specific bones and their landmarks, muscles (origin, insertion, action, and innervation), and joints (types, osteokinematics, and arthrokinematics).  This course will prepare students for higher order thinking skills necessary for evaluation of athletic injuries.

MAT 419/519 AT Practicum I (3 credit hours): 1st semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training.  Students will be required to spend a minimum of 135 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or other healthcare provider.   

MAT 510 General Medical Conditions in Athletic Training (3 credit hours):  The course will teach students aspects of non-orthopaedic pathologies as well as inter-professional practice with other students in other Health Care disciplines.  

MAT 520 Topics in Sports Medicine (2 credit hours): The course focuses on topics in relation to Professional Development and Responsibility, Legal Concerns and Insurance issues, Fitness and Conditioning Techniques, and Nutrition and Supplements. 

MAT 521 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training (2 credit hours): The course covers the idea of evidence based practice (EBP), what it is and why it is important in health care professions.  Clinical appraisal of EBP and application in real life scenarios are covered as well as research statistics and design. 

MAT 529 AT Practicum II (3 credit hours):  2nd semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training.  Students will be required to spend a minimum of 135 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or other healthcare provider.   

MAT 539 AT Practicum III (3 credit hours): 3rd semester of supervised clinical experience in athletic training.    This course is an 8 week, immersive clinical experience, where the student will participate in a practice intensive experience (full time) to experience the totality of care provided by athletic trainers (CAATE).

MAT 600 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training (3 credit hours): The course covers the principles and types of therapeutic modalities, evidence based practice in application, and the why and when for application using case scenarios. 

MAT 601 Rehabilitation Methods in Athletic Training (3 credit hours): The course includes instruction on foundational concepts in rehabilitation, rehabilitation of the spine and upper and lower extremities, and restoration of athletic performance. 

MAT 602: Principles of Pharmacology in Athletic Training (1 credit hour): The study of pharmacologic applications for injury/illness to athletes and the physically active.  This course includes indications, contraindications, interactions of medications, and methods of administration.  Students will also gain an understanding of relevant governing regulations related to medications and substances, both legal and illegal.  

MAT 619 AT Practicum IV (3 credit hours): 4th semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training.  Students will be required to spend a minimum of 135 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or other healthcare provider.

MAT 620 Organization & Administration in Athletic Training (2 credit hours): Course Description:  Students will learn concepts regarding program management, facility design and planning, reimbursement services/insurance, legal and ethical considerations, and pre-participation physical examinations and drug testing.  

MAT 628 Seminar in Athletic Training (3 credit hours):  This course is designed to review and simulate all competencies which have been covered in the preceding semesters to help prepare graduating students to prepare for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.  Topics covered in this course include: study techniques and test taking strategies, information about the exam format, knowledge assessment of the athletic training domains and skills and critical thinking assessment through simulation.

MAT 629 Practicum V (3 credit hours):  5th semester of supervised clinical experiences in athletic training.  Students will be required to spend a minimum of 135 hours under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or other healthcare provider.  Students will be designated to their assignment by the Clinical Coordinator of Education. 

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Costs
Costs

We understand that the decision to earn your Master of Athletic Training degree represents a serious investment of time and money. The program offered provides invaluable experience, and prepares students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination to become licensed as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Master of Athletic Training Tuition Rate (2019-20)Cost                                                             
Tuition$465 per credit hour
Student Services Fees (one-time program fee)$2,000
Wellness Fee (annual)$110

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Accreditation
Accreditation

Midland University's Master of Athletic Training has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission. 

CAATE Seal

Midland University's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program recently completed a self-study and submission covering 109 standards to earn a final vote of approval for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

The recently attained accreditation is required for all Midland MAT students to be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and represent one of three graduate programs accredited by CAATE in the state of Nebraska.

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Faculty
Faculty

Under the leadership of Mark Snow, MA, ATC, and Heather Hess, MA, ATC, students will be connected to athletic trainers and medical professionals throughout the Greater Omaha and Fremont areas. This real-world experience and connection will prove even more valuable through the required summer immersive experiences for students, as students explore a dynamic placement based on their own goals.

Explore our MAT faculty's credentials and experiences below.

Mark Snow

Mark Snow, Director for the School of Human Performance and Program Director for the Master in Athletic Training
Master of Arts in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training, San Jose State University

Mark has been a full time faculty member at Midland since 2014.  He received his Masters of Arts degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training at San Jose State University while working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Stanford University. He received his undergraduate degree at Midland University (formerly Midland Lutheran College) in Physical and Education while also participating on the Warrior Football Team.

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