Master of Athletic Training

Dean of the College of Health Professions: States

Chair: Stevens

Associate Professor: Stevens

Assistant Professors: Nyman, Stump, Welte

Program Description

The Athletic Training (AT) program is designed to prepare students to become certified athletic trainers. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who function as members of the sports medicine team in collaboration with physicians. Athletic trainers may be employed in high schools, colleges or universities, rehabilitation clinics, professional sports, hospitals, physician offices, industry and other health care settings. They are involved in the prevention, emergency care, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic medical conditions.

Our program is designed for students with minimal or no knowledge and experience in athletic training. Upon completion of this Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)-accredited program, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination. Upon successful completion of this examination students will become BOC-certified athletic trainers (ATC). Most states use the results from this examination to determine eligibility to practice athletic training.

Mission Statement

The Athletic Training program prepares highly qualified, ethical health care professionals with a depth of knowledge and judgment to competently advance the art and science of athletic training.

Vision Statement

The Athletic Training program will strive for recognition as a premier program in educating future athletic trainers with a strong foundation of scientific principles, innovative educational strategies and a strong emphasis in clinical education, so they are prepared to advance athletic training to better serve the patients, the profession, and the community.

Student Goals and Objectives:

All AT students should strive to achieve these goals throughout the program.

Goal 1: Graduates will use the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned and mastered during the AT program to be gainfully employed or further their education.

Objectives:
1. Students will graduate from the program.
2. Graduates will be gainfully employed or further their education.

Goal 2: Students will become highly qualified, professional and successful athletic trainers.

Objectives:
1. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be an independent entry-level practitioner as evidenced by mastery of the NATA Educational Competencies and clinical proficiencies.
2. Students will apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to the clinical setting.
3. Students will demonstrate an organized thought process and be able to analyze necessary information to make sound judgments based on a theoretical framework and adaptable to a variety of situations.
4. Students will feel satisfactorily prepared to function as an independent entry-level practitioner by the end of their academic career at The University of Findlay.

Goal 3: Students will develop sensitivity towards the ethical issues and dilemmas and the need to respond in ways which affirm and protect human rights and values.

Objectives:
1. Students will model the NATA Professional Behaviors.
2. Students will abide by the Confidentiality and Professional Conduct Agreements.
3. Students will actively protect patient rights and values.
4. Students will develop and defend their position on commonly faced ethical issues faced in the practice of athletic training.

Goal 4: Graduates will be able to function as an athletic trainer in a variety of clinical settings and interact with a diverse patient population to produce the best possible patient outcomes.

Objectives:
1. Students will be able to make appropriate decisions based on patient needs in the college, high school and rehabilitation settings.
2. Students will be able to make appropriate decisions based on patient needs for a variety of patient populations including adolescents, college aged, and the general population.
3. Students will understand the importance collaboration among a variety of health care professionals and other individuals to produce the best possible patient outcomes.

Goal 5: Students will value the contribution of research to the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice within athletic training.

Objectives:
1. Students will be able to apply research findings to assure currency in the practice and the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice within a discipline.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use the tenets of evidence-based practice to make clinical decisions.

Goal 6: Students will value the need for lifelong personal and professional development.

Objectives:
1. Students will recognize the importance of becoming an active member of the athletic training profession.
2. Students will become a lifelong learner and recognize the need for continuing education to remain current in the practice of athletic training.

Accreditation

The AT program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE.)

Program Options

The AT program is available in the following options:
Early Assurance Option: This option is for highly qualified high school graduates who meet the following eligibility standards.
  1. Minimum overall high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; and
  2. Composite score of 25 or higher on the ACT or 1220 or higher on the SAT.
These students may apply to have their spot in the professional phase of the AT program “saved” until they have completed the first three years of their program approved major which are classified as the “pre-professional” phase. The early assurance applicants will be required to apply to The University of Findlay. Then upon acceptance and if the above criteria are met, applicants will be sent a separate supplemental early assurance option application. The second application allows the high school student to provide the reviewers with information on their involvement in extra-curricular activities including service as well as performance in other areas pertinent to granting an invitation for admission to the program as a freshman.

Students will complete the AT program prerequisites and degree requirements for a major in strength and conditioning or wellness and exercise promotion. The “professional” phase will begin during the summer prior to the student’s fourth year. At the end of the student’s fourth year, he/she will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in strength and conditioning or wellness and exercise promotion. At the end of the student’s fifth year, he/she will receive his/her Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree.

Junior Admit Option: 3+2 year program (five years total). The first three years of this program are classified as the “pre-professional” phase. Students will complete the AT program prerequisites and degree requirements for a major in strength and conditioning or wellness and exercise promotion or other majors at an institution with whom the University has entered articulation agreements (see AT program director for currently approved agreements). Upon acceptance, the “professional” phase will begin during the summer prior to the student’s fourth year. At the end of the student’s fourth year, he/she will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in strength and conditioning or wellness and exercise promotion. At the end of the student’s fifth year, he/she will receive his/her Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree. This 3+2 program is intended for entering freshmen, transfer students or students who change majors early in their undergraduate education.

