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Athletic Training Graduate Course Offerings

ATP 507 Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries

3 credits

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. 

ATP 511 Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity

3 credits

Students will learn 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 lower extremity, lumbar spine and hip/pelvis pathologies. Orthopedic neurological and general medical evaluations are included.

ATP 511L Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity Laboratory

2 credits

This is a laboratory course to compliment Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity.  Students will build skills in performing lower extremity evaluation by learning appropriate evaluation and testing procedures.  Students will also learn how to document, effectively, utilizing appropriate EHR.  Emphasis will also be placed on how to code for billing and insurance purposes.

ATP 512 Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity

3 credits

Students will learn 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. 

ATP 512L Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity Laboratory

2 credits

This is a laboratory course to compliment Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity.  Students will build skills in performing lower extremity evaluation by learning appropriate evaluation and testing procedures.  Students will also learn how to document, effectively, utilizing appropriate EHR.  Emphasis will also be placed on how to code for billing and insurance purposes.

ATP 521 Therapeutic Interventions I

3 credits               

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.

ATP 521L Therapeutic Interventions I Laboratory

2 credits                 

This is a laboratory course to compliment Therapeutic Interventions 1.  Students will build their skills of using various forms of therapeutic modalities based on patient symptoms and injury. 

ATP 522 Therapeutic Interventions II Laboratory

3 credits                 

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.

ATP 522L Therapeutic Interventions II Laboratory

2 credits

This is a laboratory course to compliment Therapeutic Interventions 2.  Students will build their rehabilitative skills while learning how to apply treatment based on each patient’s injury healing process.  

ATP 525 Current Issues in Athletic Training

2 credits

This course is designed to address major issues and special topic affecting the Athletic Training Profession.  Particular attention will be given to current trends, professional development, employment settings, and educational opportunities, the role of allied health professionals, and legal, political, ethical, and other controversial issues affecting the professions. Special topics relating to technological advances, research, pharmacology, and special populations, evaluation and treatment techniques will be addressed.

ATP 531 Clinical Experience I

3 credits

Student will learn how to apply various taping and bracing procedures used to help prevent and protect their patients from injuries. Students will practice on each other during class but will also be required to utilize their skills on patients within their clinical experience under the direct supervision of their preceptor. In addition, students will be evaluated on the application of clinical proficiencies with emphasis on specific skills related to transporting, medical care and emergency procedures.

ATP 532 Clinical Experience II

3 credits

This course is designed to provide guidance for students to apply athletic training knowledge, skills, and abilities in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of an approved Preceptor. Emphasis is placed on continual practicing, implementing and reinforcing clinical skills from the previous and current didactic courses.

ATP 533 Clinical Experience III

5 credits

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 students for their final clinical practical examination to allow progression to their final semester.

ATP 534 Clinical Experience IV

5 credits

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 the BOC exam.

ATP 535 General Medical Conditions 3 credits

The focus of this course is on general medical conditions that affect patient’s well-being and activity level.  Students will be introduced to the pathology and epidemiology of diseases 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. In addition, this course will provide opportunity for students to learn different methods to intervene with appropriate care and triage.

ATP 536 Nutrition and Pharmacology

3 credits

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.

ATP 545 Organization and Administration

3 credits                 

In this course, students 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.  In addition, students will learn about the profession of athletic training and how to become involved within the organization.

ATP 598 Research Methods I

3 credits

Students will study the various types of research methodology pertaining to relevant issues within the health/exercise science professions. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to start their research experience. Toward this goal, the student will develop their patient outcomes research, while developing their skills to read, write, and think critically, and communicate effectively. Students will be required to find and critique evidence and learn how to incorporate their findings.  In addition, students will develop/find tools to use to collect their data towards completing their patient outcomes report.  Students will work closely with the instructor and their preceptor in utilizing technology to investigate and develop their clinical care methods. 

ATP 599 Research Methods II

3 credits                  

In this course, the student will refine their ability to read, think, and write critically and creatively. Students will complete their data collection and develop their patient outcomes report. The student’s patient outcomes report will be presented in class, both written and verbally, with hopes of creating a publishable paper.  The student will work closely with the instructor and their preceptor in designing and conducting the outcomes data. Through this research project, the student will learn to analyze the evidence and learn how to improve their results with their patients.