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Athletic Training, MAT

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating athletic injuries.

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Program Overview

Grand Valley State University's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) is offered through the Department of Movement Science. The MAT is a two-year degree that provides students with a theoretical and conceptual foundation combined with extensive hands-on clinical experience for professional preparation.

Why Study Athletic Training at Grand Valley?

  • Personal attention by faculty in all courses and labs in our student-centered program.
  • Tremendous support from our local community allows extensive hands-on service learning opportunities in diverse clinical settings.
  • Learning takes place using state-of-the-art equipment and instructional materials.
  • Opportunity to engage in research and scholarly activities with GVSU faculty.
  • Consistent high pass rates on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam for athletic trainers.
  • The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

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For More Information

Department of Movement Science
(616) 331-3515

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

The athletic training program is a secondary admission program. Visit for details.

A fully completed application must be submitted by October 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU. Please visit

Location & Format

Graduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The program requires coursework in the following areas:

  • Evidence based practice
  • General medical conditions
  • Injury assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Prehospital care
  • Psychosocial intervention
  • Statistics
  • Therapeutic Interventions

Career Options

Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. Examples of employment settings include:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Industrial settings
  • Performing arts
  • Professional sports
  • The military