Master of Athletic Training

Hardin-Simmons University is now taking applications for the nation’s first online Master of Athletic Training program. The 22-month program will begin July 5, 2022. The program combines the delivery of information through a unique combination of online resources & instructional delivery techniques, combined with structured on-campus intensive sessions to learn the hands-on skills of athletic training.  This blend of instructional methods, together with clinical experiences provides you the opportunity to become a successful athletic training professional.

The online program has been strategically designed for the process to become a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The accreditation process will begin during Summer 2022 & the program will submit a self-study to the CAATE by July 1, 2023. After a CAATE peer review team assesses the program during the ’23-’24 academic year, our goal is to receive CAATE accreditation in Spring 2024. Submitting the self-study & completing the review process does not guarantee CAATE accreditation. While we expect accreditation will be granted, it is not guaranteed. The program has a history of successful accreditation & reaccreditation actions, being successfully accredited in 2005, reaccredited twice & CAATE approval of the in-person MAT degree.

Graduation from a CAATE-accredited program grants eligibility for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination. Passing the BOC exam makes you eligible for a state practice credential in the 49 states that regulate athletic training.

Why get the MAT at Hardin Simmons University?

  • First online athletic training program in the country
  • 22-month program length
  • All classes are online except for 6 1-week, on-campus intensive sessions for clinical skill development & testing
  • Second year primarily full-time clinical experiences
  • 3-2 & EAGL options available; potential to earn both Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in 5 years
  • No GRE required
  • Direct admission to HSU DPT program available

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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

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Degrees

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

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

Athletic Training student puts bandage on basketball player's ankle

Books Provided

More than $1,500 in textbooks provided electronically at no cost to students.

Athletic Training students in class

New Facilities

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

Program Details

HSU MAT Admissions Requirements

  • Course Prerequisites
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (8 credits)
    • Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
    • Physics with lab (4 credits)
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
    • Statistics – upper-level (3 credits)
    • Nutrition (3 credits)
    • Psychology (6 credits – 3 upper-level)
  • Other requirements
    • 50 hours AT observation (observation log)
    • 75 overall GPA
    • Completed application
      • Graduate School application
      • Program Questionnaire
      • Signed technical standards
      • Signed Observation logs
      • 3 Professional references (MAT references form)
      • Unofficial transcript(s) for application; official transcripts must be received prior to starting classes
    • Interview (In-person or videoconference)
    • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • Before first class day
    • CPR for Professional Rescuer certification
    • Complete assigned online Medical Terminology course
    • Vaccination record (see MAT Program handbook)
    • Medical History (MAT medical history form)
    • Program risk acknowledgement
    • COVID clinical acknowledgement
    • Handbook acknowledgement

International Students

See International Student Graduate Admission Policies.

Direct Admission to HSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

HSU MAT student may be qualified for a guaranteed interview and automatic admission to the DPT Program. Details may be found on the Direct Admission to HSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program tab.

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.

2021 2022
BOC Exam Results
Number of students graduating from program 4 TBD
Took exam 4 TBD
Passed exam 1st time 4 TBD
1st time percent 100 TBD
All attempts pass 4 TBD
All attempts percent 100 TBD
Graduation
Graduation number 4
Graduation rate 100
Retention
Number of students starting the program 4 7
Number of students graduating from program 4 TBD
Percent of students graduating from program 100 TBD
Employment
Number of graduates employed as athletic trainers 4
Percentage of graduates employed as athletic trainers 100
Number of students employed as other 0
Percent as other 0
Number unemployed 0
Percent unemployed 0

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%)
2021 2022
BOC Exam Results
Number of students graduating from program 4 TBD
Took exam 4 TBD
Passed exam 1st time 4 TBD
1st time percent 100 TBD
All attempts pass 4 TBD
All attempts percent 100 TBD
Graduation
Graduation number 4
Graduation rate 100
Retention
Number of students starting the program 4 7
Number of students graduating from program 4 TBD
Percent of students graduating from program 100 TBD
Employment
Number of graduates employed as athletic trainers 4
Percentage of graduates employed as athletic trainers 100
Number of students employed as other 0
Percent as other 0
Number unemployed 0
Percent unemployed 0

The 3-2 option provides HSU students the opportunity to earn both their Bachelor’s & MAT degrees in 5 years. Requirements for this option are more stringent than normal admission. These requirements include:

