Athletic Training at Waynesburg University

In conjunction with national changes to the Athletic Training Profession, Waynesburg University has transitioned the Athletic Training Program from a Bachelor of Science to a Master of Science degree. Therefore, students interested in becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer through Waynesburg University can do so by either applying to the Integrated Concurrent 5-Year Program (from high school) or the Graduate Professional 2-Year Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (from a bachelor degree program).

The profession of athletic training includes injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, wellness protection, immediate and emergency care, organizational and professional health and well‐being. As vital members of a medical team, Certified Athletic Trainers provide immediate care for the physically active who sustain injuries as well as continual care following surgery, rehabilitation, and return to activity. Waynesburg University is committed to the concept that professional education requires rigorous academic preparation that is cultivated by clinical experiences.

Waynesburg University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 23, 2018, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The Athletic Training Program remains accredited by the CAATE with the next accreditation review during the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Mission Statement of the Athletic Training Program

The Waynesburg University ATP seeks to prepare Athletic Training Students for successful careers by instilling a comprehensive liberal arts education and in-depth study in Athletic Training. The program provides opportunities for students to achieve balance between academic scholarship and the acquisition of skills necessary for careers in athletic training and health care. The curriculum design provides opportunities for the development, synthesis, and demonstration of cognitive competency and professional behavior. The curriculum is guided by the Athletic Training Educational Competencies established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association along with the Christian principles on which the University was founded. The NATA Code of Ethics guides our efforts to provide the means, inspiration and values that will enable our athletic training students to pursue successful, productive, and compassionate lives of service.

Clinical Field Experience

The purpose of the clinical field experience is to shape students into clinicians who are experts in patient care in a variety of clinical settings. Students will practice their clinical skills under direct supervision of a preceptor, which will enhance communication and critical thinking skills needed to advance in the profession.

All preceptors, faculty, and administrators involved in the professional Master of Science Athletic Training Program are committed to the preparing future athletic trainers by equipping them with professional leadership capacity, critical thinking skills, theoretical and practical knowledge, and the psychomotor skills necessary to assume lifelong careers as healthcare professionals.

Admissions

The Professional Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training has two entrance points available.

Integrated Concurrent 5 year Program

Students who are interested in Athletic Training as a senior in high school, Waynesburg University offers an integrated 5-year Exercise Science to Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.

- The integrated 5-year program at Waynesburg University was developed to allow students interested in Athletic Training a direct and efficient route to complete the Athletic Training Program and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam. Undergraduate students will enroll in the Exercise Science Pre-AT Curriculum. The Exercise Science Pre-AT Program provides education in movement and exercise for all individuals and meets the pre-requisite requirements needed for entrance into the Professional Master of Science Athletic Training Program (MSAT) at Waynesburg University. During the student’s Junior Year, the student will apply for admission into the MSAT Program. Applying to the MSAT program will require transcripts, resume, interview, completion of 50 clinical observation hours, two professional references, and completion of the graduate application.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Integrated Concurrent 5 year program include

  • Acceptance to Waynesburg University as an undergraduate student declaring Exercise Science as their Major.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program following the student's junior year include:

  • Completion of all general education requirements
  • A 3.0 GPA
  • C or above in all pre-requisite courses:
    • Biology with lab
    • Chemistry with lab
    • Physics with lab
    • Statistics
    • Human Anatomy with lab
    • Human Physiology with lab
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Exercise Physiology
  • Completion of graduate application, resume, and two professional references
  • Completion of Clinical Observation Experience
    • Minimum of 50 hours
      • Completed on the "Clinical Observation" form included on the graduate application
    • Must be completed with a qualified Athletic Trainer Preceptor
      • Must have current BOC credential
      • Must hold current state licensure or registration
    • Interview with Faculty of the MSAT program

    Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program

    Students who are interested in Athletic Training as a senior college student, WU offers a two year Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (MSAT).

    The Professional Master of Science Athletic Training Program at Waynesburg University was developed to allow students a direct entry to complete the Athletic Training Program and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam. During the student’s Senior Year, he or she will apply for admission into the MSAT Program. Applying to the MSAT program will require transcripts, resume, interview, completion of 50 clinical observation hours, two professional references, and completion of the graduate application.

    Requirements for Acceptance into the Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program include:

    • B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution of higher education
    • A 3.0 GPA
    • C or above in all pre-requisite courses:
      • Biology with lab
      • Chemistry with lab
      • Physics with lab
      • Statistics
      • Human Anatomy with lab
      • Human Physiology with lab
      • Intro to Psychology
      • Exercise Physiology
    • Completion of graduate application, resume, and two professional references
    • Completion of Clinical Observation Experience
      • Minimum of 50 hours
        • Completed on the "Clinical Observation" form included on the graduate application
      • Must be completed with a qualified Athletic Trainer Preceptor
        • Must have current BOC credential
        • Must hold current state licensure or registration
    • Interview with Faculty of the MSAT program

    General Admissions Progression

    • Applications will be accepted until all cohort seats are full.
    • Interviews will be conducted once all application material has been collected.
      • No earlier than December 1.
    • Acceptance into the MSAT program will be based on a scoring rubric of the completed requirements.

