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Athletic Training Program (M.A.T.)

You know the hurdles that athletes have to overcome — the hard work and dedication required for being the best in their sport. Athletic trainers are the hands-on practitioners alongside those athletes, keeping them in the game. Their specialization in the health care of active people means that they are working constantly to prevent injury, treat emergencies, evaluate needs and rehabilitate both athletes and other active individuals, as well as guiding them in proper nutrition, strength and conditioning. Want to work in a physician practice, in a concussion clinic, or seeing active individuals for rehabilitation of injuries? Athletic Trainers do all of that, and Marquette will prepare you!

Direct admission.

Marquette reviews applications on a competitive basis. Once you're selected for the master's of athletic training program at Marquette, you'll begin studying exercise physiology and continue directly into the master's in athletic training. You'll earn both a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and finish the program at the end of year five with your master's degree.

Learn the ropes now.

As an undergraduate studying exercise physiology, you’ll learn all about the benefits and techniques of exercise in the healthy population. Then in Marquette’s Master of Athletic Training program, you'll start your hands-on training the very first summer. Your clinical practice time will include helping care for Marquette’s Division I athletes and learning from experienced athletic training faculty who have worked in the field as athletic trainers themselves. This means that your professors will have not only the highest intellectual expertise in the field, but also the practical experience to prepare you for any real-world application.

Certification? No sweat.

Thanks to your academic preparation and the practical experience you'll get working with high school, intercollegiate and professional athletes, you can approach your national certification exam with confidence. 100 percent of Marquette athletic training graduates have passed the certification exam on the first attempt for the last 5 years; the national average hovers between 70 and 80 percent.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Emergency Care, CPR and AED
  • Introduction to Exercise Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I & II
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • General Biology I
  • Diverse Cultures Elective


  • Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Theory of Ethics
  • General Biology II
  • Literature and Performing Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning


  • Cognitive and Motor Learning
  • Exercise Training, Prescription and EKG
  • Nutrition and Exercise Performance
  • Advanced Elective in Exercise Physiology
  • General Physics I & II
  • Exercise Leadership
  • Practicum I
  • Theology 2nd Level (UCCS)
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Elective

Summer - begin master's coursework

  • Emergency Management
  • Human Anatomy
  • AT Principles
  • AT Practicum I


  • Advanced Exercise Physiology and Lab
  • Exercise Physiology Special Populations
  • AT Practicum II
  • Evaluation of the Upper Extremity
  • Modalities in Rehabilitation
  • Evaluation of the Lower Extremity
  • AT PRacticum III
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Evaluation of the Spine
  • Neurological Disorders and Disease
  • Rehabilitation of the Lower Extremity
  • Psychology in Performance and Rehabilitation
  • AT Administration and Management

Summer 2

  • Diagnostic Imaging Testing
  • AT Practicum IV
  • AT Practicum V

M.A.T. Year

  • AT Practicum VI
  • Systematic Medical Disorders
  • Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity and Spine
  • Pharmacology in AT
  • Biomechanics of Injury
  • AT Immersion Practicum
  • Capston Project in AT

Athletic Training

You might like athletic training if you

✓ Are skilled in science

✓ Have an interest in sports

✓ Enjoy working with people

✓ Are interested in health care

What can you do with a master's in athletic training?

Athletic training students The Master of Athletic Training degree prepares you to work as a certified and licensed athletic trainer for high school, college and professional sports teams, in physician offices, in corporate fitness and wellness settings, and anywhere that active individuals need healthcare.

Learn more about what you can do with a master of athletic training.

Visit the department that offers the major in athletic training.

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