Catalog Year

Years 2019-2020

Degree

Master of Science

Credits

44

Locations

Mankato

Accreditation

CAATE

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Athletic Training (MS)

This program will prepare graduate students to enter the health care field of athletic training. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians, and other health care professionals to provide services that include injury/illness prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions sustained or exacerbated by participation in athletics and other physical activity. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state regulatory statutes. ATs are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals, who fall under the allied health professions category as defined by Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Athletic trainers are assigned National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers, and the taxonomy code for athletic trainers is 2255A2300X. Athletic trainers are listed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the “professional and related occupations” section along with other mid-level health care professionals.

Course Sequence (Required Sequence for Current Students, Students applying for the 2020 Cohort - click here)

Program Requirements

Common Core

44-Credit Professional Program

This course provides in-depth exploration of the dietary needs of physically active individuals across the lifespan. Its laboratory component will focus on performance and interpretation of assessments commonly used to determine dietary and physiological status.

Prerequisites: none

Principles of the etiology, pathology, assessment, recognition, and development of a treatment and referral plan for lower body injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This includes the foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, thigh, hip, pelvis, and lumbar spine. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Principles of the etiology, pathology, assessment, recognition, and development of a treatment and referral plan for upper body injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This includes the head, cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder complex, arm and elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

The field testing, exercise instruction, and the periodization of exercise prescription for athletes and physically active individuals will be included in this course. In addition scientific strategies for enhancing strength, power, and endurance performance along with statistical and computer-aided program design will be included.

Prerequisites: none

The laboratory portion of this course will require the student to learn, practice, and be assessed on the psychomotor skills learned in HP 542. The application of clinical assessment psychomotor skills will be applied during the supervised clinical experience component of the course. This will provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her skills in a real clinical environment on-campus, at small private colleges, at local high schools, in a hospital and clinic settings, and in emergency rooms and ambulance settings while being supervised by a preceptor. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

The laboratory portion of this course will require the student to learn, practice, and be assessed on the psychomotor skills learned in HP 453. The application of clinical assessment psychomotor skills will be applied during the supervised clinical experience component of the course. This will provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her skills in a real clinical environment on-campus, at small private colleges, at local high schools, in a hospital and clinic settings, and in emergency rooms and ambulance settings while being supervised by a preceptor. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Students will gain an understanding of the anatomic and pathologic concepts necessary to assess musculoskeletal injury. The course is designed for athletic training and other health care related students.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an introduction to the profession of athletic training, as well as an overview of essentials principles of athletic training. Emphasis will be on the history of the profession, career opportunities and job settings; recognition, prevention, and care of athletic injuries; pre-participation physical exams, emergency preparation and procedures, environmental illnesses, tissue healing; proper selection, care, and use of protective equipment, taping, wrapping, bracing procedures. This course is designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

The theory and application of the use of physical therapeutic modalities including cyrotherapy and thermotherapy, ultrasound, phonophoresis, electrical nerve stimulation, iontophoresis, diathermy, intermittent compression, traction, LASER, massage and manual therapies in the treatment of injury/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This course also includes the principles of tissue healing, pain and pain control. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

This course will provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to rehabilitate and/or recondition athletic and physically active patients who suffer a wide variety of injury, both surgical and non-surgical, associated with their activity(ies). The theory and application of rehabilitation and reconditioning techniques includes retraining strength, power and endurance, restoration of flexibility and range of motion, activity specific conditioning, proprioception and balance, and agility. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Advanced study of general medical pathology and pharmacologic knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to assess and manage or assist other health care professionals in the management of injuries and illnesses incurred during or exacerbated by physical activity or athletic participation. Designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

This course covers the principles of health care organization, administration, and professional development as applied to various athletic training employment settings. Students will gain an emphasis on the administrative and managerial duties of the athletic trainer including management, leadership, organizational structure, planning, budgeting, facility design, information management, regulation of athletic training, as well as legal and ethical considerations. This course is designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides understanding and application of the psychology of sport and injury. Topics include psychological concerns, psycho-social antecedents of injury, psychological skills to implement with patients who are injured as a result of participation in athletics and physical activity.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

This course provides an introduction to both research methodology and statistical concepts in the discipline of human performance. This course focuses on the development of research design and choice of appropriate statistics to address a research question.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

Both courses are required.

The supervised application and analysis of clinical techniques and the evidence-based practice research necessary for the high level care of patients suffering from injuries and illnesses incurred through or exacerbated by athletics and physical activity. The required clinical experience component will provide the student with the opportunity to apply these skills in the clinical environment and serve as a capstone experience.

