There are three paths to be admitted to the Masters in Athletic Training program. Here is a summary of the three options.
5-year Accelerated Degree Program:
High school applicants to Marquette can apply for direct-admission to the 5 year ADP culminating in an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology (EXPH) and a Master’s degree in athletic training (MAT). There is an area on the application to Marquette listed under “Special Programs” where applicants must select the Masters of Athletic Training to apply to. This will prompt the applicant to submit an essay specific to the athletic training application. If an applicant is offered a direct-admit spot, their undergraduate major will be switched to Exercise Physiology regardless of what they selected as their original undergraduate preference.
2-year Professional Program:
Those interested in the MAT who already have or will complete their undergraduate degree may apply to enter the Professional phase of the MAT. This application process will be administered through the Athletic Training Common Application Service (ATCAS). The first professional phase cohort will start the MAT in the Summer of 2018, with the application process occurring during the 2017-2018 school year. The exact deadlines are still being established at this time.
Athletic Training / Physical Therapy Dual-credential program:
Those students who are directly admitted to the 6-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy program may apply to join a 7-year dual-credential MAT/DPT track. These students must be in the undergraduate major in Exercise Physiology, and will apply their junior year to join the dual-credential track, culminating in 3 degrees in those 7 years – an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, a Master’s degree in Athletic Training, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. These applications will be managed by the two programs, and will be very competitive. The first admission cycle for this combined program will offered to Exercise Physiology juniors during the 2017-2018 school year.
The athletic training program is an integral part of the Program in Exercise Science and the College of Health Sciences whose mission is to educate excellent, ethical health care providers. This mission, coupled with a dedication to recruiting and retaining students from diverse backgrounds, serves as the template for excellence in education and diversity. The mission of the athletic training program is to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active through prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The Master’s in Athletic Training supports the mission and educational philosophy of Marquette University and strives to develop men and women who have a allegiance to lifelong learning, and who will dedicate their lives to the service of others.
Marquette’s athletic training major was reaccredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education during the 2009-2010 academic year for the maximum timeframe of 10 years. A substantive change request transitioning the athletic training major to an entry-level Master’s degree program will be submitted during the 2017-2018 school year.
The next reaccreditation full assessment will occur in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Athletic Trainers in Wisconsin and most states must be licensed as an Athletic Trainer by the Department of Regulation and Licensing in order to practice in that state. To be granted an Athletic Training license to practice, individuals must achieve a passing score on the Athletic Training Certification exam administered by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). Graduates of Marquette’s Master’s degree in Athletic Training will be eligible to challenge the NATABOC Certification exam once they are registered for their last semester of coursework.
Marquette Athletic Training students have compiled an impressive pass-rate on this examination over the years. The exam pass rates for first-time test-takers for Marquette graduates and nationally can be viewed here: Marquette Athletic Training Exam Statistics from the CAATE website as of April, 2016
Students will be able to:
If you need further information on the Master’s in Athletic Training program at Marquette, please contact the Program Director, Chris Geiser.