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Masters-Degree-Level Athletic Training Program

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 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.

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.  

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.  Exercise physiology (with lab) may also be substituted.

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

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 and 012L, or BIO 013 and 013L

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 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 or 071

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 communciation courses will NOT be accepted.

3 credit hours SCSR 073

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 see Drake University's AP, IB and CLEP Credit policy or 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 scored on-campus interview and a scored writing assessment.

Upon Admission to the program, students must also (requirements subject to change):

-Submit a signed technical standards form                     
-Provide proof of CPR certification
-Pass a routine background check                                                                       
-Submit a copy of immunization record
-Pass a drug screening                                               
-Submit a copy of health and liability 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 Business and Finance, approved by the Board of Trustees and administered through the Office of Student Accounts.

Recommended tuition and fees for the 2019/2020 Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program:*

  • Tuition: $700 per credit hour
  • Technology fee: $250 per year
  • Activity fee: $73 per year

*Subject to approval by the Drake University Board of Trustees in January 2019


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 acknowlegement 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 and liability insurance
  • Complete HIPAA, FERPA, bloodborne pathogen and mandatory reporter training

More information about these requirements will be given at the time of admission.