Admission into the Master of Athletic Training Program



Applicants must apply via the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). ATCAS is a service that collates materials, computes grade point averages and transmits standardized information to the applicant and the Athletic Training Program(s) the applicant designates. ATCAS takes no part in the evaluation, selection or rejection of applicants. ATCAS application processing and verification may take anywhere from 4-6 weeks; therefore, it is best to apply early to ensure deadlines are met.

Students enrolled in the Sports Medicine major at Marietta College can apply for the 3+2 or 4+2 option.  Students pursuing the 3+2 track will apply for admission into the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program through ATCAS during the spring semester immediately preceding the first semester of the MAT Program.  Students pursuing the 4+2 track will apply for admission to the program during the spring semester of their final year and will submit an official transcript upon completion of a bachelor's degree through ATCAS. Students completing the 3+2 option will need to be within one semester of completing required general education requirements and prerequisite classes prior to applying.

Students enrolled in another major at Marietta College should apply during the spring semester of their final year and complete all pre-requisites required for admission to the MAT program. Students should submit their application through ATCAS, but do not need to submit an official transcript.

Students coming from another institution should apply during the spring semester of their final year and will need to submit their official transcripts upon completion of the bachelor’s degree through ATCAS.

The quota of applicants accepted and enrolled in the program is limited to 15.  Students not accepted can resubmit an application the following year.

Requirements for ATCAS Application:

  1. 3.0 grade point average or higher is preferred in the Master of Athletic Training prerequisite classes including COMM 203 and WRIT 102 or equivalent, a minimum of 2.75 will be accepted.
    • Prequisite classes include:
      • Biology- 12 hours of biology that includes anatomy and physiology
      • Chemistry- 8 hours
      • Physics- 4 hours (calculus or non-calculus based)
      • Psychology- 9 hours including Intro to Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and Health or Abnormal Psychology
      • Statistics- 3-4 hours of statistics with foundational skills in SPSS
      • Communication- 6 hours including Intro to Communication
    • Preferred Sports Medicine or Equivalent Courses
      • Nutrition- 3 hours
      • Exercise Physiology- 3 hours
      • Biomechanics- 3 hours
      • Pathophysiology- 3 hours
  2. A minimum of 75 directed observation hours supervised by and signed off by a certified athletic trainer
  3. Official Transcripts upon graduation (an unofficial transcript can be used until then)
  4. Three references from college/university faculty, staff, administrators, coaches, personal acquaintances, etc. These references should detail the student’s demonstration of skills and traits, i.e. dependability, responsibility, initiative, leadership, communication skills, etc., that are critical for the success of an entry level BOC-certified Athletic Trainer
  5. Letter of application answering the following questions
    1. Why do you want to be an athletic trainer?
    2. Strengths that would benefit the MAT program
    3. How does Marietta College MAT program fit your future goals?
  6. Verification that the student understands and meets the Technical Standards for admission into the Master of Athletic Training Program.
** Upon review of application, applicant will be contacted for an interview with the faculty and staff of the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine department.

Clinical Experience Requirements

By August 1 students will be required to submit the following:

  1. Background Check
  2. Proof of required vaccinations and immunizations (Hepatitis A, B, MMR, Tdap, Meningitis A, C, Y, & W, Meningitis B)

Technical Standards for Admission into MAT

The technical standards can be found in the technical standards document.

MAT Communicable Disease Policy

To insure the safety of the preceptors and athletic training students involved with the Athletic Training Program at Marietta College. Athletic training students must show evidence of current vaccinations prior to being admitted to the ATP. Due to the increased risk of exposure to communicable diseases, these vaccinations will be especially important when athletic training students are off campus for their clinical education. Documentation of the immunizations will be kept in the athletic training students file on eValue. These records will be kept confidential and not disclosed without written permission from the athletic training student.

Athletic training students will acknowledge this policy via a signature at the end of the full Communicable Disease Policy document.

Additional Graduate Student Vaccine Policy

The Vaccine policy for all graduate students can be viewed on the Center for Health & Wellness page.