Entry-Level Master of Science in Athletic Training

Department of Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are allied health/sports medicine professionals responsible for the prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation/reconditioning of the physically active population. Athletic trainers perform under a physician's direction and are typically employed with professional teams, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, industry, and other various settings.

The program of study is an entry-level MS program. It is intended for students seeking certification and registration or licensure as an athletic trainer. Students must successfully complete 70 graduate credits over 23 consecutive months, including clinical experiences, and other requirements to be awarded the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree.

Students interested in athletic training should be aware that enrollment is competitive and limited to a maximum 16 students per year. Fulfillment of requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection for admission is based on several elements including academic record, professional exploration, essay, recommendations, and interviews. Students must apply as a 3+2 candidate or have evidence of a completed bachelor's degree as well as fulfillment of the health/prerequisite requirements upon matriculation. However, there are no requirements in terms of the prospective student's undergraduate major.

Assistant Professor or Chair: Dr. Hal Strough

General Information

The program is accredited by the CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Students should be aware they must be a graduate of an accredited program in order to be eligible for the BOC, Inc. (Board of Certification, Inc.) certification exam. Students that complete the exam would also be eligible for licensure/registration in any state throughout the country, except Texas which requires a separate state licensure exam.

Students should anticipate two academic years and two summers of study, the first of two occurring prior to the first academic year. The first summer session will involve academic coursework while the second summer session consists of an internship which must be secured by the student. Required clinical experiences are completed during the two academic years and second summer. These experiences frequently require commitments outside of the normal academic day and semester including evenings and weekends and, in some instances, necessitate personal transportation to clinical sites off campus. Students should keep these realities in mind when considering employment and other extracurricular obligations. They should also anticipate purchasing appropriate clothing for various clinical settings.

Admissions

Admissions decisions are based on assessment of the student application and previously completed work. There are three options for admissions: MS in 5 Option, AT Post Baccalaureate Admissions, or Conditional Admissions.

Applications for the program may be obtained by contacting:

Graduate Studies Office
Athletic Training Admissions
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811-4199  

Prerequisites: Students must present evidence of successful completion of the following St. Scholastica courses (or equivalencies subject to consideration by the St. Scholastica Athletic Training Admissions Committee). Required: BIO 2110 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I (4), BIO 2120 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II (4), CHM 1020 Introductory Chemistry for Health Science Majors (4) or CHM 1110 General Chemistry I (4), EXP 3331 Exercise Physiology (4), PSC 2001 Physics I (4) or EXP 3322 Biomechanics (4), PSY 3331 Statistics (4), PSY (4) (1105 General, 2208 Developmental, or 3423 Abnormal). NOTE: Equivalencies of 2110, 2120, 1020 and 2001 must include laboratory components.

Recommended: BIO 3020 Pathophysiology (4), HSC 2203 Intro to US Healthcare System (4), PSC 2002 Physics II (4), PSY 3341 Introduction to Counseling (2)

MS in 5 Option (AT-MS5)

There will be a maximum of five slots in the program available to students through the MS in 5 option. Students enrolled at CSS may apply for the MS in 5 option during fall of their junior year. Transfer candidates must complete a minimum of 12 CSS credits prior to application. At the conclusion of the fourth year students will receive a BA in Health Sciences. Requirements for the BA in Health Sciences are as follows:

BA in Health Sciences, Athletic Training Concentration

ATR 3000 Introduction to Athletic Training (2), BIO 2110 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I (4), BIO 2120 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II (4), CHM 1020 Introductory Chemistry for Health Science Majors (4) or CHM 1110 General Chemistry (4), EXP 3331 Exercise Physiology (4), PSC 2001 Physics I (4) or EXP 3322 Biomechanics (4), PSY 3331 Statistics (4), PSY 1105 General Psychology (4).

A minimum 6 Credits from the following: ATR 3001 Service Learning in Athletic Training (2), BIO 1036 Cell Biology (2), BIO 3020 Pathophysiology (4), EXP 3321 Kinesiology (4), EXP 3323 Sports Nutrition (4), HSC 2203 Intro to US Healthcare System (4), PSC 2002 Physics II (4), PSY 2208 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4), PSY 3341 Introduction to Counseling (2), PSY 3423 Abnormal Psychology (4).

