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Master of Science in Athletic Training online

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program is a post-professional online program culminating in a master of athletic training degree. Didactic coursework in advanced areas of study can be planned to allow students to complete the program in one or two years. This online master's program is designed for state licensed and/or athletic trainers certified by the Board of Certification (BOC), or individuals who have met eligibility requirements to sit for the BOC certification examination prior to matriculation. Online courses are designed with an emphasis on clinical decision-making and advancement of clinical practice. Faculty and staff work closely with students to develop the professional attitudes and clinical problem-solving skills necessary for optimal patient care.

Length of program

The Master of Science in Athletic Training online program is a 12-24 month program comprised of 30 credits.

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Overview
Course list
Tuition
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ATSU
Outcomes
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Clinical Decision-Making Foundation
Research Foundation
Elective Tracks
Cost
Financial Aid
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University Catalog
Accreditation

Online Master of Athletic Training program outcomes

Upon completion of the online Master of Science in Athletic Training program, students’ will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

     
  1. Implement quality improvement strategies to identify and address quality gaps for the purpose of improving patient outcomes, system performance, and professional development.
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  3. Demonstrate advanced clinical decision-making in athletic training practice in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence.
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  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of clinical outcomes assessments and the value of these outcomes to informing patient care and advancing the athletic training profession.
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  7. Utilize information and technology to improve the quality of patient care, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support clinical decision-making in athletic training practice.
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  9. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen area of advanced clinical practice (i.e., orthopaedics, rehabilitation, or sport neurology and concussion).

View the course list for the online Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Application deadline

Applications for the MS-AT program may be submitted at any time during the academic year to Online Admissions. The program has four intakes per year, July, September, January, and March. All application materials must be submitted no later than two months prior to the start of a course block.

The MS-AT program will admit athletic training professionals with diverse professional and personal experiences who have demonstrated capacity to pursue a rigorous course of graduate study. Prospective students will be selected by considering the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, and prior experience.

Admission requirements:

     
  1. Candidates accepted for admission to the MS-AT program will have earned a bachelor degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
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  3. Applicants to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification as an athletic trainer or substantial equivalence, such as credentialing from the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association, Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists of Ireland, Society of Sports Therapists, British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers.
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  5. Students must demonstrate proof of state licensure (if required in your current state or country of residence). A copy of a current state license is required.
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  7. Candidates must have achieved a minimum overall graduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
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  9. One official recommendation form must be completed by an academic advisor, professor, employer, or other individual who can attest to the applicants potential for success in the masters program.  Letters from an educational consulting service will not qualify. Recommendations must be submitted for each application year.
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  11. 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.
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  13. Candidates must submit an application form.
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  15. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. See the ASHS English Proficiency section for more details.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Master of Athletic Training degree, all students must:

     
  1. Complete all prescribed and elected courses within seven years of commencing the program
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  3. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
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  5. Complete with a passing grade (“C” or better) all prescribed courses
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  7. Discharge all financial obligations to ATSU-ASHS
  • ATRN 7110 - Quality Improvement and Patient Safety +

  • ATRN 7120 - Evidence-Based Practice +

  • ATRN 7130 - Patient-Oriented Outcomes +

  • ATRN 7140 - Health Information Technology +

  • ATRN 8010 - Research Methods & Design +

  • ATRN 8020 - Methods of Data Analysis +

Students complete 12 elective credits. Students choose one of three predefined tracks in orthopaedics, rehabilitation, or sport neurology and concussion.

Rehabilitation Track
  • ATRN 7210 - Foundations of Tissue Healing +

  • ATRN 7230 - Assessment of Movement Dysfunction +

  • ATRN 7240 - Corrective Techniques for Movement Dysfunction +

  • ATRN 7250 - Rehabilitation Considerations for Sport Performance +

Orthopaedics Track
  • ATRN 7410 - Orthopaedic Diagnostic Evaluation +

  • ATRN 7420 - Orthopaedic Management +

  • ATRN 7430 - Orthopaedic Imaging and Labs +

  • ATRN 7440 - Orthopaedic Surgical Considerations +

Sport Neurology and Concussion Track
  • ATRN 7310 - Foundations of Sport Neurology +

  • ATRN 7320 - Diagnosis and Management of Neurologic Conditions in Sport +

  • ATRN 7330 - Classification and Management of Traumatic Head Injury +

  • ATRN 7340 - Assessment and Management of Complex Patients with Concussion +

Tuition

Distance programs’ tuition is due the first day of class. For programs with payment per credit or course, the tuition covers the payment for the coming semester. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5 percent per month, which is 18% per year. Tuition is $600 per credit hour.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available for qualifying students. For more information visit Enrollment Services or contact them at 866.626.2878 ext. 2019 or by email at enrollmentservices@atsu.edu.

Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Director
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Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, is the Athletic Training program director, professor of Athletic Training, research professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the John P. Wood, DO, endowed chair for Sports Medicine at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the founding director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network. Her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments, academics, and health-related quality of life.

Dr. McLeod is also involved with pediatric sports injury education and prevention through the Positive Play Project in conjunction with Mesa Parks and Recreation.

 

Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the NATA Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in the athletic training and sports medicine journals and is a NATA Fellow.​

Alison Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Alison Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC, FNATA
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Alison Valier, PhD, ATC, FNATA, serves as a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and assistant director of research support through Research, Grants, and Information Technology Systems.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Whitman College in Washington and a master of science degree in exercise physiology at the University of Toledo in Ohio. In addition, she received her doctorate in exercise science from the University of Toledo, where she majored in applied physiology and completed a minor in human anatomy. Dr. Valier completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Clinical Outcomes Research, awarded to her by the NATA Research and Education Foundation.

Dr. Valier’s teaching emphasizes the assessment of clinical outcomes and evaluating the end result of healthcare services, sports injury epidemiology, and quality improvement. She instructs in both the Post-Professional Athletic Training and the Doctor of Athletic Training programs. Her primary research area of interest is in studying the impact of sport-related injury on the HRQOL of high school and college athletes. Another area of interest involves the use and development of patient-reported outcomes instruments that are used to facilitate patient centered care and evaluate patient outcomes. Further, she is interested in better understanding risks and rates of injury through epidemiology research as well as optimizing athletic training systems of care through quality improvement research.

 

Dr. Valier has served in a variety of service roles to the profession. More recently she has served as a member of the NATA Pronouncements Committee and the Foundation Research Committee. She also serves as the co-chair of the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association Governmental Affairs Committee. In 2015, she was accepted as a Fellow of the NATA.

Barton E. Anderson, DHSc, AT, ATC
Barton E. Anderson, DHSc, AT, ATC
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Barton E. Anderson, DHSc, AT, ATC, is an associate professor in ATSU’s Athletic Training (AT) programs, serving as the primary clinical faculty member and clinical education coordinator for the Residential Post-Professional Master’s program. Dr. Anderson oversees all aspects of the Advanced Clinical Practice program (Clinical Education), including establishing and maintaining graduate assistantships, coordinating affiliated clinical sites and preceptors, and providing clinical mentoring to AT program students. Dr. Anderson holds a Level 1 Functional Movement Screen™ certification, and is an accredited Graston Technique™ clinician and Graston™ faculty instructor. He has extensive experience and training in therapeutic exercise prescription, fundamental movement patterns, and manual therapy techniques.

Prior to ATSU, Dr. Anderson worked clinically for 10 years as an athletic trainer in the collegiate, high school, and clinical settings. He continues his clinical practice part-time throughout the academic year at a local sports medicine clinic.

 

Dr. Anderson is a member of the CAATE Standards Committee, and also serves as the electronic medical record manager within the Athletic Training Practice Based Research Network, the chair of the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association Communications Committee, and the AzATA website coordinator. He earned his bachelor’s of science in sports medicine and athletic training from Missouri State University, his master’s of science in sports health care from ATSU, and his doctor of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Eric L. Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Eric L. Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
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Eric L. Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA, is a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A. T. Still University (ATSU), in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Sauers also holds a joint appointment as a research professor in the ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Dr. Sauers received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University, his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU, and his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine and adult/university education at Oregon State University. Dr. Sauers has a special interest in both institutional and programmatic accreditation, having co-chaired his institutions regional accreditation site visit, written programmatic accreditation self-studies, and conducted numerous programmatic accreditation site visits. As the founding chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Dr. Sauers planned and implemented the online Human Movement program, the online Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) program, and the online Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) program. He currently oversees the online DAT program in addition to overseeing the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, the Human Anatomy Unit, and the Biostatistics and Clinical Research Unit. Dr. Sauers served as the director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program from 2000 to 2009. His primary research and scholarly 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 health professions education and accreditation. Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research and scholarship. He served as the first active member and then president of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET) that was not dual-credentialed. He has served as a commissioner and the vice president of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers was responsible for the visioning and development of the first and only Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research recognized practice-based research network in the athletic training discipline and currently serves as the associate director of the ATSU Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN). The AT-PBRN utilizes a web-based electronic medical record that Dr. Sauers helped to design and develop to enable efficient clinical documentation of patient care while supporting back-end mining of a national clinical practice database. He 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. He has previously served 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. He has received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and has been recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.

