Hardin-Simmons University is now offering a Master’s of Athletic Training (MAT) program. This 24-month residential program will prepare a student to become an entry-level athletic trainer and make them eligible to take the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination. BOC certification allows athletic trainers to be eligible for a state practice credential in the 49 states that regulate athletic training.
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers – health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities (www.nata.org).
The program is a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to provide students with the comprehensive knowledge, skills, and abilities of the entry-level athletic trainer. The MAT program will continue the long tradition of our undergraduate athletic training program to provide you with unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally as an athletic trainer through an “education enlightened by faith.”
Students from other universities are welcome and encouraged to apply for admission into the MAT program, but there is a 3 year-2 year option available to HSU students, providing you the opportunity to earn both your bachelor’s and MAT degrees in 5 years. For details about the 3-2 option, please contact the program director.
HSU’s MAT program also provides a direct admission path to HSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, providing MAT graduates the opportunity to become dual-credentialed as an AT/PT. Up to 3 MAT students per year can have an automatic admission to the DPT program, if all requirements listed below are met. Dual-credentialed athletic trainers are preferred by some employers & in some settings. For more information see the MAT-DPT Information tab below.
All but 4 of the 50 credit hours of classroom/laboratory work are taken in the first 12 months of the program. The remaining 2 semesters are almost exclusively clinical experience. High-quality local experiences are available but the program is actively working to obtain new clinical sites throughout the region. Students will work with program faculty to fit clinical sites and experiences to their career goals while meeting program clinical requirements.
A block tuition/fees plan has been set for the program at $44,890. This includes all tuition and fees for the 24-month program.
Hardin-Simmons University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.
The program is continuing to accept students & probation does not impact degree completion or restrict eligibility for BOC certification or licensure.
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Students may apply for the first cohort at this link:
The AT program moved into a new 4,400 square foot building in Spring 2019.
The program’s first-time BOC exam pass rate is 87%. HSU athletic training bachelor’s degree graduates who apply to graduate programs have a 100% acceptance rate!
All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Athletic Training can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
General MAT admission requirements (HSU students):
3-2 program admission has these additional course/program requirements:
Non-HSU Students (4-2 program):
Student selection criteria will also be based upon the following:
Personal interview with AT program faculty, preceptors, current AT students and/or other stakeholders
The application materials are reviewed by the program director and administrative staff to assure minimum acceptance requirements are met and provided to other MAT faculty. The students’ interests and future goals are considered, as well as strengths and weaknesses considered relevant to the students’ educational process and possible future athletic training career. After reviewing the application materials, the student’s application score is calculated utilizing the MAT Applicant Evaluation Worksheet and the MAT faculty makes a determination of the student’s acceptability into the program.
If a student meets the criteria and demonstrates characteristics indicative of success in the athletic training profession, he or she is accepted. If there are more qualified candidates than there are positions in the program, the candidates are rank-ordered according to academic records and personal qualifications using the application score sheet.
If a student shows promise of success in the field, but has an area of concern or has not completely met a criterion, the student may be admitted provisionally. Full admission will be granted upon the completion of 14 hours and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Athletic training students admitted to the program begin taking advanced coursework in athletic training and are enrolled each semester in clinical experiences with preceptors in NCAA-sponsored sports at HSU, as well as clinical/field experiences at:
The program is actively working with other local and regional health care entities to expand clinical experience opportunities.
At this time, the only course expected to be routinely transferred is Statistics. Other AT-specific content courses would have to be evaluated by the program director. Per HSU policy, a maximum of 12 credit hours previously taken may be transferred into a master’s program, providing the student didn’t complete the degree.
Students are required to maintain good standing within the program, including, but not limited to, minimum 3.0 GPA, no D or F grades, professional behavior, and appropriate clinical skill progression. Students not maintaining program retention standards may be placed on probation and/or dismissed from the program. More information about these policies is found in the MAT Program Student Handbook. Click to view the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook.
The first certified/licensed athletic trainer came to Hardin-Simmons in 1982 and the athletic training tradition at HSU was born. From 1986-1999, Hardin-Simmons had a strong internship-based athletic training program. In 1999, HSU began offering a major leading to a Bachelor of Behavior Science (BBS) degree in Athletic Training. The AT program was initially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in 2005.
HSU’s Athletic Training program underwent reaccreditation during the 2009-2010 academic year and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2019-2020. Athletic training students who successfully complete the AT degree are eligible for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) and the Texas Athletic Training Licensing exam through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. If the BOC exam is passed, the student will not have to take the Texas AT exam. Successful completion of these credentialing examinations will provide the athletic training graduate with Texas licensure and national certification as an athletic trainer.
Students starting after August 1, 2017, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences (BSHS) degree in athletic training. The first MAT cohort is expected to begin in June 2019.
The program’s official BOC exam data for 2013-2018 is presented below:
Hardin-Simmons University requires an annual university-level program assessment process. The outcomes and success criteria are selected by the program faculty. Program outcomes for the 2016-17 academic year may be found here.
A summary of university-level outcomes data may be found here.
The Hardin-Simmons University Athletic Training Program (AT) provides the opportunity for professional preparation and growth of athletic training students and staff members, through a combination of formal and informal education along with structured practical experiences in a Christian environment. Both the classroom and various clinical settings provide a superb environment for athletic training students to obtain the resources and experiences necessary to meet their individual needs to become credentialed athletic trainers, by keeping literature, equipment, and techniques current with technological and scientific trends in the athletic training community.
Objectively, the AT aims to build a positive reputation among athletic training students, student-athletes, parents, administrators, physicians, community and region by maintaining a professional and ethical environment, to ensure the athletic training student is prepared to become a successful athletic training professional upon graduation. This preparation must include not only knowledge and skills, but values, ethics, and effective critical- thinking and decision-making skills.
The dedicated faculty of the HSU AT strive to be leaders in all domains of athletic training. These goals and philosophy will be the foundation on which the entire program is supported. The athletic training faculty will project an image of a skilled, hard-working, integrity-driven and compassionate professional while using ethics, professionalism and good judgment, centering on the well-being of the athletic training student to guide our attitudes and actions.
To ensure excellence in athletic training education, frequent evaluations will be conducted, geared to developing strengths and leadership qualities, as well as improving individual weaknesses, in all students and AT faculty members. These evaluations, as well as credentialing examination results and first-year graduate and employer surveys, will directly enhance the AT. This commitment to the constant evaluation of program strengths and weaknesses will allow necessary improvements to be made to strengthen the AT.
Program Goals and Objectives
MAT Total Program Tuition: $40,000
Divided into 6 payments of $6,666.66:
Other University & general fees for graduate students are listed in the Graduate Catalog.
Other MAT Program-related costs (estimates only):
To qualify for a guaranteed interview & automatic admission to the DPT program students must:
For more information, contact the MAT Director of Athletic Training Education.
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