In addition to the MS in AT application materials required for post-baccalaureate admissions, students must successfully complete the following to merit consideration:

  • 3.0 composite GPA and completion of 7 prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grades lower than C (C-/CD not accepted).
  • One additional recommendation forms from CSS faculty verifying suitability for graduate studies. No score below 3 is permitted
  • Satisfactory interview with admissions committee.
  • Document a minimum 50 hours of exploration with a certified athletic trainer(s). Students admitted on this basis must be prepared to commit full time to study and clinical experiences. Students that are not admitted on this basis may apply as a Post Baccalaureate or Secondary Consideration student as outlined below.

AT Post Baccalaureate Admissions

Students apply directly to the master's program for matriculation following completion of an undergraduate degree. Requirements for admission must be completed accordingly.

  • Provide evidence of at least a 2.8 cumulative and composite prerequisite GPA;
  • Submit official transcript(s) of all previous graduate and undergraduate work confirming grades of C (C-/CD not acceptable) or higher in all individual prerequisite courses. These courses must be completed prior to matriculation;
  • Provide evidence of professional exploration that reflects the breadth and depth of practice settings for athletic trainers (a minimum of two athletic training practice settings addressing the needs of distinct patient populations);
  • Complete a Master's of Athletic Training essay;
  • Submit a minimum two Graduate Recommendation Forms, at least one of which must come from athletic trainer and one from a faculty in a major or science course; and
  • An interview with member(s) of the admissions committee may be requested.
  • Consideration of transfer credits is done on an individual basis.

Conditional Admissions

Students in category #2 may be considered if there are vacant slots and the candidate falls below minimum requirements in one or more categories but otherwise shows potential for satisfactory performance in the graduate program. Students must address any deficiencies on their essay.

Post Baccalaureate applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 15th while MS in 5 applications are due November 15th. Upon acceptance, entry into the program begins in June. Once in the program, students must be enrolled full time, and all courses and clinical experiences must be successfully completed in the required sequence. Alterations in progression may be considered on an individual basis.

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ATR 5006 - Athletic Training Learning Community - 1 cr.
An integrated experience designed to orient students to the athletic training profession as well as graduate student life and progress them successfully into the Master’s program. The course will include an initial orientation; weekly meetings to discuss progress and pertinent professional issues; and one-on-one and group activities to acclimate students to successful completion of graduate studies.


ATR 5007 - Activity Injury Management and Terminology - 2 cr.
An introduction to injury terminology, prevention and treatment strategies. Injury prevention principles and methods will be addressed including preventative taping, wrapping, and bracing; equipment selection and fitting; use of cryotherapy and thermotherapy; flexibility and warm-up; and assessment of inclement weather.


ATR 5008 - Introduction to Research and Statistics - 1 cr.
An introduction to research and statistics in the athletic training profession to provide a foundation for evidence based practice. The student will learn to access electronic databases; differentiate between research methodologies, understand basic statistical procedures, and begin to critically analyze experimental research. Students will be introduced to epidemiologic principles and measures as well as common patient outcome measures.


ATR 5505 - Kinesiology & Biomechanics - 2 cr.
Provides students with the foundational knowledge for understanding normal human movement. Emphasis is placed on biomechanics, joint structure and function, and muscle activity throughout the human body in concert with topics covered in human anatomy. Students explore the interaction of various joints and movement through common activities of daily living.


ATR 5510 - Functional Anatomy - 4 cr.
An advanced, regional, musculoskeletal anatomy course that emphasizes the study of functional relationships among musculature, nervous tissue, vascular, and skeletal components for the extremities and axial skeleton. Cadaver dissection laboratory experience is used to enhance understanding of three-dimensional anatomical relationships for specific body regions.


ATR 6002 - Evaluation & Management: Lower Extremity and Lumbar Spine - 3 cr.
An in-depth study of injuries to the lower extremity and lumbar spine including mechanism/etiology, signs, symptoms, treatment, and management will be undertaken. Evaluation procedures will be presented, practiced, and evaluated. History, inspection/observation, palpation, assessment of motion, special testing, gait analysis, posture analysis, and functional assessment will be included.


ATR 6003 - Foundations of Neuromuscular Function - 2 cr.
A study of neuroanatomical structures and functions, neuropathology underlying specific clinical conditions, and theories supporting clinical treatment. Central and peripheral nervous systems are addressed at macro and micro levels. Specific focus will be on proprioception, neuromuscular, sensory, and cranial nerve function.


ATR 6007 - Clinical Applications of Movement Analysis - 2 cr.
Will explore injury prevention and risk management among active populations, as well as the assessment of musculoskeletal injuries from a biomechanical perspective. Students will investigate how physics principles can be applied to quantitatively and qualitatively assess movement of the human body. Biomechanical analysis will then be used to identify, explain, and address pathomechanics that result in decreased athletic performance or injury.