Cailee E. Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC
Cailee E. Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC
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Cailee E. Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC, is an assistant professor in the Athletic Training program within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences as well as a research assistant professor in the Department of Basic Science in A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bacon earned her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Boston University, followed by a master of science in education degree in athletic training from Old Dominion University. She also earned her doctor of philosophy degree in human movement science with a focus in athletic training curriculum and instruction from Old Dominion University, where she investigated the effectiveness of educational techniques to aid athletic trainers in learning the fundamentals of evidence-based practice. Dr. Bacon also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship within the Center for Clinical Outcome Studies at ATSU, which focused on patient-oriented outcomes and athletic training educational research. Currently, she serves as the clinical practice site coordinator within the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN), which includes conducting the education and training for athletic trainers across the country. Additionally, Dr. Bacon currently serves on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Review Committee, the Board of Certification Evidence-Based Practice Review Panel, the Educational Advancement Committee under the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Committee for Education, the NCAA Health and Safety Cross Functional Team, and the Journal of Athletic Training Editorial Board. Dr. Bacon’s research agenda focuses on health care professional education and practice interventions to enhance clinical practice behaviors. Specifically, she is interested in assessing athletic training educational outcomes and identifying interventions to promote concussion education and enhance concussion management practices.

Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT
Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT
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Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT, is an associate professor in ATSU’s Athletic Training program. She teaches courses within the athletic training Master of Science degree program and online courses in orthopaedic rehabilitation foundation within the online Doctor of Athletic Training program. She also serves as a clinician scientist within the school’s Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network.

Ms. Falsone’s many accomplishments include being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major American professional sports leagues, when she was named the head athletic trainer for the LA Dodgers in 2012. She also served as the head of athletic training and sport performance for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. She is known internationally for her expertise in sport rehabilitation and performance enhancement and bridging between physical therapy and return to sport.

 

An alumna of Daemen College, Ms. Falsone graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in human movement science; is owner and founder of Structure and Function Education, an educational company working to bring the concepts, philosophies and techniques of dry needling to the allied healthcare professional.

Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
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Kelly Reavis, PhD, MPH, MS is a clinically certified audiologist with a master’s degree in public health, emphasizing biostatistics and epidemiology, and a PhD in the field of epidemiology. She also has an appointment in ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health where she co-teaches musculoskeletal and head & neck anatomy courses. Previously, Dr. Bliven has been a faculty member in ATSU’s Kinesiology (formerly human movement) and Athletic Training programs, as well as the Athletic Training Department at Indiana State University. Dr. Bliven’s current line of research on understanding and improving shoulder function and health addresses four areas: mechanisms of shoulder stability, muscle activation during rehabilitation, adaptations in the throwing shoulder, and health-related quality of life in throwing athletes. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Bliven serves as the director of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory and as the vice chair of the Institutional Review Board at ATSU-Mesa campus. She is the editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and serves on professional committees such as the BOC Exam Development Committee and NATA Research & Education Foundation’s Free Communications Subcommittee. Dr. Bliven received her bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education from Denison University in Granville, Ohio; master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.; and doctoral degree in kinesiology with an athletic training emphasis from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

Dr. Nikki Harris
Dr. Nikki Harris
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Nicolette “Nikki” Harris serves as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Student Recruitment for the Athletic Training Programs at A.T. Still University. An alumnus of the ATSU Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) program, Dr. Harris brings a wealth of clinical experience to this role. Prior to arriving to ATSU, she spent 6 years as the Coordinator for Athletic Training Services for Florida International University (FIU) where she worked to enhance the health care services provided to both FIU students and campus recreation participants. In addition, she served 3 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Miami Booker T. Washington Senior High school providing care to secondary school athletes during their pursuit of 4 State Championship Titles. 

In addition to her clinical practice, she has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Preceptor to athletic training students. Nikki actively engages in professional service at all levels, currently sitting as the NATA Career Advancement Committee (CAC) Chair Elect, the BOC Liaison to the Athletic Training Research Agenda Committee (ATRAC) as well as a member of the CAATE Education Committee. Dr. Harris values the effects of research on practice and education and has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice through her scholarly works. 