  • Course Prerequisites
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (8 credits)
    • Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
    • Physics with lab (4 credits)
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3 credits)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
    • Statistics – upper-level (3 credits)
    • Nutrition (3 credits)
    • Psychology (6 credits – 3 upper-level)
    • Introduction to Athletic Training (1 credit)
    • Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Other requirements
  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • Before first class day
    • CPR for Professional Rescuer certification
    • Complete assigned online Medical Terminology course
    • Vaccination record (see MAT Program handbook)
    • Medical History (MAT medical history form)
    • Program risk acknowledgement
    • COVID clinical acknowledgement
    • Handbook acknowledgement

To be qualified for a guaranteed interview and automatic admission to the DPT Program, students must meet all requirements for the PT program. Students are required to have a minimum overall cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and a minimum Master of Athletic Training GPA (at the end of the second summer semester) of 3.5. If the cumulative GPA in the MAT falls below a 3.3 in subsequent MAT semesters, the DPT program may withdraw the automatic admission offer.    The HSU-PT Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications to determine admission, placement on the alternate list, or rejection of the candidate based on the available information. AT students must obtain a minimum of 40 hours of observation directly under a physical therapist who can write a letter of recommendation for the student, in addition to 50 Athletic Training clinical hours.   Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be at a minimal level of 148 for the verbal and qualitative sections and a 4.0 for writing. Official exam scores from the GRE must be submitted for documentation. Prospective students are urged to take the test no later than August of the year prior to application submission. The students must complete a personal interview with the PT Admissions team and receive an “admit” score.  Additionally, the student must be able to pass a national background check and meet the minimal required abilities as detailed annually on the HSU DPT Program web site: https://www.hsutx.edu/academics/graduate-programs/doctorate-physical-therapy/

Applicants must have documented service to others in one or more of the following settings: at the college, in their community, state or with national organizations and events. Service may entail participation with service organizations, missionary organizations, or their place of worship, as examples. It may occur during public service events, medical outreach events or medical missionary events and should be outside the realm of employment requirements. The service must benefit others more than the student themselves.

Admissions Application for HSU DPT

  • Athletic Training to Doctor of Physical Therapy students interested in pursuing an interview and automatic admit into HSU DPT must:
  • Submit an application through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) in the fall prior to starting the DPT program and provide all necessary documents for the application process.
  • Designate HSU DPT Program as a program of choice.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation to include at least one recommendation from a practicing Physical Therapist, one from a practicing licensed Athletic Trainer (other than an HSU-AT faculty member), and one from an HSU-AT faculty member. The letters of recommendation will be uploaded to PTCAS with the student’s application. Letters of recommendation are due before an interview is granted.

Interview

AT to DPT student applicants meeting the criteria for admission will be granted an interview and shall travel to Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas at their own expense for the interview.

Post Interview

The HSU DPT Admissions Committee reviews all applications including the interview evaluations, personal statements, letters of recommendation and academic records and makes recommendations to admit, defer, or reject the candidate based on the available information. HSU DPT seeks candidates that will advance the mission and vision of the DPT Program and HSU. Admission is based on a wide variety of factors, not merely GPA or GRE scores. If the student is to be offered matriculation, the student will be notified directly by the HSU DPT Office of Admissions.

What is athletic training?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

What do athletic trainers do?

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state’s statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.   (National Athletic Trainers’ Association)

https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/what_is_an_athletic_trainer_final_2021.pdf

https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/profile-of-athletic-trainers.pdf

Where do athletic trainers work?

You are probably most familiar with ATs working in high schools, colleges/universities & professional sports. However, that accounts for only about half of ATs. Many other job settings have been created:

  • Hospitals (ER, Rehab)
  • Physician offices
  • Urgent care centers
  • Outpatient rehabilitation clinics
  • Performance enhancement

There are also what are called “emerging settings,” which are some of the fastest growing employment opportunities for ATs. These include:

  • Performing arts (dance, music, Cirque de Solis, Rockettes, etc.)
  • Public safety (police/fire/EMS departments)
  • Military
  • Corporate/Occupational health (examples: Amazon, Boeing, GM)

Many other exciting practice opportunities exist, typically on a part-time basis:

  • Rodeo
  • Auto racing
  • Youth sports
NATA Members’ Job Settings
24.05% Secondary (High) School
19.35% College/University Student
23.01% College/University
12.40% Clinic
6.57% Other
3.80% Hospital
3.05% Professional Sports
1.69% Occupational Health
1.64% Independent Contractor
1.36% Health/Fitness/Sports/Performance Enhancement/Clubs
1.13% Military/Law Enforcement/Public Safety/Government
0.65% Business Sales/Marketing
0.41% Amateur/Recreational/Youth Sports
0.61% Unspecified
0.29% Unemployed

For more information:  https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training/job-settings

Who are athletic trainers?

