Hardin-Simmons University is no longer accepting applicants for the Master of Athletic Training program. Students in the program are completing it & the program will be officially closed. The CAATE has been notified of HSU’s intent to voluntarily withdraw from CAATE accreditation. HSU intends to restart an updated MAT program in Summer 2022. We expect to begin accepting applications December 1, 2021. The new MAT program will have to go through the full CAATE accreditation process for new programs.
Hardin-Simmons University is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective May 13, 2022. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.
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.
New program requirements will be posted when determined for the restarted MAT program. HSU intends to restart an updated MAT program in Summer 2022.
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):
*Students cannot purchase courses in these programs at an hourly rate. However, the total cost of the program divided by the number of hours of classwork needed to complete the program, equals $571.43 per credit hour.
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