M.S. in Athletic Training

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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. An Athletic Training Program must be accredited for students to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for the Athletic Trainer.

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

The athletic training curriculum is developed in a purposeful sequence and is competency-based. 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.

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

The University of Central Arkansas Masters of Science Program in Athletic Training will:

  1. Provide quality instructional experiences that develop knowledge, skills and critical thinking abilities in order to make evidence-based and clinically sound decisions.
  2. Offer active learning opportunities that occur in experiential environments (i.e. clinical, simulation and laboratory settings).
  3. Deliver learning experiences that require students to develop effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Promote best practices and ethical conduct as outlined by the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC standards of practice.
  5. Encourage professional development through participation in educational conferences (state, district or nationally).
  6. Assist students with career planning and placement (i.e. employment or doctoral study).
  7. Prepare students to critically assess, interpret and perform research.

Student Learning Outcomes: Athletic training students will:

  1. Develop knowledge and practical skills through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences.
  2. Learn from a variety of health care professionals who teach through formal instruction and supervise clinical experiences.
  3. Gain clinical experiences in diverse practice settings with a variety of sports and patients.
  4. Communicate effectively with patients, peers, health care professionals, staff and administrators.
  5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  6. Develop professionally through participation in educational association meetings.
  7. Prepare to practice as a certified athletic trainer.
  8. Critically analyze and apply research to clinical practice.