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5-Year Master of Athletic Training

West Virginia Wesleyan offers students the opportunity to start a future in athletic training with a 5-year Master of Athletic Training (MAT). One of the few MAT programs among its peer colleges and universities in West Virginia, Wesleyan’s program offers curriculum both in the classroom and in a clinical setting, providing students with a unique, hands-on preparatory education for a future in the athletic training profession. Students may pursue the 5-year dual degree option (BS/MAT) or those with an earned bachelor’s degree may apply as a graduate student into the MAT program. 

What Could a Future in Athletic Training Look Like? 

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports 
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities 
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers 
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy 
  • Corporate workplaces, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics 
  • Branches of the military
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments
  • Performing arts, including professional and collegiate level dance and music 

What Does the 5-Year Master of Athletic Training prepare students for? 

The 5YMAT program is to prepare the athletic training student to sit for the BOC national certification examination, per CAATE and BOC guidelines and requirements, through evidence-based didactic and clinical education. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the five domains of clinical practice: 

  1. Injury/illness prevention and wellness promotion 
  2. Examination, assessment, and diagnosis 
  3. Immediate and emergency care 
  4. Therapeutic intervention 
  5. Healthcare administration and professional responsibility 

Who Can Apply? 

Any prospective student that wants to pursue a degree in Athletic Training may apply for the 5YMAT Program as a graduate student (those with a Bachelor’s degree) or during their third year of undergraduate study. 

When to Apply? 

Early Decision 

Deadline: December 1 

Notification: Rolling, within 3 weeks of the date a completed application is received, beginning 

October 1 

Regular Decision 

Priority Deadline: March 1 

Notification: Rolling, within 3 weeks of the date a completed application is received, beginning 

November 1 Merit Scholarship Consideration 

Priority Deadline: March 1 


Questions regarding the Athletic Training Program at WVWC? Please contact Dr. Rae Emrick at 

West Virginia Wesleyan is currently in the process of applying for CAATE approval of transitioning the professional athletic training program to the master’s degree level.