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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.

Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training Faculty

  • Dean +

      • Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
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        Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, is dean of A.T. Still University’s 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.

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      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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        Dr. Burch is vice dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as chief operating officer of ATSU-ASHS 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.

  • Chair +

      • 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.

  • Director +

      • 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.
        • See the Minimum Technology Specifications under the General Admission Requirements section.

  • Tuition and Financial Services+

    • 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% per month, which is 18% per year. Tuition: $534 per credit hour.

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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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