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Accreditation

The Entry-level Master's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

CAATE Accredited

Program Information

 

The entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training program prepares students for the BOC Inc. Athletic Training exam, a career in athletic training rooted within the broader spectrum of health care, and the ability to exert profound change in an ever-changing world by extending the mission of the College.

Core Elements

  • Preparation. Students will obtain the necessary knowledge base, psychomotor skills, foundational behaviors and attributes for professional success. Evidence-based practice will be stressed.
  • Purpose. Students will prepare to serve for the betterment of others in the spirit of the Benedictine tradition.
  • Passion. Students will be mentored to apply the skills attained in their education with a focus on life-long learning and self growth.
  • Person Centered. Students will train to approach patient care from a client centered, holistic perspective.
  • Problem Solving. Students will employ critical thinking and creativity in solving problems of varying complexity.
  • Professional Values. Students will approach patient care and life with character, ethics, and values. Credentialing and continuing education will be a core focus of this approach.
  • Professional Assimilation and Advocacy. Students will become involved in their chosen profession and understand the importance of being an advocate.
  • Practice Autonomy. Students will be able to function as an autonomous practitioner prior to graduation.
  • Personal Accountability. Students will be responsible for their learning, clinical behavioral development, clinical decision making, and skill performance.
  • Participatory Learning. Students will be motivated to become partners in learning and active stewards of their educational preparation.

Clinical Experiences

The clinical experience is vital for allowing students to translate their knowledge and clinical skills to clinical practice. Students will accrue 9 credits consisting of nine distinct clinical experiences in the St. Scholastica athletic department, around the greater Duluth/Superior area. Students should attain a minimum of 80 contact hours per credit in their clinical experiences.

The plan is as follows:

  • Orientation to clinical practice
    • About one week rotation before start of first semester on CSS campus to prepare for clinical assignments, etc.
    • Students should learn the daily routine of the CSS ATR, where equipment and supplies are located, policies and procedures, and administrative responsibilities.
    • Students will begin taping within the clinical setting, having learned taping skills during summer session coursework.
  • Four two-credit clinical experiences of traditional clinical experiences that include activities of both genders and high-risk sports.
    • Lower extremity
    • Upper extremity
    • Equipment intensive
    • High School Setting
  • A rotation through orthopedics (including surgical observation), primary care sports medicine, physician extender, and rehabilitation for about two weeks
  • A general medical experience through one of the following: family practice, internal medicine, or urgent care. This will occur during the second year for about three weeks.
  • The College of St. Scholastica
  • Duluth Denfeld High School
  • Duluth East High School
  • Duluth Marshall High School
  • Essentia Healthcare - Medical Orthopedics 
  • Essentia Healthcare - Occupational Health 
  • Esko High School 
  • Hermantown High School 
  • Northwestern (Wis.) High School 
  • Proctor High School 
  • St. Luke's Orthopedics 
  • Superior (Wis.) High School 
  • University of Minnesota Duluth 
  • University of Wisconsin Superior
  • Achieve Therapy and Fitness, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Amery Medical Center, Amery, Wis.
  • Bigstone Physical Therapy, Morris, Minn.
  • CURE International, Dominican Republic
  • Disney's Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Fla.
  • Duluth Huskies Baseball, Duluth, Minn. 
  • Fit U Studio, Burnsville, Minn.
  • Galeon Continuing Care Facility Wellness Center, Osakis, Minn. 
  • HEAT Program, Heartland Orthopedics, Alexandria, Minn.
  • ImPact Sports/Athletic Republic, Duluth, Minn. 
  • Indiana Fever (WNBA), Indianapolis, IN
  • Institue for Athletic Medicine, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • JRobinson Wrestling Camp, Minneapolis, Minn. 
  • Lake Owen Gymnastics/Extreme Sports Camps, Cable, Wis.
  • Lake Superior Rage, Duluth, Minn.
  • Minnesota Hockey Camps, Brainerd, Minn.
  • Minnesota Twins Minor League Complex, Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Prevea Sports Medicine, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Proctor High School, Proctor, Minn.
  • Ralph Lundy Soccer Camps, Carolinas
  • St. Cloud River Bats Baseball, St. Cloud, Minn.
  • St. Croix Orthopedics, Stillwater, Minn.
  • St. Luke's Orthopedics, Duluth, Minn.
  • Sanford Health, Bemidji, Minn.
  • Sports and Orthopedic Specialists, St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Total Function Physical Therapy Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • University of Minnesota Football, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay Athletics, Green Bay, Wis. 
  • University of Wisconsin Health Sports Medicine, Madison, Wis.
  • University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Whitewater, Wis.
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Greenfield, Wis.
  • Wisconsin Woodchucks Baseball Club, Wausau, Wis.
  • Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, NM
  • Aurora Healthcare, Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Bemidji State University, Bemidji Minn.
  • Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Wis.
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Intern), Daytona Beach, FL
  • Fairview Health Services/White Bear Lk High School, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Grand Canyon University (Intern), Phoenix, AZ
  • Groves Work Ready, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Health Strategie, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Impact Rehabilitation/Orange High School, Orange, CA
  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown, ND
  • Liberty High School, Phoenix, AZ
  • Mayo Clinic Health System. Rice Lake, Wis.
  • Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital/Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR
  • Novacare Rehabilitation/Irondale High School, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN
  • OSI Physical Therapy, Oakdale, Minn.
  • Portage Health/Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI
  • Prevea Health/UW Green Bay, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Rice Lake, Wis.
  • Sports and Orthopedic Specialists, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • St. Croix Orthopedics, Stillwater, Minn.
  • St. John’s University/Novacare (Intern), Collegeville, Minn.
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Summit Orthopedics/Minnesota Swarm, St. Paul, Minn.
  • The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn.
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics/Minnesota United FC, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Wingate University (Intern), Wingate, NC
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minn.

