NEW - First cohort entering June 1, 2021
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In just six semesters, the Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T) program at Huntingdon College will prepare you for a career in sports medicine as an allied health care professional.
Who Are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers work with physicians in the areas of injury prevention, injury evaluation, emergency care, therapeutic intervention, and organizational administration in a sports or active population environment. Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who provide service or treatment under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician. As part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Why a Master's Degree?
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Board of Certification, and the NATA Research and Education Foundation—the entities who cooperatively form the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance—have established the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level. Completion of a graduate degree in athletic training is required to sit for the Board of Certification examination after the fall of 2022.
Expected growth in demand for Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) between 2014 and 2024 (United States Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Average annual athletic trainer salary for those with a master’s degree (NATA 2018 Salary Survey).
Possible Career settings, including colleges/universities, secondary schools, hospitals or rehabilitation clinics, military, industrial, performing arts, professional sports, and many more.
The Huntingdon Advantage
Small classes and personal attention have been Huntingdon hallmarks since the College’s founding in 1854, and the Master of Athletic Training program continues those important attributes a degree higher. Up to twelve students will be enrolled in each Huntingdon MAT cohort, assuring that each student receives expert personal attention and access to the tools, personnel, and clinical experiences that will build his or her resume as well as critical professional skills.
- Huntingdon offers 20 NCAA-Division III athletic teams with whom athletic training students may intern.
- Huntingdon is in partnership with Pro-Impact Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, which offers a clinic on the Huntingdon College campus that serves students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Each Huntingdon MAT student will complete six (6) clinical internships working with a Certified Athletic Trainer, physicians, or other health care providers as part of the MAT program. The first five placements will occur simultaneously with coursework and therefore will be offered within drivable distance of Huntingdon College. The sixth placement will consist of an 8-week clinical immersion experience during which each student will participate in the totality of care as an athletic trainer in a setting supportive of his or her chosen career-specific field. Temporary relocation may be required. Clinical internship placement sites include hospitals; physician offices; fitness centers; sports medicine and physical therapy clinics; high school, college, semi-pro, or professional athletic teams; public safety; industrial settings; military settings; and the performing arts.
Coordinator of Clinical Education
Core Faculty Member
On September 3, 2020, the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved Huntingdon College’s membership at Level III to offer a Master’s degree in Athletic Training. It is the intent of Huntingdon College to initiate this graduate program in June 2021. Huntingdon College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate degree. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Huntingdon College.
Huntingdon College will seek accreditation for the Master of Athletic Training program through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is not accredited by the CAATE at this time. The College will submit a self-study to begin the accreditation process in July 2022. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit do 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 first class will enroll in June 2021 and will graduate in May 2023. The CAATE accreditation site visit is anticipated to occur in Fall 2022, with hopes to gain full accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort.
The following information will be available after the first cohort group has matriculated and/or graduated, as applicable, and will be linked or provided here:
- Board Pass Rates
- Program Retention Rates
- Graduation Rates
- Employment Rates
The Master of Athletic Training Program is part of Huntingdon’s W. James Samford jr. School of Graduate and Professional Studies.