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Online Degree for Kinesiology, Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology Expertise
A.T. Still University’s Master of Science in Human Movement is a post-professional degree designed for working health and fitness professionals. This online degree is focused on developing experts to be clinical leaders in human movement, exercise science, health and fitness.
In this exceptional online master’s program you will develop skills to help lead your community and advance your practice. You will gain comprehensive knowledge and proficiency in functional anatomy, exercise physiology and kinesiology, behavior change, functional assessment and exercise program design.
Offered through the Arizona School of Health Sciences, this graduate level online Human Movement degree focuses on evidence-based research allowing clinicians working with clients, patients and populations to immediately apply what they’ve learned. The program elevates sports medicine, exercise and fitness professionals by enhancing knowledge, skills, and abilities in the design and maintenance of exercise science programs, and serves as a valuable source of credibility to health professionals, athletic organizations, educators, club owners, coaches, and fitness department managers.
As a post-professional exercise science program, this broad-scope health and fitness degree was developed to build on the foundation of your experience in exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics or related fields. A bachelor’s degree is required, and prospective exercise science students must be a health, wellness, sport, or fitness professional with at least two years of experience, or be a training professional with an NCCA accreditation or a licensed healthcare professional.
Students pursuing this Human Movement degree will choose one of the four specialty tracks based on your unique interests and aptitudes: Sports Conditioning, Exercise and Sports Psychology, Geriatric Exercise Science, or Research Thesis.
The Exercise and Sports Psychology track combines the science and practice of the psychology of exercise, mental health and performance to teach students the principles of creating programs that trigger behavior change and maximize long term adherence. Courses include Psychology; Physical Activity and Health; Exercise and Mental Health; Applied Sports Psychology; and Principles of Adherence and Motivation.
The Geriatric Exercise Science track provides learning opportunities for fitness professionals to focus on the physical and psychological principles of exercise and movement science among older adults. Courses include Physical Dimensions of Aging and Physical Activity; Psychosocial Dimensions of Aging and Physical Activity; Exercise Prescription for Older Adults; and Motivational Strategies for Physical Activity among Older Adults.
The Sports Conditioning track combines current knowledge and practice in sports conditioning to enable students to develop advanced training programs for athletes. Courses include Measurement of Sports Fitness; Muscular Fitness Development; Speed, Agility, and Quickness; and the Science and Practice of Metabolic Conditioning.
The Research Thesis track provides students the opportunity to complete a research thesis project and is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing additional advanced degrees. An additional application process is required to enter this track.
The online Human Movement degree program contains 42-credit hours of study: 40-credit hours through online education, plus two credit hours at a week-long conference at the ATSU Human Movement Institute.
Consisting of a four-day residency in Mesa, AZ, location of ATSU’s Arizona campus, the Human Movement Institute is a unique and valuable opportunity to perform hands-on, cutting-edge work and learn the latest concepts and methodologies from industry experts. The Institute provides opportunity to obtain face-to-face practical mentoring while building relationships with peers and faculty to develop important contacts and attain the insights you need to excel in your field.
As a graduate of ATSU’s Master of Science in Human Movement degree program, you will gain industry-wide respect, and enjoy access to ATSU’s network of world-class faculty and alumni.
National Strength and Conditioning Association Recognition +
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.
The Graduate Studies Program recognizes colleges and universities that offer at least a Master’s degree related to strength and conditioning and/or sport performance. For successfully meeting established criteria, the NSCA officially recognizes A.T. Still University’s Graduate Program in Human Movement as a Graduate Studies Program.
A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 800.621.7440.
Degree-granting authority for ASHS has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington Rd., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone 602.542.5709.
The fitness industry in the United States is a million dollar industry that continues to grow exponentially. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness workers held 261,100 jobs in 2008 and the employment of fitness workers is expected to surpass the averages for all occupations in 2010. This is a unique industry in which kinesiology professionals are able to make a direct difference and change peoples’ lives.
Master of Science in Human Movement Degree Faculty
The human movement faculty you will learn from include renowned experts in the field, including researchers, authors, elite coaches and a former Olympian. Their research has been published and presented in leading sources around the world and their professional work is cutting-edge. Through its collaboration with leading organizations in exercise, health, and fitness, our online Human Movement degree program exposes exercise science students to leaders in the field, and innovative ideas for current and future solutions on addressing unmet community health needs.
Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Dr. Danielsen is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.
Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.
- Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
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Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.
Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Burch received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.
- Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Dr. Eric Sauers is a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the A. T. Still University (ATSU) Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). Dr. Sauers received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University and his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine at Oregon State University (OSU).
As the founding chair of the department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Dr. Sauers planned and implemented the online Human Movement program and the online Doctor of Health Sciences program, which he currently oversees, in addition to overseeing the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training, the Human Anatomy Division, and the Biostatistics and Clinical Research Division. Dr. Sauers served as the director of the Athletic Training Program from 2000 to 2009. His primary research interests are related to the assessment of clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life in athletes following musculoskeletal injury, the examination and rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder and post-professional athletic training education.
Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research. He is the president of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and vice president of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers is the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee. Dr. Sauers received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and was recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.
- Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Tracie Rogers, PhD
Program Director, Associate Professor
Dr. Rogers has a combination of academic and applied experience in the exercise field. She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and went on to earn her PhD in Kinesiology, with a focus on sport and exercise psychology, from Arizona State University, in 2003. Dr. Rogers is a consultant and faculty member for the American Council on Exercise where she creates courses and serves as a subject matter expert for curriculum development and continued education.
Dr. Rogers speaks nationally to fitness professionals and writes extensively on the role of the personal trainer in triggering lasting behavior change and on the creation of exercise environments that promote long term adherence. In addition, Dr. Rogers works with athletes and teams, helping them realize the control they have over their athletic experience and performance. Dr. Rogers is passionate about getting people moving and helping them incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.
- Tracie Rogers, PhD
Matthew Rhea, PhD
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Dr. Rhea earned a PhD at Arizona State University (2004) and has received international recognition for his research in enhancement of sport and occupational performance. He was invited to present at the International Olympic Committee’s World Congress on Sports Science in Athens, Greece just prior to the 2004 summer Olympics and at the International Conference on Strength Training in Odense, Denmark (2006). Dr. Rhea was awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator from the NSCA in 2008. He has published research in the leading journals in the field of exercise science and sports conditioning and works closely with our top organizations to further knowledge, understanding, and applications of exercise related benefits.
His current research interests involve examining methods for enhancing performance and preventing sports- and occupational-related injuries. Dr. Rhea has an impressive professional background, working as a coach, strength and conditioning coach, and personal trainer for 10 years. He has worked with college strength and conditioning programs for the golf, football, basketball, and baseball teams and has consulted various elite sports organizations regarding advanced conditioning.
Jack Daniels, PhD
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Dr. Daniels brings with him a very unique background in both sport and exercise science. Daniels is a winner of silver and bronze Olympic medals in the modern pentathlon (Melbourne, 1956; Rome, 1960). He has coached 30 NCAA national individual champions, 8 NCAA national team champions, 130 All-American collegiate athletes, and numerous elite male and female marathon runners including an Olympic silver medalists. In NCAA competition, Daniels was named “Women’s Cross-Country Coach of the Century” and is a two-time recipient of the National Coach of the Year. In the mid-1990’s he was labeled the “World’s Best Running Coach” by Runner’s World. He is the author of Daniel’s Running Formula published by Human Kinetics, and more than 50 articles and research studies involving elite athletes.
Kellie Bliven, PhD
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Dr. Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, is an associate professor in the Human Movement Program within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at ATSU. She teaches the Functional Anatomy and Functional Biomechanics courses in the Human Movement Program. Dr. Bliven also teaches in the residential athletic training program and dental school. Dr. Bliven was awarded the “2011 Scholar of the Year Award” within ASHS. Her research interests include dynamic restraint of the shoulder, examining shoulder adaptations and injuries in baseball players, upper extremity muscle activation during rehabilitation exercises, and health-related quality of life in throwing athletes.
In addition to serving as the Vice-Chair of ATSU’s Arizona Institutional Review Board and several other institutional committees, Dr. Bliven is the associate editor for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Chair of the Research Committee for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, is a member of the BOC’s exam development committee, and is a reviewer for various peer-review journals. She is also actively involved in local community organizations, primarily focusing on service to women and children. Dr. Bliven received her B.A. degree in biology and physical education from Denison University in Granville, OH; M.S. degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; and Ph.D. degree in kinesiology with an athletic training emphasis from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Sarah Johnston, PhD
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Dr. Johnson’s emphases are the physiological adaptations to exercise, evidence-based practice in sport, and research methods. She graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Her dissertation research, conducted in the Center for Metabolic Biology, focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible for insulin resistance and type II diabetes. Dr. Johnston has studied the effects of an infusion of branched chain amino acids in human subjects on insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle.
