Master of Athletic Training

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About the Program

The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) at C-SC is a professional degree program that will prepare students to become certified Athletic Trainers (ATs). ATs are are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions to physically active athletes and patients.

This innovative curriculum utilizes both online coursework and face-to-face laboratory, simulation and clinical education to produce competent, skilled and committed AT professionals. This two year, 64 credit hour, program allows for flexibility and one-of-a-kind professional experiences. Students can apply as a Traditional Track admit after completing their Bachelors degree from an accredited institutions. Highly motivated high school and undergraduate students can also apply for the Accelerated (3+2) Track, allowing students to complete both their Bachelors degree in Health Science and the MAT in 5 years.

Culver-Stockton College is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.


If you are a current C-SC or Partner Institution student please use the Graduate Program Application online.

Student Learning Goals & Outcomes:

MAT students will utilize a professional approach to demonstrating competence and skill in, as well as commitment to:

  1.      Patient/Client-Centered Care
  2.      Interdisciplinary Education & Practice
  3.      Evidence-Based Practice
  4.      Information-Driven Decisions & Health Care Informatics
  5.      Quality Improvement

Program Outcomes:

Board of Certification Pass-Rates
Graduation & Retention Rates
Employment & Placement Rates

*Per substantive (degree level) change, the above stats represent the current undergraduate program

Program Admission:

The MAT at C-SC is a professional program that has two tracks, but three potential routes for admission to the professional program. Admission is competitive and limited to 12 student per cohort. Cohorts may be uncapped with institutional approval and addition of course sections and faculty.

  • Direct Admission to Accelerated (3+2): Only available for students enrolling at C-SC in the 3+2. Must be an incoming freshman with a 25 ACT (or equivalent), 3.5 GPA (4.0 scale), and have 50 hours of observation under the direct supervision of a credentialed AT prior to enrollment in the undergraduate Health Science degree. Qualified students should indicate their intent for direct admission on the institutional undergraduate application form or make formal declaration to their Admissions Counselor or the Registrar after application, and prior to first semester of undergraduate coursework at C-SC. Students maintain their guaranteed direct admission to the accelerated MAT by maintaining a 3.0 GPA and fulfilling the additional application requirements annually.
  • Accelerated Admission (3+2): Only available to students at C-SC or affiliate institutions. Students must complete all application materials and have an endorsement from an AT at C-SC or the affiliate institution. Accelerated applicants should apply no later than January 15 of their third year (the semester preceding the start of the summer graduate year) through C-SC admissions website to guarantee an automatic interview.
  • Traditional Admission (4+2): Student must have a bachelor degree, prior to program start date, from an accredited institution, complete their application through ATCAS (or C-SC admissions website for affiliate institutions), and meet all entrance requirements. Applications should be received by March 15 for full consideration.

See the MAT Guide (ATP Handbook) located on the major website for more specific and up-to-date information on admission criteria and deadlines. *C-SC and affiliate institution students will be awarded priority points on evaluation ratings, but are not guaranteed entrance.

Application & Entrance Requirements:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Traditional applicants must have completed their bachelor degree or be enrolled in the last semester from an accredited college or university; or enrolled in, and complete prior to program start date, a minimum 100 credit hours for accelerated applicants.
  2. A grade of “C” or higher, and minimum of 3 credit hours, in each of the following pre-requisite courses:
  • Biology
  • Anatomy; or combination of two A&P courses
  • Physiology; or combination of two A&P courses
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise physiology
  • Kinesiology or biomechanics
  • Psychology
  • Pathophysiology* (may be taken as summer course at C-SC in first semester of program)
  • Recommended coursework (not required): Statistics (highly recommended), Public Health, Epidemiology, Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries, and Abnormal Psychology

      3. All applicants must also meet additional application requirements which include:

  • Statement of professional interest/philosophy
  • Two letters of recommendation/endorsement (1 must be from supervising AT)
  • 50 hours of observation under the supervision of an AT
  • Verification of ability to meet the "technical standards" and "additional requirements" of the program as identified in the ATP Handbook
  • *International applicants must also have: TOEFL > 79 (IBT), 213 (CBT) or 550 (PBT); IELTS 6.0 minimum; SAT >1050 or ACT >22; or completion of 90 credit hours from accredited US College/University with a 3.0 or higher, if applicable.

Secondary Application & Entrance Requirements:

  • Applicants will receive verification of application receipt, along with request for secondary application requirements information needed (if applicable).
  • Selected applicants will receive a request for interview; based upon approval of the application and interview, a letter of acceptance or denial will be distributed. Acceptance is rolling and available until filled. Students are highly encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • Upon acceptance students are required to submit non-refundable deposit of $150 (credited to tuition upon enrollment)
  • Accepted applicants are subject to a criminal background check, must provide a medical history, undergo a physical, provide copy of current of immunizations (must include Hep B, MMR and TB [valid within year]) and proof of liability insurance prior to start of clinical coursework (failure to comply may result in revocation of acceptance and/or dismissal from Program). Students must also be able to secure housing, be willing to relocate, and have reliable transportation.

