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 at the sidelines, keeping those athletes 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 athletes, as well as guiding them in proper nutrition, strength and conditioning.

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 a Marquette athletic trainer, you'll start your hands-on training freshman year. Your clinical time will be supervised by the same professors you'll meet in the classroom, all of whom have worked in the field as athletic trainers themselves. So you know that they have not just the knowledge, but the practical experience to teach you.

Certification? No sweat.

Thanks to your academic preparation along with the practical experience you'll get working with high school, intercollegiate and professional athletes, you can approach your national certification exam with confidence. Marquette athletic training majors pass at a rate of nearly 90 percent; the national average is 40 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 2
  • 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 Care
  • Human Anatomy
  • AT Prevention and Care
  • Emergency Care Internship


  • Advanced Exercise Physiology and Lab
  • Exercise Physiology Special Populations
  • AT Proficiency - Emergency Care/Lower Extr.
  • AT Evaluation - Upper Extremity
  • Modalities
  • AT Evaluation - Lower Extremity
  • AT Proficiency - Modalities/Upper Extr.
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • AT Evaluation - Spine
  • Neurological Injuries/Disorders in AT
  • Therapeutic Exercise - Lower Extremity
  • Sports Psychology
  • Management in AT

Summer 2

  • Diagnostic Imaging/Testing
  • AT Proficiency - non-traditional
  • AT Proficiency - Football/Neurological 1

M.A.T. Year

  • AT Proficiency - Football/Neurological 2
  • General Medical Systems
  • Therapeutic Exercise - upper extremity/spine
  • AT Pharmacology
  • Biomechanics of Injury
  • ATTR Internship
  • Capstone Project