The Master of Athletic Training (MATrg) is a professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The MATrg (41 credits) will prepare students to take the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination and earn the ‘ATC’ credential. Didactic courses and clinical experience courses focus on prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from physical activity. This is a five-semester program starting in the second eight-week session of the summer term. Option 1: Five year program. This unique option allows the student to complete a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Athletic Training (MATrg) degree in five years total. During the junior status of the Exercise Science undergraduate program at NDSU, students apply and must be admitted into the NDSU Graduate School. Students start the MATrg program in July, and take both undergraduate and graduate courses during the fall and spring semesters of their fourth year. After meeting all degree requirements and completing the exercise science internship in the summer after their fourth year, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. At end of the fifth year, the student will graduate with a Master of Athletic Training (MATrg). This program is recommended for entering freshmen, student-athletes, and transfer students who want to pursue an athletic training degree at NDSU. Option 2: Two year program. This option is for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science or a related field from another institution. Students must meet the admission requirement and be admitted into the NDSU Graduate School. The program begins in July. Admission requirements include acceptance into the NDSU Graduate School, undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, research Writing (students are required to write a research-based position paper making an evidence-based argument for the use of prophylactic tape or bracing) a minimum of two (2) references, documentation of 50 hours of observation completed under the direct supervision of a BOC ATC® in an athletic training room setting (all 50 hours must be completed within one (1) calendar year of application, and a minimum of “C” or higher in select college courses. After successful completion of this program (41 credits), the student will be eligible to take the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) exam. Certification by the BOC is the entry-level credential.