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How to Become an Athletic Trainer

Whether on the athletic field, in an industrial work setting or on a performance stage, active people need health care providers who truly understand the demands of physical careers. As a leading health sciences institution, Logan University is thrilled to add a Master’s in Athletic Training (MAT) to our lineup of degree programs, beginning fall 2021.

Read on to learn what an athletic training career may look like for you.

What’s required for acceptance into Logan’s athletic training program?

Prospective students must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies.
  • Submission of official transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
  • Verification of 40 hours of observation in an athletic training setting.
  • Completion of required pre-requisite coursework with a C or better.

Applications and materials must be submitted at Logan.edu as well as through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System (ATCAS).

Why should I choose Logan University for my Master’s in Athletic Training?

Logan University’s reputation as a world leader in chiropractic and health sciences education sets the stage for this new master’s degree, featuring hands-on clinical experiences that can be earned in a wide variety of settings. In fact, from the sidelines of prominent Midwest universities to many non-traditional health care settings, Logan students will receive more hands-on clinical experience than many other athletic training programs.

Our Master’s in Athletic Training is the only program offered by a chiropractic and health sciences institution. This means our state-of-the-art science facilities support your pursuit of an evidence-based career as a health care provider for people who need to perform at their personal best, including elite athletes and those working in physically demanding industrial careers.

Plus, Logan offers two start dates each year, meaning less time waiting to begin your education and smaller class sizes for individualized instruction.

What can I expect from my education at Logan University?

Logan’s MAT program includes six trimesters of online and face-to-face instruction. Coursework will cover emergency care, orthopedic assessment, therapeutic interventions, psychology, pharmacology, research, leadership, administration and more. Student coursework will culminate in an evidence-based research project, three practicums under the supervision of an athletic trainer and an immersive clinical experience, which is designed to give students the opportunity to work in an athletic training clinical setting and understand the day-to-day operations of a clinic. 

Where will I complete my immersive clinical experiences?

MAT students at Logan spend 80 to 90 percent of their time working directly with ATs in the field—linking coursework to practical application. We’re proud to offer our students hands-on, clinical experiences with multiple partners and teams, including:

  • University of Missouri | Columbia, Missouri
  • University of Memphis | Memphis, Tennessee
  • Maryville University | Louis, Missouri
  • Missouri Baptist University | Louis, Missouri
  • Fontbonne University | Louis, Missouri
  • Harris-Stowe State University | Louis, Missouri

What career opportunities are available to me after graduation?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the athletic training field is projected to grow 21 percent between 2014 and 2024—faster than the average of all other occupations. Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Professional, collegiate-level sports programs
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Military and law enforcement
  • Occupational and industrial work environments
  • Sports medicine and physician clinics
  • Secondary schools
  • Performing arts

What are the board exam and state licensure requirements for athletic trainers?

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a student must graduate with a master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC) in order to become a certified athletic trainer. Passage of this exam is required for licensure in most states. In addition, athletic trainers must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

 

Get in touch with our admissions team today and learn more about how you can become part of Logan’s first cohort of athletic training students!

 

Logan University 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 will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2022. Submission of the self-study and completion of an onsite review does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students who 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.