Plan of Study

The Master of Athletic Training program requires completion of 56 credit hours during six consecutive semesters. The cohort beginning in summer 2021 will attend full-time in summer 2021, fall 2021, spring 2022, summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023, with a graduation date of May 2023.

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  • MAT Academic Calendar
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Master of Athletic Training Program Course of Study, Cohorts Beginning Summer 2021 and Beyond

Summer 1

ATHT510: Emergency and Acute Care in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs1 lecture, 1 lab)
ATHT511: Orientation to Clinical Education in Athletic Training (1 cr hrlab)
ATHT512: Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Injury and Illness in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs1 lecture, 1 lab)
ATHT513: Community Health Promotion and Injury Prevention in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs1 lecture, 1 lab)
ATHT514C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training I (1 cr hr)
Total Summer 1: 8 credit hours

Fall 1

ATHT520: Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training I (3 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT521: Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training I (3 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT522: Evaluation, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training Lab I (1 cr hr—lab)
ATHT523: Nutrition, Performance Enhancement, and Strength and Conditioning in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT524C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training II (2 cr hrs)
Total Fall 1: 11 credit hours

Spring 1

ATHT530: Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training II (3 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT531: Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training II (3 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT532: Evaluation, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training Lab II (1 cr hr—lab)
ATHT533: Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training I (3 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT534C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training III (2 cr hrs)
Total Spring 1: 12 credit hours

Summer 2

ATHT540: Pharmacology in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT541: Psychological Aspects of Sport in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT542: Interprofessional Communication in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lab)
ATHT543C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV (2 cr hrs)
Total Summer 2: 7 credit hours

Fall 2

ATHT550: Organization, Administration, and Management in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lecture)
ATHT551: Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training II (3 cr hrs—lecture)
ATHT552: Evaluation and Treatment of Medical Conditions in Athletic Training (3 cr hrs—2 lecture, 1 lab)
ATHT553C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training V (2 cr hrs)
Total Fall 2: 9 credit hours

Spring 2

ATHT560: Advanced Rehabilitation and Manual Techniques in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—1 lecture, 1 lab)
ATHT561: BOC Preparation (1 cr hr—lecture)
ATHT562: Capstone in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lecture)
ATHT563: Professional Preparation and Current Topics in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lecture)
ATHT564C: Immersive Clinical Education in Athletic Training (4 cr hrs)
Total Spring 2: 9 credit hours

Curriculum

  • ATHT510: Emergency and Acute Care in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—1 lecture, 1 lab)
  • ATHT511: Orientation to Clinical Education in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lab)
  • ATHT512: Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Injury and Illness in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—1 lecture, 1 lab)
  • ATHT513: Community Health Promotion and Injury Prevention in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—1 lecture, 1 lab)
  • ATHT514C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training I (1 cr hr)
  • ATHT520: Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training I (3 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT521: Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training I (3 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT522: Evaluation, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training Lab I (1 cr hr—lab)
  • ATHT523: Nutrition, Performance Enhancement, and Strength and Conditioning in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT524C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training II (2 cr hrs)
  • ATHT530: Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training II (3 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT531: Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training II (3 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT532: Evaluation, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training Lab II (1 cr hr—lab)
  • ATHT533: Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training I (3 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT534C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training III (2 cr hrs)
  • ATHT540: Pharmacology in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT541: Psychological Aspects of Sport in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT542: Interprofessional Communication in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lab)
  • ATHT543C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV (2 cr hrs)
  • ATHT550: Organization, Administration, and Management in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lecture)
  • ATHT551: Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training II (3 cr hrs—lecture)
  • ATHT552: Evaluation and Treatment of Medical Conditions in Athletic Training (3 cr hrs—2 lecture, 1 lab)
  • ATHT553C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training V (2 cr hrs)
  • ATHT560: Advanced Rehabilitation and Manual Techniques in Athletic Training (2 cr hrs—1 lecture, 1 lab)
  • ATHT561: BOC Preparation (1 cr hr—lecture)
  • ATHT562: Capstone in Athletic Training (1 cr hr—lecture)
  • ATHT563: Professional Preparation and Current Topics in Athletic Training (1 cr hr— lecture)
  • ATHT564C: Immersive Clinical Education in Athletic Training (4 cr hrs

Course Descriptions

ATHT510: Emergency and Acute Care in Athletic Training (2 credit hours: 4 contact hours; 1 lecture, 1 lab): This course introduces students to emergency and acute conditions that may be encountered in an active population. Evaluation and acute management of cervical spine injury, traumatic brain injury, cardiac and respiratory events, fracture, anaphylaxis, sickling, diabetes, environmental conditions, and other potential emergency situations will be explored.  

ATHT511: Orientation to Clinical Education in Athletic Training (1 credit hour: 3 contact hours; 1 lab):  Students are introduced to clinical site locations, rules, regulations, documentation procedures, and expectations associated with clinical education in athletic training. 

