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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
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Athletic Training [MATR]

Revised Program [Fall 2020]

This program is an entry-level master’s 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 require 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 of 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.

Program Admission

Applications due February 1, Interviews begin March 1.

The admission process has two components: an ATCAS application and an EMU Graduate School application. All steps must be completed, and admission requirements met by the deadline for your application to be reviewed by the school.

1) Program Application (ATCAS)

Application materials submitted to ATCAS include:

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 before 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 or equivalent (EMU: ATTR 210 )
  • Anatomy and Physiology w/ lab, six credit hours (EMU: ATTR 201 /ATTR 202 )
  • Physiology of Exercise w/ lab (EMU: EXSC 300 )
  • Sport biomechanics/tissue mechanics course (EMU: EXSC 305 )
  • General Physics (EMU: PHY 221 )
  • General Chemistry (EMU: CHEM 120  or CHEM 121/122 )
  • General Biology (EMU: BIO 105  or BIO 110 )
  • General Psychology (EMU: PSY 101 )

Applicants must provide documentation of 100 observation hours with an ATC. At no time during your observation, can you represent yourself as an EMU “athletic training student.” You are a student applying to get into the Athletic Training Program.

  • 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. This statement will be used to evaluate the applicant’s ability to write professionally.

The following forms need to be completed and signed:

2) Graduate School Application (ApplyEMU)

The application deadline is February 1, applications will be reviewed beginning on that date. Initially, applications will be evaluated for the minimum requirements (completion of the portfolio). The Athletic Training Advisory Committee will review applications that meet the minimum requirements. Applicants will be notified by March 1 if they will be granted an interview. Admissions in the MAT program is competitive; not all applicants will be granted an interview. 

School Information

Health Promotion & Human Performance Christopher Herman, Ph.D., Director | 319J Porter, 734.487.2815, cherman2@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Aaron Struminger​, Ph.D., AT, ATC, 318U Porter, 734.487.2837, astrumin@emich.edu