Sep 29, 2023  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Exercise and Sports Science, B.S.E.S.S./Athletic Training, M.A.T.

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Return to Combined Programs .  

This unique program is designed so that highly motivated students can complete both the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences (B.S.E.S.S.) and the Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) degree in a total of five years while enrolled at The University of Tulsa.  Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students previously admitted to the combined degree program will matriculate into the Master’s degree program if they have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in both their undergraduate and graduate work at The University of Tulsa and have met the additional requirements for admission to the graduate portion of their program as specified in their admission letter.

Students apply for entrance into the combined degree program at the end of their junior year to start graduate level coursework the first semester of their senior year. Three 5000-level courses in the fall semester of the senior year can be double-counted to fulfill requirements towards the B.S.E.S.S. and the future M.A.T. degree. Additional coursework completed during the spring semester of the senior year will be done at the 7000-level and will count towards graduate program requirements only.  All other program specifics mirror the M.A.T. program information as listed below, including application and admission requirements.




The Master of Athletic Training program consists of 60 credit hours which are inclusive of the latest research, knowledge, and techniques, as well as all required NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies in the following areas:

  • Evidence-Based Practice,
  • Prevention and Health Promotion,
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis,
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness,
  • Therapeutic Interventions,
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral,
  • Healthcare Administration, and
  • Professional Development and Responsibility.

The program is designed to provide structured didactic (classroom) and supervised practice experiences to prepare a student for an entry-level position in athletic training. Didactic courses are sequenced and integrated to maximize student learning.  The purpose of supervised practice courses is to provide a structured clinical experience in which to prepare for professional practice and engage in professional socialization.

Throughout the Master of Athletic Training program, supervised practice courses provide direct patient care opportunities for a variety of injuries and patient populations including contact (high risk) & non-contact sports, male & female patients, upper extremity & lower extremity injuries, sport & non-sport settings, and general medical conditions.


The Pre-professional Athletic Training track is open to all students wishing to pursue admission into the professional Master of Athletic Training program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Admission to The University of Tulsa Graduate College.
  • Completion of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Satisfactory completion of the following prerequisite coursework, or equivalent (letter grade of C or better).
  • Completion of 50 hours of observation with a Certified and appropriately State credentialed athletic trainer.
  • 3 letters of recommendation- 1 athletic trainer verifying observation experience, 1 professor, 1 choice of applicant.

Clinical Experience

Students gain clinical experience in the following settings:

  • Collegiate:
    • The University of Tulsa, an NCAA Division I university that competes in the American Athletic Conference.
    • Oral Roberts University, an NCAA Division I university that competes in the Summit League.
  • Various Local high schools including Union, Owasso, Cascia Hall, and Broken Arrow.
  • Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center - a local sports medicine clinic
  • American Airlines maintenance facility (industrial setting).
  • General Medical - through rotations with sports medicine fellows and through the on-site health clinic.
  • Other special events as available. 

In all clinical rotations, students are supervised by BOC certified and Oklahoma licensed athletic trainers. Most students work one on one with their preceptor in the clinical setting.

Athletic training students also gain experience with emergency situations and general medical conditions through clinical simulation scenarios which utilize METIMan, a high fidelity human patient simulator, in our simulation center.

Health and Safety Requirements

Following admission and prior to beginning Supervised Practice Experiences, MAT students must adhere to the following Health and Safety Requirements.  

Physical Exam and Medical History: Students must submit documentation of a recent physical examination by a physician of the student’s choice. This must be completed prior to beginning observation experiences during the prospective semester.

Written Technical Standards: The written technical standards verify that the student is capable of meeting minimum standards relating to physical, mental, and emotional health with or without accommodations. The student must read and sign this form. Students who require accommodation to meet the technical standards must submit appropriate documentation to the Center for Student Academic Support and obtain verification so that the program can provide reasonable accommodation. This form must be completed prior to beginning coursework in the MAT.

Health Requirements: Prior to beginning supervised professional practice experiences and annually thereafter, students must complete online training in blood-borne pathogens, HIPAA, the Right to Know (OSHA communication standard), and TB prevention. Prior to beginning supervised professional practice experiences and annually thereafter, students are required to present proof of the following immunizations and screenings to the Department of Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences: TB test (using CDC guidelines for two step method or chest X-ray), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (Tdap), hepatitis B, varicella and flu. These may be done at the Alexander Health Center on campus for a fee or at a private physician’s office. For some immunizations, a declination waiver may be signed in lieu of immunization records.

Criminal Background Check: Students are required to submit to a criminal background check upon formal admission to the program as required by the contract with off-campus clinical agencies. This will allow proper placement of students for supervised professional practice rotations.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Students must provide documentation of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification upon completion of ATRG 4116/6116 and must maintain continuous certification throughout the remainder of the program.

Liability Insurance: Liability insurance is required for all students who have been formally accepted into the athletic training program. Liability insurance policy premium fees are automatically billed to the student’s account through the University Business Office.

Apprentice Licensure Status: Students are required to obtain apprentice athletic trainer status through the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision upon formal admission to the program.

Transportation and Uniforms: Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites and are required to buy their own uniforms (some uniforms will be provided by the athletic department), in accordance with the program dress code. (See ATRG Student Handbook for dress code.)

All documentation for Health/Safety Requirements is accessible through the program website at

Course Sequence