Exercise & Sport Sciences

M.S. in Athletic Training

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Harding University's Master of Science in athletic training is a professional program designed to provide the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for successful careers and servant leadership within the field of athletic training.

PHILOSOPHY
An educational program that enriches the learner in a diverse, interprofessional and Christian based athletic training curriculum will produce a servant oriented leader and health care professional capable of providing primary and gateway services necessary for excellent sports medicine care.

UNIQUENESS
The athletic training curriculum at Harding University is not only distinctive through its focus on interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice, general medical knowledge and cultural competence, it is centered on Christianity. Faculty and staff believe their classrooms and clinical sites are areas for mission, and they strive to train students not only in athletic training, but also in servant leadership so the student can integrate their faith into both their professional and daily lives.

VISION 
The vision of the athletic training Program at Harding University is to become recognized and respected for excellence in education; providing well-skilled, knowledgeable and Christ-centered professionals to the field of athletic training while delivering quality service and integrative health care.

TWO TRACKS TO THE MSAT

Fast Track (3+2):  

  • Three Years: Students declare exercise science (pre-athletic training) as their undergraduate major and complete liberal arts credits and athletic training prerequisites during first three years
  • Plus Two Years: Graduate school is six semesters; culminating with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and master’s degree in athletic training in a total of five years

Traditional Track (4+2):

  • Four Years: Declare an undergraduate major - exercise and sport sciences (pre-athletic training) - and graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. You are allowed up to seven years to finish undergraduate prerequisites.
  • Plus Two Years: Apply for entrance into the graduate program during the final year of undergraduate studies. Graduate school is six semesters; culminating with a Master of Science in athletic training

The traditional track is required for all collegiate athletes and transfer students.

What are the career possibilities?
Upon successful completion of the athletic training program and Board of Certification Exam, the graduate will be prepared to enter the health care profession as an athletic trainer. Numerous job settings are available, including, but not limited to:

  • High schools
  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Military
  • Occupational health
  • Performing arts
  • Universities/colleges

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Harding University's Master of Science in Athletic Training program is participating in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS). Applications should only be submitted through ATCAS. (Applications for 2019-2020 open July 1 and close November 30)

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  • Online application customer service
    M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET 617-612-2075 
    atcasinfo@atcas.org 

Application Requirements (submitted through ATCAS)

  • Submit a completed application through ATCAS and pay applicable fees

  • Request an official transcript be sent directly to ATCAS:

ATCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9132
Watertown, MA 02471

  • Request three (3) letters of recommendation (evaluations) through ATCAS

  • Upload (into ATCAS) a 750 word essay (personal statement) that discusses the following:
    • Why are you interested in the athletic training profession?
    • What are the professional goals you hope to achieve?

  • Enter prerequisite coursework into ATCAS
    Applicants must have completed all prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation into the athletic training Program. Prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven (7) years of submitting application. All applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher within these courses. No grade lower that a ‘C’ will be accepted.

  • Enter observation hours into ATCAS
    Applicants to the Master of Science in athletic training program at Harding University must complete 40 hours of observation/volunteer time prior to matriculating into the curriculum. All hours must be accumulated under the direct supervision of a certified/licensed athletic trainer and occur at multiple professional settings (university/college, secondary school, industrial, hospital/clinic, etc.). Observation hours should be within three (3) years of submitting application.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a competitive GPA on all undergraduate coursework. The ideal applicant will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at time of application.

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must have been taken within five (5) years of applying for the athletic training program. No minimum score is required. GRE results should support academic grades and demonstrate ability to successfully take standardized exams.

  • Onsite interview. Accommodations, such as a web based interview, may be made for applicants living out of state.

  • A criminal background check will be arranged by the athletic training program and is a condition of continued enrollment within the Harding University athletic training program. Failure to consent to a criminal background check or refusal to provide necessary information to conduct a background check will result in dismissal from the program.

Need help with the online application portal? 