ATHT512: Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Injury and Illness (2 credit hours: 4 contact hours; 1 lecture, 1 lab): Students are familiarized with common injuries and illnesses encountered when treating an active population. The course reviews mechanisms of injury, with a focus on the anatomical and physiological processes associated with injury and illness. 

ATHT513: Community Health Promotion and Injury Prevention in Athletic Training (2 credit hours: 4 contact hours; 1 lecture, 1 lab): An exploration of major community health challenges, such as diabetes, cardiovascular health issues, neurocognitive disease, obesity, osteoarthritis, and behavioral health issues. Students explore the role of the athletic trainer in patient advocacy, health literacy and social determinants, quality assurance and quality improvement in health care, injury/illness prevention and environmental monitoring.  

ATHT514C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training I (1 credit hour; clinical internship):  Students are introduced to the basic daily functions of an athletic trainer. Students will become familiar with commonly used taping procedures and therapeutic interventions and participate in the planning and administration of pre-participation physical examinations.  

ATHT520: Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training I (3 credit hours: 3 contact hours; lecture): Using the ICF model as a framework, students will evaluate, assess, and develop a plan of care for common orthopedic injuries encountered in active populations. Students will be introduced to documentation and collaboration with other health care professionals in this course. The focus of this course will be on the lower extremity and lumbar spine.  

ATHT521: Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training I (3 credit hours: 3 contact hours; lecture): The study of the concepts and application of various therapeutic interventions associated with injuries of the lower extremity in an active population. Techniques include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercise, joint and soft tissue mobilization, gait, balance, proprioception and functional task training, modalities for pain/edema control, and cardiovascular training. The concept of utilizing evidence-based practice to make informed decisions regarding appropriate interventions is introduced.  

ATHT522: Evaluation, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training Lab I (1 credit hour: 3 contact hours; lab): Students will combine information from ATH515 and ATH516 to perform evaluation, assessment, plan of care development, and interventions for injuries of the lower extremity and lumbar spine encountered in active populations.  

ATHT523: Nutrition, Performance Enhancement, and Strength and Conditioning in Athletic Training (2 credit hours: 2 contact hours; lecture): Students will further develop skills to promote health and wellness in the community with an active population, including cardiac and respiratory auscultation/evaluation. The course will focus on ways to maximize sport performance, utilizing knowledge related to proper fluids and nutrition, recovery time, performance enhancing supplements, and biometric monitoring systems. 

ATHT524C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training II (2 credit hours; clinical internship): Students will utilize knowledge gained in ATH515, 516, 517, and 518 to assist preceptors with appropriate evaluation, assessment, plan of care development, and therapeutic interventions for lower extremity injuries in a clinical setting.  Students will begin to document their findings and collaborate with other health care providers as needed.  

ATHT530: Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training II (3 credit hours; 3 contact hours; lecture):  Using the ICF model as a framework, students will evaluate, assess, and develop plans of care for common orthopedic injuries encountered in an active population. Students will further develop documentation and interprofessional collaboration skills in this course. The focus of this course will be on the upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine. 

ATHT531: Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training II (3 credit hours; 3 contact hours; lecture): The study of the concepts and application of various therapeutic interventions associated with injuries of the upper extremity in an active population. Techniques include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercise, joint and soft tissue mobilization, balance, proprioception and functional task training, modalities for pain/edema control, and cardiovascular training. The concept of utilizing evidence-based practice to make informed decisions regarding appropriate interventions is further developed.  

ATHT532: Evaluation, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training Lab II (1 credit hour: 3 contact hours; lab): Students will combine information from ATH520 and ATH521 to perform evaluation, assessment, plan of care development, and interventions for injuries of the upper extremity encountered in an active population.  

ATHT533: Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training I (3 credit hours: 3 contact hours; lecture): Students are exposed to the use of informatics and technology to search the medical literature and find relevant information. The course covers the process of framing a clinical question, searching the literature, and critical appraisal of literature. Students will have an understanding of grading and strength of evidence as well as statistical concepts related to evidence-based practice.

ATHT534C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training III (2 credit hours; clinical internship): Students utilize knowledge gained in previous coursework to assist preceptors with appropriate evaluation, assessment, plan of care development, and therapeutic interventions for upper extremity, cervical and thoracic injuries in a clinical setting. Students progress their skills in documenting their findings and collaborating with other health care providers as needed. Special emphasis is placed on utilizing evidence-based practice to support clinical decision-making. 

ATHT540: Pharmacology in Athletic Training (2 credit hours: 2 contact hours; lecture): The fundamentals of drug indications, contraindications, dosing, interactions, and adverse reactions are explored as they relate to treatment of an active population in this course. Students will master the concepts of administration of medications and the documentation and governing regulations associated with pharmacological interventions. This course covers commonly used drugs and supplements that impact exercise performance, as well as drug allergy and overdose management.  