Professional Admit Option
: Two-year program. This program is only for those students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree (in any major), AT program prerequisites, and have met the admission requirements for the professional phase of the AT program. This two-year program is intended for college graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degree and who may want to change careers, athletes who didn’t have time during their undergraduate years to major in athletic training and international students who want a career in athletic training.

Admission Requirements of the Athletic Training Program

There are three options for admission into the AT program: early assurance; junior admit; or professional admit.

The early assurance option is available to those high school seniors who meet the following criteria to be admitted to the professional a phase of the AT program:
  1. A minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0 every semester, and a minimum AT prerequisite GPA of 3.0 by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.
  2. Complete a total of 75 hours of observation under the direct supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer.
  3. Meet and retain technical standards established for the professional phase of the AT program.
The junior admit option is available to students currently enrolled at the University of Findlay who have completed at least 95 credit hours of undergraduate work. A strength and conditioning or wellness and exercise promotion major must be declared and all undergraduate requirements completed prior to entering the AT program (with the exceptions noted in the undergraduate catalog). See above for non-University of Findlay students.

Professional admit applicants are able to apply during the fall of their senior (4th) year and must have a bachelor’s degree from a UF approved regionally accredited institution completed prior to entering the AT program.

The Athletic Training program’s admission process is the same for students pursuing the junior admit or two-year professional admit. Due to the competitive nature of the program, students must meet the additional admission criteria listed below. Admission is limited and not guaranteed to those meeting the minimum admission criteria. Only those who are formally admitted into the professional phase can continue with the academic and clinical education components of the program.

Prospective students must meet the following admission criteria for full admission:
  1. Minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum AT program prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete a total of 75 hours of observation under the direct supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer.
  3. Complete the Athletic Training Central Application Service (ATCAS) which includes supplemental application materials (junior and professional admit applicants, only). ATCAS and the supplemental application include official transcripts, letters of recommendations as well as descriptions of experiences in the field, community and campus used to determine the student’s admission to the professional phase of the program.
  4. Meet and retain technical standards established for the professional phase of the AT program.
  5. Pay AT Program application fee.
  6. Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from an English speaking university from the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia or Canada must meet the previously listed admissions conditions plus submit official scores showing they have achieved a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 79 with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing or a verified international English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual band score below a 7.0) or an IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 without regard to individual band scores or a minimum Pearson Test of English (academic) score of 61. Full admission is dependent on satisfying all admission requirements. Students may receive conditional admission, if not supplying a TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson score at the acceptable level. These students are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
  7. All students who are not an American citizen or permanent resident must provide an affidavit of financial support (original).
Conditional admissions may be granted to those who do not meet the criteria for full admission. Conditional admission is based on the prospective student’s application and merits. For example, students who do not meet the 3.0 cumulative grade point average or prerequisite GPA may be considered for conditional admission but must attain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the first nine hours of the AT program (including PHTH 564) to be fully admitted to the program. For more information about conditional admissions, contact the AT program director.

Athletic Training Program

Prerequisites

BIOL 322Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 322LHuman Anatomy & Physiology/Lab

1

BIOL 323Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 323LHuman Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab

1

CHEM 130General Chemistry I/Lecture

3

CHEM 130LGeneral Chemistry I/Lab

1

HEPR 205Human Nutrition

3

 

HPE 100Wellness: Strategies for Life

2

or

HEAL 110Personal and Community Health

3

 

HPE 308Physiology of Exercise

3

MATH 123Elementary Statistics

3

PHED 336Kinesiology/Biomechanics

3

PSYC 100General Psychology

3

Descriptions of these courses can be found in The University of Findlay's undergraduate catalog. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.

All program admission materials and technical standards are available upon request from the program director or on the AT program website:  https://www.findlay.edu/health-professions/athletic-training-ma/.

Degree Requirements

The professional phase of the AT program includes the following courses:

ATTR 510Athletic Injury Care

3

ATTR 515Clinical Experiences Immersion

1

ATTR 519Physical Agents

3

ATTR 520General Medical Conditions and Interventions

5

ATTR 521Clinical Education I

4

ATTR 522Clinical Education II

3

ATTR 523Clinical Education III

4

ATTR 524Clinical Education IV

3

ATTR 530Research Methods and Statistics

3

ATTR 540Evaluation Fundamentals

2

ATTR 541Therapeutic Exercise

3

ATTR 545Administration in Sports Medicine

3

ATTR 550Sports Nutrition

3

ATTR 554Psychosocial Issues in Athletic Training

2

ATTR 556Applied Exercise Physiology

3

ATTR 557Kinesiology and Pathomechanics

3

ATTR 561Injury Assessment: Upper Extremity

3

ATTR 562Injury Assessment: Lower Extremity

3

ATTR 564Professional Development

2

ATTR 575Research Project I

1

ATTR 576Research Project II

1

PHTH 564Anatomy I

3

PHTH 565Anatomy II

3

ATTR 515: minimum two semester hours

No more than two courses with a grade of “C+,” “C” or “C-” can be used to meet graduation requirements.

The Athletic Training program reserves the right to make program and admission requirements changes without prior notice. For up-to-date information pertaining to the AT program, please contact the athletic training program director and/or visit the AT program website.

https://www.findlay.edu/health-professions/athletic-training-ma/