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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Athletic Training

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New Program | Fall 2017

This program is an entry-level masters degree that will be offered via two different routes. A student may begin the program at Eastern Michigan University as a first-year student. This student would follow the Combined Athletic Training program (CAT ). This is a 3+2 program that will award a student a bachelor’s and master’s degree when completed. These students will meet all the pre-admission requirements at EMU and apply to the program during the winter semester of their third year. If accepted the student will then start the following summer semester and complete the “professional phase” of the program. This will complete their fourth and fifth years. This phase is two full years that requires summer coursework. This route would include students who transfer to EMU and do not have an earned bachelor’s degree.  When students graduate they will earn a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Athletic Training degree.

The other route that students may take to earn the entry-level masters is the Master of Athletic Training Program (MAT). This program would be for students who have an earned bachelor’s degree and meet all the pre-admissions requirements. These students would apply during the winter semester of the year they plan on beginning the program. If accepted they would start during the summer semester and have two full years of coursework.

All students will go through the program as a cohort and are required to be full-time students to meet the didactic and clinical demands of the program. 


  • Students will be able to engage in thoughtful dialogue and engage in problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis with respect to all aspects of athletic training. 
  • Students will promote and practice respect and unbiased treatment of physically active individuals regardless or race, color, gender, or religious affiliation. 
  • Students will obtain all skills and knowledge necessary to complete the defined curriculum, sit for the BOC certification examination, and serve as a certified athletic trainer. (SLO) 
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the use of Evidence Based Medicine in the application of their AT knowledge, skills, and abilities. 


Students develop clinical and critical thinking skills through five practicum semesters that culminates in an immersive clinical internship during the sixth semester in the program. Students are given opportunities during their clinical education at high schools, universities, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, and physician clinics. In addition, they have inter-professional education experiences with programs within and outside of the University.

Admission Requirements

Applications due March 1, Interviews begin April 1

Applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or an appropriate international institution. Applicants may apply while their degree is in progress, but degree completion must be documented with official transcripts prior to the start of the Athletic Training Program. A minimum of a 2.75 overall GPA is required.

Applicants must have earned a “C” or better in  a course in the following areas or provide documentation of credential (Course Completion Form):

  • Current Professional Rescuer/Health Care Provider CPR | ATTR 210  
  • Anatomy and Physiology w/ Lab | ATTR 201 /ATTR 202  6 hrs
  • Physiology of Exercise w/Lab | SPMD 300  
  • Sports Bio-Mechanics/Tissue Mechanics | SPMD 305  

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is a requirement for applicants to the CAT program. Results will be accepted up to three years prior to the application date. There is no substitution for the GRE. To ensure results will be available on March 1 it is recommended that students take the exam no later than Dec. 1. There is no minimum score required to be admitted to the Athletic Training Program.

Applicants must provide documentation of 100 observation hours with ATC

  • Two settings/populations must be observed
  • Documentation of hours (provided form) signature of ATC with BOC number and state license number
  • Volunteer form
  • Two professional or academic letters of reference

Applicants must include a personal statement that includes career goals, past experiences, and personal qualities.

Applicants must submit a sample writing (ie: undergraduate paper, professional publication no abstracts)

The following forms need to be completed and signed:

Applications will be reviewed starting March 1. Initially, applications will be evaluated for the minimum requirements (completion of portfolio). Applications that meet the minimum requirements will then be evaluated thoroughly by the Athletic Training Advisory Committee. Applicants will be notified by March 15, if they will be granted an interview. Interviews will begin April 1. Not all applicants will be granted an interview.

School Information

Health Promotion and Human Performance, College of Health and Human Services

Christopher Herman, Ph.D. | Director | 319J Porter | 734.487.2815 | cherman2@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Jodi Schumacher, MS, AT, ATC | 318 Porter | 734.487.0090 | jschuma5@emich.edu

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