Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

About the Master of Athletic Training Program

The Oklahoma State University Master of Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Once accepted into the program, students are assigned to a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) where they are responsible to provide for the overall health care of patients over the course of their respective seasons or occupation. Clinical instruction of students is achieved through direct supervision of a licensed physician and the athletic trainer.

The curriculum is based in the human sciences with anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and psychology providing the theoretical foundation of student inquiry. Students learn how to apply these theoretical concepts while in the clinical setting learning under licensed physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and other allied health care professionals. This balance of theory and practical application prepares students to sit for the Board of Certification examination where upon successful completion, may earn the credentials ATC.

Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) Pass Rate - June 2016


2014-2015 2015-2016* 2016-2017** 3 Year
# of Students Graduated 13 11 6 30
# of Students who Took BOC Exam 12 11 5 28
# of Students who Passed on First Attempt 10 11 5 26
% of Students who Passed on First Attempt 83 100 100 93
# of Students who Passed Overall 12 11 5 28
% of Students who Passed Overall 100 100 100 100
*Final undergraduate cohorts
**First MAT Cohort


Prepare individuals to become competent and independent clinicians who will enhance the quality of patient health care and advance the profession of athletic training through the application of evidence-based practice and translational research. Our MAT program instills critical thinking, problem solving, ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills promoting lifelong learning and an enrichment in the quality of lives for individuals in diverse settings.


  1. Apply the common values of the athletic training profession including:
    • privacy of patients
    • teamed approach to practice
    • legal practice
    • ethical practice
    • advancing knowledge
    • cultural competence
    • professionalism
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the practice of athletic training, to think critically about the practices involved in athletic training, including the ability to integrate knowledge, skill and behavior, and to assume professional responsibility, the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess an understanding of the following in relation to the practice of athletic training:
    • evidence-based practice
    • prevention and health promotion
    • clinical examination and diagnosis
    • acute care of injuries/illnesses
    • therapeutic interventions
    • psychosocial strategies
    • healthcare administration
    • professional development
  3. Demonstrate mastery of all clinical proficiencies outlined in the most current edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies 
  4. Be proficient in all domains, tasks, knowledge and skills statements outlined in the most current Board of Certification Role Delineation Study
    • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
      Students will learn to identify injury, illness, and risk factors associated with participation in sport/physical activity and implement all components of a comprehensive wellness protection plan and injury prevention program. 
    • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
      Students will be able to conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the athlete/physically active individual and formulate an initial diagnosis of the injury and or illness for the primary purposes of administering care or making appropriate referrals to physicians for further diagnosis and medical treatment. 
    • Immediate and Emergency Care
      Students will learn to provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute injures according to accepted standards and procedures, including effective communication for appropriate and efficient referral, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow up care. 
    • Treatment and Rehabilitation
      Students will be able to plan and implement a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses, including long and short-term goals, for optimal performance and function.
    • Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being
      Students will be able to plan, coordinate and supervise the administrative components of an athletic training program, comply with the most current BOC practice standards and state/federal regulations, and develop a commitment to life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice.
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