Master of Athletic Training

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 (

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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David Stuckley- Director of Athletic Training Education

David Stuckey, M.S., LAT, ATC

Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Director of Athletic Training Education, College of Health Professions 325-670-1378


  • Master's of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)

Why get your Master's in Athletic Training at HSU?

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Students may apply for the first cohort at this link:

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New Facilities

The AT program moved into a new 4,400 square foot building in Spring 2019.

Athletic Training student puts bandage on football players hand

Excellent Outcomes

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!

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Athletic Training can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Required courses:

Master of Athletic Training Course Sequence
Course Number Course title Credits
1 — Summer
ATTR 6301 Clinical Oriented Anatomy 3
ATTR 6303 Intro to Patient Assessment 3
ATTR 6201 Emergency and Acute Care 2
ATTR 6302 Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interventions 3
ATTR 6202 Taping/Bracing/Casting 2
ATTR 6100 Introduction to Professional Practice 1
Total Semester Credits 14
1 — Fall
ATTR 6511 Diagnosis & Management  I 5
ATTR 6512 Diagnosis/Management II 5
KSPR 6305 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis 3
ATTR 6231 AT Clinical I 2
Total Semester Credits 15
1 – Spring
ATTR 6513 Diagnosis & Management III 5
ATTR 6414 Diagnosis & Management IV 4
ATTR 6416 Clinical Decision-Making 4
ATTR 6232 AT Clinical II 2
Total Semester Credits 15
2 — Summer
ATTR 6415 Diagnosis & Management V 4
ATTR 6203 Documentation & Reimbursement 2
Total Semester Credits 9
2 — Fall
ATTR 6534 AT Clinical IV 5
ATTR 6333 AT Clinical III 3
ATTR 6305 Healthcare Administration & Risk Management 3
ATTR 6101 Exam Preparation 1
Total Semester Credits 9
2 — Spring
ATTR 6435 Clinical Experience V 4
ATTR 6536 Clinical Experience VI 5
Total Semester Credits 9


General MAT admission requirements (HSU students):

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 2402/2403) 8 hours
  • Chemistry (CHEM 1410/1411 OR CHEM 1401/1411 + labs) 8 hours
  • Physics (PHYS 1310 + lab or check with program director) 4 hours
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics (KINE 3313) 3 hours
  • Exercise Physiology (KINE 3314) 3 hours
  • Nutrition (KINE 3302) 3 hours
  • Psychology 6 hours (3 upper-level)
  • Statistics (KINE 4304 or upper-level)3 hours
  • 50 observation hours with a licensed athletic trainer
  • 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA

3-2 program admission has these additional course/program requirements:

  • ATTR 1110 Intro to Athletic Training
  • KINE 2303 Sport First Aid
  • KINE 3360 Instruction of Strength & Conditioning
  • KINE 2300 Outdoor Education
  • PBHL 2301 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBHL 3310 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PSYC 3310 Substance Abuse OR PSYC 4321 Psychological Counseling for upper-level PSYC course
  • 3.0 overall HSU undergraduate GPA

Non-HSU Students (4-2 program):

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 credit hours)
  • Chemistry (8 credit hours)
  • Physics (4 credit hours)
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics (upper-level) (3 credit hours)
  • Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • Psychology (6 credit hours; including 3 upper-level)
  • Medical Terminology recommended

Student selection criteria will also be based upon the following:

  1. Accurate completion of AT admissions application (ATCAS)
  2. Signed AT technical standards document

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.