ATHT541:  Psychological Aspects of Sport in Athletic Training (2 credit hours; 2 contact hours; lecture): Exploration of the concepts related to behavioral health in sports and active populations. Topics include suicide, depression, anxiety, psychosis, mania, eating disorders, attention deficit disorders, and overdose. Students will review the psychological response to injury, motivation and personality factors, mental preparation, counseling, and the grieving process. Students will participate in policy development, management, and referral processes associated with behavioral health issues in an athletic training setting.

ATHT542:  Interprofessional Communication in Athletic Training (1 credit hour: 3 contact hours; lab):  This course prepares the student for interprofessional practice, whereby health care is provided in a coordinated manner by professionals who share mutual goals, resources and responsibility for patient care. This course examines the vital role of interprofessional education as students explore the diverse roles and contributions of all health professionals and learn to interact in an appropriate manner that will result in positive patient outcomes. 

ATHT543C:  Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV (2 credit hours; clinical internship):  Students will work with preceptors to hone their skills in injury evaluation, assessment, plan of care development, and therapeutic interventions in a health care setting (MD office, hospital, PT clinic, industrial setting). Special emphasis will be placed on interprofessional communication skills, pharmacological, and behavioral health issues in these settings.  

ATHT550: Organization, Administration and Management in Athletic Training (1 credit hour: 1 contact hour; lecture): Overview of concepts related to facility design and management, budgeting, risk reduction, legal issues, and insurance principles associated with an athletic training site. Students will develop, implement, and revise policies related to pharmacological management, referrals, inventory, injury prevention, preparedness, and response to medical emergencies, concussion policies, and behavioral health policies.  

ATHT551:  Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training II (3 credit hours; 3 contact hours; lecture): Focuses on the skills relevant to developing a research proposal in an athletic training setting. This course will require students to utilize previous knowledge to identify a problem, conduct a literature review, develop a hypothesis, and design an appropriate research study. Students will develop an Institutional Review Board application in this course. 

ATHT552: Evaluation and Treatment of Medical Conditions in Athletic Training (3 credit hours: 5 contact hours; 2 lecture/1 lab): Acquaints students with non-orthopedic medical conditions in physically active individuals. Students will evaluate, assess, and develop a plan of care that includes appropriate diagnostic and laboratory testing. Medical conditions covered include (but not limited to) cardiac, respiratory, environmental, endocrine, eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth, teeth, GI and GU systems, integument, neurological system, reproductive system, and mild traumatic brain injury. 

ATHT553C: Clinical Education in Athletic Training V (2 credit hours; clinical internship):  A focus on interprofessional practice, organization, administration and management, as well as non-orthopedic medical conditions. Athletic Training students work with preceptors to coordinate care and educate stakeholders effectively and evaluate patients with increasingly complex conditions, working toward a high level of independence.  

ATHT560: Advanced Rehabilitation and Manual Therapy Techniques (2 credit hours; 4 contact hours; 1 lecture/1 lab):  An evidence-based approach to advanced orthopedic manual therapy techniques and rehabilitation is explored. Topics include, but not limited to, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, muscle energy techniques, dry needling, spinal manipulation, neural mobilization techniques, and positional release.  

ATHT561: BOC Preparation (1 credit hour; 1 contact hour; lecture): A review of the examination process, history of the exam, format of the exam, and test taking strategies. Students will become familiar with and understand the importance of the Practice Analysis 7th edition in the formation of the BOC examination. This course is designed to help students integrate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program and identify gaps in knowledge. Students will develop a plan of action to prepare for the BOC examination. 

ATHT562: Capstone in Athletic Training (1 credit hour: 1 contact hour; lecture):  Students will integrate knowledge and skills acquired in previous evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making coursework to develop and present a research topic. Students will demonstrate the ability to participate in literature review and research design, as well as draw appropriate conclusions from research findings.  The student will have an understanding of the various avenues available to disseminate research to the scientific community. 

ATHT563: Professional Preparation and Current Topics in Athletic Training (1 credit hour: 1 contact hour; lecture): This course focuses on the moral and ethical responsibilities required of an athletic trainer. Students will develop a sense of professionalism as they learn to advocate for their profession.  Self-reflection activities will assist the student in assessing their level of competence and developing a plan for personal professional development goals. 

ATHT564C: Clinical Immersion in Athletic Training (4 credit hours; immersive clinical internship): The student participates in a practice intensive internship that allows the student to experience the totality of care provided by an athletic trainer. Students participate in the day-to-day and week-to-week role of the athletic trainer during this clinical experience. The focus of this clinical experience is to progress the student to independence in the practice of athletic training.

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