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Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training

Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training

Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training is an online program providing advanced instruction in evidence-based practice, clinical outcomes assessments, clinical informatics and technology, and quality improvement.

The purpose of the program is to prepare practicing athletic trainers and athletic training educators with the clinical practice and educational competencies in clinical decision-making skills that will enhance the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

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  • A.T. Still University | Ann Lee Burch, Dean

Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training Faculty

  • Dean +

      •  Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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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.  

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      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS
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        Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS, 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.

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      • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
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        Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS ,is the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine, professor and director of the Athletic Training program 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 director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network and 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 and health-related quality of life. Dr. McLeod also has research interests regarding gender differences in lower extremity function, specifically neuromuscular control, and postural stability and studies these areas through an injury prevention approach in younger athletes. 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.

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      • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
        John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine and Professor
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      • Alison Valier , PhD, ATC Alison Valier , PhD, ATC
        Associate Professor and Director of Research Support
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      • Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT
        Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator
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      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
        Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
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      • Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC
        Assistant Professor
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      • Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
        Associate Professor
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      • Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC
        Assistant Professor
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      • R. Curtis Bay, PhD R. Curtis Bay, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS
        Assistant Professor
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      • spacer image for page layout Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS
        Adjunct faculty
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      • spacer image for page layout Gary D. Delforge, EdD
        Emeritus faculty
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      • Amanda Vigil, MBA Amanda Vigil, MBA
        Administrative Manager

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Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training program must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation.

      1. Applicants are required to meet all ATSU and ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) general admission requirements
      2. Candidates accepted for admission to the program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
      3. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their athletic training professional program or a minimum overall graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
      4. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
      5. Applicants to the certificate program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification as an athletic trainer.
      6. Candidates must submit an application form.
      7. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to ATSU-ASHS. See the ATSU-ASHS English Proficiency section of the University Catalog for more details.
      8. 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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Curriculum

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training program, students will be able to:

  1. Practice and/or teach athletic training in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence.
  2. Employ and/or teach clinician-based and patient-based clinical outcome measures to determine the effectiveness of athletic training services.
  3. Use and/or teach healthcare informatics and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making in athletic training practice.
  4. Implement quality improvement initiatives into athletic training practice.


Length of program: The certificate program consists of four courses that could be completed over a year’s time.

To earn a graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision-Making, all students must:

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety +

    • This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer’s understanding of quality improvement at the service and provider levels. The content covered will include patient safety, fundamentals of quality improvement, measuring improvement, cost and value models, and the history of quality improvement in healthcare.

  • Evidence-Based Practice+

    • This course is designed to enable the athletic trainer’s clinical decision-making process in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence. It is also intended to build on entry-level evidence-based practice (EBP) courses with the use of informatics and technology to access the medical literature. The course will cover advanced topics related to the EBP process, framing clinical questions to enhance clinical decision-making, searching the literature, critical appraisal, integration and evaluation of the evidence, grading levels of evidence and strength of recommendations, patient values, and statistical terminology related to EBP.

  • Patient-Oriented Outcomes+

    • Advanced Patient-Oriented Outcomes is designed to enhance the athletic trainer’s ability to employ clinician-based and patient-based clinical outcome measures for the determination of effective clinical decision-making through the practice of providing patient-centered whole person healthcare. Discussion of disablement models and outcomes research as the foundations to evidence-based practice will be provided. The use of disablement models as a framework for whole person healthcare and the evaluation of health-related quality of life will be presented. This course builds upon the basic components of clinical outcomes assessment by providing advanced content related to clinician- and patient-oriented outcomes. Instruction on the selection, implementation, and use of single- and multi-item, general and specific patient-rated outcomes instruments will be given. Details regarding the concepts of measurement properties, including assessment of measurement change, will be provided. Opportunity to develop an outcomes study through creation of a clinical question in PICO format will be provided and discussion of using practice-based research networks as means to conducting outcomes investigations will occur.

  • Health Information Technology+

    • The purpose of this course is to provide the athletic trainer with a survey of relevant concepts, tools, and systems of healthcare informatics and technology that may be useful throughout the clinical decision-making process. An understanding of informatics concepts and skills related to the use of technology has been identified as critical for all modern healthcare professionals. Moreover, informatics and technology provide several distinct advantages to the modern healthcare system, including, but limited to: cost savings, error detection, quality improvement, and improved patient outcomes.

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