Contact ATCAS customer service:
M-F 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. ET 617-612-2075
atcasinfo@atcas.org
(When contacting via email, applicants should include their full name, ATCAS ID number and detailed question.)

OR contact our office at MSAT@harding.edu

Tuition and Fees

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Curriculum

Summer  – Year 1

This summer term consists only of didactic courses, which build upon required prerequisites and prepare the student for the remaining sports medicine curriculum.

EXSS6070Advanced Physiology of Exercise3 hrs
EXSS6050Advanced Biomechanics3 hrs
COUN6080Advanced Human Growth & Development3 hrs
EXSS6060Advanced Motor Learning3 hrs
Total    12 hrs

Fall – Year 1

Musculoskeletal injuries and evaluation, as well as emergency action in athletic training is the focus of the first fall semester. Didactic courses cover basic skills and knowledge necessary for treatment, evaluation, diagnosis, and management of athletic injurie, and illnesses. In addition, these courses provide a foundational knowledge needed for subsequent semesters. Clinical rotations progress from observation to hand-on experiences and include clinical sites and/or preceptors within Harding University’s Athletics Department and local medical and rehabilitation facilities.

AT5000Evaluation of the Extremities6 hrs
AT5010Emergency Management & Acute Care3 hrs
AT5020Personal Ethics in Health Care3 hrs
AT5030Clinical Practicum I3 hrs
Total    15 hrs

Spring – Year 1

Rehabilitation, advanced clinical skills, and administration are the didactic focus this semester. The knowledge and abilities learned during this time, combined with those previously learned, provide a capability to manage emergency situations, as well as evaluate, diagnose and rehabilitate athletic injuries. Clinical rotations include hands-on medical and rehabilitation sites that allow opportunities to work one-on-one with patients.

AT5040Therapeutic Exercise & Modalities6 hrs
AT5050Advanced Clinical Skills in Athletic Training3 hrs
AT5060Administration in Athletic Training3 hrs
AT5070Clinical Practicum II3 hrs
Total    15 hrs

Summer – Year 2

Florence, Italy is the site for this summer term as a didactic emphasis is placed on mental health and referral, as well as how the perspective of health care differs around the world. The clinical component spans six (6) weeks and includes work with the Guelfi Firenze football team, while also gaining interprofessional experience with physios, physical therapists and physicians.

AT5100Mental Health & Referral3 hrs
AT5200Athletic Training from a Global Perspective3 hrs
AT5300Clinical Practicum – Italia3 hrs
 Total   9 hrs

Fall – Year 2

The focus of this semester is the clinical immersion. This eight (8) week clinical rotation occurs Aug. 1 – Sept. 30. Student assignments for these immersions are based solely on interest along with availability. Didactic courses begin online but transition to the classroom once the formal immersion concludes. One of these didactic courses assists the student in planning for the program’s comprehensive exit exam. This comprehensive exam, in turn, prepares the student for the Board of Certification Exam.

AT6000Seminar I 1 hr
AT6010Comprehensive Review2 hrs
AT6020Nutrititan and Fitness in Sports2 hrs
AT6030Clinical Practicum III4 hrs
Total    9 hrs

Spring – Year 2

An advanced medical conditions course, focusing on general medical issues, will be the backdrop for this semester as clinical rotations center around general medical and integrated health care. Additionally, the program culminates with the student presenting his/her research and/or case study project.

AT6040Seminar II1 hr
AT6050Advanced Medical Conditions & Disabilities3 hrs
AT6060Clinical Practicum IV4 hrs
Total    8 hrs

Clinicals: Domestic and International

Clinical Experience
In addition to didactic coursework, clinical rotations will allow for experiential learning as students perform necessary skills and abilities in real world situations.

Domestic
Clinical Rotations: Students will experience multiple rotations each semester. These will include but not be limited to: collegiate athletics, high school athletics, recreational athletics, orthopedic clinic, concussion clinic, general medical clinic, and rehabilitation.