Her current research interests focus on bioenergetics testing methodology and the effect of aging on exercise performance. In addition to graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, Johnston works with equestrian athletes of all levels.
- Matthew Rhea, PhD
Master of Science in Human Movement Degree Admissions
Qualified candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree, and be a health, wellness, sport, or fitness professional with at least two years of professional experience, or be a training professional with an NCCA accredited certification (ACE, ACSM, IFPA, NASM, NCSF, NESTA, NFPT, NSCA, Cooper Institute) or licensed healthcare professional (ATC, PT, DC, OT, PA, RN, RD, etc.).
The Human Movement degree program will admit human movement, health and fitness, and healthcare professionals with diverse graduate education, work history, and life experiences who have demonstrated capacity to pursue a rigorous course of graduate study and increasingly responsible positions in the health and fitness industries.
Prospective human movement degree students are selected by considering the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, prior experience, letters of evaluation, and personal motivation. In special circumstances, a personal interview may be required.Candidates accepted for admission to the Human Movement program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.Candidates must be a health, wellness, sport, or fitness professional with at least two years of professional experience or be a licensed or certified fitness / personal training professional with an NCCA accredited certification (ACE, ACSM, IFPA, NASM, NCSF, NESTA, NFPT, NSCA, Cooper Institute) , or healthcare professional (ATC, PT, DC, OT, PA, RN, RD, etc.).Candidates must have achieved a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate (or higher) degree program.Candidates are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a personal computer prior to matriculation and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.Candidates must submit a completed application form.Candidates must identify references from: 1) a present or former faculty member, academic advisor, or employer, and 2) a human movement/healthcare professional. Letters from an educational consulting service will not qualify.Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants when English is not their first language. The Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test (iBT), or the Paper Based Test (PBT) are accepted.
Foreign graduates are also required to submit a transcripts evaluation which states the student has a U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalent or higher. The evaluation MUST come from an approved agency listed with NACES (www.naces.org).
An application package for this program is available in PDF format for download and print out.
The application may be faxed or mailed to:
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THE 9 STEPS REQUIRED FOR A STUDENT TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ARE AS FOLLOWS:
The student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) or a Renewal FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov and following the instructions on the website. ATSU’s school code is G02477.
The Central Processing System (CPS) performs matches and edits, calculates a student contribution, and sends the data back to the processor.
ATSU receives the information electronically (ISIR) within three to five business days.
The student looks over the Student Aid Report (SAR) and, if accurate, keeps it for his/her records. If any corrections are needed, the student contacts the Financial Assistance Office.
Student Financial Services performs verification and then sends an electronic award letter to the student’s ATSU email address, along with instructions for completing the loan applications and other required forms.
The student accepts, refuses, or modifies the award letter and submits all required forms to the Financial Assistance Office.
Student Financial Services looks over the required forms and transmits the loan data to Sallie Mae
The lender wires the funds by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the school or sends the institution a loan check.
If by EFT, all funds will be applied to the student’s account. The refund will be directly deposited to the student’s bank account if so desired by the student and proper documentation is on file.
Eligibility for Financial Assistance
Eligibility or unmet financial need is determined by subtracting a student’s expected contribution from the student budget. The student’s expected contribution is listed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) and is based on the student’s financial strength. Students may choose to receive financial assistance up to their unmet financial need. For example, if a student’s budget is $9,000 and the expected contribution is $5,000, the student’s unmet financial need is $4,000. The student may receive financial aid through scholarships, loans, etc., to arrive at this figure. (Note: Students may use the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan or any private loan to replace their expected contribution.) Every effort will be made to meet the student’s need, but in some instances, the student may have to rely on other outside resources. It is of critical importance to be creditworthy, as most private loans require a credit check.
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Financial Aid
According to the United States Department of Education regulations, (34CRF 668/16 and 668.34 and October 29, 2010 Final Federal Register), all students receiving federal financial assistance must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Student Financial Services will review the academic progress of financial aid recipients after each payment period. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is measured in terms of qualitative and quantitative standards.
