Earn Your M.A.T. in Only Five Years

In our Fast-Track Master of Athletic Training program, you will master every aspect of athletic training, including injury prevention, injury evaluation and diagnosis, emergency care, treatment, rehabilitation and organization administration.

Your education will extend beyond the classroom, taking what you learn and applying it to a variety of clinical settings. Birmingham affords students with a number of diverse clinical opportunities in major athletic training and health care facilities as well as high schools and university athletic departments, sports medicine clinics, performing arts and more.

Why Samford?

  • Ranked #3 in the South among regional universities by U.S.News & World Report
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom and clinical sites
  • Highly educated and experienced faculty and clinical preceptors
  • Hands-on learning experiences that equip you for real-world careers
  • Excellent clinical opportunities in major athletic training and health care facilities
  • Study alongside students in other health care disciplines as part of Samford’s College of Health Sciences, an innovative learning environment designed to foster interprofessional collaboration and experiential learning

Admission Requirements

Students must first be admitted to Samford University as a health sciences major. Upon submission of your application to Samford, you must complete a second application for the fast-track Master of Athletic Training Program. (Application will be sent from the enrollment and student services manager. This application must be submitted in order to be considered for formal

Requirements for admission consideration include:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as of the end of the fall semester, junior year
  • Achieve a “B-” or better in the following courses:
    • NURS 243
    • PHYS 100
    • CHEM 108
    • CHEM 109
    • BIOL 105
    • BIOL 217
    • BIOL 218
    • All KINE courses
  • Completion (or in-progress) of all the following: Samford University core, general education and other courses specified by the 3/2 Health Sciences/M.A.T. sequence
  • Completion and submission of Graduate Records Exam with recommended scores of Verbal: 153, Quantitative: 144, Analytical: 4.0 by Nov. 1
  • Completion of a minimum of 50 clinical observation hours under direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. These clinical observation hours may be completed during KINE 370
  • Letter of recommendation from a certified athletic trainer who provided direct supervision of completed observation hours
  • Completion of on-campus interview with the Master of Athletic Training admission committee that will be held in November of applicant’s junior year at Samford University
  • Must hold current CPR for the professional rescuer certification

Acceptance to Master of Athletic Training

Applicants will be notified on or before February 1 of the junior year.

Acceptance is conditional until grades are posted at the conclusion of the junior year

A non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the MAT, summer I tuition.

Outcomes

CAATE Accreditation SealThe Graduate Athletic Training Program at Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The CAATE is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council of Higher Education (CHEA). After the comprehensive review for initial  program accreditation, the program was granted the maximum 5-year accreditation for new programs. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for 2022-2023 academic year.

Student BOC Pass Rate
Measure 2017-2018
Number of students graduating from program 4
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 3
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 3
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt 100
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 3
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100
 
Student Graduation Rate
Measure 2017-2018
Number of students graduating from program 4
Student Graduation Rate (%) 100
 
Student Employment Rate
Measure 2017-2018
Number of students employed as AT 3
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 75
Number of students employed as other 1
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 25
Number of students not employed 0
Student Not Employed Rate (%) 0

At this time, data is only available for 2017-2018 as initial accreditation was just granted.