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MAT FAQ

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' MAT FAQ page.  This will address common questions that we receive from students who are interested in applying to our MAT program. 

Masters-Degree-Level Athletic Training Program

Drake University 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, 2019.

Admission to the Drake University Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program is based on academic and personal qualifications that are necessary for successful, competent practice as an athletic trainer. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of the fit between their personal goals and the mission and goals of the MAT program.  Prior education, work experience, honors, awards, service to others and leadership activities are also considered in the admission process.

If you encounter problems with any of the links on this page, or if you have suggestions for additional questions we should address on this page, please contact us.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information. 

How many students is Drake University going to accept into the MATprogram?

We expect the Fall 2019 incoming A1 class to be approximately 15 students.

How can candidates boost their resume for admission to the MAT program?

Students wishing to apply for the MAT program should have a strong academic background to be able to meet coursework demands within the program.  Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in ATCAS) in order to be considered for admission.  Candidates are evaluated on the basis of the fit between their personal goals and the mission and goals of the MAT program.  Prior education, work experience, honors, awards, service to others and leadership activities are also considered in the admission process.

Is shadowing an athletic trainer required for admission into the MAT program?

Drake University requires 50 hours of observation or shadowing with a licensed athletic trainer in order to be considered for admission to the MAT program.

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