The qualitative measure of a student’s progress is measured by cumulative grade point average. The minimum cumulative GPA students must maintain for financial aid is as follows:
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average at A.T. Still University 2.00 for all programs on 4.0 scale 70% for all programs on 100% scale
Maximum Time Frame
Financial aid recipients must complete an educational program within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. All attempted withdrawn, failed, repeated, and/or transferred credits that apply to a student’s program count toward this maximum time limit. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 credit hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 x 150% = 180). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 x 150% = 7650).
Pace of Progression
Pace of progression is required to ensure students complete within a maximum time frame and that the pace is measured at each standard review time. Financial aid recipients must maintain a 67% minimum completion rate for attempted credit hours or contact hours. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 divided by 180 = 67%). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 divided by 7650 = 67%).
Dropped, failed, and remedial courses for which no credit is received do not count towards credit hours earned. Credit hours for a course are earned by completing and passing the class.
Financial Aid Warning
Failure to meet the minimum academic progress requirements will result in a student being issued a financial aid warning. Students issued a financial aid warning will have one payment period to correct a progress problem due to qualitative or quantitative standards. Students will be notified of their status in writing via ATSU email. Students issued a financial aid warning will have an opportunity to file an appeal to request financial aid probation prior to the upcoming standard review time, which is at the end of each payment period.
Financial Aid Probation
If a student appeals their financial aid probation status and the appeal is approved, that student is put on financial aid probation for one payment period. Students may receive federal financial aid while on financial aid probation if he/she meets the terms of his/her appeal decision. If a student fails to meet SAP standards during the term of financial aid probation, he/she may request an additional appeal.
Financial Aid Suspension
Students who fail to meet the requirements of the financial aid warning or do not appeal their financial aid probation status are placed on financial aid suspension and are not eligible for federal financial aid. These students will receive written notification to their ATSU email account of their failure to comply and that future federal aid will be canceled.
Students who have been issued a financial aid warning may submit a written appeal for reinstatement of eligibility prior to the start of the next payment period. Occasionally, extenuating circumstances contribute to their inability to meet the requirements for satisfactory progress. Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Death of an immediate family member
- Severe injury or illness of the student or an immediate family member
- Emergency situations such as fire or flood
- Legal separation from spouse or divorce
- Military reassignment or required job transfers or shift changes
Students whose appeal is denied must establish eligibility by completing courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at ATSU until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard before any additional federal aid will be disbursed.
Students who have extenuating circumstances may appeal using the following procedure:
- Submit a completed Appeal form. Student will be notified if additional supporting documentation is required.
- Appeal packet is presented to the SAP Committee for consideration.
- Student is notified via email of the SAP Committee’s decision and recommendations.
Federal financial aid may be reinstated when one of the following conditions has been met:
The student completes courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at ATSU until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard.
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The student files an appeal and the SAP Committee approves the appeal. It is the student’s responsibility to notify Student Financial Services when reinstatement conditions have been met.
Enrollment Status Policy
Full-time enrollment definition
Students enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine are always defined as full-time.
Full-time enrollment requires enrollment in a minimum of nine (9) quarter credit hours, or six (6) semester hours.
Half-time enrollment definition
Half-time enrollment is defined by enrollment in a minimum of five (5) quarter credit hours or three (3) semester hours.
Enrollment Status Definitions 1 Quarter Credit = .67 semester credit Program Minimum # of Credit Hours Minimum # of Credit Hours Full-Time Half-Time Osteopathic Medicine and Dental Enrollment is always full-time All other programs 9/quarter, 6/semester 5/quarter, 3/semester
Student Budget Determination
The student expense budget is determined each year by the Director of Student Financial Services. Every effort is made to ensure that allowances in each category are realistic and fair. Although the Director of Student Financial Services determines the average student budget, students having credit history difficulties may not be able to borrow the full budgeted amount due to the private loans being based on creditworthiness.
Verification is the process by which Student Financial Services checks the accuracy of the information submitted by the student when applying for federal financial aid. It is intended to reduce errors in the financial information that students submit so eligible applicants can receive the correct amount of financial assistance.
