Master of Athletic Training Program

Master of Athletic Training Program

Athletic Training students

The UToledo Masters of Athletic Training (MAT) program provides a platform from which future athletic trainers are prepared to enter an evolving profession and dynamic healthcare environment. The MAT prepares students to be scholarly clinicians that have the knowledge and skills to provide excellent healthcare today and in the future.

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The UToledo MAT Program’s Points of Pride:

UToledo MAT students will gain the professional knowledge and skills necessary to work in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professions to provide preventative and acute care, and evaluate and treat injuries and illnesses in a physically active population.  Given the increasing number of individuals participating in sports and recreational activities, the role of an athletic trainer is an important one as these healthcare professionals are specifically trained to prevent, identify and treat impairments and functional limitations in the physically active population.  Athletic trainers are most frequently employed in the traditional settings of secondary school, collegiate and professional athletics however recent growth is providing opportunities in the performing arts and industrial/occupational medicine settings, and most recently within orthopedic and sports medicine physician practices.

The program will consist of Two integrated components

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classroom/didactic

Classroom and lab-based courses that focus on developing professional knowledge and skills.

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Learning experiences under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer and/or Physician. A range of experiences provide students with several opportunities for engagement across different practice settings.

Athletic Training Programs

UToledo is proud of its tradition of excellence in athletic training education and currently provides education to athletic trainers at all levels. The students in the MAT, Post-Professional and Ph.D. programs work collaboratively to broad and deepen their knowledge and contribute positively to the future of the profession.

  • Masters of Athletic Training (MAT): route to certification for athletic trainers. Results in the granting of a Masters of Athletic Training Degree.
  • Post-Professional Athletic Training Programadvanced knowledge and skills in the field for athletic trainers who have already passed the Board Certification exam, includes the opportunity for a clinical assistantship that provides independent practice opportunities to further broaden and deepen clinical skills. Results in the granting of a Masters of Science in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Athletic Training Degree.
  • Ph.D. Program: intensive focus on particular topics in the field through advanced coursework and research activity. Results in the granting of a Ph.D. in Exercise Science.

 PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the UToledo MAT Program is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for successful clinical practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer while instilling the mindset of a scholarly clinician. Students of the UToledo MAT will possess sound clinical skills and judgement as well as the ability ensure their patients’ safety and well-being and to positively contribute to the healthcare team. 

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Goal #1: To prepare students for entry-level practice in the field of athletic training
  • Objective 1: Provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully challenge the Board of Certification Examination
  • Objective 2: Provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to demonstrate competency in each of the five practice domains as defined by the 7th Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis (Board of Certification 2017)
  i.      Domain 1: Injury and  Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
 ii.      Domain 2: Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
iii.      Domain 3: Immediate and Emergency Care
iv.      Domain 4: Therapeutic Intervention
 v.      Domain 5: Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility
  • Objective 3: Provide students with the opportunity to translate knowledge from theoretical to hands-on through a series of progressive courses and clinical education rotations
2.  Goal #2: To instill in students the mindset of a scholarly clinician
  • Objective 1: Provide students with information, techniques and methods best aligned with the evidence-based practice model
  • Objective 2: Provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to evaluate, consume and apply research evidence
  • Objective 3: Provide students with the opportunity to translate research evidence to clinical practice through a series of progressive courses and clinical education rotations
3.  Goal #3: To provide students with the skills necessary to operate successfully as a member of a healthcare team
  • Objective 1: Provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to communicate in an effective and professional manner
  • Objective 2: Provide students with hands-on opportunity to observe and engage as a member of a sports medicine healthcare team in a variety of settings
  • Objective 3: Provide students with opportunities for inter-professional education with other healthcare profession programs

The University of Toledo (UToledo) programs leading to licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement, whether delivered online or face-to-face, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement eligibility vary from one profession to another and from state to state. For students who wish to practice in a state other than Ohio, please contact the program director: Professional/Sarah Long  or contact her at 419.530.2024 to discuss if you will need to satisfy additional requirements in that state. The following national sites contain state board directories. 

Upon successful completion of the MAT Program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification Examination. After successful completion of this exam, students will be a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).   In addition to BOC Certification, students may need state licensure/registration/certification in order to legally practice.  Please visit the Professional Licensure page to learn more.

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The University of Toledo Professional Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Last Updated: 9/1/21