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Athletic Training MS (53-643)

Apply to the Master of Athletic Training Program

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

UCM's Master of Science in Athletic Training degree has been approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and will be available in UCM's 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog.

 

Athletic Training at UCM

Athletic Training MS brochure

Thank you for your interest in the University of Central Missouri Master of Science in Athletic Training Program (ATP). We have a very dynamic educational experience providing both classroom and clinical experiences, which, we believe, will match your interest.

Mission Statement

The mission of the athletic training program at the University of Central Missouri is to produce life-long learners, critical thinkers, and engaged servant leaders who are ready to take their place in the dynamic world of professional healthcare, which is consistent with the overall mission of the University of Central Missouri. The program prepares future athletic trainers to succeed in an integrated healthcare community through the use of evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes. With a variety of innovative and dynamic learning opportunities, the athletic training program provides the tools necessary to become professionally prepared and to ultimately foster the confidence to allow the student to succeed in the ever-changing world of healthcare.

Vision Statement

Building upon the University’s historical charter, the University of Central Missouri Athletic Training Program strives to be regionally recognized as a leader in athletic training education. The program seeks to develop engaged practitioners in an integrated and collaborative medical model emphasizing evidence based clinical application and professional development in a continually evolving healthcare environment.

 

Student taking notes on a piece of paper and many other students sitting around her.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate delivery of comprehensive health care to designated populations, consistent with best practices in the profession.

  1. Core Knowledge: To acquire and synthesize the didactic and clinical skills, and knowledge, necessary to be a successful BOC candidate and an eventual BOC certified athletic trainer.
  2. Critical thinking and ethical reasoning: To instill the ability to properly analyze information and draw conclusions based upon critical evaluation, the professional code of ethics, and all applicable laws and regulations.
  3. Professional Development and Life-long Learning:  To impart the skills needed to be professionally relevant in the ever-changing and adapting healthcare environment.  The student will be able to identify appropriate credentialing continuing education activities, thus ensuring the maintenance of one’s credentials and improved patient outcomes. 
  4. Collaboration and IPE: The athletic training student will become knowledgeable in, and able to define and evaluate, the intricacies of the current healthcare environment. Students will identify how other healthcare providers operate while providing their skills in patient care. The student will learn to collaborate with other healthcare professions, and other healthcare education programs and their students, in order to apply that knowledge in providing patient centered care and evaluating patient outcomes. 
  5. Diversity and Community: Students will learn to appreciate, assess and understand their own differences, beliefs, values, socio-economic status and attitudes which will in effect increase the cultural competency of the student. The student will further be able to extrapolate this to the workplace, patient outcomes, and to society.
 
 

University of Central Missouri Program History and Accreditation Status

  • 1969: Dr. Ronald “Doc” VanDam, professor and head athletic trainer at the University of Central Missouri established an athletic training internship program in 1969. At that time, students could become athletic trainers by completing an internship program such as the one developed at UCM.
    • Future and Current Students: The Doc Van Dam scholarship is named after our founder! For more information on applying for the MSAT specific scholarships, please click here
  • 2000: During the early 2000s, education requirements changed, ending the ability for students to become athletic trainers by completing an internship program. University officials were incredibly supportive of the program and the work of Dr. Van Dam. As such, the university allowed the program to continue compliance with the changing athletic training education requirements, paving the way for the transition to a bachelor’s level degree program. During this time, Dr. Van Dam retired in 2000, passing the program to our current director, Dr. Brian Hughes. Dr. Hughes successfully led the bachelor’s degree program to full accreditation in 2007; it has maintained accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) for the last 14 years.
  • 2015: In 2015, CAATE required athletic training education to transition yet again. New guidelines require the move from an undergraduate program to a graduate program. With the university's continued support, and to comply with new accreditation standards, the University of Central Missouri Athletic Training Program has decided to likewise transition. We will sunset the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program and graduate our final undergraduate cohort in spring 2021.
  • 2021: We are excited to announce beginning summer 2021, our first graduate cohort will pursue a Master of Science in Athletic Training! In accordance with the CAATE, we cannot begin the accreditation process until the bachelor’s degree program has concluded and the master’s degree program has started. As such, we will begin the 2-year process of seeking accreditation for the Master of Science in Athletic Training beginning summer 2021! The CAATE requires our transparency in the process and has asked that we post the following statement regarding our intent to seek accreditation:
    • The University of Central Missouri is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2022. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

 

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Master of Science in Athletic Training Admissions Criteria

Processes and Procedures

  • A student must first be admitted to the University Graduate School. All application materials for the graduate school can be found at www.ucmo.edu/apply.  Information regarding the MSAT can be found at www.ucmo.edu/msat. Questions regarding the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training should be directed to atprogram@ucmo.edu.
  • After acceptance into the graduate school and all MSAT required materials are received, you may be contacted for an interview. The interview may be conducted on campus if the applicant is within reasonable driving distance or via remote teleconference.
  • The program admits students into the summer term only. The program will have rolling admissions until April 15. All information must be received by the program no later than April 15 (unofficial transcripts are permissible until bachelor’s degree is confirmed). Students will be notified of their conditional admittance into the program by April 30. Final criteria for program admission is an official transcript from the institution where the bachelor’s degree was earned. This should be received by the program no later than 10 working days after the bachelor's degree was earned. Failure to comply with these dates may impact your acceptance into the program.
    • Note that the application process takes approximately 4 weeks. Please plan accordingly to the due date of April 15.

