Gannon University Adds Master of Athletic Training Program at Florida Campus
Posted: March 3, 2017
Gannon University announces a Master of Athletic Training (MAT)
program at its Ruskin, Florida campus. The new program is accepting
applications for the first cohort of students who will begin
classes this year. The MAT program is the third to be offered at
the Ruskin campus, which opened in 2015, joining programs leading
to Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) and Doctor of Physical
Therapy (DPT) degrees.
According to the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic
Training Education (CAATE), Gannon University is the only
institution of higher learning to offer MAT programs on campuses in
two different states.
The Ruskin MAT program offers a two-year postgraduate degree for
individuals who have already completed their bachelor's degree and
incorporates didactic and clinical education experiences necessary
to prepare them to become certified athletic trainers through the
Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The program's
comprehensive curriculum has been designed to integrate formal
classroom instruction, online coursework and hands-on clinical
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. Further, CAATE has required
that all athletic training professional programs move to the
master's level by no later than 2022.
"With the number of programs offered in occupational therapy,
athletic training and physical therapy at both the Erie,
Pennsylvania and Ruskin, Florida campuses, Gannon University has to
be on the shortlist of anyone preparing for a career in the
rehabilitative sciences," said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., Gannon
University vice president for academic affairs.
"With a climate that promotes year-round outdoor athletic
activity, Florida is an ideal location in which to educate the
athletic trainers of the future," said Susan Wehring, ATC, LAT, the
director of the Ruskin MAT program.
The 3+2 direct-entry MAT program at Gannon's Erie, Pennsylvania
campus received accreditation in 2016 by CAATE for the maximum
period of five years, becoming one of 51 accredited Master of
Athletic Training programs in the nation.
Gannon University, Ruskin, Florida, is currently seeking
accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training
Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study
to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2018.