Master of Athletic Training

Hardin-Simmons University will be starting a Master’s of Athletic Training (MAT) program in June 2019 (pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges). This 24-month 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.

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 currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval.

 

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David Stuckley- Director of Athletic Training Education

David Stuckey

Director of Athletic Training Education & Associate Dean, School of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation 325-670-1378

Degrees

  • 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 will move into a new 4,400 square foot building in Spring 2019.

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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

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
ATTR 6333 AT Clinical III 3
Total Semester Credits 9
2 — Fall
ATTR 6534 AT Clinical IV 5
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
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS 71

 

General MAT admission requirements:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 2402/2403) 8 hours
  • Chemistry (CHEM 1301/1302 OR CHEM 1310/1311 + labs) 8 hours
  • Physics (PHYS 1310 + lab or check with program director) 4 hours
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics (FSSC 3313) 3 hours
  • Exercise Physiology (FSSC 3314) 3 hours
  • Nutrition (FSSC 3302) 3 hours
  • Psychology 6 hours (3 upper-level)
  • Statistics (FSSC 4304 or upper-level)3 hours
  • 50 observation hours with a licensed athletic trainer
  • 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA

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

  • ATTR 1110 Intro to Athletic Training
  • FSSC 2303 Sport First Aid
  • FSSC 3360 Instruction of Strength & Conditioning
  • FSSC 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

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 course work 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.

Retention
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.

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 AT 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 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 5 7 4 5 7 16
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 5 5 4 6 6 16
Number of students who passed the examinaiton on the first attempt. 4 4 4 5 5 14
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 80 80 100 83 83 88
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 5 5 4 5 5 14
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100 100 100 83 83 88
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 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 5 7 4 5 7 16
Student Graduation Rate (%) 62 64 40 62 78 59
Student Employment 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 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 3 4 2 3 3 8
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 60 57 50 50 43 47
Number of students employed as other 2 2 1 1 2 4
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 40 29 25 17 29 24
Number of students not employed 0 0 1 2 2 5
Student Not Employed Rate (5%) 0 0 25 33 29 29

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.