ATR 6009 - Evaluation & Mgt: Emergent - 3 cr.
An in depth study of medical emergencies and acute conditions in physical activity settings. Students will become prepared to respond to situations necessitating cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation, and other life saving techniques. Students will implement treatment algorithms, patient stabilization, and transport methods.


ATR 6010 - Conditioning and Rehabilitation I - 3 cr.
An introduction to the theory and science underlying strength training, conditioning, and rehabilitation for physically active individuals with a focus on training and conditioning. Elements including phase of training; strength, and conditioning; and activity requirements will be stressed. Systems (cardiovascular, musculoskeletal) and bodily regions (knee, ankle, etc.) will be integrated. Lab activities will focus on strength training, conditioning, and assessment of associated variables.


ATR 6011 - Career Development - 0 cr.
A seminar designed to assist students in preparing materials for career searches and being prepared to successfully navigate the career search process. Materials including a cover letter, resume, and mock interview analysis will be created.


ATR 6100 - Beginning Clinical in AT - 2 cr.
The first of two clinical experiences for first-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned clinical instructor. Injury prevention will be the predominate focus of this experience.


ATR 6101 - Intermediate Clinical in ATR - 2 cr.
The second of two clinical experiences for first-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned preceptor. Lower extremity injury evaluation, athletic conditioning techniques, and emergency care will be the primary focus.


ATR 6200 - Athletic Training Seminar - 0 cr.
An overview of selected topics pertinent to athletic training and sports medicine. Guest presenters from the allied health and medical communities will be the primary delivery mode. Students will register for course all 4 semesters.


ATR 6203 - Professional Development I: Professional Communication - 1 cr.
First in a two course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include documentation and communication and a multi-faceted developmental assessment of progression in identified foundational development areas. Students will be expected to exhibit beginning level behaviors in all areas for progression to the next level.


ATR 6204 - Professional Development in Athletic Training II: Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment - 1 cr.
Second in a three course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include miscellaneous issues and interventions related to sports medicine and a multi-faceted developmental assessment of progression in identified foundational development areas. Students will be expected to exhibit beginning level behaviors in all areas and some intermediate behaviors for progression to the next level.

Prerequisite Course: ATR 6203


ATR 6501 - Evaluation/Mgt:Upper Extremit - 3 cr.
An in-depth study of injuries to the upper extremity, trunk, and head/c-spine including mechanism/etiology, signs, symptoms, treatment, and management will be undertaken. Evaluation procedures will be presented, reviewed, practiced, and evaluated. Students will be expected to successfully conduct a history, inspection/observation, palpation, assessment of motion, special testing, postural analysis, and functional assessment of the upper extremity, trunk, and head.


ATR 6502 - Therapeutic Modalities - 2 cr.
A review of the underlying chemistry and physics followed by in-depth study of physiological effects, indications, contraindications, and techniques of application necessary to select and utilize common therapeutic modalities in the allied health care setting. Appropriate patient position and modality set-up/application for optimal therapeutic effect will be stressed.


ATR 6509 - Research Concepts and Proposal Development - 2 cr.
The student will be required to conceive a topic appropriate for study, conduct a brief literature review, and devise appropriate methodology to answer the question(s) of interest. Students will also learn appropriate research concepts to collect data, interpret statistics, devise projects, and critique non-experimental research. At the conclusion of the course students will have developed a thesis prospectus sufficiently detailed for IRB consideration and beginning a project utilizing AMA (American Medical Association) guidelines.


ATR 6510 - Conditioning and Rehabilitation II - 3 cr.
An introduction to the theory and science underlying strength training, conditioning, and rehabilitation for physically active individuals. Elements including phase of training and/or tissue healing/repair; indications/contraindications of rehabilitation, strength, and conditioning; and activity requirements will be stressed. Systems (cardiovascular, musculoskeletal) and bodily regions (knee, ankle, etc.) will be integrated.


ATR 6511 - Biophychosocial Issues and Interventions - 2 cr.
An introduction to biopsychosocial issues impacting the physically active. The interaction between mind and body will be the primary focus. The student will identify the appropriate role of the athletic trainer and identify when circumstances warrant referral to other healthcare/mental health providers.


ATR 6512 - Healthcare Information Technology - 1 cr.
A study of health information technologies with potential utility in athletic training clinical settings. The student will be prepared to identify and utilize appropriate technology to facilitate patient care.


ATR 6777 - Special Topics - 1-4 cr.
Topics.


