Athletic Training 3 + 2

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology + Master of Athletic Training

Providing quality healthcare to an active population through quality didactic and clinical athletic training educational experiences. The Loras College Athletic Training program is at the forefront of changing professional requirements, by initiating a 3+2 dual degree program that meets the entry level masters (ELM) requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology

Students enrolled in the dual degree program will earn a B.A. in kinesiology upon completion of the 3+2 program.  The kinesiology major includes 55+ credits of foundational and advanced level courses designed to prepare students for graduate study or careers in exercise, sport, wellness, and allied health.  Students enrolled in the 3+2 program will complete the majority of the kinesiology major requirements during the first three years.

Athletic Training Masters

The Master of Athletic Training degree will be conferred upon students who have completed the 3+2 program.  The Athletic Training program will be accredited by the CAATE and will produce graduates ready to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and practice athletic training in colleges, universities, high schools, clinics, hospitals, and other non-traditional settings (i.e. industrial, fine arts, military) This program will provide students with challenging classroom experiences, engaging clinical rotations, and developmental research opportunities.  The graduate portion of the curriculum will begin in the student’s fourth year.  Summer courses will be required for students in the program.

Program Requirements

M.A.T. Program Requirements

Graduation from the M.A.T program requires students earn a “C” or better in all courses in the graduate curriculum and satisfactorily complete all required practicum experiences.  In addition, a student’s cumulative GPA for courses at the graduate level (34 credits) must be at least at 3.0 to graduate with the M.A.T. degree.

Sample 5 Year Plan

Admission Requirements


Students interested in the 3+2 program will apply for admission during their junior year. Undergraduate transfer students form other institutions, please contact Molly McDonald Figgins for transfer procedures at 563.588.7995 or email

Program pre-requisites include:

  • Acceptance into the kinesiology major
  • Completion of at least 30 credits of coursework accepted toward the kinesiology major.  Coursework prior to admission into the M.A.T. program must include:
    • BIO 115 Principles of Biology I
    • CHE 111 General Chemistry I
    • BIO 225 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIO 226 Anatomy & Physiology II
    • KIN 145 Nutrition
    • PSY 121 Developmental Psychology
    • KIN 232 Biomechanics
    • MAT 115 Statistics
    • PHY 210 Physics I
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • 50 observation hours under a Certified Athletic Trainer in two different settings (ie, a college or high school athletic training facility or a rehabilitation clinic).

In addition to pre-requisite completion, students applying to the program must submit an Online Graduate Program Application, a statement of interest and two completed reference forms (at least 1 required from a certified athletic trainer). Reference forms can be obtained from the Program Director. Once the complete application has been received, it will be reviewed by program faculty. Students selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted via e-mail. An interview is required for admission.

Graduate Program Online Application

The Offer of Admission

Following the interview process, contingent offers of admission will be forwarded to the most qualified candidates.  A student is not officially accepted into the program until the following conditions have been met:

  • The student provides evidence of a valid American Red Cross CPR/AED certification for the Professional Rescuer OR American Heart Association Lifesaver Certification OR an equivalent certification from another organization
  • The student must pass a routine background check
  • The student must sign technical standards form
  • The student must purchase professional liability insurance

The contingent offer of admission will include information to assist students in satisfying the required conditions and will identify a deadline.  Students who do not meet the defined conditions by the deadline with have the offer of admission withdrawn

Conditional Admission

Those students who have a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be offered a conditional admission to the program. These students will be required to demonstrate minimal academic achievement during the summer session in order to be fully admitted into the program. Students on a conditional admit must achieve a GPA of 3.00 during the first summer session in the required graduate level courses. If a GPA of 3.00 in the graduate courses is not achieved during the summer session, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

Course Listing


ATR 510 Evaluation of Injuries I – Evaluate injuries found in the lumbar spine and lower extremity.

ATR 511 Evaluation of Injuries II Evaluate injuries in the head, neck and spine.

ATR 520 Therapeutic Interventions I – Learning how to use common treatments to heal injuries.

ATR 521 Therapeutic Interventions II Learning how to use common rehab exercises and techniques to rehabilitate patients with injuries.

ATR 530 Evidence Based Practice of Athletic Training Introduction to  Research and develop research thesis.

ATR 540 – Epidemiology – Students will learn about the development of current physical activity recommendations, trends in physical activity in the U.S., epidemiologic study designs and the techniques used to measure physical activity, and most importantly, will learn to critically evaluate the evidence and literature in this topic area.

