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Program Overview

Program Purpose : Points of Distinctiveness : Program Outcomes : Curricular Objectives : Accreditation

The Master of Science Degree Program in Athletic Training at the Arizona School of Health Sciences represents a two-year residential curriculum designed for the post-professional preparation of advanced practice clinicians. The Athletic Training Program is a CAATE Accredited Post-Professional Graduate Athletic Training Education Program. As such, the Athletic Training Program is only open to individuals who are certified as athletic trainers by the Board of Certification (BOC) or individuals that have met eligibility requirements to sit for the BOC certification examination prior to their matriculation. The post- professional Athletic Training Program is built upon the principles of: 1) mastery of subject matter, 2) critical thinking, 3) theoretical understanding, 4) proficiency in research and/or creative activities, 5) service orientation, and 6) diverse representation of perspectives.Housed within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, the Athletic Training Program offers an immersion into health professions education. Students take core courses in anatomy and research with students enrolled in the ASHS physical therapy, occupational therapy, and audiology programs.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Athletic Training program is to prepare post-professional athletic trainers with compassion, integrity and advanced abilities in physical examination and diagnosis, orthopaedic rehabilitation, and pediatric athletic training, in a manner that emphasizes professionalism, evidence-based practice, clinical outcomes assessment, and healthcare technology, thus enabling them to provide patient-centered whole person healthcare. .

Points of Distinctiveness

The Athletic Training program consists of three (3) points of distinctiveness around which the comprehensive curriculum has been developed. The programs’ purpose, outcomes, and objectives reflect these points of distinctiveness.  In addition, these points of distinction reflect the practice of athletic training and are designed to expand the students’ breadth and depth of knowledge and skills.

  1. Advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in physical examination and diagnosis, orthopaedic rehabilitation, and pediatric athletic training.
  2. The provision of patient-centered whole person healthcare services emphasizing evidence-based clinical practice, clinical outcomes assessment and healthcare informatics.
  3. Professionalism as a healthcare provider with knowledge of key healthcare dynamics in the United States and advanced knowledge and skills in athletic training leadership, administration, and management.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the ATSU Post-Professional Graduate Athletic Training Education Program, students will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism as a healthcare provider.
  2. Practice athletic training in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence.
  3. Employ clinician-based and patient-based clinical outcome measures to determine the effectiveness of athletic training services.
  4. Utilize healthcare informatics and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making in athletic training practice.
  5. Provide patient-centered whole person athletic training services.
  6. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in physical examination and diagnosis.
  7. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in orthopaedic rehabilitation.
  8. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in pediatric athletic training.
  9. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in athletic training leadership, administration, and management.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and skills for designing, conducting, analyzing, and disseminating athletic training research.

Curricular Objectives

The following curricular objectives have been developed to ensure student attainment of the program outcomes:


Program Outcome 1

Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism as a healthcare provider.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Discuss popular models of medical professionalism.
  • Explain the role, and justify the importance, of professionalism in the practice of athletic training.
  • Apply the elements of professionalism to the clinical practice of athletic training.
  • Evaluate existing artifacts of professionalism (i.e., code of conduct) within the athletic training profession.
  • Demonstrate compassion and integrity as a healthcare provider.
  • Acknowledge and accept the responsibility as a healthcare provider to practice a high degree of professionalism.

Program Outcome 2

Practice athletic training in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Describe the concept and components of EBP.
  • Define an appropriate clinical question to direct patient care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to search the medical literature for published research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze published research studies.
  • Employ and integrate the best available evidence into clinical practice.
  • Apply the process of evaluating the effectiveness of the best available evidence for individual patients in one’s clinical practice.
  • Evaluate the levels of evidence or strength of recommendations of research articles.
  • Reflect on past clinical experiences with new clinical questions.
  • Appreciate patient values with respect to clinical decision-making.

Program Outcome 3

Employ clinician-based and patient-based clinical outcome measures to determine the effectiveness of athletic training services.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Describe the basic principles of outcomes research.
  • Compare and contrast clinician-based and patient-based clinical outcome measures.
  • Implement clinician-based and patient-based clinical outcome measures into clinical practice.
  • Discuss the process of evaluating clinician-based and patient-based outcomes measures to address the effectiveness of athletic training services.
  • Discuss the importance of clinical outcomes assessments to the athletic training profession.
  • Identify the role of outcomes assessment as it relates to evidence-based practice (EBP).

Program Outcome 4

Utilize healthcare informatics and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making in athletic training practice.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop web-based and database technologies to improve the collection, evaluation and dissemination of data and innovations related to athletic training education, practice, research, and regulation.
  • Discuss the role of healthcare informatics in quality improvement (e.g., an enhanced ability to identify errors and hazards in care, measure quality of care in terms of structure, process, and outcomes in relation to patient and community needs, and design and test interventions to change processes and systems of care, with the objective of improving quality).
  • Compare and contrast the features and utility of popular electronic medical records for use in athletic training practice.
  • Discuss the impact of the Internet on the availability of health information and the effect it will have on the clinician – patient relationship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and apply guidelines and laws pertaining to the management, privacy, and confidentiality of health information in the practice of athletic training.
  • Select and apply effective information management tools in order to stay abreast of the proliferation of medical and health-related information.

