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Athletic Training Graduate Course Offerings

ATP 505 Foundations of Athletic Training 2 credits

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.

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 towards 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 508 Musculoskeletal Anatomy 3 credits

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 students should gain a very thorough foundation of the muscles of the human body that provide movement to the physically active person.

ATP 511 Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity 4 credits

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 lower extremity, lumbar spine and hip/pelvis pathologies. Orthopedic, neurological and general medical evaluations are included. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period each week.

ATP 512 Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity 4 credits

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.

ATP 521 Therapeutic Interventions I 4 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. This course will be offered in a blended model format with integrating online, lecture, and laboratory experiences.

ATP 522 Therapeutic Interventions II 4 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 525 Current Issues in Athletic Training 2 credits

This course is designed to address major issues and special topics 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 2 credits

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.

ATP 532 Clinical Experience II 3 credits

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.

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 you for your final clinical practical examination to allow progression to your 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 be 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 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 1 credit

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.

ATP 596 Thesis/Capstone I 1 credit

The purpose of this course is to provide a research experiences for the students of athletic training. Toward this goal, the students will refine their ability to read critically, write effectively, communicate effectively through speech, and think critically and creatively. In this course, students will develop a research question and literature review based on their question. This may be an independent or partner (with approval) project. The students will work closely with the instructor and their committee in utilizing technology to investigate and develop their research questions and background information. Through this research project, the students will continue to refine skills learned in Introduction to Research to analyze quantitative or qualitative research, evaluate ethical considerations of that research, and use technology to support their project.

ATP 597 Thesis/Capstone II 1 credit

The purpose of this course is to provide a research experience for the students of athletic training. Towards this goal, the students will continue to refine their ability to read critically, write effectively, communicate effectively through speech, and think critically and creatively. In this course, students will continue to develop their research project. Students will be required to develop their methodology of their study during this semester. This may be an independent or partner (with approval) project. The students will work closely with the instructor and their committee in utilizing technology to investigate and develop their methods based on the technology and access to resources the students will have. Through this research project, the students will continue to refine skills learned in previous semesters to analyze quantitative or qualitative research, evaluate ethical considerations of that research, and use technology to support their project.

ATP 598 Thesis/Capstone III 1 credit

The purpose of this course is to provide a research experience for the students of athletic training. Toward this goal, the students will continue to refine their ability to read critically, write effectively, communicate effectively through speech, and think critically and creatively. In this course, students will collect their data towards completing their research project. This may be an independent or partner (with approval) project. The students will work closely with the instructor and their committee in utilizing technology to investigate and develop their methods based on the technology and access to resources the students will have. Through the research project, the students will continue to refine skills learned in previous semesters to analyze quantitative and qualitative research, evaluate ethical considerations of that research, and use technology to support their project.

ATP 599 Thesis/Capstone IV 3 credits

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