Athletic Training: Dual Degree with Drake University

BVU’s unique 3+2 partnership with Drake University’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program allows students to complete three years at BVU and two years at Drake and receive degrees from both universities. Students are able to earn their advanced degree in a shorter amount of time, resulting in less educational costs and the ability to practice athletic training earlier. 


How 3+2 Works 

Save time and money

In the first three years, students in the BVU-Drake MAT program complete general education coursework and take the MAT pre-requisite courses from the rehabilitation health sciences major at BVU. In their junior year, students take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and apply for admission to the Drake program. 

Students enter Drake as MAT students and complete the two-year program after having completed three years of coursework at BVU. Participants follow a 3+2 schedule, entering Drake after their junior year and then completing their bachelor’s degree at the end of the first professional year. Students may transfer first year MAT courses from Drake toward their BVU major and elective credits so they can complete a bachelor’s degree from BVU.

To be eligible for admission to Drake’s MAT program, students must achieve a 3.0 GPA and earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses at BVU. 


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Solid BVU Foundation

Feel prepared to work in a variety of healthcare settings

Throughout the first three years at BVU, students are equipped with a multitude of professional development and educational experiences that prepare them to prosper and succeed at Drake and beyond. Students receive personalized attention from expert faculty, as well as infinite opportunities for travel, internships, job shadowing, research, and more.   

BVU students who participate in the BVU-Drake MAT program are encouraged to pursue a major that will provide them with a solid foundation for a career in athletic training. Recommended fields of study at BVU include rehabilitation health sciences, biology, chemistry, and biomedical sciences. 

New Standard

More and more athletic trainers are required to hold a master’s degree, and this program helps provide students with access to this field.

Industry Growth

Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

In Demand

Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of sports-related injuries, and as middle-aged and older populations remain active.

Acceptance Rate

93 percent of BVU graduates who apply are accepted to health-related professional schools.