Department of Kinesiology & Outdoor Recreation

Athletic Training Master's Degree

The current athletic training program is transitioning from a bachelor's program to a master's program beginning July 2019.  We will begin accepting master's applications September 2018 with a first consideration deadline of January 31, 2019.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Nathan Slaughter at 435-586-7823 or email nathanslaughter@suu.edu

Due to this transition, bachelor degree-seeking students are no longer being accepted into the AT Program.

The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program at Southern Utah University is designed to educate, mentor, and prepare students through didactic instruction, research investigation, and hands-on application of evidence-based practice to enter the profession of athletic training. The mission of the MAT is to provide students with a personalized learning environment that fosters meaningful development through traditional course instruction and experiential education opportunities. With a focus involving the Head, Hands and Heart (knowledge, skills and disposition), students will become competent and effective healthcare professionals who positively impact their patients’ health related quality of life and contribute to the professional field of athletic training.

For further information, please contact Dr. Nathan Slaughter by email nathanslaughter@suu.edu or phone 435-586-7823

Student trainers assisting an athlete off the football field

Mission

The mission of the Master of Athletic Training Program is to provide students with a personalized learning environment that fosters meaningful development through traditional course instruction and experiential education opportunities. With a focus involving the Head, Hands and Heart (knowledge, skills and disposition), students will become competent and effective healthcare professionals who positively impact their patients’ health related quality of life and contribute to the professional field of athletic training.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Athletic Training Program students will be able to utilize evidence based principles to execute the following:

  • Properly apply prophylactic taping and bracing to active individuals for the purpose of injury prevention
  • Employ techniques for clinical evaluation and diagnosis of athletic injuries and illnesses
  • Explain and demonstrate appropriate emergency procedures and immediate care of life threatening conditions common to physical activity
  • Explain and apply theoretical and practical application of therapeutic modalities
  • Utilize the concepts of range of motion, strength, power, endurance and return to activity for implementation of rehabilitation programs for the injured patient
  • Understand and administer necessary policies and procedures while effectively communicating with athletes, coaches, administrators and other healthcare professionals.