Retention/Probation/Dismissal Criteria:

Students will be evaluated each semester for congruence with program conditions and retention criteria. Retention requirements include: FT enrollment in curriculum sequence; maintain 3.0 GPA; “C” or better in all coursework (more than 2 “Cs” results in dismissal); passing of all semester comps and exit exam with 75% or better; adherence to all policies set forth in the ATP Handbook; and continued ability to meet “technical standards” and “additional requirements.” Students earning 2 “C’s”, falling below a 3.0 GPA, or violating program policies will be placed on probation. Students placed on probation or dismissed will be notified in writing, provided terms of probation, and reserves the right to appeal that decision. All appeals should follow the Academic Policies & Regulations set forth in the current Academic Catalog.


If you are a current C-SC or Partner Institution student please use the Graduate Program Application online. 

Estimated Annual Program Costs & Fees:

  • Tuition: $500/credit hour (C-SC alumni are eligible for tuition discount of up to 15%)
  • Deposit: $150 (non-refundabe: credited toward tuition upon enrollment)
  • Unified Student Fee: $425 (institution-wide fee)
    • Includes access to library, online resources, entrance to campus programming/performances/events, wellness center membership, etc.
  • AT Program Fee: $750
    • Includes tablet rental with apps, simulations, apparel/gear, liability insurance, criminal background check, Association memberships (NATA, MAATA, & MoATA) and practice/exit exam.
  • Course/Lab Fees: $700 (Books are additional cost and vary by course/type: Estimated $350-700. Students are encouraged to purchase electronic texts on tablets to reduce costs.)
  • Room: Cost varies. Student is responsible for securing appropriate housing; campus housing is available in Stone Hall upon request. Those selecting campus housing must provide $200 housing deposit by April 1st.
  • Board: Cost varies. Student is responsible for all food; Students electing for campus housing are required to purchase a campus meal plan.
  • *Graduation: $150 (only upon graduation)

Financial Aid & Scholarships:

Graduate students are solely responsible for their tuition, board and housing. Eligible graduate students are encouraged to file FAFSA to assist them with financing their education. C-SC does not offer scholarships and grants to graduate students. C-SC alumni are eligible for a discount rate. Discount rates are determined annually, and is currently 15%.

Graduation Requirements:

Students completing the MAT and graduating with a Masters degree from C-SC must complete all program requirements. Program requirements include satisfactory completion of all coursework, adherence to all retention criteria, and verification from the Program Director. Additionally, prior to conferment of your degree all tuition, fees, and out-standing financial balances must be rectified. For additional information refer to the academic catalog.

Transportation Statement:

Clinical coursework and rotations will require students to travel off-campus. These distances could be within an one hour or more radius, but typically 30 minutes or less. Students are responsible for access to or possession of reliable transportation.  The program is not responsible for securing, scheduling or assisting students with transportation.

Student Withdrawal & Refund:

Students who withdraw from the institution may be eligible for a portion of their tuition and fees. Please see the C-SC Student Handbook for up to date information.

Student Grievance Policy:

Students are encouraged to work professionally toward resolving grievances with the parties involved or their direct chain of command. Should a resolution not be found or be most appropriate for administrative intervention, students are required follow the procedures outlined in the Student Grievance Policy in the Student Handbook.

C-SC Rranked #1 in Missouri as Best College for Employment according to Zippia, Inc.

“C-SC significantly guided my journey in the medical profession. Not only did Culver-Stockton cultivate my love for learning, but it was here that I also established professionalism, confidence in my clinical skills and the hardworking attitude that has taken me where I am today.”
–Martha Miller ’14, Surgical Athletic Trainer


The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Culver-Stockton College will be a nationally recognized educational program for producing exceptional professionals and servant leaders in the field of athletic training.


The mission of the Culver-Stockton College ATP is to professionally prepare students of promise for successful careers and advanced studies in athletic training. The ATP is a supportive learning community that prepares students for a dynamic allied health care market by developing the students’ core competence as a health care professional within a CAATE-accredited experiential learning curriculum.

Program Values:

The ATP is encapsulated by three overarching values. We value the development of a COMPETENT allied health professional that is diversely SKILLED and COMMITTED to the principles of professional development and servant leadership.

Fast Facts:

  • 100% of graduates passed the Board of Certification exam on their first attempt in last 3 years!
  • C-SC was the 2018 Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl Champions
  • 100% of AT student have earned Graston Technique, Kinesio Tape, Personal Training, CPR/AED, and/or Psychological First Aid certification while completing their AT degree
  • 100% of graduates have attended an AT professional conference, or participated in public relations and professional advocacy events at the state, district, or national levels
  • The AT Program was Top 20 nationally and recognized as Honorable Mention for “Best Student Effort” in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2017 Public Relations Contest
  • Students have a plethora of clinical education opportunities in NCAA and NAIA Division I & II athletics, High School athletics, Hospital/Clinics, and Industrial/Corporate settings
  • Students will have access to a designated, state of the art, Health Sciences laboratory and simulator center for the advancement of their knowledge and clinical skills – coming winter 2019

*All statistics and figures are based upon the last three-year aggregate as requested by the CAATE.


Two Year Course Schedule
Course Descriptions

MAT Guide

Graduate Admission Requirements

For more information, contact:
Office of Admission
Phone: 800-537-1883



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