Kelsey Picha, PhD, AT
Kelsey Picha, PhD, AT
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Kelsey Picha, PhD, AT, is assistant professor of clinical anatomy in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Dr. Picha earned her bachelor of athletic training degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, followed by a master of science degree in post-professional athletic training from A.T. Still University (ATSU). She also earned her doctor of philosophy degree in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Kentucky, where she worked as a research assistant in the Sports Medicine Research Institute. During her time at the University of Kentucky, she investigated patient adherence and self-efficacy for home exercise programs. Dr. Picha completed a post-doctoral research fellowship within Research Support at ATSU, which focused on patient-oriented outcomes. Dr. Picha currently serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee through the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association and serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. Her research interests are in the areas of the patient adherence to rehabilitation and social determinants of health in athletic healthcare.

Rebecca Hlavac, M.S.
Rebecca Hlavac, M.S.
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Rebecca Hlavac, MS, is instructor of clinical anatomy within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU). In addition to teaching, Ms. Hlavac serves as ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences anatomy lab coordinator and is a member of the University’s Facilities and Safety Committee. Ms. Hlavac earned a bachelor of science degree in community health at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas; and a master of science degree in modern human anatomy from University of Colorado Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus) in Aurora, Colorado. Prior to ATSU, Ms. Hlavac assisted teaching gross anatomy to pre-allied health students at the University of Kansas and to physical therapy and physician assistant students at the University of Colorado Denver. Ms. Hlavac is passionate about human dissection, using evidence-based teaching practices to target a variety of learning styles, and integrating cross-sectional anatomy to help build students’ spatial awareness skills.

Kenneth C. Lam, ScD, ATC
Kenneth C. Lam, ScD, ATC
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Kenneth C. Lam, ScD, ATC, is an associate professor of clinical research within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU). Dr. Lam received a bachelor of science in athletic training and a master of education in human movement from Boston University. He also completed his doctor of science degree from Boston University with a focus on movement sciences.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at ATSU, Dr. Lam completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within the Center of Clinical Outcomes Studies at ATSU with a focus on patient-oriented outcomes research. His current line of research seeks to understand the overall impact of sport-related lower extremity injuries on patient-oriented outcomes such as health-related quality of life.

 

In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Dr. Lam serves as the director of Clinical Informatics for the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN) and as the vice chair of the Institutional Review Board at ATSU - Mesa campus. Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Lam practiced as a certified athletic trainer at Boston University, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.​

R. Curtis Bay, PhD
R. Curtis Bay, PhD
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​Dr. Bay, is an associate professor of biostatistics in the department of interdisciplinary health sciences. For the 12 years prior to joining ATSU, Dr. Bay served as director of medical research, Department of Academic Affairs, Maricopa Medical Center, in Phoenix. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he received a doctorate in psychology, with an emphasis in statistical methodology. Dr. Bay teaches courses in research methodology and statistical analysis. His current areas of interest concerns the relationship between patients’ illness epistemology and their subjective and objective responses to therapeutic interventions, as well as the application of structural equation modeling to medical research.

Gary D. Delforge, EdD AT-Retired
Gary D. Delforge, EdD AT-Retired
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​Dr. Delforge, professor emeritus and past chair, department of sports health care at ATSU-ASHS, maintains an active presence in the Athletic Training program. Dr. Delforge’s illustrious career as an athletic training educator has earned him numerous honors and awards, including the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator Award, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, and induction into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, and the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Delforge has served on the NATA Board of Directors and chaired the NATA Professional Education Committee. Prior to starting the Athletic Training program (formerly Sports Health Care program) at ATSU, Dr. Delforge spent 32 years at the University of Arizona where he served for seven years as the head athletic trainer before devoting 100 percent of his time to athletic training education. Dr. Delforge started one of the first two accredited post-professional athletic training education graduate programs in the country at the University of Arizona and has mentored and educated a distinguished list of leaders in the athletic training profession. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as the highly respected textbook, “Musculoskeletal Trauma: Implications For Sports Injury Management.” He has also given numerous state, regional, and national presentations including a keynote address at the NATA National Meeting. Dr. Delforge earned his EdD in rehabilitation administration at the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in health, physical education, and recreation at Kent State University.

Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Director
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Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, is the Athletic Training program director, professor of Athletic Training, research professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the John P. Wood, DO, endowed chair for Sports Medicine at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the founding director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network. Her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments, academics, and health-related quality of life.

Dr. McLeod is also involved with pediatric sports injury education and prevention through the Positive Play Project in conjunction with Mesa Parks and Recreation.

