Pre-Athletic Training

Health Science Program

Pre-Athletic Training

A candidate for admission to the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program at University of Nebraska at Kearney must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree and the following required courses. For admission into the UNK MAT program, students are required to provide professional recommendations, complete an interview with UNK Athletic Training faculty/staffs, and complete clinical observation/shadowing.

A candidate pursuing a program of study in pre-athletic training is expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a bachelor’s degree concurrently with the pre-athletic training program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK General studies requirements and other degree requirements set forth in the college catalog.

Required Courses:
Take one of the following:4
Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences
and Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Take one of the following:4-5
General Physics for Allied Health
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
Take one of the following:3-4
Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Human Physiology of Exercise
Take all of the following:
PE 264Foundation of Athletic Training2-4
PE 265Emergency Medical Response2
PE 360Introduction to Anatomical Biomechanics4
PE 461Physiology of Exercise4
PE 467Fitness Testing4
PE 469Sports Nutrition3
Suggested Electives:
Psychology of Sport
Implementation of a Strength Program
Essentials of Strength and Conditioning
Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation
Organization and Administration in Recreation, Sport and Events
Volunteer Practicum in Athletic Training Foundations
Total Credit Hours30-34

Additional Requirements:

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all science courses and a grade of B or higher in all exercise science/physical education courses in order to be competitive.
  • Clinical Observation Requirements: UNK Master of Athletic Training requires a minimum of 40 hours of clinical observation supervised by a Certified Athletic Trainer. This can also be done through REC 304 Volunteer Practicum – Athletic Training course.
  • Entrance Examination such as GRE is NOT required for the admission to the UNK Master of Athletic Training program.
  • International Student must have a successful English Proficiency Scores: minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper version and 79 for the internet version. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Applicants completing a bachelor’s degree from a college/university in the U.S. may be exempt from this requirement.
  • Candidates should submit the application (Fall admission only) by July 1st for the traditional 2 years Master of Athletic Training or by April 1st for the 3+2 Athletic Training sequence through the UNK Graduate Studies.

Accelerated program pathway (3+2 Athletic Training sequence):

UNK Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program also offers a 3+2 athletic training academic sequence: completing the bachelor’s and MAT at UNK in 5 years (dual enrollment in the 4th year of the undergraduate and 1st year of the MAT). It is a candidate’s responsibility to complete a total of 120 undergraduate credit hours and all required undergraduate courses to earn the bachelor’s degree prior to the 2nd year of the MAT.

A candidate interested in the 3+2 Athletic Training academic sequence needs to complete PE 405 – Athletic Injury Assessment I LE (Fall only) and PE 406 – Athletic Injury Assessment II UE (Spring only) in the 4th year along with the other final major courses and the 1st year MAT courses. The program also offers the Athletic Training Foundation minor to make this transition smooth.  Please visit and/or contact the athletic training faculty at UNK for further information.