Course Sequence

Required courses for students graduating in 2015 or later (doc)

Course Descriptions

Minimum 70 credits required for graduation.

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Expand and Collapse ATR 5006 - Athletic Training Learning Community

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 5007 - Activity Injury Management and Terminology

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 5008 - Introduction to Research and Statistics

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 5505 - Kinesiology & Biomechanics

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 5510 - Functional Anatomy

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6002 - Evaluation & Management: Lower Extremity and Lumbar Spine

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6003 - Foundations of Neuromuscular Function

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6007 - Clinical Applications of Movement Analysis

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6009 - Evaluation & Mgt: Emergent

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6010 - Conditioning and Rehabilitation I

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6011 - Career Development

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6100 - Beginning Clinical in AT

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6101 - Intermediate Clinical in ATR

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6203 - Professional Development I: Professional Communication

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6204 - Professional Development in Athletic Training II: Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6501 - Evaluation/Mgt:Upper Extremit

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6502 - Therapeutic Modalities

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6509 - Research Concepts and Proposal Development

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6510 - Conditioning and Rehabilitation II

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6511 - Biophychosocial Issues and Interventions

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6512 - Healthcare Information Technology

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 6998 - ATR & Sports Medicine Pract

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7004 - Eval & Mgt: General Medicine

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. .

Expand and Collapse ATR 7006 - Leadership & Admin in ATR

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7008 - Diagnostic & Orthopedic Applic

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7009 - Manual and Mechanical Interventions

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7010 - Nutritional and Pharmacological Interventions

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

Expand and Collapse ATR 7100 - Intermediate Clinical ATR II

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7101 - Advanced Clinical in ATR

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7202 - Professional Development III: Issues and Interventions

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

Expand and Collapse ATR 7504 - Advanced Tech in ATR

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7505 - Healthcare Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7508 - Conditioning & Rehab III

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7888 - Master's Thesis in ATR

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.

Expand and Collapse ATR 7980 - Capstone Project in ATR

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.

CATE (Careers in Athletic Training Exploration)

The CATE program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Athletic Training profession and Master's in Athletic Training program.  To facilitate this process it is recommended that students declare Athletic Training Intended (B.S. in Health Science, Athletic Training Concentration) status and contact the department chair, Dr. Hal Strough at hstrough@css.edu or x6798.

  • Advising and mentoring
  • Talk to faculty and students in the graduate program
  • Learn about the profession and program
  • Participate in educational and social opportunities
  • Community service
  • Explore whether Athletic Training is the right career choice
  • Take some undergraduate AT coursework
  • Assist in research projects

NOTE:  This is NOT an admissions option.  Students can contact the department to learn more about this opportunity.

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