Athletic Training

  • Program Overview

    The Master of Athletic Training program is intended to provide advanced education in athletic training along with relevant clinical experiences that will better prepare the student for field-related careers or further educational opportunities. The overall goal of the program is to prepare graduates to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the following eight content areas (NATA, 2011): evidence based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, and professional development and responsibility. To achieve this goal, a comprehensive curriculum has been designed to integrate formal classroom instruction and clinical education with the incorporation in all aspects of the program which form the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice (NATA 2011).

    Lead the Way

    Gannon University's MAT is prepared to arm incoming students with the appropriate tools to be successful in the Athletic Training field.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for athletic trainers are expected to grow by 30 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for overall occupations. Such employment trends highlight the need for Masters level athletic trainers in order to advance the fields of exercise science and athletic training.

    This job outlook highlights the increasingly important role that athletic trainers play in the prevention and care of injuries. From the identification of concussions and injuries in younger athletes to the growth in an increasingly active middle-aged and elderly population, people of all ages will experience a need for the services of qualified athletic trainers. Athletic trainers will continue to experience increasingly significant roles in the management, prevention, recognition and rehabilitation of injured athletes.

    Features of the Program

    • The program features a combination of face-to-face and online educational opportunities.
    • The program offers online learning opportunities for students who choose to complete clinical experiences at non-local sites.
    • The program consists of experiential learning opportunities both within and outside of the Gannon community and allows for integration of experiential education into the athletic training curriculum.
    • The program is a total of 58 credits and can be completed in two years.

    What Makes Us Different

    • Program features a combination of face-to-face and online coursework, plus in-the-field clinical experiences
    • Collaborate and work with student-athletes from Gannon's 20 athletic teams

    Program Options

    • Master of Athletic Training


    • SPRT 471 / GSPRT 505 Principles of Athletic Training (3)
    • GSPRT 507 Seminar in Athletic Training (3)
    • SPRT 472 / GSPRT 509 Taping and Bracing of Athletic Injuries (2)
    • GSPRT 510 Advanced Strength and Conditioning (3)
    • SPRT 473 / GSPRT 511 Non-Orthopedic Injury Assessment (3)
    • GSPRT 513 Clinical in Athletic Training: Preseason Experience (1)
    • SPRT 474 / GSPRT 515 Clinical 1 in Athletic Training (4)
    • SPRT 475 / GSPRT 525 Upper Body Extremity Assessment (3)
    • GSPRT 530 Research Methods and Statistics (3)
    • SPRT 476 / GSPRT 535 Therapeutic Modalities (3)
    • SPRT 477 / GSPRT 545 Clinical 2 in Athletic Training (4)
    • GSPRT 550 Advanced Sport Nutrition (3)
    • SPRT 478 / GSPRT 555 Lower Body Extremity Assessment (3)
    • SPRT 479 / GSPRT 565 Therapeutic Rehabilitation (3)
    • GSPRT 575 Pharmacology & Professional Issues (3)
    • GSPRT 585 Psychosocial Aspects of Injury and Rehabilitation (3)
    • GSPRT 615 Clinical 3 in Athletic Training (4)
    • GSPRT 645 Clinical 4 in Athletic Training (4)
    • GSPRT 655 Organization and Administration (3)