Master of Athletic Training

https://www.uwgb.edu/athletic-training/

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program in the Department of Human Biology provides students an education focused on an evidence-based approach to healthcare. In conjunction with our community and clinical partners, graduates of the UW-Green Bay MAT are prepared to practice athletic training as part of an interprofessional healthcare team focused on improving patient outcomes across the life span.

The MAT consists of curriculum that includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical education that exceeds the foundational and core knowledge in Athletic Training as outlined by the educational standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program will require 2 full years (summer-fall-spring, summer-fall-spring) to complete and requires the completion of 63-65 credit hours. Students who complete the degree requirements earn a Master of Athletic Training.

Program Goals

  • The UW-Green Bay MAT will provide students classroom instruction, and clinical education experiences that prepares graduates to practice athletic training. 
  • Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the practice of athletic training. 
  • Students will recognize the importance of interprofessional education, scholarship, and service to the athletic training profession.
  • The MAT will retain, and graduate students able to pass the athletic training Board of Certification (BOC) examination at a rate that exceeds the accreditation requirement.
  • Students will be prepared to obtain employment as an athletic trainer working collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team to deliver patient-centered care to a diverse patient population.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities:
    • To incorporate evidence-based practice during patient care.
    • Needed for injury and illness prevention.
    • To promote health and wellness.
    • Required for the immediate and emergency care of injury and illness.
    • To perform an examination, come to a diagnosis, and develop and implement an appropriate treatment plan for musculoskeletal and systemic conditions.
    • To recognize patients with mental health issues and determine the appropriate intervention and/or referral.
    • To apply administrative skills necessary for healthcare system management.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team to deliver patient-centered care.
  • Students will appreciate the importance of human dignity, equality of opportunity, gender, age, race, sexual orientation, and cultural and ethnic diversity in all aspects of patient care. 
  • Students will value the importance and responsibility of scholarship and service to the athletic training profession.
  • Students will pass the athletic training Board of Certification (BOC) examination at a rate exceeding accreditation requirements.

CAATE Accreditation Status

The UW-Green Bay Master of Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The next required comprehensive accreditation review for the program will be conducted during the 2025-2026 academic year, with a self-study due date of July 1, 2025.

Please see the program webpage, https://www.uwgb.edu/athletic-training/, for up-to-date information concerning accreditation status and all other aspects of the Master of Athletic Training.

Admission Requirements 

A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program. A maximum of 20 students will be admitted to the program each year. The following are program admission requirements and required application materials. Applicants must apply for admission to the MAT through the ATCAS portal.

The following items need to be submitted through ATCAS:

1. Official transcripts verifying the completion of the following pre-requisite coursework with a grade of C or better: 

  • Biology - minimum of 4 credits including a lab.
  • Chemistry - minimum of 4 credits including a lab.
  • Physics - minimum of 4 credits including a lab.
  • Human Anatomy - minimum of 4 credits including a lab.*
  • Human Physiology - minimum of 4 credits including a lab.*
  • Exercise Physiology - minimum of 3 credits
  • Kinesiology or Biomechanics - minimum of 3 credits
  • General Psychology - minimum of 3 credits
  • Human Nutrition - minimum of 3 credits
  • Statistics - minimum of 3 credits

*Applicant must complete a two-semester sequence of anatomy and physiology with a laboratory component. This can be a two-semester combined human anatomy and physiology course, or separate human anatomy and physiology courses.

2. Letters of Recommendation

  • Applicants must provide letters of evaluation from two individuals who can speak directly to the applicants’ potential success in a professional studies program in athletic training.
  • At least one letter from either a healthcare provider or a current or former faculty member from the applicant’s undergraduate degree program is preferred.

3. Personal Statement describing your professional goals and why you have chosen Athletic Training as a career.

4. Technical Standards Form (TSF)

  • Applicants must review and sign the TSF.

  • Applicants must indicate on the TSF if they require accommodations to successfully complete the MAT.

5. Observation Hours: Applicants must complete 50 hours of documented observation/job shadowing in athletic training under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.

6. Proof of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

Once all required applications materials have been submitted to ATCAS, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the admissions committee. Interview can be conducted in person or virtually.

