Marietta's athletic training program, a part of the Department of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, was one of the first in the nation to be accredited as a full major. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which means that successful graduates are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification exam to become certified athletic trainers. Keeping with the long-standing tradition of the athletic training program, Marietta College will begin the Master of Athletic Training Program in the Summer of 2021.

Note for applicants during COVID-19

The program strongly encourages course grades for all pre-requisites; however, in response to COVID-19, the program will review “pass” grades for pre-requisites taken during the spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters.

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The Master of Athletic Training program will be unique in that students will take courses with other healthcare students in the psychology, mental health counseling and the physician assistant programs. The program will also include a strength and conditioning course and an opportunity to study abroad. Along with academic courses, students will be assigned to various clinical experiences both on and off-campus during their two years, including a 4-week immersive experience in the second year. The academic and clinical courses will prepare students to take the Board of Certification exam during their final months in the program. Marietta College Athletic Training graduates will be productive members of the interprofessional healthcare team, and are trained to provide patient-centered, evidence-based medical care to their patients.


The Master of Athletic Training Program will strive for recognition as a premier program in the development of graduates who possess a strong foundation in athletic training skills and possess the desire for lifelong learning. The Department of Athletic training will strive to develop passionate athletic training clinicians that are making a difference in the field of athletic training


The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) is to prepare students to become qualified healthcare professionals who implement evidence-based, patient-centered care in collaboration with interprofessional teams. Through clinical experiences, interprofessional collaboration, research and classroom experiences, students graduating from Marietta College will be prepared to be athletic trainers that are engaged in the field of athletic training, using evidence-based clinical decisions in their practice and value collaboration across disciplines. Marietta College graduates will make a positive impact in their communities and to their chosen professions. Upon successful completion of the degree, students will be eligible to sit for the BOC (Board of Certification) exam for Athletic Training.

Program Goals

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based clinical decision making, research in the field of athletic training
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to be able to collaborate with other health care professionals to increase patient-centered care
  3. Graduates will be able to apply skills and knowledge from the 5 domains of athletic training; Injury/illness Prevention and Wellness Protection, Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Immediate and Emergency Care, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being
  4. Graduates will demonstrate advocacy and professional development in the field of athletic training
  5. Graduates will Will be prepared to pass the national BOC exam for Athletic Training certification on the first attempt.

The Master of Athletic Training Program

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Marietta College was one of the first in the nation to be approved as a full major by the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA). It is also currently one of approximately 350 programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). It was the first program in the state of Ohio to receive national recognition to have a full academic major designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers. And it has long been regarded as the premier program of its kind among small, liberal arts colleges.

At Marietta, Athletic Training is a graduate program. Our program is designed to prepare students to develop the competencies essential to embark on a professional career in athletic training. 

ATP will teach you about everything from athletic training, physical assessment, applied nutrition, pharmacology, and therapeutic rehabilitation, to kinesiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy. Our advanced anatomy class even uses human cadavers as lab components; unheard of within other undergraduate programs. 

Our varsity sports teams serve as natural laboratories for Athletic Training students. After being admitted into the Athletic Training Program (ATP), students will be assigned to a Preceptor to gain clinical experience. All Athletic Training majors can expect to accrue clinical hours during a minimum of four semesters. Athletic Training Students receive comprehensive training by managing athletic injuries and overseeing treatment and rehabilitation of the injuries. Also, students gain experience by observing the team physician evaluate patients at a local clinic. Other clinical sites include Selby General Hospital's emergency room, Physician's Care, two outpatient physical therapy clinics, and the in-patient physical therapy clinic at Selby General Hospital. At these various off-campus sites, the athletic training students will gain experience working with MD's, DO's, PT's, OT's RN's, and the non-athletic population.

Marietta College's Athletic Training Clinic is impressive. It features treatment rooms, a taping room, classrooms, areas for electrotherapy and hydrotherapy, a cadaver room, and the latest in modern equipment for teaching and treatment processes. Our field house and stadium also house satellite-training rooms. 

A National Reputation for Excellence

The Athletic Training major at Marietta College has long been regarded as the premier program of its kind. This demanding program was one of the first in the nation to be approved as a full major by the NATA.

Why all the accolades?

The program integrates rigorous coursework and hands-on experience, enabling you to develop the strong critical thinking and communication skills demanded by the healthcare industry. And you'll have all the benefits of a small college setting-small class sizes, personal attention from faculty, and the opportunity to participate in the campus life.

What can you do with a Master of Athletic Training Degree?

Students that graduate from the Master of Athletic Training Program will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam. Upon passing the exam, students will be able to work as a certified athletic trainer in various areas. Pending the state in which the athletic trainer works in, further credentials such as licensure may be needed.

Athletic trainers can work in various settings including secondary schools, college, professional sports, industrial, performing arts, and various other settings. Refer to the National Athletic Trainers Association website for more information.

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CAATE Program Information and Outcomes

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CAATE & Outcomes

Professional Master of Athletic Training Program Curriculum

Year 1

Summer 1    
PASP 501 Gross Anatomy 6 hrs
ATTR 510 Intro to Clinical Education 3 hrs
ATTR 511 Foundations of Athletic Training 2 hrs
    Total 11 hrs
Fall 1    
ATTR 512 Orthopedic Assessment I 2 hrs
ATTR 515 Clinical Experience l 3 hrs
PASP 508 Advanced Pharmacology I 3 hrs
ATTR 521 Therapeutic Interventions I 3 hrs
    Total 11 hrs
Spring 1    
ATTR 530 General Medical Assessment 3 hrs
ATTR 621 Orthopedic Assessment & Therapeutic Interventions ll  4 hrs
ATTR 525 Clinical Experience ll 3 hrs
PSYC 650 Psychopathology 3 hrs
PASP 509 Pharm II 3 hrs
    Total 16 hrs


Year 2

Summer 2    
ATTR 590 Research & Design I 3 hrs
ATTR 605 Fundamentals Strength & Conditioning 3 hrs
ATTR 680 Topics Course: Study Abroad (Optional) 3 hrs
    Total 6 - 9 hrs
Fall 2    
ATTR 690 Research & Design II 1 hr
ATTR 615 Clinical Field Experience III 3 hrs
ATTR 610 Organization & Administration in Athletic Training 3 hrs
    Total 7 hrs
Spring 2    
ATTR 691 Research & Design III 1 hr
ATTR 625 Clinical Field Experience IV 3 hrs
ATTR 620 Athletic Training Seminar 2 hrs
ATTR 650 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions 1 hr
    Total 7 hrs
Total Program Hours: 55-58 hrs

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