Athletic Training

Saint Louis University’s athletic training program has an interprofessional focus, with a curriculum that develops a team approach to health care. Home to St. Louis' only NCAA Division I athletic program, SLU also offers its AT students access to a diverse selection of clinical practicum sites, as well as state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical equipment found in the Doisy College of Health Sciences.

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Major in Athletic Training

Graduates of SLU’s program in athletic training earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in only five years — exercise science (B.S.) and a Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) — but there is still enough flexibility for you to study up to two years in Madrid during the pre-professional phase or pursue pre-med or pre-physician assistant options. 

Available tracks include:

SLU’s athletic training education program is an accredited graduate professional program. Students begin the program as freshmen and spend their first three years completing the required liberal arts and science pre-professional courses. 

Those who meet the academic and professional behavior requirements continue into the two-year professional phase of the program after their junior year.  This second phase includes coursework in human anatomy, clinical sciences, research and administration. You’ll be required to participate in clinical experience each semester to gain practical athletic training knowledge.

Following graduation, you must pass the board of certification examination to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomores, juniors and seniors in the athletic training program are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

Curriculum

Listed below are courses that you will take as you complete the master of athletic training degree:

  • MAT 1000: Introduction to Athletic Training
  • MAT 2000: Athletic Training Student Development I
  • MAT 3000: Athletic Training Student Development II
  • MAT 3230: Exercise Physiology
  • MAT 4125: Therapeutic Modalities
  • MAT 5010: Principles of Athletic Training
  • MAT 5100: Athletic Training Kinesiology
  • MAT 5133: Lab Studies and Imaging
  • MAT 5160: Bioenergetics of Athletic Performance
  • MAT 5240: Musculoskeletal Assessment and Management I
  • MAT 5250: Musculoskeletal Assessment and Management II
  • MAT 5500: Rehabilitation in Athletic Training I
  • MAT 5550: Rehabilitation in Athletic Training II
  • MAT 5600: Athletic Training Administration
  • MAT 5620: Psychology of Sport and Injury
  • MAT 5650: Research in Athletic Training
  • MAT 5700: Athletic Training Clinical Practicum I
  • MAT 5750: Athletic Training Clinical Practicum II
  • MAT 5800: Medical Conditions in Athletic Training
  • MAT 5900: Athletic Training Field Experience
  • MAT 6010: Contemporary Clinical Practice
  • MAT 6160: Enhancing Athletic Performance
  • MAT 6700: Athletic Training Clinical Practicum III
  • MAT 6750: Athletic Training Clinical Practicum IV
  • MAT 6800: Seminar in Athletic Training
  • MAT 6960: Athletic Training Capstone Project
Internships and Careers

Graduates from SLU's athletic training program work in a variety of settings, practicing injury prevention, injury assessment, sports rehabilitation and sport-specific conditioning.

Certified athletic trainers are employed in many settings, including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, sports medicine clinics, the military and the performing arts.

Faculty

Four core faculty members serve in the SLU athletic training program. Highly regarded physicians and athletic trainers from the St. Louis area also serve as adjunct faculty and preceptors. Courses in gross anatomy, medical imaging, sports psychology and exercise physiology are taught by highly respected faculty members from other departments.

Admission Requirements 

The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for this program is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The minimum composite ACT score is 24, with no subsection lower than a 22, or equivalent SAT scores.

Required high school courses include four years of high school English, four years of high school math with achievement to at least the level of pre-calculus, and four years of high school science, including biology and chemistry with physics encouraged but not required. It is recommended that students also take at least two years of a modern foreign language.

Transfer Admission Requirements 
 Transfer students are required to have at least 25 hours of college credit. The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for this program is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with no science grade below a C. An interview is also required.
Accreditation, Program Outcomes and Fees
In April of 2010, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) awarded Saint Louis University its initial accreditation as a graduate professional program. The five­-year accreditation was the maximum available for newly accredited programs.

In March of 2015, the CAATE awarded 10 years of Continuing Accreditation to the Athletic Training Program at Saint Louis University. This is the maximum that can be awarded to a program by the CAATE. The current accreditation cycle for the SLU AT Program now extends through 2024­-25 academic year. 
 
The SLU program is one of more than 350 CAATE accredited programs nationally and one of less than 60 accredited professional master's programs in the country. More information is available at caate.net.
 
 

Real-World Experience

Care for Athletes, Locally and Globally

Students in SLU’s athletic training program gain practical experience in clinical settings around the St. Louis metro area at various high schools and universities. Additionally they have a clinical exchange program with universities in Ireland and Spain.