School of Health Professions
HomeHealth ProfessionsAthletic Training

MAT Admissions Information

The MAT program begins in late May of each year. Please visit the link below for deadline information. The online application and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline. Please note there is a lag in submitting your application to ATCAS and the application being verified. Applicants will need to plan accordingly. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as early as possible.

Admissions Requirements

1. Online Application

Applicants for the MAT program must complete both an ATCAS Application and supplemental Merlin Application. The ATCAS Application can be acessed through the following link: The Merlin Application can be accessed through the following link: Please make sure that all information on your application is correct before selecting "Submit." Once you submit the General Information section of the application you cannot edit any information. If a change needs to be made, please email

2. Application Fee

The Merlin Application Fee of $40 can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC." Your application will not be considered for admission until your fee has been paid.

3. Official Transcripts

All official transcripts need to be submitted to ATCAS. You will only need to send updated transcripts to our office. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all official transcripts to the following address:

TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
4. Official GRE Scores

The GRE is not required for the MAT program.
5. Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 8.
6. Minimum GPA
A minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.7 is required to be considered for admission. A grade of "C" or better is required in all prerequisite courses.

7. Observation Experience

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 observation hours of athletic training experience. Post-high school experience can be gained through volunteer work, observation or paid employment with an ATC or LAT. When filling out the application, you will list your athletic training experience hours. There is not a specific, printable form to submit; we suggest tracking your hours on a personal spreadsheet.

8. Prerequisite Coursework

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. If prerequisite courses have not been completed in the last seven years, program director approval for acceptance of courses may be required. AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any science prerequisite course.

Human Anatomy (or A&P I) 3-4 hours
Human Physiology (or A&P II) 3-4 hours
Exercise Physiology 3 hours
Kinesiology/Biomechanics 3 hours
Statistics (Tests and Measurements is not accepted) 3 hours
Nutrition 3 hours

**Recommended Courses: Physics with Lab, Chemistry with Lab, and Technical Writing

9. Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for an application to be complete. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the ATCAS Application.

10. International Applicants

All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions:

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. Individual applications are reviewed once materials have been received; therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to complete their application, including submission of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited to TTUHSC for an interview. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants for admission by considering the following: cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, interview scores, student essay, and other factors.


Admission interviews are granted by the MAT admissions committee by invitation only. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.

Application Submission Checklist

1. Online ATCAS Application
2. Online Merlin Application
3. Application Fee
4. Letters of Recommendation - Two required
5. Observation Experience

Essential Functions/Technical Standards

A student admitted into the Athletic Training program must meet essential functions/technical standards that are necessary to be able to obtain employment. These are established minimum physical and mental guidelines necessary for the MAT program. Prior to matriculation, all students must submit verification of their ability to perform at or above the minimum physical and mental guidelines established by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. A list of the essential functions for the MAT program can be found in the MAT section of the School of Health Professions catalog ( or obtained from the MAT program director. Please familiarize yourself with the essential functions document.


In addition to tuition and fees, additional expenses (i.e. travel, clothing, Criminal Background Check, etc.) associated with the program and clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student. An estimated cost of tuition and fees is available on the SHP website ( and in the SHP Catalog (

A list of expenses that may be incurred by the student include: (this list may not be complete)

Item Cost Description
Criminal Background $51 base rate. Cost increases based on number and location places lived All SHP students are required to undergo a criminal background check, from the TTUHSC School of Health Professions Approved provider, prior to matriculation.
Immunizations Varies Required immunizations are the responsibility of the student, but a discount price is available through the TTUHSC Family Medicine clinic. A list of the TTUHSC Immunization Requirements is located at
Textbooks Varies See the MAT textbook tab on the website for a list of required and recommended textbooks with estimated cost.
Instructional Assessment Fee $300 per semester  
Laptop Computer Varies A laptop computer is required for the MAT program (minimum specifications are available in the SHP Catalog at
Clothing $100-$150 over 2 years MAT program clothing is available from the Athletic Training Student Association. Polo shirt (one required), t-shirts and jackets are most often purchased by the student.
Travel to/from clinical site Varies The cost varies based on location of clinical site and price of gasoline. Students are paired and carpooling is encouraged. Unless requested by the student, no more than one (1) clinical site will require significant driving by the student.  The average distance to clinical sites is 18 miles.  (range 0-73 miles)
Lubbock Cost of Living Varies  The United States Census Bureau website has information about cost of living in Lubbock at 

Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email at