Membership by Gender
56.81% Female
43.03% Male
0.05% Non-binary/third gender
0.03% Prefer not to say
0.01% Prefer to self-describe
0.07% Not indicated

How do I become an athletic trainer?

https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/become_an_at_0.pdf

Are there jobs?

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/athletic-trainers.htm#tab-1

Athletic trainer job prospects graph
From: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/athletic-trainers.htm#tab-6

Why did the program stop?

The undergraduate program had too low of a pass rate 2 of the last 3 years on the BOC exam. Since the graduate & undergraduate programs are accredited together by CAATE, both degree programs had to close. The graduate (MAT) program has not had any difficulties; 100% of the first graduating class passed the BOC exam on their first attempt. We believe this demonstrates the MAT curriculum can provide you with the knowledge & skills to be successful on the BOC exam & as a professional.

What about accreditation?

Hardin-Simmons University will be seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The institution will start preparing the self-study in Summer, 2022 & will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process before July 1, 2023. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states. The earliest accreditation can be received is Spring, 2024.

What is the difference between licensure & certification?

Legally, a state AT practice act, typically licensure, dictates what an AT can & cannot do while practicing working in that state. Passing the BOC exam & becoming BOC-certified provides you the opportunity to obtain licensure in the 49 states (California does not) that regulate athletic training.

Can I take the BOC exam?

Students who graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states. The earliest accreditation can be received is Spring, 2024. While we expect accreditation will be granted, it is not guaranteed. However, the program’s history of successful accreditation & reaccreditation actions should be considered. The first cohort is scheduled to graduate in May, 2024.

What does the program cost?

The cost per hour is still to be determined, but the cost tab below will be updated soon.

What are the on-campus intensive sessions?

These 6-day, on-campus interactive sessions are full of demonstrations, immediate feedback for hands-on skills, and scenarios that build on the knowledge you learned in your previous classes and introduce the basic skills of your next course. These sessions are crucial to student advancement within the program. They will be a great time to clarify information, interact with other up-and-coming professionals, and integrate/practice essential professional skills.

These are tentatively scheduled for:

  • Early August, 2022
  • Mid-October, 2022
  • Early December, 2022
  • Mid-March, 2023
  • Mid-May, 2023
  • Early January, 2024

Attendance at these sessions is mandatory. You cannot progress through the program without attending them in sequence. There are no excused absences for these sessions; missing a session for any reason may delay your graduation. Concerns about this should be addressed with the Director of Athletic Training Education.

Where can I stay for the on-campus intensive sessions?

There are a variety of hotels in the Abilene area along with Airbnb locations to choose from. There may be on-campus options available. If you are interested in staying on-campus, please contact the program director for more information.

Whitten Inn (2.4 miles)
1625 Texas Highway 351, Abilene, TX 79601
Whitteninn.com
325-673-5271

Comfort Suites University (2.3 miles)
1902 E Overland Trail, Abilene, TX 79601
Choicehotels.com
325-480-8486

Hampton Inn & Suites Abilene I-20 (1.8 miles)
3526 W Lake Rd, Abilene, TX 79601
Hilton.com
325-673-4400

Big Country Hotel & Suites (7.3)
3010 Catclaw Dr, Abilene, TX 79606
Bigcountryhotelabilene.com
325-690-6400

Do I have to live in Abilene?

No. The State of Texas was approved by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) under the administration of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. HSU is a current member of the SARA agreement in the State of Texas. This is an agreement between member states, territories and districts of the United States of America allowing students to enroll in online programs in other states, territories & districts. As of July 2019, 49 states (all but California), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined SARA.

What type of computer, internet connection, etc. do I need?

