Athletic Training at Waynesburg University

The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance (BOC, CAATE, NATA and NATA Foundation), under the lead of NATA and CAATE, have been actively engaged in a critical examination of what the appropriate professional degree level should be to best prepare athletic trainers for an integral role in the evolving health care system. The NATA Board of Directors and the Commissioners of the CAATE, with the full support of the Board of Certification and the NATA Research & Education Foundation, have agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level.

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 and continuing such care as one goes through surgery, rehabilitation, and return to play. Waynesburg University (WU) 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 through the 2019-2020 academic school year. A substantive change request has been submitted to the CAATE to transition the accreditation of our program to the Professional Master of Science Degree Athletic Training Program. Anticipated decision – 2018- 2019 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 ATSs 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.

Additional Program Fees

Students in the MSAT Program will encounter additional expenses associated with the program. Those expenses include:

  • Apparel: Students must contribute a small portion (approximately $30) annually toward their athletic training apparel package (usually includes one polo shirt and two t-shirts) that are given to them by the MSAT program. Students may elect to purchase additional clothing at their expense.
  • Identification: One name badge is purchased for each student by the MSAT program; however, replacement badges due to loss or damage are the financial responsibility of the student (Roughly 10 dollars). Students are required to have access to their name badge during all clinical rotations in case they are asked to wear it.
  • Travel expenses to clinical sites: Students must provide their own transportation to their clinical sites. Expenses for this travel are the student’s responsibility. Expenses will vary based on distance to clinical site and housing. Communication between students can help set up carpool to clinical sites.
  • (Optional) Personal liability insurance: Waynesburg University provides student liability insurance in combination with other programs requiring student clinical assignments. However, students will be encouraged to buy their own liability insurance (roughly 35 dollars annually).
  • Tuberculosis Test, CPR Training, Flu Shot: These need to be completed prior to the start of the clinical rotations. Expenses for these shots and certification are the student’s responsibility.
  • Meals: Students may need to supply some of their meals while on campus for orientation and pre-season. However, meals may be available through the WU Cafeteria. Students will be responsible for their own meals. During certain events, food may be provided by the MSAT program.
  • NATA Membership Fees: Students are required to hold current membership with the NATA to be able to access pertinent course information. This membership will also grant the student access to ATRACK which will be used to input their clinical records. An annual 85 dollar fee will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Clearances: Students will be required to maintain certain clearances to be able to attend their clinical educational sites. These include: PA Criminal History Background Check (Act 34), PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), and PA Department of Health or Department of Education FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114) These clearances may cost around 100 dollars and are the responsibility of the student.
  • BOC certification exam: Upon graduating, most students sit for their national certification examination through the Board of Certification. Exam fees for NATA Student Members are $335.

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, WU offers an integrated 3+2 Exercise Science to Athletic Training Program.

- The integrated 3+2 Athletic Training Program at Waynesburg University was developed to allow students interested in Athletic Training a direct and efficient route to complete the program and be eligible to complete the Board of Certification Exam. Students will enroll in the Exercise Science Pre-Athletic Training Curriculum. This program is designed to help students complete the Exercise Science Program while also completing the pre-requisite courses necessary to apply to the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. During the student’s Junior Year, he or she will apply for admission into the MSAT Program. Applying to the MSAT program will require the completion of the graduate application, transcripts, resume, interview, observation experience, and two professional references.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Integrated Concurrent 5 year program include

  • - An official transcript from an accredited college or university indicating a 2.7 required overall GPA. A 3.0 GPA is preferred.
  • C or above in all pre-requisite courses:
    • Biology with lab
    • Chemistry with lab and Physics with lab
    • Statistics
    • Human Anatomy with lab
    • Human Physiology with lab
    • Intro to Psych
  • Completion of graduate application, resume, and two professional references
  • Completion of Clinical Observation Experience
    • Minimum of 25 hours
    • Must be completed with a qualified licensed healthcare provider
      • (ie. Nurse, Physician, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist)
      • Form included on graduate application
  • Interview with Faculty of the MSAT program
    • Can be in person or online

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.

The Professional Master of Science Athletic Training Program at Waynesburg University was developed to allow students interested in Athletic Training a direct entry to complete the program and be eligible to complete 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 the completion of the graduate application, transcripts, resume, interview, observation experience, and two professional references.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program include

  • An official transcript indicating a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree earned at an accredited college or university with a 2.7 required GPA: 3.0 GPA preferred
  • C or above in all pre-requisite courses:
    • Biology with lab
    • Chemistry with lab and Physics with lab
    • Statistics
    • Human Anatomy with lab
    • Human Physiology with lab
    • Intro to Psych
  • Completion of graduate application, resume, and two professional references
  • Completion of Completion of Clinical Observation Experience
    • Minimum of 25 hours
    • Must be completed with a qualified licensed healthcare provider
      • (ie. Nurse, Physician, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist)
      • Form included on graduate application
  • Interview with Faculty of the MSAT program
    • Can be in person or online

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 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 through the Christian faith by fully engaging in their clinical sites and community services.
  5. Provide opportunities for students to participate in the advancement of the athletic training profession.
  6. Allow students to compete for scholarly awards, scholarships, and grants.
  7. Incorporate a desire to commit to engage in lifelong learning.

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 health care providers. (G2-7)
  3. Assess and construct ethical, moral, and legal behavior as an athletic trainer. (G1-4)
  4. Manage patient care (based on their development of knowledge, clinical experience, critical thinking, and evidence-based decision making) to integrate the most current technological, innovated, and evidence-based approach to effectively practice with diverse population in a variety of clinical settings, and with various allied healthcare professionals. (G1-7)
  5. Integrate the Christian tradition/mission to incorporate life, leadership, 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. (G2-7)

BOC Exam Pass Rate

Board of Certification Examination Results

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

BOC Pass Rate Data

  2014
-2015
2015
-2016
2016
-2017
3 yr
aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 6 4 4 14
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 7 4 4 15
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 6 2 2 10
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 86% 50% 50% 66.7%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 7 3 4 14
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100% 75% 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