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Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Education

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Education

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Education

Certificate in Leadership and Education

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Education is an online program providing advanced instruction in leadership, health policy and systems, and contemporary issues in athletic training education.

The purpose of the program is to prepare practicing athletic trainers and athletic training educators to debate and apply contemporary knowledge and skills in athletic training leadership and education.

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Leadership and Education Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Education program must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation.

      1. Applicants are required to meet all ATSU and ASHS general admission requirements
      2. 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.
      3. Candidates accepted for admission to the program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
      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 the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. See the ASHS English Proficiency section 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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Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Education 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 Leadership and Education, all students must:

  • Complete with a passing grade (“C” or better) all prescribed courses and clinical rotations;
  • Discharge all financial obligations to ASHS-ATSU;
  • File all necessary graduation forms with the ATSU Registrar’s Office, 800 West Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO 63501; (800) 626-5266 Ext. 2356;
  • Leadership and Professionalism in Athletic Training +

    • This course offers an examination and application of theories of professionalism and leadership as they related to various aspects of the practice of athletic training. Topics include, but are not limited to: contemporary leadership theories, medical professionalism, organizational communication, personal effectiveness and productivity, communities of practice, leading change, and conflict management. The course requires students to be active participants in the learning process. We will rely on a series of readings (e.g. book chapters, classic and contemporary articles, and research studies), presentations, discussions, and both reflective and authentic applied assignments to provide a deeper understanding of leadership and professionalism and their impact the athletic training profession. By the end of this course you should have the foundational knowledge and a framework for action that will allow you to make informed decisions about your own leadership roles and pursue meaningful change in both your work setting and your profession.

  • Health Policy and Systems of Delivery +

    • This course provides a forum for exploration and discussion of current policy issues and trends in healthcare in general, and in athletic training more specifically. The course attempts to do three things: The first half of the course takes a broader approach to examine the U.S. healthcare system from a health policy and health politics perspective. Topics include general civics, the role of state and federal government in law and policy making, as well as organizing, financing, and delivering healthcare. The second half of the course will look more specifically at emerging policy issues. The second half of the course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer’s understanding of legal and risk management concepts as they pertain to daily clinical practice and the administration thereof. Concepts will include: accreditation, cardiac, heat and hydration, injury prevention and sport specialization, and concussion policy analysis.

  • Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training Education +

    • This course that will explore contemporary issues in athletic training education, with special emphasis on the continuum of education from professional programs through residency and fellowship training to post-professional degree programs, such as the doctor of athletic training and doctor of philosophy degrees, as well as continuing education and maintenance of competence. A global perspective of the structure of health professions education, accreditation, and current issues in higher education will be explored. Students will develop insights and discuss implications for the ever-changing nature of health professions education, with a focus on contemporary issues in athletic training education.

  • Applied Clinical Education and Mentoring +

    • This course is intended to improve the student’s understanding and application of best practices in clinical education and mentoring in athletic training professional education and residency/fellowship training programs. Focus will be on best practices regarding bridging the gap between didactic and clinical education, clinical education techniques and models, preceptor mentoring, and student/resident/fellow mentorship models. Focused discussion regarding developing assessment activities at the point-of-care to facilitate practice-based research is included. Contemporary issues in clinical education, facilitating transition to practice, and mentoring within the health professions will also be presented.

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