The Entry-level Master's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
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.
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:
Minimum 70 credits required for graduation.
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.
An introduction to injury terminology, prevention and treatment strategies. Injury prevention principles and methods will be addressed including preventive taping, wrapping, and bracing; equipment selection and fitting; use of cryotherapy and thermotherapy; flexibility and warm-up; and assessment of inclement weather.
An introduction to research and statistics in the athletic training profession that 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 epidemiological principles and measures as well as common patient outcome measures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 lifesaving techniques. Students will implement treatment algorithms, patient stabilization, and transport methods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lab-intensive course serving as a capstone to an athletic training student's first clinical year in the athletic training program that is intended to identify individual strengths and weakness in clinical skills and abilities prior to progression to the second clinical year. Clinical decision-making and exploring rationale for clinical judgments in the areas of orthopedic diagnosis, emergency care, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitation will be emphasized.
The pre-season clinical experience for athletic training students entering their second-year in the athletic training program. Students will complete clinical skills in pre-season athletics patient settings under the supervision an assigned preceptor during a concentrated period of time in August. Integration of all athletic training skills previously learned, clinical decision-making for orthopedic patient cases, and on-field assessment and emergency care will be the focus.
An elective practicum experience intended to provide students a concentrated exposure to a clinical setting of choice. The experience will be customized to the needs and professional goals of the students. During the experience students will practice patient care skills previously instructed under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. Students may only complete this elective course once during the duration of their enrollment in the athletic training program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 multifaceted developmental assessment of progression in identified foundational development areas. Students will be expected to exhibit intermediate behaviors for progression to the next level.
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.
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.
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.
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 also include an approved IRB (Institutional Review Board) application.
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.