 

Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the NATA Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in the athletic training and sports medicine journals and is a NATA Fellow.​

Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Chair
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Eric L. Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA, is a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A. T. Still University (ATSU), in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Sauers also holds a joint appointment as a research professor in the ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Dr. Sauers received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University, his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU, and his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine and adult/university education at Oregon State University. Dr. Sauers has a special interest in both institutional and programmatic accreditation, having co-chaired his institutions regional accreditation site visit, written programmatic accreditation self-studies, and conducted numerous programmatic accreditation site visits.

As the founding chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Dr. Sauers planned and implemented the online Human Movement program, the online Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) program, and the online Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) program. He currently oversees the online DAT program in addition to overseeing the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, the Human Anatomy Unit, and the Biostatistics and Clinical Research Unit. Dr. Sauers served as the director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program from 2000 to 2009. His primary research and scholarly 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 health professions education and accreditation.

 

Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research and scholarship. He served as the first active member and then president of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET) that was not dual-credentialed. He has served as a commissioner and the vice president of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers was responsible for the visioning and development of the first and only Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research recognized practice-based research network in the athletic training discipline and currently serves as the associate director of the ATSU Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN). The AT-PBRN utilizes a web-based electronic medical record that Dr. Sauers helped to design and develop to enable efficient clinical documentation of patient care while supporting back-end mining of a national clinical practice database. He 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. He has previously served 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. He has received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and has been recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.

Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean
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Dr. Ann Lee Burch is the dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Burch received her doctor of education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her masters of public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her masters of physical therapy 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. Her BA is in psychology from the University of Rochester.

Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Burch served as vice dean for ATSU-ASHS. She served as the chair of the Physical Therapy Department from 2008-January 2012. Prior 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.

Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of health care providers and healthcare professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups.

Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) which was written to increase information access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. She was a co-investigator on an NIH grant at the University of Puerto Rico exploring the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors living in San Juan.  Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is committed to research, teaching and service that further the understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and cultural variables on health.

She was a member of the class of 2014 cohort of Women in Educational Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017 she was the co-PI on a Centers for Disease Control, Association for Prevention and Teaching grant exploring a population health case study format for teaching and communicating the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities. She was recently appointed a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  

Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Vice Dean
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Dr. Salas-Provance, is professor and vice dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Salas-Provance received her doctorate in speech science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her masters of health administration from the University of Missouri School of Medicine-Columbia. She holds both a bachelors and masters in Speech Pathology from New Mexico State University.

Prior to her appointment as vice dean, Dr. Salas-Provance served as associate dean of academic and student affairs for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. She served as assistant dean and chair in the College of Education, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montevallo (AL). She held faculty positions at Fontbonne College and St. Louis University, in St. Louis, MO.

She has made extensive professional contributions to the American, Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA), serving on the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, member of the Financial Planning Board, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations and was a founding member and coordinator of SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is an ASHA Fellow and received ASHA’s highest awards for “Special Recognition in Multicultural Affairs” and “Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement.”

Dr.Salas-Provance has served as a clinical educator throughout her academic career, especially related to children with cleft lip and palate. She is a member of an international medical team with Rotaplast International and has traveled worldwide for over 15 years to provide clinical services to children with cleft palate. She implemented a program for graduate students in speech pathology to provide clinical services in Spanish to children with cleft palate in Lima, Peru. In addition to Lima, Peru she has provided clinical services in China, Bangladesh, Philippines, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Venezuela.

Dr. Salas-Provance is coauthor of the textbook Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech-Language and Hearing Science (Plural Publishing, 2019) which meets the needs for training students in healthcare professions regarding practice with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Her research is focused on attitudes towards disability by diverse populations and addressing the use of language interpreters during healthcare and educational encounters.

Over the past ten years she has lectured extensively to international audiences, both in English and Spanish, including as invited speaker for the Congreso Internacional en Trastornos de la Comunicacion at Escuela de Fonoaudiologia (Speech Language Pathology / Audiology) de la Universidad de Talca, Chile and for the Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Lima, Peru, Endoscopic Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. She was invited keynote speaker for the First International Congress in Speech-Language Pathology and Orthodontics in the area of cleft lip and palate in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Salas-Provance was selected for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Program and attended the National Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington DC (2017) for advancing female executives in higher education.

Kaylynn Schmitt
Kaylynn Schmitt
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Kaylynn Schmitt is the administrative assistant for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Ms. Schmitt brings over 5 years of administrative and clerical experience to our program. She assists the program director, faculty and administrative manager with the administration responsibilities for both the Doctors in Athletic Training and Masters in Athletic Training programs.

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