Athletic Training Classroom

Loras College Secures Accreditor Approval of Athletic Training Graduate Program

Loras’ first cohort of the 3+2 MAT Program is scheduled to begin in May 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has completed its review of the new Loras College Graduate Athletic Training program and was found to be fully compliant with all graduate standards. Additionally, the program is in good standing with the CAATE regarding accreditation status.

Loras’ Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program will be the first in the Tri-State area with a launch date of May 2019, and the only private, liberal arts institution in the state of Iowa to offer the degree program.

Molly Figgins
Molly Figgins MS ATC, Director of the Athletic Training Program

“The Loras College faculty, students, administration and staff are beyond excited for the transition to the Graduate Degree in Athletic Training and for the Launch of the Loras MAT program in May,” Molly Figgins, Director of the Athletic Training program shared. “For more than a decade, Loras has educated successful certified athletic trainers at the undergraduate level and we anticipate continued success at the graduate level.”

“Our program offers distinctive educational experiences both in the classroom and clinical setting through partnerships with various Dubuque and Tri-State community health care providers.”

Under the direction of Figgins, Loras will offer the MAT degree in a unique 3+2 format for students, which will allow students to complete both a B.S. degree in kinesiology and a MAT degree in five years. Those students who are already enrolled or possess an undergraduate degree can apply directly to the two-year graduate program.

On Oct. 18, the CAATE voted to accept the request for change of degree for the athletic training program at Loras.

Donna Heald, Ph.D.
Donna Heald, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

“Consistent with our long tradition of providing students with an exceptional education that prepares them well for the future, Loras is at the forefront of colleges and universities that offer athletic training programs,” Donna Heald, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean stated. “The successful transition of our existing undergraduate program to a master’s level program assures that Loras graduates will have the required level of training expected for this health professional program well into the future.”

Since 1991, the CAATE, previously known as the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training, has been responsible for the accreditation of more than 360 professional athletic training programs, 16 post-professional degree programs and two residencies.

Students interested in enrolling in the program are encouraged to contact the Loras Admissions office to begin the application process.


Loras College Admissions Office

Molly Figgins
Athletic Training Department Chairperson