Athletic Training

The Master of Athletic Training Program prepares highly qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to prevent, diagnosis, therapeutically intervene, and rehabilitate injuries and medical conditions.


August 24, 2021

The Master of Athletic Training Program is excited to announce the 100% first time pass rate on the Board of Certification exam for our inaugural class of students. Each student worked hard and is employed as an Athletic Trainer!

Congratulations 2021 MATR graduates – we are so proud of you!!


June 9, 2021

The Master of Athletic Training Program (MATR) is excited to announce the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has voted to grant 5 years of Initial Accreditation to the Professional Athletic Training Program at the University of Illinois Springfield.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in Athletic Training, we are accepting applications for our 2022 class. Please contact Dr. Celest Weuve ( for more information!

There is no better time to be an athletic trainer!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow 23 percent between now and 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Do I need a master’s degree to be an athletic trainer?

About 70 percent of current athletic trainers have master’s degrees and a master’s is necessary to work at the college level. Currently, the profession of athletic training is phasing out athletic training programs at the baccalaureate level. By January 2026, only those students graduating from a master’s level athletic training program will be eligible to take the certification examination.

Why the Masters of Athletic Training Program at UIS?

  • small campus, big resources
  • partnerships
  • center of healthcare
  • personalized education
  • hands-on training