Program Outcome 5

Provide patient-centered whole person athletic training services.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Value health-related quality of life which is defined as the physical, psychological, and social domains of health, seen as distinct areas that are influenced by a person’s experiences, beliefs, expectation, and perceptions, as the means to the practice of whole person healthcare.
  • Value the philosophical tenets of osteopathic medicine (unity of body, mind, and spirit; self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance processes inherent to the host; interrelationships between structure and function) as a central component of the practice of whole person healthcare.
  • Value the principles of patient-centered care (respect for patients’ values, preferences, and expressed needs; coordination and integration of care; information, communication, and education; physical comfort, emotional support; and involvement of family and friends) as a central component of whole person healthcare.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide athletic training services with a patient-centered, whole person approach.
  • Debate the assets and liabilities of contemporary disablement models.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the components of contemporary disability models to athletic training practice, education, and research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate health-related quality of life.

Program Outcome 6

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in physical examination
and diagnosis.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Identify the professional parameters which define the proper role of the athletic trainer in the examination and initial management of sport-related injuries and medical conditions.
  • Discuss the etiologies and pathomechanics of various sport-related injuries.
  • Discuss the pathogenesis, pathology and clinical manifestations associated with medical conditions seen in athletic populations.
  • Recognize the characteristic symptoms and clinical signs associated with sport-related injuries and medical conditions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate clinical evaluation of sport-related injuries and medical conditions (eg. history, inspection, palpation, functional testing and the use of “special tests”).
  • Discuss the diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests and how it relates to evidence-
    based clinical practice.
  • Discuss considerations associated with preparticipation physical evaluations including their role in athletic healthcare, medical liability, risk management, and medicolegal standards.
  • Apply appropriate clinical decision-making skills following physical assessment and diagnosis (eg, appropriate referral, disqualification, return-to-
    play considerations).

Program Outcome 7

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Identify and describe the major phases of a comprehensive orthopaedic rehabilitation program and the essential components of each phase (therapeutic objectives, criteria for progression, etc.) associated with the management of connective tissues conditions.
  • Identify and describe the basic science (i.e., anatomy, physiology, morphology, histology, and biomechanics) of connective tissue healing.
  • Describe the scientific rationale and demonstrate appropriate clinical application of manual (i.e., joint mobilization, PNF inhibitory and facilitory techniques, etc.) and physical (e.g., electrical, mechanical, thermal) rehabilitation techniques for facilitating optimal patient function.
  • Describe the scientific rationale and demonstrate appropriate clinical application of functional assessments and functional rehabilitation techniques.
  • Describe the scientific rationale and clinical reasoning for appropriate use of pharmacologic agents to promote connective tissue healing and manage pain and inflammation.
  • Describe the scientific rationale and demonstrate appropriate application of selected psychological interventions utilized in orthopaedic rehabilitation.
  • Describe the primary procedures and pathoanatomy corrected by surgical treatment of common orthopaedic and sports-related injuries of the upper extremities, lower extremities, and spine.
  • Describe the primary rehabilitation considerations following the surgical intervention for orthopaedic and sports-related injuries in the upper extremities, lower extremities, and spine.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for the orthopaedic patient.
  • Utilize principles of evidence-based practice to evaluate the effectiveness of manual, physical, pharmacologic, and psychological agents for the management of orthopaedic injuries.
  • Demonstrate appropriate documentation and coding of rehabilitation plans and treatments for third-party reimbursement utilizing health informatics (i.e., electronic health records and electronic clinical outcomes assessment).
  • Demonstrate provision rehabilitation services that are patient-centered and emphasize whole person healthcare.

Program Outcome 8

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in pediatric athletic training.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Identify physiologic differences between adult and pediatric athletes and how this contributes to growth, development, and training.
  • Identify the primary injuries and illnesses observed in the provision of pediatric athletic training services.
  • Describe the specific concerns regarding physical assessment and diagnosis of injuries in the pediatric athlete.
  • Describe the specific considerations regarding orthopaedic rehabilitation of the pediatric athlete.
  • Discuss medico-legal implications of working with the pediatric athlete (PPE, research consent/assent, etc).

Program Outcome 9

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in athletic training leadership, administration, and management.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in athletic training leadership.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in athletic training administration.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in athletic training management.

Program Outcome 10

Demonstrate knowledge and skills for designing, conducting, analyzing, and disseminating athletic training research.

Supporting Curricular Objectives

To support the achievement of the above stated program outcome, the curriculum has been designed and developed to enhance the students’ ability to:

  • Formulate appropriate research designs based on specific research questions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the necessary steps to conduct a research study.
  • Demonstrate appropriate statistical analyses for given research designs.
  • Produce appropriate materials to disseminate research information (eg. abstract, poster, platform presentation, manuscript).

Accreditation

A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 230 S LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, phone 800.621.7440.

The post-professional Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2201 Double Creek Drive, Ste. 5006, Round Rock, TX 78664, phone: 512.733.9700