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Athletic Training, M.A.T.

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

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Program Overview

The program is a two-year degree offered through the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training 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?

  • This student-centered program ensures personal attention from faculty members in all courses and labs, with opportunities for research.
  • There are extensive opportunities for hands-on service learning in diverse clinical settings.
  • Students learn using state-of-the-art equipment and instructional materials.
  • Graduates receive consistently high pass rates on the Board of Certification exam for athletic trainers.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

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The Grand Valley State University Athletic Training Program is a CAATE accredited program that is Active in Good Standing

Location & Format

Graduate students in this major study on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

  • Face To Face


The program requires coursework in the following areas:

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

Application Deadline

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

A fully completed application must be submitted by October 15 for priority consideration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through April 15 or until all positions have been filled. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

For general requirements for graduate admission, visit Grand Valley State University’s admission section of the online catalog.

Admission into the athletic training program has additional requirements, which are available on this page.

If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate admissions office.

For More Information

Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

200 CHS
301 Michigan St. NE
(616) 331-3515

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Shari Bartz-Smith, Ph.D. 
(616) 331-3044