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.

Mission Statement

Shaped by the Catholic Benedictine Heritage, the entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training at The College of St. Scholastica prepares entry-level practitioners in athletic training capable of working collaboratively to care for diverse physically active populations.

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 and no more than 320 hours in a semester. 

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.
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of foundational knowledge and skills
    • Students will demonstrate ability to prevent injuries
    • Students will demonstrate ability to recognize and evaluate injuries
    • Students will demonstrate ability to utilize therapeutic interventions in providing care to acute and chronic injuries
  • Students will demonstrate integration of advanced level knowledge and skill
    • Students will demonstrate advanced level knowledge and application of skills
    • Students will reflect on use of advanced knowledge and skills
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication with individuals, groups, and society.
    • Students will convey written information to appropriate constituents
    • Students will utilize verbal communication skills effectively
    • Students will effectively present information on a sports medicine related topic to a public group
  • Students will demonstrate integration of Benedictine Values.
    • Students will participate in service to community groups
    • Students will demonstrate evidence of Love of Learning in Preparation for CEU’s
    • Students will reflect on all Benedictine values
  • Students will demonstrate competence in clinical decision making
    • Students will successfully diagnose injuries
    • Students will implement appropriate treatment and referral decisions
    • Students will implement effective rehabilitation programs
  • Students will demonstrate evidence of post-graduate preparedness.
    • Students will defend research poster project to faculty
    • Students will successfully complete the Board of Certification, Inc. exam
    • Students will achieve career placement
    • Students will master contemporary technology
  • 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.
  • Allina Health, Cambridge, Minn.
  • Amery Medical Center, Amery, Wis.
  • Athletico, Chicago, Ill.
  • Bigstone Physical Therapy, Morris, Minn.
  • CURE International, Dominican Republic
  • Disney's Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Fla.
  • Duluth Huskies Baseball, Duluth, Minn. 
  • Farmington High School, Farmington, 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, Ind.
  • Institue for Athletic Medicine, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • International Gymnastics Camp, Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • JRobinson Wrestling Camp, Minneapolis, Minn. 
  • Lake Owen Gymnastics/Extreme Sports Camps, Cable, Wis.
  • Lakes Region Health Care, Fergus Falls, Minn.
  • Lake Superior Rage, Duluth, Minn.
  • Mayo Health, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Minnesota Hockey Camps, Brainerd, Minn.
  • Minnesota Twins Minor League Complex, Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Northfield Hospital, Northfield, Minn.
  • 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.
  • TRIA Orthopedics, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minn.
  • University of Minnesota Football, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • University of Washington, Seatlle, Wash.
  • 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.
  • Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • Aurora Healthcare, Sheboygan, WI
  • Bemidji State University, Bemidji MN
  • Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY (intern)
  • Butler University, Indianapolis, IN (intern)
  • Concordia University, Mequon, WI (PA Program)
  • Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, WI
  • Essentia Health, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Essentia Health/Spooner HS, Spooner, WI
  • Fairview Health Systems, Minneapolis, MN
  • Firstlight Healthcare, Mora, MN
  • Groves Work Ready, Minneapolis, MN
  • Health Strategies, Minneapolis, MN
  • Impact Rehabilitation/Orange High School, Orange, CA
  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown, ND
  • Johnson State College, Johnson, VT
  • Liberty High School, Phoenix, AZ
  • Mayo Clinic Health System. Rice Lake, WI
  • Memorial Hospital/Moffat CO HS, Craig, CO
  • Midland University, Fremont, NB
  • Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital/Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI
  • Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR
  • Northland College, Ashland, WI
  • Novacare Rehabilitation/Irondale High School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN
  • OSI Physical Therapy, Oakdale, MN
  • Portage Health/Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI
  • Prevea Health/Ashwaubenon HS, Green Bay, WI
  • Prevea Health/UW Green Bay, Green Bay, WI
  • St. Croix Orthopedics, Stillwater, MN
  • Sports and Orthopedic Specialists, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sports and Orthopedic Specialists/Providence Academy, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sports and Orthopedic Specialists/St. Paul Academy, St. Paul, MN
  • Sports and Orthopedic Specialists/St. Thomas Academy, Minneapolis, MN
  • Summit Orthopedics/Minnesota Swarm, St. Paul, MN
  • The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
  • TRIA Orthopedics/St. Paul Johnson HS, St. Paul, MN
  • Turtle Lake Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation/Clear Lake HS/Clayton HS, Turtle Lake, WI
  • Twin Cites Orthopedics, Minneapolis, MN
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics/Minnesota United FC, Minneapolis, MN
  • University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
  • University of Minnesota Crookston, Crookston, MN
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Racine, WI
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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse ATR 5010 - Foundations in Athletic Training

Serves as an introduction to the profession of athletic training; including basic assessment, taping, and bracing skills utilized by athletic trainers.

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 6009 - Emergent Conditions

Prepares providers to evaluate and stabilize patients in emergency situations. Focuses on advanced techniques of rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of critical patients. Development and implementation of selected prevention strategies are incorporated throughout the course.

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 6013 - 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 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 three course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include documentation and communication and a multifaceted 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 6203 - Professional Development I: Professional Communication

First in a three course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include documentation and communication and a multifaceted 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 multifaceted 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 (Institutional Review Board) 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 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 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 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 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.

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