You will need a reliable computer with consistent, high-speed internet access. These will be crucial to completing course assignments. Basic requirements include:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor
  • RAM: Computer memory is directly affected by how many programs are running at any given time. Running multiple applications at once slows a computer’s performance. Therefore, we recommend students have at least 4 GB (8+ is better) of RAM installed.
  • Sound: A working sound card and speakers will be required. Some web classes also require a headset & microphone.
  • Web camera
  • Internet Connection: High-speed internet connection, such as DSL or a cable modem. Your internet connection is critical for viewing videos and other supplemental videos in Canvas.
  • Monitor: A monitor with a minimum 800 x 600 resolution is required. It is recommended that students have a monitor with at 1024 x 768 or more.

More information on technology requirements may be found in the MAT Program Handbook.

Can I work during while I take classes?

Yes, we recognize many students will attempt to hold regular employment during the first year of the program. Employment during the second year is strongly discouraged, due to the immersive, near-full-time nature of the clinical experience requirements. Regardless of whether employed or not, students are responsible for meeting ALL program requirements & due dates. Under no circumstances will a student be excused from on-campus intensive sessions, due to employment or other conflicts.

What are clinical experiences & where can I do them?

The CAATE defines athletic training clinical experiences as:

Direct client/patient care guided by a preceptor who is an athletic trainer or physician. Athletic training clinical experiences are used to verify students’ abilities to meet the curricular content standards. When direct client/patient care opportunities are not available, simulation may be used for this verification.

This standard must be met through the selection of high-quality experiences.

Clinical experiences are hands-on time working alongside certified athletic trainers and physicians. These experiences allow the real-life application of classroom knowledge throughout the program. The first year is more focused on gaining an academic basis with minimal clinical requirements, while the student is immersed into several clinical settings the second year.

Clinical sites must have a certified athletic trainer or physician overseeing the athletic training student. The Clinical Coordinator will work with each student to identify clinical sites that meet program and accreditation guidelines along with student goals and preferred location(s).

Estimated Time First year:  

  • Fall clinical experience for 6 weeks with 10-15 hours per week
  • Spring clinical experience for 6 weeks with 10-15 hours per week

Estimated Time Second year:

  • Fall & Spring immersive experiences for 15 weeks per semester with a minimum of 30 hours a week (depending on work hours of clinical preceptor).
  • The absolute minimum requirement is 300 hours/semester; however, the actual clinical time requirement is determined by the characteristics of the clinical site, the preceptor & clinical education coordinator. An agreement will be signed by the student, preceptor & clinical education coordinator detailing specific requirements of the clinical experience.
  • These can be divided by various clinical sites

Clinical site/experience requirements:

  • A student must have experiences at minimum of 3 separate clinical sites during the second year.
  • Sites must be carefully selected to provide experiences that must include:
    • A variety of patient populations (i.e., sports, genders, age, etc.)
    • A variety of health conditions typically seen in athletic training practice
    • Adequate number of patient/client interactions
    • A clinical experience is required from each of these 3 categories:
      • Middle/High school sports
      • College/University/Professional sports
      • Emerging (non-sport) settings such as:
        • Military
        • Occupational health
        • Performing arts
        • Physician office
        • Hospital/Emergency room
      • Living & transportation expenses are the student’s responsibility

Examples of previous clinical experiences:

  • Universities
  • High schools
  • Fire departments
  • Police departments
  • Physician’s offices
  • Clinic settings at hospitals and rehabilitation centers

These experiences cannot be observation only. The goal is to help students smoothly transition from textbook knowledge to confident, professional clinicians.

More details about clinical education requirements can be found in the MAT Program Handbook.

How much time will I need to study?

Using the Carnegie Unit as a commonly accepted standard, Hardin-Simmons University defines a credit hour, recorded by the university as a semester hour, in terms of instructional time and associated class preparation. Each credit hour reflects one hour of instructional time per week for a total of 15 instructional hours per semester. Graduate students are expected to spend a minimum of 3 hours in class preparation for each credit hour. Thus, students are expected to spend a minimum of approximately 4 hours engaged in learning per week per semester for each credit hour.

Using the examples above, when you are taking 2 4-credit courses in a session, you can expect to need a minimum of 32 hours per week completing course requirements. You should consider the amount of time that will be required for program requirements when committing to other obligations, such as work, athletics, etc.

Is an undergraduate degree required?

Yes, an undergraduate degree is required to enter the MAT program. However, there are two options for completing this requirement. You can complete your undergraduate degree prior to entering the program or HSU students can take the 3-2 route where you will graduate with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in 5 years. More information on the 3-2 option can be found in the 3-2 tab below.