Prerequisites: none

The supervised application and analysis of clinical techniques and the evidence-based practice research necessary for the high level of care for patients suffering from injuries and illnesses incurred through or exacerbated by athletics and physical activity. The required clinical experience component will provide the student with the opportunity to apply these skills in the clinical environment, serve as a capstone experience, and assist the student in preparation for the athletic training Board of Certification examination.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

The Degree Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual degree plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Summer - 6 Credits

Students will gain an understanding of the anatomic and pathologic concepts necessary to assess musculoskeletal injury. The course is designed for athletic training and other health care related students.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an introduction to the profession of athletic training, as well as an overview of essentials principles of athletic training. Emphasis will be on the history of the profession, career opportunities and job settings; recognition, prevention, and care of athletic injuries; pre-participation physical exams, emergency preparation and procedures, environmental illnesses, tissue healing; proper selection, care, and use of protective equipment, taping, wrapping, bracing procedures. This course is designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

Second Year

Fall - 8 Credits

Principles of the etiology, pathology, assessment, recognition, and development of a treatment and referral plan for lower body injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This includes the foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, thigh, hip, pelvis, and lumbar spine. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

The laboratory portion of this course will require the student to learn, practice, and be assessed on the psychomotor skills learned in HP 542. The application of clinical assessment psychomotor skills will be applied during the supervised clinical experience component of the course. This will provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her skills in a real clinical environment on-campus, at small private colleges, at local high schools, in a hospital and clinic settings, and in emergency rooms and ambulance settings while being supervised by a preceptor. This course is designed for graduate athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

The theory and application of the use of physical therapeutic modalities including cyrotherapy and thermotherapy, ultrasound, phonophoresis, electrical nerve stimulation, iontophoresis, diathermy, intermittent compression, traction, LASER, massage and manual therapies in the treatment of injury/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This course also includes the principles of tissue healing, pain and pain control. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 8 Credits

Principles of the etiology, pathology, assessment, recognition, and development of a treatment and referral plan for upper body injuries/illnesses suffered by athletes and physically active individuals. This includes the head, cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder complex, arm and elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

The laboratory portion of this course will require the student to learn, practice, and be assessed on the psychomotor skills learned in HP 453. The application of clinical assessment psychomotor skills will be applied during the supervised clinical experience component of the course. This will provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her skills in a real clinical environment on-campus, at small private colleges, at local high schools, in a hospital and clinic settings, and in emergency rooms and ambulance settings while being supervised by a preceptor. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

This course will provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to rehabilitate and/or recondition athletic and physically active patients who suffer a wide variety of injury, both surgical and non-surgical, associated with their activity(ies). The theory and application of rehabilitation and reconditioning techniques includes retraining strength, power and endurance, restoration of flexibility and range of motion, activity specific conditioning, proprioception and balance, and agility. This course is designed for athletic training students.

Prerequisites: none

Summer - 4 Credits

This course provides an introduction to both research methodology and statistical concepts in the discipline of human performance. This course focuses on the development of research design and choice of appropriate statistics to address a research question.

Prerequisites: none

Third Year

Fall - 10 Credits

The field testing, exercise instruction, and the periodization of exercise prescription for athletes and physically active individuals will be included in this course. In addition scientific strategies for enhancing strength, power, and endurance performance along with statistical and computer-aided program design will be included.

Prerequisites: none

Advanced study of general medical pathology and pharmacologic knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to assess and manage or assist other health care professionals in the management of injuries and illnesses incurred during or exacerbated by physical activity or athletic participation. Designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides understanding and application of the psychology of sport and injury. Topics include psychological concerns, psycho-social antecedents of injury, psychological skills to implement with patients who are injured as a result of participation in athletics and physical activity.

Prerequisites: none

The supervised application and analysis of clinical techniques and the evidence-based practice research necessary for the high level care of patients suffering from injuries and illnesses incurred through or exacerbated by athletics and physical activity. The required clinical experience component will provide the student with the opportunity to apply these skills in the clinical environment and serve as a capstone experience.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 8 Credits

This course provides in-depth exploration of the dietary needs of physically active individuals across the lifespan. Its laboratory component will focus on performance and interpretation of assessments commonly used to determine dietary and physiological status.

Prerequisites: none

This course covers the principles of health care organization, administration, and professional development as applied to various athletic training employment settings. Students will gain an emphasis on the administrative and managerial duties of the athletic trainer including management, leadership, organizational structure, planning, budgeting, facility design, information management, regulation of athletic training, as well as legal and ethical considerations. This course is designed for the graduate athletic training student.

Prerequisites: none

The supervised application and analysis of clinical techniques and the evidence-based practice research necessary for the high level of care for patients suffering from injuries and illnesses incurred through or exacerbated by athletics and physical activity. The required clinical experience component will provide the student with the opportunity to apply these skills in the clinical environment, serve as a capstone experience, and assist the student in preparation for the athletic training Board of Certification examination.

Prerequisites: none