Transfer credit
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:

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 5 7 4 6 8 13 8 29
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 5 5 4 6 8 12 6 26
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 4 4 4 5 6 2 2 10
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 80 80 100 83 75 17 33 38
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 5 5 4 5 6 7 2 15
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 80 100 100 83 75 58 33 58

Student Graduation and Employment/Placement Rate

Student Graduation Rate Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree-or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.  Graduation rate is calculated as:  the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased).
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 5 7 4 5 8 13 8 29
Student Graduation Rate (%) 62 64 40 75 89 81 73 81
Student Employment/Placement Rate Graduate employment/placement rate:  Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories:  employed trainer, employed as other, and not employed. Employment rate is calculated as:  the sum of students with an Employed as an Athletic Trainer or as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students Employed as Athletic Trainers 3 4 2 3 3 5 3 11
Student Employment Rate as Athletic Trainer (%) 60 57 50 50 38 38 38 38
Number of students employed as other 2 2 1 0 2 3 4 9
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 40 29 25 0 25 23 50 31
Number of students not employed 0 0 1 3 2 4 1 7
Student Not Employed Rate (5%) 0 0 25 50 25 31 12 24
Student Retention Rate (modified from United States Department of Education): Measures the percentage of students who have been admitted to the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies the following academic year 2015 (Grad 2019) 2016 (Grad  2020) 2017 (Grad 2021) 3 YR Aggregate
13/16 (81.25%) 11/11 (100%) 9/11 (81.8%) 28/33 (84.8%)

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

  1. To provide students desiring to attend a small, Christian university with an opportunity to earn a degree in athletic training which will prepare them to provide the broadest range of athletic training services, including injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation, through both classroom and clinical experiences.
  2. To provide athletic training students with the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities to successfully complete all requirements for state licensure and BOC certification.
  3. To effectively prepare students to enter the athletic training profession in their chosen setting, so they may enhance the provision of health care through prevention, diagnosis, and intervention with emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions.
  4. To promote athletic training as an allied health profession, and to positively impact public perception of athletic training and its role in the global health care community.

MAT Total Program Tuition: $40,000

Divided into 6 payments of $6,666.66:

  • Year 1 June, August, January
  • Year 2 June, August, January

Other University & general fees for graduate students are listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Other MAT Program-related costs (estimates only):

  • Clothing – $150 per year
  • Shoulder pack/diagnostic tools ($100)
  • Symposium Fees – $300+ (per symposium attended)
  • BOC Exam – $335 (one-time fee – per test)
  • Texas Department of Health Licensure Exam (optional)- $300 (one-time fee — per test)
  • Criminal background check – $20
  • Transportation  — dependent on clinical site(s)
  • One-time program fee paid first session — $1,000 (used for Typhon Program Tracking Software subscription, CPR certifications, polo shirt, consumable supplies, NATA membership, professional liability insurance, etc.)
  • Living/transportation expenses related to clinical experiences will vary greatly by site & are the student’s responsibility.

To qualify for a guaranteed interview & automatic admission to the DPT program students must:

  • Declare interest in this option before September 1 of their first year in the MAT program to the Director of Athletic Training Education
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Minimum MAT cumulative GPA (at the end of the second summer semester) of 3.5
    • If the cumulative MAT GPA falls below 3.3 in subsequent MAT semesters, the automatic admission offer may be withdrawn
  • 40 hours of observation directly under a physical therapist who can write a letter of recommendation for the student
  • GRE scores of ≥148 for the verbal & qualitative sections & a 4.0 for writing
    • Suggested to complete GRE no later than August of the year prior to application submission
  • Personal interview with PT admissions team & receive an “admit” score
  • Pass national background check
  • Meet minimal required abilities as detailed on the DPT program website
  • Documented service to others (outside employment requirements); the service must benefit others more than the student themselves in one or more of these settings:
    • College
    • Community
    • State/National organizations & events
    • Service organizations
    • Missionary organizations/place of worship
    • Public service events
    • Medical outreach or missionary events
  • Submit DPT program application to PTCAS
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation (LOR) with the PTCAS application including:
    • At least 1 LOR from a practicing physical therapist
    • 1 LOR from a practicing athletic trainer (other than an HSU MAT faculty member)
    • 1 LOR from an HSU MAT faculty member

For more information, contact the MAT Director of Athletic Training Education.