ATSU will verify all applicants who are selected for verification from the federally approved edits. If selected, students will need to submit a signed copy of their federal income tax return from the prior calendar year along with a verification worksheet. ATSU will compare the tax return and the verification worksheet to the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to verify required items. Financial aid will not be awarded until the verification is complete.
Professional judgment allows the Director and Assistant Director the flexibility to handle individual students with extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. This authority is clearly stated in the regulations and is used as needed. The adjustments may be made in the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, or satisfactory academic progress.
Although every effort is made to meet a student’s financial need, financial assistance is not an entitlement and, in some instances, not all of a student’s need will be met.
Financing your education is an investment in your future. As a major investment, it should be entered into with conscientious planning. Setting goals and establishing a game plan are essential in order to minimize your debt.
A simple financial plan begins with the establishment of a long-term goal. As you plan your strategies to reach this end, keep in mind that your short- and mid-term goals should be consistent with and built upon this long-term goal. To help keep you on track, it is important to develop a budget.
A budget lists all sources of income, as well as all estimated expenditures. To make a budget work for you, keep the following points in mind:Have a written planSet realistic goalsEstablish prioritiesKeep expenditures below incomeStick to your game plan
It is important for you to determine your needs so that you will borrow only the amount necessary, rather than the amount for which you are eligible. In the end, you may pay back 2-3 times the amount you borrowed. Therefore, the less debt you accrue in school, the more financially secure you will be later.
For online programs, tuition is due 14 calendar days prior to the first day of class. For programs with payment per credit or course, the tuition covers the payment for the coming quarter. For programs that have payment per program, payment in full is due prior to the start of the program or per their admissions agreement on a quarterly payment schedule. The Controller’s Office will receive tuition payments and make refunds as necessary. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1 1/2% per month, which is 18% per year.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Policy
The Department of Education is encouraging and, at times, requiring educational institutions to become paperless. Therefore, funds received through federal and private loans will normally be transferred electronically to a student’s account at ATSU. Students will receive a receipt itemizing the type of loan and amount credited to their account at the institution. Funds electronically transferred above what is owed for tuition and fees will promptly be refunded to the student by check or deposited directly to the student’s bank account. (Students that have lenders that do not wire money to ATSU will receive their financial aid through a co-payable check.) Generally, funds are available when tuition is due.
Many banks in states outside of Missouri make students wait 10 business days to tap their loan funds when deposited by check. Therefore, we require all students to use direct deposit where ATSU wires money to the student’s bank account. This way, the money is available on the day it is wired to the bank.
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Master of Science in Human Movement Curriculum Overview
This program in exercise science and kinesiology offers an experience-based curriculum that prepares students to be leaders in advanced human movement, with expertise in functional anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, behavior change, functional assessment, fitness and exercise program design.
The online Human Movement degree program consists of 42-credit hours of study: 24 credit hours comprise core course work, plus six credit hours of elective course work and 12 credit hours of specialty-track/certificate or research thesis course work.
Curriculum Plan Overview+
Curriculum Overview Quarter Hours Human Movement Core 24 Electives 6 Specialized Track 12 Total 42 Human Movement Core (24 core plus 6 elective credits) Quarter Hours Core Required Courses (24 credits total) 500 Motor Control 3 501 Exercise Science 3 502 Functional Anatomy 3 503 Functional Biomechanics 3 504 Human Movement Dysfunction 3 506 Professional Practice & Responsibility 1 509 Exercise and Sport Related Nutrition 3 604 Human Movement Institute 2 706 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods 3 Total 24 Core Required Electives (6 credits total) Quarter Hours 511 Advanced Fitness Nutrition 3 512 Advanced Exercise Prescription 3 513 Post Rehabilitation Exercise 3 605 Current Topics in Human Movement Science 3 Total 30 Sports Conditioning Track/Certificate (12 credits total) Quarter Hours 606 Measurement of Sports Fitness 3 607 Muscular Fitness Development 3 608 Speed, Agility, and Quickness 3 609 The Science and Practice of Metabolic Conditioning 3 Total 42 Exercise & Sports Psychology Track/Certificate (12 credits total) Quarter Hours 610 Psychology, Physical Activity, and Health 3 611 Exercise and Mental Health 3 612 Applied Sports Psychology 3 613 Principles of Adherence and Motivation 3 Total 42 Geriatric Exercise Science Track/Certificate (12 credits total) Quarter Hours 700 Physical Dimensions of Aging and Physical Activity 3 701 Psychosocial Dimensions of Aging and Physical Act 3 702 Exercise Prescription for Older Adults 3 703 Motivational Strategies for PA among Older Adults 3 Total 42 Research Thesis Track (12 credits total) Quarter Hours 710 Thesis I: Literature Review 3 711 Thesis II: Proposal and IRB Application 3 712 Thesis III: Data Collection and Analysis 3 713 Thesis IV: Synthesis and Dissemination 3 Total 42
Human Movement Core
HM 500 Motor Control+
The objective of this course is to examine current theory and research in the neurophysiological mechanisms and control of human movement. Central, peripheral, and combined control of skilled movement and the postural mechanisms underlying voluntary movement will be emphasized.