Facilities

Waynesburg University’s Athletic Training Clinic allows students from the Athletic Training Program to gain hands-on experience assessing and treating athletic injuries.

Purpose, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose

The purpose of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Waynesburg University is to prepare students for a career in athletic training that leads to the students fulfilling a path of life, leadership, and service with and among others.

Goals

The goal of the ATP is to:

  1. Provide an educational program for students desiring to obtain BOC certification
  2. Develop competent and confident students entering the profession of Athletic Training as health care providers
  3. Provide students the ability to practice their knowledge, skills and abilities (learned in the didactic education) in the clinical setting under direct supervision of qualified healthcare preceptors
  4. Incorporate leadership abilities identified within the Christian faith
  5. Prepare students to critically, creatively, and practically think about patient care
  6. Allow students to compete for scholarly awards, scholarships, and grants

Program/Student Learning Outcomes

The students, upon completion of the ATP, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competence in the 8 content areas of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies (ATEC). (G1,2,3)
  2. Integrate communication skills, both written and oral, as a health care provider within the larger context of the health care system to be able to work collectively with other allied health care providers. (G2-6)
  3. Assess and construct ethical, moral, and legal behavior as an athletic trainer. (G1-4)
  4. Manage patient care (based on the development of knowledge, clinical experience, critical thinking, and evidence-based decision making) to integrate current technological, innovative, and evidence-based approaches to effectively practice with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings, and with other allied healthcare professionals. (G1-6)
  5. Integrate the Christian tradition/mission to lead a life of leadership, purpose, and service with and among others. (G1,2,3,6,)
  6. Critique and generate research to enhance the quality of care for the healthcare profession, specifically within the athletic training field. (G2-6)

BOC Exam Pass Rate

In order to obtain a certification in athletic training, a student must graduate from an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The student must also pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination to obtain credentialing to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Information regarding this process is available at www.bocatc.org. The data for graduates from the Waynesburg University Athletic Training Education Program are presented in the table below.

BOC Pass Rate Data

  2015
-2016
2016
-2017
2017
-2018
3 yr
aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 4 4 7 15
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 4 4 7 15
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 2 2 5 9
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 50% 50% 71% 60%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 3 4 7 14
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 75% 100% 100% 93.3%

Source: CAATE

Curriculum

The Professional Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training is a two year (5 semester) graduate program The Athletic Training Program is a competency-based educational program developed to train students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities in becoming a professional Athletic Traininer.

Masters of Science Degree in Athletic Training - Curriculum Sequence

Course ID Summer 1 10 Course ID Fall 1 14 Course ID Winter 1 12
ATP 507
ATP 506
ATP 508
ATP 505
Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries
Intro to Research
Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Foundations of AT
3
2
3
2
ATP 511
ATP 521
ATP 525
ATP 531
ATP 596
Orthopedic Assessment LE
Therapeutic Intervention I
Exercise Physiology
Clinical Experience I
Thesis/Capstone I
4
4
3
2
1
ATP 512
ATP 521
ATP 532
ATP 597
Orthopedic Assessment UE
Therapeutic Intervention II
Clinical Experience II
Thesis/Capstone II
4
4
3
1
Course ID Summer 2 Course ID Fall 2 11 Course ID Winter 2 9
Thesis/Capstone 1 (Extension) ATP 535
ATP 536
ATP 598
ATP 533
General Medical
Nutrition and Pharmacology
Thesis/Capstone III
Clinical Experience III
2
3
1
5
ATP 599
ATP 545
ATP 534
Thesis/Capstone IV
O and A
Clinical Experience IV
3
1
5
Total Hours 56

Upon completion of the 56 credit curriculum and approximately 800 hours of field experience, students will have the knowledge, skills and ability to sit for the Board of Certification exam.

MSAT Course Description

Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries

This course entails the study of advanced first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to prepare one to respond to emergency situations. Emphasis will be directed toward prevention, first aid treatment, emergency care, and transportation of the sick and injured in an athletic environment. Students receive certification for Health Providers injured in an athletic environment. Students receive certification for Health Providers CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association upon scoring a passing grade indicated by each organization. Two hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period each week.

Intro to Research

This course is designed to study research methodology pertaining to relevant issues within the health/exercise science professions. Specific attention is directed toward formal written communication using prescribed format.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

The purpose of this course is to strengthen the students’ knowledge with general musculoskeletal anatomy with a heavy focus on the upper and lower extremities. It will focus on origin, insertion, and nerve innervations of key muscles that promote movement as well as bony landmarks with regards to the skeletal system. The student should gain a very thorough foundation of the muscles of the human body that provide movement to the physically active person.