ATR 6998 - ATR & Sports Medicine Pract - 1-3 cr.
An additional experience intended to give students a concentrated exposure to a setting of choice. Students are responsible for securing their placement in conjunction with program faculty. The experience will be customized to the needs and professional goals of the student. One pre-season exposure consisting of a minimum of one credit must be attained.


ATR 7004 - Eval & Mgt: General Medicine - 3 cr.
A study of pathology and common disorders of the organ systems. Focus is on etiology, signs, symptoms, evaluation, and treatment of such disorders. Students will be exposed to the appropriate knowledge base and skills needed to perform basic assessments. The focus will be on differential diagnosis and making appropriate referral decisions to other healthcare providers as warranted. Screening and determination of a safe physical condition for activity will also be considered. .


ATR 7006 - Leadership & Admin in ATR - 3 cr.
An introduction to administrative and professional practices concerning operations and personnel as they apply specifically to the athletic training setting. Additional study of topics includes leadership, development of policies/procedures, employment issues, facility design and development, and legal concerns. The course will culminate in creation of an operations binder to be combined with the project produced in ATR 7505.


ATR 7008 - Diagnostic & Orthopedic Applic - 2 cr.
An overview of common diagnostic, office sports medical, and surgical preparation procedures. These procedures are typically found in clinical settings and are used to supplement traditional practices by athletic trainers. The knowledge base and skills addressed encompass those performed by orthopedic and surgical technicians.


ATR 7009 - Manual and Mechanical Interventions - 2 cr.
Theory, clinical and scientific rationale, and application of mechanical and manual therapy techniques to address dysfunction in the physically active population. Application of manual and mechanical therapy skills in clinical practice will be emphasized heavily with consideration for indications and contraindications.


ATR 7010 - Nutritional and Pharmacological Interventions - 2 cr.
An overview of nutritional and pharmacological approaches to enhanced performance, healing, and recovery in physically active populations. The overall focus will be on application to clinical practice. Students will performance basic nutritional assessment, interpret findings, and make suggestions for change


ATR 7100 - Intermediate Clinical ATR II - 2 cr.
The first clinical experience for second-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned clinical instructor. Emergency care, upper extremity evaluation, modalities, and rehabilitation will be the primary focus.


ATR 7101 - Advanced Clinical in ATR - 2 cr.
The second of two clinical experiences for second-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned clinical instructor. General medical assessment and integration of all athletic training skills previously learned within curriculum will be the focus.


ATR 7202 - Professional Development III: Issues and Interventions - 1 cr.
Third in a three course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include issues related to populations across the lifespan in sports medicine and a multi-faceted developmental assessment of progression in identified foundational development areas. Students will be expected to exhibit intermediate behaviors for progression to the next level. Prerequisite: ATR 6204

Prerequisite Course: ATR 6204


ATR 7504 - Advanced Tech in ATR - 1-4 cr.
An introduction to advanced studies and techniques. Students will review appropriate theories and practice skills and techniques related to one or more of the athletic training practice domains. Topic areas will be offered on a rotating basis and typically include an emphasis on either evaluation, rehabilitation, or therapeutic modalities.


ATR 7505 - Healthcare Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 3 cr.
An introduction to the US healthcare system and principles of demonstrating value in healthcare. Students will learn foundational principles, financial operations, and strategies to innovate and create new applications in healthcare. The course will culminate in students devising a business plan for a mock organization or venture.


ATR 7508 - Conditioning & Rehab III - 2 cr.
Culminating course in Conditioning and Rehabilitation. Elements of common orthopedic surgical procedures and implications for rehabilitation will be addressed. Periodization of training encompassing conditioning, rehabilitation, and post surgical rehabilitation phases will be outlined. Students will develop a final comprehensive program encompassing all phases.


ATR 7555 - Internship - 1-8 cr.
Description coming soon.


ATR 7888 - Master's Thesis in ATR - 1-3 cr.
The student will prepare a complete thesis project. The student will collect data then analyze and formulate data supported conclusions. They will then produce a manuscript and meet college requirements for a thesis. Students have the option of selecting 7888 or 7980. This option is best suited for those electing to focus on doctoral studies and a career as a researcher. Prerequisites: ATR 7002 and a completed, approved IRB application.


ATR 7980 - Capstone Project in ATR - 2 cr.
The student will complete a culminating evidence based project related to the field of athletic training. Options will include, but are not limited to, case studies, literature review, group research project, etc. Students have the option of selecting 7888 or 7980. This option is best suited for those electing to focus on a career in clinical practice.


ATR 7999 - ATR Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Description coming soon.