ATR 541 Public Health –Students will be introduced to the concept of public health and the importance of improving the lives of people where they live, work, and play.

ATR 542 Health and Wellness Promotion This course is intended to enhance student understanding of chronic disease and personal health and wellness promotion.

ATR 575 Advanced Care of Athletic Illness and Injury Course in advanced emergency care and athletic training skills.

ATR 580 Pathophysiology – This course will focus on common diseases and illnesses that impact the human body.

ATR 601 Clinical Experience I – Clinical Education practical hours

ATR 602 Clinical Experience II Clinical Education practical hours

ATR 603 Clinical Experience III – Clinical Education practical hours

ATR 604 Clinical Experience IV – Clinical Education practical hours

ATR 605 Clinical Experience V Clinical Education practical hours

ATR 606 Clinical Experience VI – Clinical Education practical hours

ATR 610 Advanced Psychology of InjuriesThis course serves as an exploration in the psychological aspect of working with patients in a healthcare setting.

ATR 611 Topics In Athletic Training – Topics course

ATR 640 Healthcare Administration This course provides experience in healthcare administration.

ATR 680 Research on Athletic Training  Thesis

Course Rotation

Athletic Training Graduate Course Rotation Schedule

Fall Offerings
L.ATR-511 Evaluation of Injuries II
L.ATR-520 Therapeutic Interventions I
L.ATR 530 Evidence Based Practice of Athletic Training
L.ATR-602 Clinical Experience II
L.ATR- 605 Clinical Experience V
L.ATR- 610 Advanced Psychology of Injuries
L.ATR- 642 Health and Wellness Promotion
L.ATR- 643 Healthcare Administration

Spring Offerings
L.ATR-521 Therapeutic Interventions II
L.ATR-580 Pathophysiology
L.ATR-603 Clinical Experience III
L.ATR- 606 Clinical Experience VI
L.ATR- 611 Topics in Athletic Training
L.ATR- 675 Research in Athletic Training

Summer Offerings
L.ATR-510 Evaluation of Injuries I
L.ATR-540 Epidemiology
L.ATR-541 Public Health
L.ATR-575 Advanced Care of Athletic Illness and Injury
L.ATR-601 Clinical Experience I
L.ATR- 604 Clinical Experience IV

Frequently Asked Questions

Athletic Training Entry-Level Master’s Degree: Frequently Asked Questions 

Who made the decision to change the level of the degree?
The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance consisting of the Board of Directors of the NATA and the Commissioners of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) with the support of the Board of Certification (BOC) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Foundation have jointly acted to establish master’s level as the professional degree for athletic training. 

Will the accreditation standards for professional program accreditation change?
Yes, in addition to the Standard for the degree, the CAATE has asked their Standards Committee to work to examine and evolve the Standards to reflect the added rigor and other key components of quality healthcare education as we move toward implementation of the degree requirement. This could involve interprofessional education, periods of clinical only immersion (time when the students do not have any classes but are only in clinical rotations, i.e. working with a college football team), among other changes. 

Will the educational content change?
The degree change is part of a broader vision to produce providers who are prepared to meet the challenges our patients will face in the future. The educational content will also evolve to provide our students and ultimately their patients with healthcare knowledge and skills that produce a provider who can function as a mid-level (Level II) provider (i.e. physical therapist, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist).

A steering committee comprised of representatives from the NATA, the BOC and the CAATE is beginning to work on revision of the professional educational content (Competencies). The working group has been charged that the professional knowledge needs to be reflective of professional programs offered at the master’s degree level. 

The degree change might not have an influence on the reputation of athletic trainers so why do it?
The perception of Program Directors, who oversee programs at the master’s level is that students at the graduate level show an increase in maturity, commitment to the profession and benefit from a higher quality of clinical experience. This will aid the public’s perception of athletic training and ensure proper professional alignment with other health care professions. It’s also been shown that the retention of ATs who have a master’s is better than those who don’t. This longevity also impacts reputation.

Will changing the degree level increase salaries?
There is data to prove athletic trainers with a master’s degree earn more than those with a bachelors; however, as part of the review process a health care economist conducted a study specific to athletic training education. The research shows degree level alone is not a strong indicator of salary increase. But, years of full time employment plus an advanced degree can lead to an increased salary. In addition, ATs who have a master’s are more likely to stay in the profession and again that is one of the components that leads to increased salary.

