New Master of Athletic Training Program Enrolling Now for June 2020 at University of Mobile

Kathy Dean Health, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The new Master of Athletic Training program at the University of Mobile is accepting applications now for classes starting in June 2020. Enrollment is limited to 14 students, and the first class will graduate in May 2022.

“This two-year program is specifically designed for the highly competitive student who is interested in a combined liberal arts experience and professional component in athletic training,” said Dr. Melissa Thomas, program director for the Master of Athletic Training in the university’s School of Health and Sports Science in the College of Health Professions.

Thomas said the Master of Athletic Training degree is the new standard for athletic training professionals.

“The Master of Athletic Training will be the entry-level professional degree for athletic training professionals, with the recent decision by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to no longer accredit undergraduate athletic training programs after 2022,” Thomas said.

UM is currently seeking CAATE accreditation for its new Master of Athletic Training program, with the accreditation site visit anticipated to occur in spring of 2022.

Thomas said students will enter the master’s program as a group every June and move as a unit through the six semesters. Courses are offered online and on campus in the state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice that houses high fidelity manikins. Gross anatomy class is offered in the second semester, and students gain clinical experiences at a variety of sites include high schools, sports medicine clinics, surgery centers, physical therapy clinics and more.

To apply for the Master of Athletic Training program or for more information about admission requirements, prerequisites and accreditation, visit or contact Thomas at or 251.442.2324.

Undergraduate students may prepare for advanced degrees with bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology from UM’s School of Health and Sports Science. UM offers the traditional four-year Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with pre-athletic training track, or the new Pre-Athletic Training Accelerated Bachelor’s Program.

The new accelerated program allows students to move swiftly through both undergraduate and prerequisite requirements so they complete requirements for the master’s degree program sooner. Admission to the university’s Master of Athletic Training program is not guaranteed, but the accelerated program does allow the student to complete undergraduate and prerequisite coursework at an accelerated rate.


About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 77 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.