What are the prerequisites for the Master of Athletic Training Program?
Do I have to take the GRE?
Yes. Applicants to the Master of Athletic Training Program are required to take the GRE. The score is used as one component of an applicant’s overall application. Further information can be found at the following links:
MAT Program application
What does the 50 hours of observation entail as a part of my application process?
Applicants are required to obtain 50 hours of supervised observation with a Board of Certification certified athletic trainer who also holds an appropriate credential as an athletic trainer in the state in which they are employed. An example of these initials would read “ATC, LAT”.
Is this an entry-level or post-professional Master’s degree?
The Master of Athletic Training Program is an entry-level Master’s degree designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as an athletic trainer.
In what academic department is the Master of Athletic Training Program housed?
The MAT program is housed in the department of Health and Human Performance within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston.
What is the curriculum for the Master of Athletic Training Program?
The curriculum is a six-semester, 57 hour degree program. The coursework, description of courses, and credit hours per course can be found at the following link: MAT Curriculum
What is the cost of the Master of Athletic Training Program?
Updated graduate tuition and fees can be found here under the listing of “CLASS 1”. There are also associated program fees as well as optional costs. For a complete breakdown of associated costs, please reference the MAT Program "Financial Responsibilities" found on page 62 of the MAT Program Student Handbook.
What kind of clinical education experiences can I expect while a student in the Master of Athletic Training Program?
Students will obtain clinical education experiences in the following areas: individual and team sports, sports requiring protective equipment, patients of different sexes, non-sport patient populations, and a variety of conditions other than orthopedics. These will be done with clinical sites and preceptors that have been evaluated and approved by the Master of Athletic Training program.
Is the UH MAT program research intensive?
The primary focus of the MAT program is to deliver a high-quality, clinical-based educational experience for each student that both prioritizes instruction of the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies (5th ed) and provides a vast array of clinical education experiences that reinforces the BOC Practice Analysis and Role Delineation Study. In order to ensure that MAT students receive a strong foundation specific to the content area of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), the MAT curriculum requires enrollment in “Introduction to Research in Athletic Training”. Furthermore, all MAT students will complete one clinical case study per semester, with the intent to submit at least one completed case study for publication or presentation at a regional or national conference.
What kind of faculty and preceptors will I be working with while enrolled in the Master of Athletic Training Program?
The MAT program has aligned itself with local professionals in the Houston area who are experts in their respective disciplines and contribute successfully to the field of sports medicine both clinically and academically. Examples include athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, registered dietitians, physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and psychologists.
Can I work while enrolled in the Master of Athletic Training Program?
The MAT program is a full-time professional program that requires attendance in all classes and at all clinical education experiences. If a student has outside employment, he/she may not represent the University of Houston Master of Athletic Training Program and academic coursework and clinical education experiences will not be planned around that student’s work schedule.
Is the Master of Athletic Training Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)?
The University of Houston is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution submitted a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2015. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.
Will I be eligible to take the State of Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Training licensure examination upon finishing the Master of Athletic Training Program?
According to the State of Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Training, “[i]f an applicant has taken and passed the BOC certification exam on or after January 1, 2004, that applicant may be eligible for licensure without taking these exams”. See the board rule at 22 Texas Administrative Code §871.9 (m) for details.