When do classes begin?
During the 2018-2019 academic year, we will be accepting applications to the program for the first time. Students will formally start the program in the 2019-2020 academic year.

What undergrad major are students receiving?
Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology

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Tuition & Fees

3+2 MAT Tuition & Fees

Students in the 3+2 program will be undergraduate students (with associated financial aid) through the spring semester of their fourth year. Undergraduate tuition will apply to the 4 graduate courses taken during the summer, fall, and spring semesters of the fourth year. Beginning with the summer after their fourth year, 3+2 students will be considered graduate students and will pay graduate tuition. Graduate tuition will be set at the time a student is fully admitted to the 3+2 program. Predicted number of undergraduate credits for a 3+2 student is 128 which includes general education and major requirements. Anticipated number of graduate credits for a 3+2 student is 35. Visit for current undergraduate and graduate tuition rates.

Eligibility for full time undergraduate status during the fourth year requires that the student take at least 12 credits per semester (if less credits are taken, financial aid will be proportionately decreased). Any undergraduate coursework taken beyond the fourth academic year will be charged part-time undergraduate tuition and will not be eligible for undergraduate financial aid besides loans.

Anticipated additional fees for students enrolled in the 3+2 MAT Program (subject to change)


Predicted Cost

NATA Membership/ATRACK $105
Clinical Education Fees $21 per credit hour
Liability Insurance $40.00
Equipment & Clothing Fees (vary by student) $100
BOC Practice Exam $30
CPR Certification (every other year) $40
Background Check $20

ATRACK is a web-based software program designed specifically for CAATE-accredited programs that facilitates student and program assessment.  Enrollment in ATRACK includes Membership in NATA, which provides students with access to career resources, eligibility for athletic training scholarships, and decreased cost of attendance at most athletic training conferences.

The CAATE accreditation standards require that students purchase a liability insurance policy during the professional phase of the entry level program.  This requirement is consistent across all entry level programs regardless of level (bachelors or masters).


Each fall, athletic training students who are enrolled at Loras as undergraduate students, are nominated by an athletic training, kinesiology, and sport management faculty committee for the Doc Kammer Scholarship award. This scholarship was generously set up by the family of Doc Kammer, who served as an athletic trainer for Loras College from 1929-1971. Nominated students compete and are selected for the award based on their involvement in extracurricular activities, academic achievements, professional involvement in athletic training and future career goals.

Program Outcomes, Objectives & CAATE Accreditation

Loras College Athletic Training Program

Loras College Athletic Training

The Loras College Athletic Training program is fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2018-2019 academic year. See accreditation details below.

The mission of the Loras College Master of Athletic Training Program is to produce active learners, responsible contributors, and reflective thinkers that can provide exceptional healthcare to an active population through quality didactic and clinical athletic training educational experiences.

  1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of concepts and skills vital to basic function in health sciences careers.
  2. Students will be active learners and reflective thinkers by using common research techniques to discover and implement athletic training evidence based medicine.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to be responsible contributors by transitioning classroom knowledge into effective clinical practice.
  4. Students will be able to use professional communication skills in order to efficiently communicate with both patients and healthcare professionals.
  5. Students will demonstrate ability to contribute in post-graduate settings.

Outcome Measurements of the Athletic Training Program Board of Certification Results

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The Loras College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program’s status is in good standing with the CAATE and will go through re-accreditation and a substantial change to the Master’s level in 2018-2019.

Questions? Contact Us!


Aaron Herbst, ATC, LAT
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training Education
563.588.7211 |

Aaron joins the Loras Athletic Training program as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training Education. Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Aaron teaches courses in both the Athletic Training and Kinesiology programs at Loras. Prior to Loras, Aaron served as an instructor of Athletic Training and an assistant athletic trainer at Clarke University, in Dubuque, IA, and Head Athletic Trainer for the Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey Club. Aaron has been a BOC Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2007.

Molly M. McDonald Figgins, MS, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
563.588.7995 |

Molly joined the Loras Athletic Training Education program in 2015 as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training Education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, and Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. Molly will teach a variety of classes in the Athletic Training and Kinesiology programs at Loras, including all of the Athletic Training Clinical Education courses. Prior to arriving at Loras Molly served as an adjunct instructor of Athletic Training Education at Clarke University, and Wellness Team Leader at Hines & Associates in Dubuque, IA. She has been a BOC Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2004.