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M.S. in Athletic Training

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The Athletic Training Profession

Athletic training is one of the nation’s emerging health care fields and is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA). An athletic trainer is educated and experienced in the prevention, treatment and management of the health care needs of physically active individuals. In cooperation with physicians and other health care professionals, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the health care team.

The Athletic Training Program

On July 11, 2018, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) notified UCA that our request to transition the program to the MS-AT degree was approved.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

The athletic training curriculum is developed in a purposeful sequence. In addition to prescribed courses, students complete 2 continuous years of clinical education (fall, spring, summer II, fall, and spring). Student’s clinical education is completed under the careful direction and supervision of clinical preceptors and program faculty.

UCA: Academic Vitality, Integrity, Diversity

Mission Statement

The Athletic Training Program is committed to mentoring professionals who will enhance the quality of health care for the physically active and advance the athletic training profession as clinical scholars. This is achieved through a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for entry-level athletic training positions using evidence-based practice. Graduates of the program will be prepared to be members of an interdisciplinary health-care team in a variety of settings.

Athletic Training Program Goals and Outcomes

UCA AVID – Vitality

Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate vitality through intellectual excellence.

Outcome: Clinical Scholarship

Students will:

  1. Through discovery, critically analyze, interpret, judge and apply the results of research.
  2. Develop and thrive personally through professional interaction.
  3. Communicate effectively with patients, parents, colleagues and health care professionals.

UCA AVID – Integrity

Goal 2: Graduates will demonstrate integrity while providing quality care for patients.

Outcome: Standard of Care

Students will:

  1. Acquire the knowledge, skills and critical thinking ability in order to make evidence-based and clinically sound decisions.
  2. Demonstrate ethical conduct while using and promoting best practices.
  3. Pass the Board of Certification exam in order to practice as a certified athletic trainer.

UCA AVID – Diversity

Goal 3: Graduates will demonstrate respect to others and integrate themselves into the larger world.

Outcome: Professional Development and Community

Students will:

  1. Experience active learning opportunities that occur in experiential environments (i.e. didactic, laboratory, simulation and clinical).
  2. Engage in interprofessional experiences through formal instruction and supervised clinical experiences.
  3. Gain clinical experiences in diverse practice settings with a variety of sports and patients.