Clinical Immersion: During the fall semester of their second year, students will be immersed into their respective clinical rotation. For eight weeks, students will focus solely on clinical responsibilities rather than didactic coursework in an effort to gain an appreciation for the day-to-day experiences within the athletic training profession.

International
Included in the curriculum and cost of tuition, students will spend six weeks in Florence, Italy, during one summer session. Students will complete required coursework, as well as gain clinical experience with the Guelfi Firenze football team — a member of the Italian Federation of American Football. Students will experience firsthand the health care system from a global perspective.

Mission & Program Objectives

Mission Statement
Harding University's Master of Science in athletic training is a professional program designed to provide the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for successful careers and servant leadership within the field of athletic training.


Program Objectives

Goal 1: Admit, retain and prepare Christian professionals to serve in the field of athletic training.

Program Outcomes:

  • Christian values and Biblical principles will be integrated into curriculum.
  • A Christ-like heart and servant attitude will be encouraged through community service.
  • Emphasis will be placed on retention, graduation and employability of students within the program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the Athletic Training Program, graduates will conduct themselvesprofessionally and ethically.
  • Upon completion of the Athletic Training Program, graduates will communicate effectively and professionally with athletes, coaches, parents, administrators, and other health care professionals.

Goal 2: Provide active, diverse and systematic educational opportunities through participation in didactic and experiential learning environments to prepare students for professional practice.

Program Outcomes:

  • Didactic curriculum and experiential environments will be systematically structured for students
    to progressively learn, develop and refine knowledge and skills throughout program.
  • Experiential environments will expose students to various populations; such as age, gender, culture, activity level and equipment intensity.
  • Students will be exposed to various health care conditions commonly seen in athletic training practice.
  • Didactic and experiential curriculum will prepare the student to sit for the Board of Certification Exam.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the athletic training program, graduates will perform a clinical evaluation (general medical) and make a clinical diagnosis; referring the patient to other health care providers when necessary.
  • Upon completion of the athletic training program, graduates will perform a clinical evaluation (musculoskeletal) and make a clinical diagnosis; referring the patient to other health care providers when necessary.
  • Upon completion of the athletic training program, graduates will properly utilize therapeutic modalities, rehabilitate and/or provide a home exercise program (HEP) for acute and/or chronic musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Upon completion of the athletic training program, graduates will be able to recognize abnormal psychosocial and mental health behaviors and respond appropriately; referring the patient to other health care providers when necessary.
  • Upon completion of the athletic training program, graduates will be able to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.

Goal 3: Promote interprofessional education and collaboration.

Program Outcomes:

  • Didactic curriculum and experiential environments will include interaction with a variety of health care professionals and/or multidisciplinary teams.

Goal 4: Promote personal and professional development, as well as professional advocacy.

Program Outcomes:

  • Membership in professional organizations will be encouraged.
  • Attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences will be encouraged.
  • Advocating for the profession will be encouraged.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Coursework

-All applicants must have GPA of 3.0 or higher within these courses. 

-No grad lower than a "C" will be accepted.

-Prerequisite coursework must be completed within 7 years of submitting application.

CourseMinimum Credit
Statistics3.0
Math (College Algegra or higher3.0
Biology3.0
College Chemistry (with lab)8.0

Physics (with lab)

4.0
Human Anatomy and Physiology (with lab)8.0
Prevention & Treatment of Athletic Injuries3.0
Biomechanics3.0
Exercise Physiology3.0
Psychology (General, Abnormal, Sport)6.0

Program Outcomes

Board of Certification

During the final semester of the athletic training program, students take the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Students must pass this exam and/or meet state licensing requirements prior to practicing within the athletic training profession. All CAATE accredited athletic training programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70% first-time pass rate on the BOC exam. All pass rates must be posted and readily available on the program's home page.

Aggregate Data pdf

Student Handbook and Required Forms

caATe logoHarding University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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