After acceptance to the MAT through the ATCAS process, students must also apply for graduate studies admission at UW-Green Bay. To complete this process you will need:

  • $56.00 application fee
  • UW System application form (apply.wisconsin.edu/)
  • International students will also need to provide the following documentation:
    • A test of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) 
    • Course-by-course transcript evaluation from a professional evaluation service currently recognized by NACES (www.naces.org).
    • UW-Green Bay recommends one of the following evaluation services:
    • Financial Support Statement (this form must be submitted to gradstu@uwgb.edu)
    • Bank Statement: Letter on official bank stationary verifying the amount of readily available funds to support the prospective student while in the U.S.

Required documents for admitted students

Once accepted to the UW-Green Bay MAT program, the following documentation must be submitted to ATrack prior to starting clinical experiences:

  1. Verification that a Physical Examination has been completed within 12 months of applying to the program by an approved health care provider (MD, DO, PA, CNP).

  2. The UW-Green Bay Vaccination Verification form indicating the following vaccination have been completed: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis(Tdap).

  3. Verification of a Tuberculosis (TB) test completed within the past 12 months.

  4. Healthcare provider background check. Information on how to complete the healthcare provider background check will be provided by the Program Director after applicants have accepted ther admission to the MAT.

  5. Verification of antibody titers, influenza vaccination, or vaccine declination due to vaccine allergy or other adverse reaction is required on an annual basis.

  6. Verification of COVID-19 vaccination, or vaccine declination due to vaccine allergy or religious exemption.

Degree Requirements

AT 541Gross Human Anatomy3
AT 551Clinical Kinesiology and Biomechanics3
AT 561Health Promotion Through the Lifespan3
AT 601Foundations of Athletic Training1
AT 610Psychosocial Aspects of Injury and Healing2
AT 620Evaluation and Management of Acute/Emergent Conditions3
AT 630Movement Dysfunction1
AT 700Evidence Based Practice I2
AT 705Therapeutic Interventions I2
AT 706Therapeutic Interventions II2
AT 710Evaluation and Management of Lower Extremity Injuries4
AT 720Evaluation and Management of Head, Neck, and Spine Injuries4
AT 730Evaluation and Management of Upper Extremity Injuries4
AT 740Evaluation and Management of Systemic Conditions4
AT 745Interprofessional Education Seminar1
AT 750Athletic Training Administration2
AT 760Clinical Education I2
AT 761Clinical Education II2
AT 762Clinical Education III2
AT 763Clinical Education IV2
AT 764Clinical Education V6
AT 789Athletic Training Research Seminar1
AT 790Athletic Training Capstone Project3
AT 602Foundational Skills in Athletic Training1
AT 701Evidence Based Practice II2
AT 797Internship1-3
Total Credits63-65

1.The candidate applies to the Master of Athletic Training program by completing all application requirements
2.The candidate is admitted to the Master of Athletic Training program by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay program Chair.
3.The student fulfills the degree requirements for the program.
4.The student is awarded a Master of Athletic Training degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Curriculum Guide 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
AT 541 Gross Human Anatomy 3
AT 601 Foundations of Athletic Training 1
AT 602 Foundational Skills in Athletic Training 1
AT 620 Evaluation and Management of Acute/Emergent Conditions 3
AT 705 Therapeutic Interventions I 2
 Credits10
Fall
AT 551 Clinical Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3
AT 630 Movement Dysfunction 1
AT 700 Evidence Based Practice I 2
AT 706 Therapeutic Interventions II 2
AT 710 Evaluation and Management of Lower Extremity Injuries 4
AT 760 Clinical Education I 2
 Credits14
Spring
AT 610 Psychosocial Aspects of Injury and Healing 2
AT 701 Evidence Based Practice II 2
AT 720 Evaluation and Management of Head, Neck, and Spine Injuries 4
AT 730 Evaluation and Management of Upper Extremity Injuries 4
AT 745 Interprofessional Education Seminar 1
AT 761 Clinical Education II 2
 Credits15
Second Year
Summer
AT 740 Evaluation and Management of Systemic Conditions 4
AT 797 Internship 1-3
 Credits5-7
Fall
AT 561 Health Promotion Through the Lifespan 3
AT 750 Athletic Training Administration 2
AT 762 Clinical Education III 2
AT 763 Clinical Education IV 2
AT 789 Athletic Training Research Seminar 1
 Credits10
Spring
AT 764 Clinical Education V 6
AT 790 Athletic Training Capstone Project 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits63-65

Faculty 

William S Gear; Assistant Professor & Program Director Athletic Training; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.

Sadie Buboltz-Dubs; Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Clinical Education Athletic Training; DAT, University of Idaho

James C Marker; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Brigham Young University

Amanda J Nelson; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christine L Vandenhouten; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Marquette University