HM 501 Exercise Science+
The objective of this course is to explore the physiological principles of exercise. Specific topics include the functions of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuromuscular and neuroendocrine systems, energy expenditure and bioenergetics, and body composition.
HM 502 Functional Anatomy+
The objective of this course is to integrate the foundational knowledge of gross anatomy with structure and function of the neuromusculoskeletal system during human movement. Emphasis will be placed upon the muscles involved in human movement, describing their proximal and distal attachments, blood supply, innervation, and function in open and closed kinetic chain.
HM 503 Functional Biomechanics+
The objective of this course is to study the biomechanical properties of joint structures and connective tissues, including histology and morphology, with particular emphasis on sport and exercise movements. Biomechanics of musculotendinous structures, joint capsules, ligaments, peripheral nerves, bones, and articular cartilage will be presented.
HM 504 Human Movement Dysfunction+
The objective of this course is to examine the relationship between the control of skilled movement and movement impairment and dysfunction. Common movement impairment and dysfunction patterns in skilled movement will be emphasized.
HM 506 Professional Practice & Responsibility+
The objective of this course is to ensure that kinesiology professionals maintain competence in educational and regulatory issues. Topics include compliance with regulatory standards, professional practice standards and ethics, education of the public, preservation of the safety and welfare of the public, and maintenance of competence through continuing education.
HM 509 Exercise and Sport Related Nutrition+
The objective of this course is to learn how to facilitate and educate clients about general nutrition recommendations to maintain health, alter body composition, and improve performance. The course will focus on providing sound advice to clients regarding the nutritional requirements for general health, lean mass gain, body fat loss, anaerobic athletic performance, and aerobic athletic performance.
HM 511 Exercise and Sport Related Nutrition+
The objective of this course is to learn advanced concepts of general fitness and sport specific nutrition. Detailed discussions of bioenergetics, advanced nutritional recommendations, supplements and ergogenic aids, weight management, and current fads and trends in the industry will be included.
HM 512 Advanced Exercise Prescription+
This course will provide an overview of comprehensive goal based exercise program design for different populations. The objective of this course is to gain knowledge and skills for building complete exercise programs that are unique to client needs, abilities, and goals, including performing and incorporating subjective and objective assessment results and appropriate medical history information. The integration of exercise principles and behavioral techniques that motivate the participant to be compliant will be emphasized. This course will focus on integrated training and injury prevention techniques through the interdependent relationship of flexibility, core, balance, power, speed, and strength.
HM 513 Post Rehabilitation Exercise+
The objective of this course is to learn how to design and apply training programs for individuals who are transitioning from a rehabilitative setting to a more traditional exercise environment. This course will provide an overview to a systematic approach for post-rehabilitation exercise. This course will focus on reducing the risk of injury while training and performing activities of daily living along with identifying and applying strategies for program application, communicating goals and rationale, and correlating assessment outcomes with individualized programs.
HM 604 Human Movement Summer Institute+
The Institute includes one week of intensive training held on the ASHS campus in Mesa, Arizona. Students will participate in lecture/lab situations covering program-related information. Guest speakers representing leaders in the field of kinesiology, exercise science and human movement will be recruited to present their work to students as well as to interact with attendees. This is a one-time requirement for completion of the degree; however, students are welcome to enroll each year.
HM 605 Special Topics in Human Movement Science+
This is a variable credit course (1-3) designed to provide students an opportunity to study and discuss current topics in the areas of health, fitness, and performance enhancement. Topics are chosen based on current trends or issues in the field.