Foundations of Athletic Training

This course is a broad introduction to many facets of athletic training and the role of the Certified Athletic Trainer. The course includes components of injury prevention, recognition and immediate care, rehabilitation and reconditioning, health care administration, and professional development.

Therapeutic Interventions 1

In this course, we will explore the knowledge and theoretical basis related to managing care of patients. Specifically, we will examine pain theories and the injury healing process while also identifying general procedures for rehabilitative application. Students will also explore the evidence of using modalities to treat musculoskeletal injuries. This course will be offered in a blended model format with integrating online, lecture, and laboratory experiences.

Orthopedic Assessment of LE

This course presents the techniques used in injury/illness evaluation and assessment. In-depth analysis of the mechanism of injury, anatomy and physiology of the injury, and signs and symptoms associated with the injury/illness. Appropriate process of evaluation, diagnostic testing, documentation and terminology is presented. The focus of injuries for this course includes upper extremity, cervical spine and general medical pathologies as well as head and face injury evaluation. Orthopedic, neurological and general medical evaluations are included. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period each week.

Orthopedic Assessment of UE

This course presents the techniques used in injury/illness evaluation and assessment. In-depth analysis of the mechanism of injury, anatomy and physiology of the injury, and signs and symptoms associated with the injury/illness. Appropriate process of evaluation, diagnostic testing, documentation and terminology is presented. The focus of injuries for this course includes upper extremity, cervical spine and general medical pathologies as well as head and face injury evaluation. Orthopedic, neurological and general medical evaluations are included. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period each week.

Exercise Physiology

This course is an in-depth study of human physiological response to exertional stress. Emphasis will be on neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as overall metabolism and thermal regulation. Some participatory demonstrations will be included. Included will be periodic laboratory exercises.

Therapeutic Interventions 2

In this course, we will continue to explore the knowledge and theoretical basis related to managing care of patients. Specifically, we will identify progression of rehabilitation using multiple intervention techniques. Also included in this progression, we will be evaluating psychosocial issues and interventions related to patient management. This course will be offered in a blended model format with integrating online, lecture, and laboratory experiences.

General Medical Conditions

The focus of this course is on the pathophysiology of disease. Students will be introduced to disease, and explore the pathological conditions related to immunity, inflammation, infection, and cancer. The major disorders of the cardiovascular, hematological, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal, and integumentary systems will addressed.

Nutrition and Pharmacology

This course involves the study of nutrition and the effects of nutrition practices on daily living and sports performance. The first half of the course is intended to facilitate application of nutritional concepts to enhance athletic performance and promote health and general wellness. The second half of the course is is designed to promote understanding of the basics of clinical pharmacology. The focus is to explain the principles of pharmacology, process of drug approval, legal regulation, current research, and reliable sources of drug literature. Students will explore pharmacological principles in relation to major body systems as relevant to the practice of the health science professional. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the drug approval process, demonstrate understanding of the legal regulation of drugs, identify common medications and effects for major body systems, explore current pharmacological research, and identify reliable sources of pharmacology literature.

Thesis/Capstone 1-4

The purpose of this course is to provide a research experience for the advanced student of athletic training. Toward this goal, the student will refine their ability to read critically, write effectively, communicate effectively through speech, and think critically and creatively. The student will choose a thesis or capstone research project, which will culminate in a potentially publishable paper and a formal presentation of the project to the faculty of the Master of Science Athletic Training Program. This may be an independent or partner (with approval) project. The student will work closely with the instructor and their committee in designing and conducting the research project. Through this research project, the student will learn to analyze quantitative or qualitative research, evaluate ethical considerations of that research, and use technology to support their project.

Organization and Administration

In this course, we will examine the various issues, policies, and procedures involved with administration in athletic training. Emphasis will be placed on facility organization and design, legal liability, personnel management, budgeting, equipment purchasing, and record keeping and promotions.

Clinical Experience 1

Application and assessment of clinical proficiencies is emphasized specific to transporting, medical care and emergency procedures. This is a laboratory course meeting two hours a week.

Clinical Experience 2

In this course, students will progress in development of their clinical skills and apply them to patient care. Specifically, this course will focus on lower extremity patient care skill application and development.

Clinical Experience 3

Application and assessment of clinical proficiencies is emphasized specific to strength and conditioning and rehabilitation management of patients. In addition, this course is designed to prepare you for your final clinical practical examination to allow progression to your final semester.

Clinical Experience 4

This course is designed to progress skill and application development of the students, specifically in the area of general medical and psychosocial disorders and interventions. Additionally, students will be engaged in developing study habits to help them prepare for their BOC exam.

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Andrew Palko

Head Athletic Trainer - Instructor of Athletic Training


Athletic Training
Joseph Shaffer

Athletic Training Program Director - Assistant Professor of Athletic Training - Assistant Athletic Trainer


Athletic Training