College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Health and Human Performance > Master of Athletic Training, MAT
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.
Students become eligible for BOC certification through an athletic training degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students engage in rigorous classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare clinics over the course of the degree program. Students enrolled in their final term are eligible to apply for the BOC exam.
The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program at the University of Houston is an entry-level professional Master’s degree accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The MAT degree is designed to meet the current curricular content for the profession and prepare the MAT Student to meet the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Training and enter the medical profession as an Athletic Trainer.
Through rigorous classroom study and clinical education assignments in a variety of settings with any one of the MAT Program’s clinical affiliated sites and community partnerships, the MAT Student will gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the demands of the profession.
Employment settings for Athletic Trainers include:
- Professional and Collegiate Sports
- Secondary and Intermediate Schools
- Sports Medicine Clinics
- Hospital Emergency Room and Rehabilitation Clinics
- Occupational Settings
- Fitness Centers
- Physician Offices
The goals of the Master of Athletic Training Program include the following:
- Offer a nationally competitive athletic training program that uses the most current National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Educational Competencies and the Board of Certification (BOC) Athletic Training Practice Domains as the infrastructure for the curriculum.
- Give the Master of Athletic Training Students opportunities for learning, inquiry, discovery and personal and professional growth in a real world clinical setting with an interdisciplinary group of faculty and preceptors dedicated to program and student success.
- Prepare Master of Athletic Training Students to pass the Board of Certification Exam for Athletic Training and enter the workforce as an Athletic Trainer and be successful contributors to the field.
For more information, please visit the Graduate Application Process page.