MAT® Masters Program

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Fine tune Your Practical Skills

  • Fulfill MAT® Continuing Education Requirements
  • Advance your skills and obtain MAT® Mastery Specialist Certification enabling you to expand your techniques.
  • Explore the specific divisions of the body and fine tune the appropriate muscle tests.
  • Gain exposure to the most progressive MAT® research, development, and muscle tests.
  • ***MAT® Specialist certification is a required prerequisite***

Upcoming Masters Workshops

Masters Cervical (January 18-19, 2019)

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 19, 2019

Masters Lower Body (March 15-16, 2019)

Mar 15, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019

Masters Wrist & Hand (May 24-25, 2019)

May 24, 2019 - May 25, 2019

Masters Trunk & Spine (July 19-20, 2019)

Jul 19, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019

Masters Foot Function (September 6-8, 2019)

Sep 6, 2019 - Sep 8, 2019

Masters Upper Body (November 15-16, 2019)

Nov 15, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019


MAT® Masters Courses

Wrist & Hand

Description:This course will focus on the correlation between the MAT thought process and how it relates to wrist and hand mechanics. A conceptual overview will be combined with practical application, in order to attain the specific skills required to effectively address wrist and hand imbalances.

Trunk & Spine

Prerequisite: Certified MAT Specialist with at least 6 months post graduate experience.

Description: This course will place an emphasis on the advanced evaluation of the trunk and spine along with the cervical spine. A brief review of the advanced lower and upper body concepts will be addressed, however the focus of this class is on the spinal musculature. Come gain a better understanding of how important the evaluation process is in your practice. We will reinforce the importance of how the “checks and balances” approach is the key to gaining success with MAT thought process. You will also gain an understanding on how to stress the body in order to duplicate the stresses that may result in recurring injuries. You will gain a better understanding of why many people leave feeling better only to have their symptoms return quickly.

Lower Body

Prerequisite: Certified MAT Specialist with at least 6 months post graduate experience.

Description: This course places an emphasis on the advanced evaluation of the Lower Body using the MAT knowledge and skills obtained in the JumpStart and Internship courses. There will be a good mixture of lecture and practical application.

Course Objectives include:

  1. Understanding the difference between "Basic" and "Advanced".
  2. A Review of Minimum MAT Technical Competencies.
  3. Improving the Performance of, and the Interpretation of, a Lower Extremity Comparative Assessment of Mobility (CAM).
  4. Providing a Pathway for moving current skills towards advanced skills.
  5. A Review of Positional Iso-Angular Contraction Techniques (PIC).
  6. A Review and Expansion of the "Checks and Balance" Process in MAT.

Course Goals:

  1. Define what constitutes the Human Lower Extremity.
  2. Identify the Levers and Joints of the Lower Extremity.
  3. Identify and Discuss the Muscles of the Lower Extremity.
  4. Explore the Mechanical Relationships between the Axial and Appendicular Skeletons.
  5. Explore "Thinking Mechanically".
  6. Define the Variables of an Active CAM.
  7. Understand the Power of "Compare & Contrast".
  8. Improve the use of PIC in working with clients.
  9. Deeper understanding of "Checks and Balances" in MAT Process.

Advanced Foot Function

Prerequisite: MAT Internship Graduate

Description: The course is vitally important for any MAT Specialist. This course will focus on the correlation between the MAT thought process and how it relates to lower leg and foot mechanics. A conceptual overview will be combined with practical application, in order to attain the specific skills required to effectively address lower leg and foot imbalances

Course Objectives include:

  1. Gain the skills thoroughly address the mechanical imbalances that transfer through the body as the foot contacts the ground
  2. Provide in-depth information and exploration into foot mechanics and the role of the muscles and how they function relative to each specific axis of the foot.
  3. Take an in-depth look at addressing foot imbalances, while also gaining a better understanding of how to assess your clients that come to you with orthotics.

Course Goals:

  1. To provide information which will allow students to utilize the comprehensive information and transfer the practical skills into your everyday practice.
  2. Learn how to make the right decisions for your clients regarding shoe wear, orthotics, heel lifts, etc.

Upper Body

Prerequisite: Certified MAT Specialist with at least 6 months post graduate experience.

Description: This course places an emphasis on the advanced evaluation of the Upper Body using the MAT knowledge and skills obtained in the JumpStart and Internship courses. There will be a good mixture of lecture and practical application.

Course Objectives include:

  1. Understanding the difference between "Basic" and "Advanced".
  2. A Review of Minimum MAT Technical Competencies.
  3. Improving the Interpretation of an Upper Extremity Comparative Assessment of Mobility (CAM).
  4. Providing a Pathway for moving current skills towards advanced skills.

Course Goals:

  1. Define what constitutes the Human Upper Extremity.
  2. Identify the Levers and Joints of the Upper Extremity.
  3. Identify and Discuss the Muscles of the Upper Extremity.
  4. Explore the Mechanical Relationships between the Axial and Appendicular Skeletons
  5. Explore "Thinking Mechanically".
  6. Take a Closer Look at the AMC&S Manual Muscle Test.
  7. Take home self-directed tools for implementing and expanding on the concepts and principles presented.