HM 706 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods+
The objective of this course is to introduce the kinesiology professional to the concepts of evidence-based practice. Students will learn how to access high quality literature, integrate best research with clinical expertise and client values for optimum care, and will be encouraged to participate in learning and research activities to the extent feasible. The course will provide the kinesiology professional with graduate level knowledge and skills related to appropriate research methods and study design, conducting a literature review, creating a research proposal, the role of institutional review for human subjects’ protection, and evaluation of the research literature. Emphasis will be placed upon critical appraisal and application of the human movement literature.
HM 511 Advanced Fitness Nutrition+
HM 512 Advanced Exercise Prescription+
HM 513 Post Rehabilitation Exercise+
HM 605 Special Topics in Human Movement Science+
Sports Conditioning Track (certificate)
HM 606 Measurement of Sports Fitness+
This course will cover sport-specific fitness and performance testing. The objective of the course is to enable the student to develop a sport-specific, age-appropriate testing battery, reliably conduct the testing, and correctly interpret the results.
HM 607 Muscular Fitness Development+
This course is designed to enhance the knowledge of muscular performance capabilities, differentiate between muscular functions as it relates to sport performance, and develop training programs to enhance specific performance profiles.
HM 608 Speed, Agility, and Quickness+
This course will cover the physiological basis for speed, agility, and quickness as well as practical methods for developing such qualities among athletes of various developmental abilities. Focus will be put on sport-specific training modes.
HM 609 The Science and Practice of Metabolic Conditioning+
This course will cover the physiology of energy production as it relates to performance in various sporting events. Causes of fatigue will be addressed along with practical methods for developing sport-specific metabolic fitness.
Exercise and Sports Psychology Track (certificate)
HM 610 Psychology, Physical Activity, and Health+
This course will cover principles of health psychology and behavior change related to physical activity adoption, participation, and adherence. The objective of the course is for health professionals to develop the knowledge and skills to understand the importance of implementing behavior change strategies as part of all physical activity programs and to be able to develop and implement such strategies. Techniques for incorporating behavior change strategies into fitness programming and health promotion will be taught.
HM 611 Exercise and Mental Health+
This course will cover the relationships between mental health conditions and exercise, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, and mood. The primary objective is for health and fitness professionals to acquire an understanding of theories, methods, and experimental literature concerning psychological factors related to exercise participation and well-being. Additionally, the practical importance and application of the current research literature will be discussed along with methods to educate the general population on mental health and exercise relationships
HM 612 Applied Sport Psychology+
This course will examine psychological theories and techniques applied to a sport to enhance the performance and personal growth of athletes and coaches. The key principles of performance enhancement that are directly applicable to all performance endeavors, including sport, business, and persona will be covered. The objective of the course is to understand theory and to teach application of the fundamental psychological skills that are related to peak performance.
HM 613 Principles of Adherence and Motivation+
This course will examine the theories of motivation and exercise behavior in relation to the problem of exercise participation and adherence. The primary objective of this course is for the student to develop an understanding of the role of motivation and the determinants and consequences of motivation in the exercise context. This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the role of the fitness professional in building motivation and of how motivation can be used as part of an exercise program to help maximize program success and long-term adherence.
Geriatric Exercise Science Track (certificate)
HM 700 - Physical Dimensions of Aging and the Impact of Physical Activity+
A study of the physical changes that occur with aging including its impact on the various body systems as well as on motor control and physical functioning. In addition, a thorough examination of the impact of regular physical activity on the physical health of older adults will be addressed.
HM 701 - Psychosocial Dimensions of Aging and the Impact of Physical Activity+
A study of the psychological and social aspects of aging including myths of aging, related barriers to physical activity participation, changes in social dynamics, and predictors of successful aging. The impact of regular physical activity on the psychosocial health and overall well-being of older adults will also be examined.
HM 702 - Exercise Prescription for Older Adults+
A study of fitness instruction and programming for older adults, including importance of physical activity for older adults, pre-program assessment, prescription for various modes of exercise, and considerations for older adults with specific chronic disease conditions.
HM 703 - Motivational Strategies for Physical Activity Among Older Adults+
A study of the methods for helping people to develop and maintain physically active lifestyles with specific emphasis on older adults. Theories of health behavior change will be discussed with practical applications for individuals, groups, and communities.
Research Thesis Track
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