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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AT 510. Introduction to Athletic Injuries (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MAT Program.
Provides knowledge of basic anatomy used in the recognition and understanding of common athletic injuries. The introduction will include medical and common terms for these injuries along with signs, symptoms, and mechanism of injury.
AT 520. Basic Taping, Bracing, and Protective Equipment (1 hour)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MAT Program.
The course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to apply basic athletic taping, bracing, and padding techniques commonly used to prevent athletic related injuries in the physically active population. Students will learn how to select, inspect, fit, and remove protective equipment used in a variety of sports.
AT 530. Athletic Training Emergency Care (4 hours)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MAT Program.
This combined lecture/laboratory course provides knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, evaluate, and provide immediate care for serious acute injuries and illnesses. Prepares students to assist in sustaining life following traumatic injury, and to minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until appropriate referral can be made. The NATA’s position papers and consensus statements dealing with emergency care topics will be discussed. Students will gain certification from the American Red Cross in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.
AT 511. Fundamentals of Athletic Training (2 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 510, AT 520, and AT 530.
Introduction to the athletic training profession and the eight content areas for athletic training as defined by the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Explanation of the role of the certified athletic trainer as a member of the sports medicine team will be provided.
AT 521. Therapeutic Intervention I (4 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 510, AT 520, and AT 530.
This combined lecture/laboratory course will provide students with the supporting theory and proper administration of therapeutic modalities commonly used in athletic training. Students will gain an understanding of how therapeutic modalities affect the body to facilitate healing and control pain. Topics will include cryotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic ultrasound. Indications and contraindications will be discussed.
AT 531. Clinical Examination & Diagnosis I (4 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 510, AT 520, and AT 530.
This combined lecture/laboratory course serves to provide students with the examination techniques used in the clinical diagnosis of injuries to the lower extremity. Applied anatomy of orthopedic structures in the lower body will be emphasized and will provide a foundation for the examination. Students will gain knowledge and abilities in gathering information through history, observation, palpation, assessment of range of motion and muscle function, and with special tests.
AT 551. Introduction to Athletic Training Clinical (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 510, AT 520, and AT 530.
This course will serve as an introduction to the clinical component of the athletic training program emphasis on athletic training facility policies and procedures. Students will develop skills that will allow them to select or fabricate protective devices and appropriately include these in the plan of care. Students will develop more advanced skills in the management of athletes/patients with acute injuries that require emergency care. Includes a clinical experience at an affiliated clinical site under the direct supervision of trained program preceptors.
AT 512. Professionalism and Leadership in Athletic Training (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 511, AT 521, AT 531, and AT 551.
Students will learn the importance of honesty, integrity, compassion, empathy, and cultural competence in healthcare. Students will develop interpersonal communication skills and learn ways to advocate for the profession of athletic training. This course will include the history of athletic training and foundational behaviors that include patient-centered care, a team approach, and legal, ethical, and evidence-based practice.
AT 522. Therapeutic Intervention II (4 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 511, AT 521, AT 531, and AT 551.
This combined lecture/laboratory course is a comprehensive study of therapeutic techniques such as manual therapy and therapeutic exercises used in orthopedic injury rehabilitation programs. Students will develop rehabilitation protocols that require a plan of care, theoretical basis, and practical application.
AT 532. Clinical Examination & Diagnosis II (4 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 511, AT 521, AT 531, and AT 551.
This combined lecture/laboratory course serves to provide students with the examination techniques used in the clinical diagnosis of injuries to the upper extremity. Applied anatomy of structures in the upper body will be emphasized and will provide a foundation for the examination. Students will gain knowledge and abilities in gathering information through history, observation, palpation, assessment of range of motion and muscle function, and with special tests.
AT 552. Athletic Training Clinical II (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 511, AT 521, AT 531, and AT 551.
This clinical course involves the practical application of the knowledge acquired in Clinical Examination & Diagnosis I to prepare students to use these skills on injured clients/patients. Instruction and evaluation of the clinical skills and decision making required during the examination and diagnosis of common athletic injuries of the lower extremity will be provided. Includes clinical experience in affiliated clinical sites under the direct supervision of trained program preceptors.
AT 610. Sports Nutrition (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 512, AT 522, AT 532, and AT 552.
This course presents the scientific basis for sports nutrition emphasizing the role of nutrition in enhancing performance, preventing injury or illness, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Changes in nutritional requirements for a variety of sports, activity levels, ages, and health conditions will be explored. The course will include topics such as timing and composition of the pre- and post-competition meals, nutrient supplements, and ergogenic aids, and the prevention and management of eating disorders.
AT 620. Research Design and Statistics (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 512, AT 522, AT 532, and AT 552.