If you have completed or are close to completing your undergraduate degree, completing that degree is likely your best option. If you are starting your undergraduate education or are early in your undergraduate degree, the 3-2 option may allow you to complete requirements for both your undergraduate and MAT degree sooner.

Are observations required?

Yes, 50 observation hours with a certified/licensed athletic trainer are required. You can see our MAT observation log. For 3-2 students, 100 observation hours are required.

Is a criminal background check required?

The program requires a criminal background check after June 1 of their second year prior to starting clinical experiences. Clinical sites may require additional background checks and/or drug testing. Prospective students should also be aware of credentialing agency requirements regarding a candidate’s previous criminal history. Students with a previous criminal history should direct questions regarding eligibility for AT licensure and/or certification to the Director of AT Education.

Do I have access to student services if I’m not in Abilene?

Yes. Contact information is provided below:

Student Services Contact Information
Business Office (student accounts) (325) 670-1001
Career Services (resume help, job searching) careerservices@hsutx.edu (325) 670-1166
Counseling Services (telehealth service available) counseling@hsutx.edu (325) 671-2272
Disability Support Services disabilityservices@hsutx.edu (325) 670-5842
Financial Aid financialaid@hsutx.edu (325) 670-1050
Institutional Review Board (research) irb@hsutx.edu
Library (chat/other contact info available on library website) hsuref@hsutx.edu (325) 670-1578
Registrar’s Office (course registration, withdrawal, graduation, transcripts) reg@hsutx.edu (325) 670-1368
Technology Services (on-campus internet access, email, HSU Central) helpdesk@hsutx.edu (325) 670-1288
Veteran Student Affairs (325) 670-1203
Dr. Janelle O’Connell, Dean, College of Health Professions joconnel@hsutx.edu (325) 670-1339
Dr. Chris McNair, Provost cmcnair@hsutx.edu (325) 670-1597
Other Contact Information available: www.hsutx.edu/offices
Other information is available in the HSU Student Handbook

How is admission determined?

Admission decisions are made by the Program Director & Core Faculty. These faculty & other stakeholders will conduct interviews (in-person or web conference). In the evaluation of applications, substantial weight is normally given to the undergraduate academic record and, when required, standardized test scores. Each application, however, is evaluated individually using a ranking form and careful consideration is given to applicants who present other evidence of graduate potential. Applicants who have recently completed undergraduate work, for example, may expect that their academic record will serve as the principal indicator of graduate potential. Alternatively, applicants who have had time to establish a record of effective professional experience beyond their undergraduate experience may expect that to be given significant consideration as well. If the faculty believe a student shows promise, but has a GPA or other deficiency, admission may be made on a conditional basis.

How do I apply?

Online MAT Applications are now open!

The Hardin-Simmons University Athletic Training Program (AT Program) 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 clinical experiences in a Christian environment.  Both the classroom and clinical education provide environments for AT 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 to promote the evidence-based practice of AT.

The AT Program 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 graduate is prepared to become a successful athletic training professional.  This preparation must include knowledge and skills, values, ethics, and effective critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The program intends to be distinguished for its high-quality faculty, staff and students and be recognized for clinical excellence and innovation.

Various assessments are performed to provide feedback for continual improvement of the AT program.  These assessments focus on leadership strengths and improving individual weaknesses in AT students, faculty and preceptors. This commitment to the constant evaluation of program strengths and weaknesses allows for necessary improvements to enhance the AT Program.

Excellence in AT education and professional practice are the pillars which support the program. The AT students, faculty and preceptors will demonstrate compassionate professionalism, integrity and ethical behaviors as an evidence-based practitioner.

PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  1. To provide students desiring to attend a Christian university with an opportunity to earn a master’s degree in athletic training which will prepare them to provide the broadest range of athletic training services, including injury prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, through online, classroom and clinical education.
  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 research, critically appraise and appropriately utilize evidence in their clinical problem-solving and decision-making.
  4. 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.
  5. To provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for students to develop themselves as lifelong learners and patient advocates.

Program costs will be updated soon.

Hardin-Simmons University will be seeking accreditation for their new online Master of Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process before July 1, 2023. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited.  Students who graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

The in-person undergraduate & Master of Athletic Training program at Hardin-Simmons University has voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation and is no longer admitting students.  The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in May, 2022.