Learn In The MAT® Master Specialist Program

You will LEARN:

  • An expanded set of information as it relates to the neuro muscular system and additional context around the MAT® processes.
  • A greater understanding of the complexities that exist when treating clients with acute muscle dysfunction challenges

Opportunity as an MAT® Master Specialist

You will receive the OPPORTUNITY to:

  • Further expand your skill set in an effort to be able to address the most acute muscle dysfunction situations.

FAQs

  • Any MAT® master level workshop, (these are displayed in the Education/Master level section of the website)
    • Lower Body Masters
    • Upper Body Masters
    • Foot Function Masters
    • Wrist and Hand Masters
    • Trunk and Spine Masters
    • Cervical Masters Course
  • Any MAT® Specialist Program weekend module, Online Refresher course module or MAT® Jumpstart weekend module is an approved option every OTHER calendar year.
To maintain your certification each year you need to complete 16 hours of approved Continuing Education Credits (CECs) and keep an updated copy of your liability insurance on file with MAT® at all times.  
MAT® prefers that you take at least one MAT® Master level class per year.  In order to accommodate the busy schedules of our practitioners, MAT® only requires that you take one MAT® master level class at least every other year and supplement the alternate year with an MAT® Jumpstart or MAT® Specialist Program Module Weekend or an Online MAT® Specialist Refresher Course.  Please reference our MAT® Master Level course offerings to see the courses that you can take to fulfill your master level CEC's for MAT®. CEC Requirements for MAT®  
If you failed to keep the proper updated insurance on file, submitting a current/updated liability insurance with MAT® listed as additionally insured will correct this and enable you to be eligible to be reinstated as Certified. Specialist Requirements: Specialist: 1 Year Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • Successful completion of any one (1) of the following:
    • MAT® Master Level Class OR
    • Specialist Retake Weekend OR
    • Online Module Lab Weekend OR
    • Online Refresher Class
    • Jumpstart Weekend
  Specialist: 1+ to 2 Year Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • Successful completion of any two (2) of the following:
    • MAT® Master Level Class
    • Specialist Retake Weekend
    • Online Module Lab Weekend
    • Online Refresher Class
    • Jumpstart Weekend
  Specialist: 2+ to 4 Year Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • MAT (Single Subject) Module including required lab plus a MAT Specialist (full body) Practical Test Out Greg would like to remove OR
  • Successful completion of any two (2) of the following plus a MAT Specialist (full body) Practical Test Out ($125 cost of exam retake)
    • Specialist Retake Weekend
    • Online Module (single subject) Lab Only Weekend
    • Online Refresher Class
  Specialist: 4+ Year Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • MAT (Single Subject) Module including required lab plus a MAT Specialist (full body) Practical Test Out ($125 cost of exam retake) OR
  • Successful completion of any three (3) of the following plus a MAT Specialist (full body) Practical Test Out ($125 cost of exam retake)
    • Specialist Retake Weekend
    • Online Module (single subject) Lab Only Weekend
    • Online Refresher Class
      • If student doesn’t pass MAT Specialist Practical Test Out, must work with Student Services to determine next steps.
  Masters Requirements: Masters: 1 to 2 Year Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • Successful completion of any one (1) of the following:
    • MAT® Master Level Class OR
    • Specialist Retake Weekend OR
    • Online Module Lab Weekend OR
    • Online Refresher Class
Masters: 2+ to 3 Year Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • Successful completion of any two (2) of the following plus MAT Masters Practical Test Out ($175 cost of exam retake):
    • MAT® Master Level Class OR
    • Specialist Retake Weekend OR
    • Online Module Lab Weekend OR
    • Online Refresher Class
Masters: 3+ to 4 Year Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • Must complete 3 Masters level classes plus MAT Masters Practical Test Out ($175 cost of exam retake)
Masters: 4+ Years Lapse
  • Submission/resubmission of current updated liability insurance with MAT listed as additionally insured, AND
  • Must go through Masters Program in its entirety plus MAT Masters Practical Test Out ($175 cost of exam retake)
 
Currently, our Master level classes are hosted in Denver and several other MAT® hub locations, including CT and Canada. Our Online Specialist Modules are completely available online, except for the required weekend lab hosted at the MAT® World Headquarters in Denver, CO. Quick Link to MAT® CEC Information

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Requirements for Becoming an MAT® Master Specialist

Take the following courses:

  • Master Wrist & Hand
  • Master Lower Body
  • Master Upper Body
  • Master Trunk & Spine
  • Master Foot Function
  • Master Cervical
  • Jumpstart: Lower Body, Upper Body, and Trunk & Spine

Pass a 120-minute Practical and Oral exam. We now offer Master level testing in multiple locations. To view the testing location options and to purchase your exam, please click here

  • PASS or FAIL grade will be given and you will be required to retest if a “FAIL” grade is given