This course explores the methods of scientific inquiry and interpretation of research findings in athletic training. Students will become familiar with the major components of research including literature review, study design, methodology, outcome measures, statistical analysis, presentation of findings, and ethical considerations. Students will gain an understanding of the hierarchy of research design and quality of evidence so they can be discriminating consumers of evidence that guides athletic training practice and clinical-decision making. Students will be provided with principles of epidemiology that include incidence and prevalence of injury.
AT 650. Immersive Clinical (4 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 512, AT 522, AT 532, and AT 552.
Students will complete a 4-week, practice-intensive clinical experience in affiliated clinical sites under the direct supervision of trained program preceptors. This course will allow students to experience the totality of care provided by athletic trainers by participating in the full-time, day-to-day, and week-to-week role of an athletic trainer. During this 4-week period students will not take any additional coursework.
AT 611. General Medical Conditions (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 610, AT 620, and AT 650.
Provides the athletic training student with information about general medical conditions that affect more diverse populations and are typically treated by other members of the sports medicine team. Information important for recognition, examination, and appropriate referral is provided.
AT 621. Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Athletic Training (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 610, AT 620, and AT 650.
Provides knowledge relating to the pathophysiology of systems affected by athletic injuries and illnesses and the pharmacology of drugs used to aid in the restoration of normal physiological function.
MPH 601. Principles of Public Health Practice (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 610, AT 620, and AT 650.
This course provides an introduction to public health basics including the history of public health and recurring themes in public health. The course includes an overview of basic public health sciences, an introduction to analytical methods used in the practice of public health as well as biomedical, social, behavioral, and environmental factors in health. Additionally, the course examines public health and medical care systems and public health, and contemporary trends and issues. Students are expected to read, analyze, write about, and discuss relevant topics in public health such as politics and health, health disparities, rural health, and bioterrorism.
AT 631. Interprofessional Practice (1 hour)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in Prerequisites: Athletic Training Majors Only, Grade of C or better in AT 610, AT 620, and AT 650.
Students will be introduced to other allied healthcare professions so that they will better understand the roles of various healthcare providers as part of the healthcare team. Students will explore ways to work effectively with other professions to improve healthcare.
AT 651. Advanced Athletic Training Clinical I (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in Prerequisites: Athletic Training Majors Only, Grade of C or better in AT 610, AT 620, and AT 650.
This clinical course involves the practical application of the knowledge acquired in Clinical Examination & Diagnosis II to prepare students to use these skills on injured clients/patients. Instruction and evaluation of the clinical skills and decision making required during the examination and diagnosis of common athletic injuries of the upper extremity will be provided. Includes clinical experience in affiliated clinical sites under the direct supervision of trained program preceptors.
AT 612. Athletic Training Healthcare Administration (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 611, AT 621, MPH 601, AT 631, and AT 651.
This course provides knowledge about the overall healthcare system and how to manage an athletic training facility and provide effective healthcare for athletes/patients. Information to manage risk through insurance, documentation, patient privacy, and reasonable and prudent action is provided.
AT 622. Sports Biomechanics and Pathomechanics (1 hour)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 611, AT 621, MPH 601, AT 631, and AT 651.
This course will address human tissue biomechanics and the response of bone, muscle, and other soft tissue to stress, injury, and disease. The course will include mechanics and pathomechanics of human movement.
AT 632. Research Capstone (1 hour)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 611, AT 621, MPH 601, AT 631, and AT 651.
This seminar is a follow-up to Research Design and Statistics. Students will finalize their scholarly project, present findings to all students in the program and submit an abstract for presentation at an instructor approved symposium or conference.
AT 642. Healthcare Delivery Systems (1 hour)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 611, AT 621, MPH 601, AT 631, and AT 651.
Students will learn about the very complex healthcare delivery system in the United States. Current plans to reform healthcare in an effort to increase access will be discussed. Students will be introduced to the payers within the system and methods to increased reimbursement for athletic training services will be explored.
AT 652. Advanced Athletic Training Clinical II (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 611, AT 621, MPH 601, AT 631, and AT 651.
This clinical course involves the practical application of the knowledge acquired in Therapeutic Intervention I and II. The clinical skills and decision making required during therapeutic interventions in the care and rehabilitation of common athletic injuries and illnesses will be emphasized. Includes clinical experience in affiliated clinical sites under the direct supervision of trained program preceptors.
AT 662. Athletic Training Curricular Content Standards (3 hours)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in AT 611, AT 621, MPH 601, AT 631, and AT 651.
Includes a thorough review of the curricular content standards designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification exam and entry-level employment as an athletic trainer. Students will prepare a professional resume and develop knowledge and skills necessary to earn employment as an athletic trainer.