Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession. 

Athletic trainers (ATs) 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. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education background, skill set, and job responsibilities.  It was recently decided by the AT Strategic Alliance that the minimum professional degree level will be graduate.    The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.

Professional training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice:

  • prevention
  • treatment and rehabilitation
  • immediate and emergency care
  • clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  • organization and professional health and well-being 

Program Admissions

To be considered for the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) graduate program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  •    Psychology

  •    Physics with lab

  •    Biology with lab

  •    Chemistry with lab

  •    Human Anatomy I

  •    Human Physiology I

  •    Statistics (Algebra based)

  •    Nutrition or Sports Nutrition

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall 2.75 grade point average

  • The following courses must be completed with at least a “C” before entering into the program.

• A minimum of 50 documented hours working, volunteering, or shadowing with a certified athletic trainer (ATC) prior to admission to the program. At least 30 of these hours must be in a traditional athletic training setting (college, high school or professional).

  •  Pass a level II background check

  • All students must interview with MAT panel

  • A written personal statement of educational goals

  • All students must have three letters of recommendation (at least one from faculty member)

  • All students must have taken and submitted scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

B.S. Health and Exercise Science

The Health and Exercise Science undergraduate degree program offers coursework which prepares students to learn and apply the theories of health and sport science.  Coursework is paired with research based and practical applications including a field experience/internship to apply theories and best practices simultaneously.   Students will apply knowledge, and experiences gained in planning, developing, implementing, analyzing, evaluating, and monitoring human performance, exercise programming, exercise pathophysiology as well as exercise physiology and biomechanics (kinesiology).   The degree program offers two tracks. Track 1 is designated as Sport, Fitness and Health and is designed for the student who plans to enter Health and Exercise Science as an entry level career. 

Track 2 is designated as Pre-Clinical Health, this degree track in HES (Pre-clinical track) serves as a pre-requisite program for Bethune-Cookman University’s new Master of Athletic Training (MAT). The Pre-Clinical Health program will also allow students who wish to matriculate into professional health programs such as Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Medicine, etc. the opportunity to pace their program in anticipation of their career aspiration.

Minor 

The minor is designed for students pursuing a major in the University who desire additional knowledge in the broad area of exercise science  It is open to students pursuing any major at B-CU, yet recommended for pre-medicine, pre-chiropractic, nursing, psychology, and aging studies majors. The program consists of 6 courses totaling 19 credit hours and allows students to gain general knowledge of the field of exercise science. A grade of “C” is required for all courses in the minor.

Courses:

  • PE 335 Kinesiology – 3 hours
  • CHS 230 Sports Nutrition – 3 hours
  • PE 435 Physiology of Exercise – 3 hours
  • SM 131 Intro to Sports Medicine – 3 hours
  • BI 235 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab – 4 hours
  • PE 215 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries – 3 hours

Note: This minor is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is not intended for Athletic Training Majors. The minor will not prepare students for the Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC) examination.