Program Director

Jessica Wallace
307H Beeghly Center
(330) 941-2577
jwallace02@ysu.edu

Program Description

The Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree is offered through the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. The professional preparation coursework in this program encompass the professional domains of athletic training. The overall objectives of the YSU Athletic Training Education Program are to instruct, evaluate, and provide learning-over-time for students in the following professional domains:

  1. Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection:  Students identify injury, illness and risk factors associated with participation in sport/physical activity and implement all components of a comprehensive wellness protection plan and injury prevention program.
  2. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis:  Students conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the athlete/physically active individual and formulate an initial diagnosis of the injury and or illness for the primary purposes of administering care or making appropriate referrals to physicians for further diagnosis and medical treatment.
  3. Immediate and Emergency Care:  Students provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute injuries according to accepted standards and procedures, including effective communication for appropriate and efficient referral, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow up care.
  4. Treatment and Rehabilitation:  Students plan and implement a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses, including long and short-term goals, for optimal performance and function.
  5. Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being:  Students plan, coordinate and supervise the administrative components of an athletic training program, comply with the most current BOC practice standards and state/federal regulations, and develop a commitment to life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice

The MAT Program at YSU prepares students for entry-level athletic training practice across health care settings involving people of all ages. The program is two years with enrollment in five consecutive semesters either with one year at the undergraduate level and one year at the graduate level (accelerated track program) or both years at the graduate level (two-year Graduate School option).

YSU AT students are educated in cognitive and psychomotor skills related to recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses involving the physically active, as well as risk management, health care administration, pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, and medical ethics and legal issues. In addition to the coursework, students are required to complete a minimum number of clinical education hours in a variety of settings.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA average (based on 4.0 scale) in all coursework taken for the bachelor degree
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • Sports First Aid & Injury Prevention, 3 s.h.
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 s.h.
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 s.h.
    • General Biology I and Lab, 4 s.h.
    • General Biology II and Lab, 4 s.h.
    • General Chemistry and Lab, 4 s.h.
    • Physics and Lab, 4 s.h.
    • Kinesiology or Biomechanics, 3 s.h.
    • Exercise Physiology, 3 s.h.
    • General Psychology, 3 s.h.
    • Normal Nutrition, 3 s.h.
    • Statistics, 3 s.h.
  • Apply by February 1st, - Apply online!
  • Submit the following directly to the Athletic Training Program at MATadmissions@ysu.edu by March 31st:
    • Athletic Training Application Form
    • Three Applicant Recommendation Forms (one must be from a faculty member)
    • A resume or curriculum vitae
    • Proof of 50hrs of athletic training observation
    • A personal statement (2pg maximum) of professional and educational goals to address the following:
      • What are your short- and long-term goals (i.e., education, training, work setting, etc.)
      • Discuss personal and professional influences that led you to want to become an athletic trainer and graduate student.
    • Official Academic Transcripts

Jessica Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Sport-related concussion; concussion and reporting behaviors in urban communities with high school aged athletes; return-to-learn strategies at school following a concussion; issues of access to health care for concussion injuries in lower SES communities

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
MAT 6900 Basic Athletic Training Laboratory 1
MAT 6915 Evaluation and Management of Lower Extremity Injuries 4
MAT 6910 Clinical Practicum 1 4
BIOL 5865 Functional Human Gross Anatomy 4
 Semester Hours13
Spring
MAT 6920 Therapeutic Modalities 4
MAT 6925 Evaluation and Management of Upper Extremity Injuries 4
MAT 6930 Clinical Practicum 2 4
MAT 6935 Athletic Training Organization and Administration 3
 Semester Hours15
Summer
MAT 6905 Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Injuries 2
MAT 6950 Evidence-Based Practice/Research 3
MAT 6965 Advanced Perspectives 2
 Semester Hours7
Year 2
Fall
MAT 6940 Therapeutic Exercise 4
MAT 6945 General Medical Conditions 3
MAT 6960 Clinical Practicum 3 4
MAT 6985 Capstone Project 1 2
 Semester Hours13
Spring
MAT 6970 Pharmacology 3
MAT 6975 Advanced Seminar 3
MAT 6980 Clinical Practicum 4 4
MAT 6990 Capstone Project 2 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours60

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify injury, illness and risk factors associated with participation in sport/physical activity and implement all components of a comprehensive wellness protection plan and injury prevention program.
  2. Students will be able to conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the athlete/physically active individual and formulate an initial diagnosis of the injury and or illness for the primary purposes of administering care or making appropriate referrals to physicians for further diagnosis and medical treatment.
  3.  Students will be able to provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute injuries according to accepted standards and procedures, including effective communication for appropriate and efficient referral, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow up care.
  4.  Students will be able to plan and implement a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses, including long and short-term goals, for optimal performance and function.
  5. Students will be able to plan, coordinate and supervise the administrative components of an athletic training program, comply with the most current BOC practice standards and state/federal regulations, and develop a commitment to life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice