MAT FAQ

The required courses include: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology (OR Anatomy & Physiology I and II to substitute for Human Anatomy and Human Physiology), Nutrition, Statistics, General Psychology, First Aid/CPR.

The following courses are highly recommended but not required: Biomechanics, Kinesiology, and Exercise Physiology.

The MAT is a 2-year or six (6) consecutive semester program. The program is cohort based. Cohorts begin the Summer Session II at the Truman State University campus.  The MAT program is entry-level or professional level for those who are not certified athletic trainers.
The program is an entry-level or professional-level athletic training program.
The MAT program is for anyone who has an earned a Bachelor’s degree and meets the program pre-requisites. This program is for individuals who wish to become certified athletic trainers.
Truman State University requires strong Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores on the GRE. This varies between application years. The average score of the applicant year (from all priority deadline applicants) is calculated and used as the strong score for that cohort year.
To become admitted into the MAT program, the individual must apply to the program on the Truman State University website. Once the electronic application has been received, the application is sent to the MAT program admissions committee for review. The accepted applicants from the committee are then sent to the Dean for approval. Once all approvals have been met, an acceptance letter will be sent to the applicant to sign. The letter will also contain the next step to the application process.
Upon acceptance into the MAT program, the student will be sent an acceptance letter to sign. The letter contains instructions for additional information to be sent to the Athletic Training Program Director. This must be completed prior to the beginning of the first class.
The additional information requested that must be sent to the Athletic Training Program Director includes: a current physical exam (within the last year), immunization records, copy of current ECC (First Aid/CPR) certification, National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) member number, signed technical standards form, completed background check, and signed admissions statement.
Truman State University requires students at the graduate level to complete a Master’s research project. The MAT program has selected a Master’s research paper as the graduation requirement. This includes selecting a faculty mentor (faculty from any discipline), designing a hypothesis and topic, conducting the research to test that hypothesis, and writing a research paper (described in the course work).  Completion of the research is a graduation requirement.
During the spring semester of the student’s final semester, he/she will be required to present the research at the University level at a designated time and location. The student has the opportunity to present at the state, district, or national level as well and guidance for that process will be provided by the MAT program faculty.
The Athletic Training Educational Competencies are a list of knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities students must master in order to progress and graduate the MAT program. These skills are taught in the courses and assessed in the Athletic Training Clinical courses. Students must meet a minimal score to pass each competency. Those not meeting the minimal score will receive remediation in the Athletic Training Clinical course. If by the end of the semester, the minimal standard has not been met in the course, the student will fail the course and not progress in the program.
Any observation or internship hours performed under a certified athletic trainer count toward your observation hours.
The minimum hours required for the MAT application is 75. An applicant may do more hours than the minimum which looks favorably among the review committee.
We provide a form where you can record your Observation Hours. You may print and upload to the application as many Observation Hours Forms as needed.

Observation Hours Form (PDF)
Yes. The athletic training clinic at Truman allows a limited number of observation hours (25) and number of observation students (8) each academic semester. For more information about this observation site, contact Cassie DeBlauw at cdeblauw@truman.edu.
Observation hours should be done in the past four (4) years of the application year to be considered part of the required 75 hours component. Hours done prior to the four (4) year mark may be entered as additional experience on the application form.