Athletic Training – Entry-Level

The Master of Science in Athletic Training, Entry-Level concentration provides students from backgrounds other than athletic training with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the competencies set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Council. This two-year program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) which ensures that the professional competencies set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Inc. (NATA) are met to sufficiently prepare you for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Plymouth State University’s graduate entry-level athletic training program three-year aggregate first-time pass rate on the BOC national examination for athletic trainers is 100% (2011-2013).

Course Planning Matrix

Use the Entry-Level Athletic Training – Tentative 2 Year Schedule to see where and when courses will be offered for this two-year program.

Program of Study

  • Required Courses
  • 3
    This course will examine the preventative theories and psychomotor skills that the entry-level Athletic Trainer must possess to effectively prevent and treat the injuries of athletes and others involved in physical activity. Prerequisite: admission to the Entry Level Athletic Training Degree Program.
  • 3
    A systematic approach to orthopedic assessment will be examined. Each body section will be studied individually stressing the anatomy, myology, neurology, physiology, etiology, pathology and assessment techniques. This course will cover the lower extremity, trunk, abdomen and lumbar spine. Assessment techniques will be presented and discussed in a didactic manner as well as applied through lab experiences.
  • 3
    A systematic approach to orthopedic assessment will be examined. Each body section will be studied individually stressing the anatomy, myology, neurology, physiology, etiology, pathology and assessment techniques. This course will cover the upper extremity, cervical spine, head and face. Assessment techniques will be presented and discussed in a didactic manner as well as applied through lab experiences.
  • 3
    This course will examine the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level athletic trainer must possess to develop, administer, and manage a healthcare facility and associated venues that provide healthcare to athletes and others involved in physical activity. Additionally, this course will provide the knowledge, skills, and values that an entry-level athletic trainer must possess to understand professional responsibilities, avenues of professional development, and national and state regulatory agencies and standards in order to promote athletic training as a professional discipline and to educate athletes, students of athletic training, the general public, the physically active, and associated individuals.
  • 2
    This course will examine knowledge, skills, and values required of the entry-level athletic trainer on pharmacological applications including awareness of the indications, contraindications, precautions and interactions of medications, and governing regulations relevant to the treatment of injuries to and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity.
  • 3
    This course will examine the knowledge, skills and values the entry-level Athletic Trainer must possess to plan, implement, document and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic exercise programs for the rehabilitation and reconditioning of the injuries and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity. Assessment techniques will be presented and discussed in a didactic manner as well as applied through lab experiences.
  • 1
    This course will identify the principles for, and the relationship between, water and land exercises. Participants will learn how to use water as a modality to develop the qualities of flexibility, balance, endurance, strength, speed, and coordination.
  • 3
    This course will examine the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level athletic trainer must possess to recognize, treat and refer, when appropriate, the general medical conditions and disabilities of athletes and others involved in physical activity.
  • 3
    Introduces the research process in athletic training with an emphasis on evidence-based medicine. Students will learn to evaluate the quality of available research evidence and interpret statistical data and relevance. Scientific writing experience will be gained in the form of research proposals, literature reviews, case studies and critical appraisals. Fall of odd years. Prerequisites: admission to the EL Athletic Training Degree Program, AT 5010, Statistics is recommended but not required.
  • 3
    This is a comprehensive course in the theory and use of therapeutic modalities in a sports medicine setting. Principles of neurophysiology, pain control, and the electromagnetic and acoustic spectra will be discussed and applied through lab experiences.
  • 3
    Practicum in Athletic Training is designed to provide the athletic training graduate student clinical experiences working with physically active patients to develop and use the range of skills required of an athletic training professional. Experience is completed under the direct supervision of an approved clinical preceptor.
  • 3
    Practicum in Athletic Training is designed to provide the athletic training graduate student clinical experiences working with physically active patients to develop and use the range of skills required of an athletic training professional. Experience is completed under the direct supervision of an approved clinical preceptor.
  • 3
    Practicum in Athletic Training is designed to provide the athletic training graduate student clinical experiences working with physically active patients to develop and use the range of skills required of an athletic training professional. Experience is completed under the direct supervision of an approved clinical preceptor.
  • 3
    Practicum in Athletic Training is designed to provide the athletic training graduate student clinical experiences working with physically active patients to develop and use the range of skills required of an athletic training professional. Experience is completed under the direct supervision of an approved clinical preceptor.
    • Optional Elective Course
    • 3
      This course was designed to provide a forum for discussion of contemporary issues in athletic training. Presentations will be made by students, instructor and guest lecturers.
    • Total for MS in Athletic Training, Entry-Level Concentration – 39 credits minimum

All practicum courses provide hands-on athletic training experience at the following clinical education sites: Plymouth State University, Holderness School, New Hampton School, and Tilton School.

Prerequisites

Prospective students interested in pursuing the Entry-Level Athletic Training degree program must meet the following prerequisites in addition to the standard admissions requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours observation under direct supervision of a NATA-BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Complete the prerequisite worksheet which provides documentation of your prerequisite courses, GPA, and prior experience. A syllabus for each prerequisite course must be submitted as part of the application process.
  • Complete and submit a health questionnaire/physical form
  • Provide a copy of current First Aid and CPR/AED certification
  • Review and verify that the program’s Technical Standards can be met
  • Provide statement of professional goals
    Statement of Professional Goals

    Your statement of professional goals is very important, as it is your opportunity to define yourself as an individual, independent of your academic performance. The Entry Level master’s program is a very rigorous academic program. It is imperative that you have taken some time to self-reflect and are certain that you are willing to dedicate the time and financial resources to this program. This level of certainty and commitment should be reflected in your typewritten, one to two page, double-spaced statement of professional goals. Please note your statement of professional goals is the “Statement of Interest” required for the graduate application process.

  • Provide evidence of a minimum grade of B in the following college or university courses (must have been taken within the past seven years):

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