Master of Athletic Training

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.

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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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New Facilities

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

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Excellent Outcomes

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


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:

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.

*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.