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Athletic Training, MAT

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

Visit the program website for more information.

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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).


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 at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • 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

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

Skills Employers Want

The Athletic Training degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Basic Life Support
  • Medical Records
  • Injury Prevention
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Injury

Source: EMSI, 2020

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

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites must be met in order for applicants to be considered for admittance to the GVSU Athletic Training Program. Those prerequisites can be found here.

For More Information

Department of Movement Science
(616) 331-3515

Graduate Admissions Office



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