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MAT Admission

Looking for undergraduate admission and Pre-Athletic Training? Visit our Pre-AT admission page.


Drake University is currently seeking accreditation for our new Athletic Training Program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The institution submitted a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2020 and will have an on-site review and receive a decision on accreditation status from CAATE in early 2021.

Students who are currently enrolled in pre-athletic training at Drake should refer to the Drake MAT Connection requirements for more information.

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.

No GRE required!

Students can apply to our MAT program by meeting the following requirements.  Please note that these are the requirements applicants must meet in order for their applications to be considered complete.  Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the MAT program.  

  • Submit an application through the Centralized Application Service for Athletic Training (ATCAS).
  • Complete the required Drake-specific questions within the ATCAS application and submit the required Drake application fee of $70.  You can pay your Drake application fee on our secure payment website.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in ATCAS).
  • 50 hours of observation or shadowing in an athletic training setting (preferred to be completed prior to interview, but required prior to full admission status).
  • Complete (or be in the process of completing) the prerequisite coursework outlined in the table below.  All required courses must be completed by the end of the summer term prior to entering the MAT program.
SubjectCredit HoursDrake Courses

Anatomy and Physiology
A complete year course sequence in anatomy (one semester) and physiology (one semester) is required.  Students may take a combined anatomy/physiology sequence, but they must take both semesters in order to fulfill the requirement.  Labs are required.

8 credit hours (including labs) HSCI 125/L and 141/L (PHAR 125 may replace HSCI 125); or BIO 018/L and 129

Exercise Physiology
*For students entering the MAT program in Fall 2021 and later

A one-semester course in exercise physiology is required.  A lab is not required.

3 credit hours BIO 134

Biological Sciences
A one-semester course in the biological sciences is required.  Courses may include ecology, evolution, cell biology, heredity, biological diversity or the structure of plants and animals.  A lab is required.

4 credit hours (including lab) BIO 012/L or BIO 013/L

General (Inorganic) Chemistry
A one-semester course in general (inorganic) chemistry is required.  The course must fulfill the prerequisite requirements for advanced chemistry courses.  A lab is required.

4 credit hours (including lab) CHEM 001 and 003, or 002 and 004

General Psychology
A one-semester introductory course in psychology is required.  This course must fulfill the prerequisite requirements for advanced psychology courses.  A lab is not required.  Developmental psychology or sports psychology may also be substituted.

3 credit hours PSY 001 (4 credit hours)

A one-semester course in general physics is required.  This may be a course designed for physics, life science or health science majors.  A lab is not required.

3 credit hours PHY 011

A one-semester course in nutrition is required.  A course intended for health care majors is recommended.  A lab is not required.

2 credit hours BIO 032 or PHAR 126

A one-semester course in general statistics is required.  Business statistics, psychology statistics or biological science statistics courses are accepted.

3 credit hours STAT 060, 071 or HSCI 060

Medical Terminology
A one-semester course in medical terminology is required.

1 credit hour HSCI 095

English Composition
A complete year course sequence in college-level English writing or composition is required.  The sequence can be made up of a one-semester college-level composition course and a one-semester intensive writing course.

6 credit hours FYS and Written Communication AOI

Public Speaking
A one-semester course focused on public speaking is required.  Common course titles include Fundamentals of Speaking or Public Speaking.  Interpersonal speaking and interpersonal communication courses will NOT be accepted.

3 credit hours SCSR 073

General Electives
50 semester credit hours in general electives are required; Drake requires students to complete a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate coursework (at least 90 credit hours).

50 credit hours Drake Curriculum

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in order to receive transfer credit and fulfill prerequisite courses.  Please see Drake University's Transfer Credit Information page or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information.  Students who wish to fulfill prerequisites using Advanced Placement (AP) scores must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam.  Please contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for more information. 

Drake University's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program operates on a rolling admission process.  We will interview and admit students until the A1 class is full and a sufficient number of applicants have been identified for the wait list.  We recommend submitting application materials early in order to ensure your application is processed and considered in a timely manner.  Students with strong applications and academic credentials will be invited to complete the second phase of the admission process, which includes a required virtual or on-campus interview.

Upon admission to the Drake University MAT program, students must (requirements subject to change):

  • Submit a signed technical standards form                     
  • Provide proof of CPR certification
  • Pass a criminal background check                                                                       
  • Submit a copy of immunization record
  • Pass a drug screening                                               
  • Submit a copy of health insurance
  • Complete HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogen, and mandatory reporter training

Tuition and Fees

Official tuition and fees are set on an annual basis by the Drake University Office of Finance and Administration, approved by the Board of Trustees and administered through the Office of Student Accounts.  Information regarding tuition and fees for the current academic year in the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program can be found on the Office of Student Financial Planning website.  Here, you will also find additional resources and other opportunities for financial assistance.

Tuition for the Drake MAT program is calculated on a per-semester basis for students taking up to 18 credit hours per semester.  This provides a high value for students' tuition costs. 

Tuition and fees for the 2020/2021 Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program:

  • Tuition: $14,900 per semester*
  • Technology fee: $250 per year
  • Activity fee: $73 per year

 *Students in the Drake 3+2 MAT track should consult the Student Financial Planning Office for tuition charges during the overlapping year.

Interested in financial assistance?  Visit our Office of Student Financial Planning website

Enrollment Requirements

Upon admission to Drake University's Master of Athletic Training program, students must

  • Submit acknowledgment that they have read and understand the program's Technical Standards
  • Provide proof of CPR certification
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide an official health certification
  • Submit a copy of immunization record
  • Pass a drug screening
  • Submit a copy of health insurance
  • Complete HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogen and mandatory reporter training

Admitted students will receive more information about these requirements during the enrollment process, and can be found in our MAT Student Handbook or our MAT Experiential Handbook.