Programmatic Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA (based on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA (based on a 4.00 scale) on the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” or higher:
    • General Biology and lab - 3-4 credit hours
    • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Lab - 4-8 credit hours
    • Chemistry and Lab - 3-4 credit hours
    • Nutrition - 3 credit hours
    • Statistics - 3 credit hours
    • Lifespan and Development - 3 credit hours
    • Kinesiology or Biomechanics - 3 credit hours
    • Exercise Physiology - 3 credit hours
  • Articulation of courses determined by the review of the ATP Admissions Committee.

Additional Application Materials

The following documents must be submitted through SLATE:

  • Technical Standards Form (Signed by your healthcare provider)
  • Physical Examination Form (Signed by your healthcare provider)
  • Five reference forms (two must be from a faculty members)
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A personal statement of professional and educational goals, 3-5 pages.
  • Official transcript where bachelor’s  degree was earned.
  • If an official transcript is unavailable, an unofficial transcript will be accepted until the degree is awarded and official transcript is available
  • Proof of current personal medical/health insurance
  • Proof of current immunization records for the following:
    • Hepatitis B series
    • Meningitis
    • Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis)
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • Varicella (Chickenpox) or verification of prior Varicella infection
    • Polio
      • Note: Yearly tuberculosis screening and annual flu shots will be required as part of the program. Deadlines for these will be made available once in the program
  • Drug Test and Criminal Background Screening
    • Please contact Validity Screening Solutions : Client Care at 913.322.5999 or clientcare@ validityscreening.com
    • Upon submission of your application, a link will be provided to Validity Screening Solutions where you will schedule your drug test and criminal background screening. (There will be an attached fee for this). Both the drug test and criminal background screening will be completed by you through Validity Screening Solutions. Following completion of the drug test and criminal background screening, Validity Screening Solutions will send the confidential results directly to the program director.

International Considerations

  • For International students seeking admission into the program, additional requirements apply:
  • For full admission to the Athletic Training Master’s Program, international students must submit English proficiency scores with a minimum of 6.0 IELTS-Academic or 79 iBT TOEFL. The Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test (RTPDT) scores of Reading: 20, Writing: 20, and Listening: 20 are also accepted by UCM for full admission.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency scores may apply for conditional admission to the program. All conditionally-admitted students must successfully complete the Intensive English Program prior to enrolling in courses for the MS in Athletic Training program.  Students who are accepted conditionally do not need to reapply to the Athletic Training program.

Program Details

Required Courses

AT 5610 Clinical Athletic Training Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 3
AT 5620 Responding to Medical Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
AT 5630 Principles of Athletic Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 3
AT 5640 Orthopedic Assessment: Lower Extremity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
AT 5650 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
AT 5660 Therapeutic Modalities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
AT 5670 Orthopedic Assessment: Upper Extremity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
AT 5680 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . 3
AT 5690 Therapeutic Rehabilitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
AT 6610 Medical Aspects and Interventions in Athletic Training . . . . 4
AT 6620 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
AT 6630 Management and Professionalism in Athletic Training . . . .  3
AT 6640 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
AT 6650 Seminar in Athletic Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
AT 6660 Internship in Athletic Training. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .6
KIN 5900 Introduction to Research in Kinesiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
MINIMUM GRADUATE HOUR TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 52

 

Course Catalog Descriptions

AT 5610 Clinical Athletic Training Methods (3) A foundational approach to therapeutic rehabilitation, program design and implementation for conditions in the active population. Additional fee is associated with this course. Co-requisite: AT 5620 and AT 5630. SU.

AT 5620 Responding to Emergencies (3) Management of accident, injury, and illness situations for the Athletic Trainer. Concepts of patient centered care involving referral, legal/ethical considerations and legal aspects will be discussed. Co-requisite: AT 5610 and AT 5630. Additional fee is associated with this course. SU.

AT 5630 Principles of Athletic Training (3) Provide the athletic training student with the foundational knowledge of the Athletic Training profession. Discuss prevention, recognition, mechanism and management of injuries and general medical conditions.. Co-requisite: AT 5610 and AT 5620. Additional course fee is associated with this course. SU.

AT 5640 Orthopedic Assessment: Lower Extremity (3) (3: 2 Lecture, 1 Lab) Common types of orthopedic dysfunctions in the lower extremity will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon mechanism of injury, pathology, recognition/evaluation techniques, protocols, and prevention in patient centered care. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, and AT 5630. Co- requisites: AT 5650 and AT 5660. FA.

AT 5650 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum I (3) The evaluation of orthopedic conditions occurring to the lower extremity. Clinical assignment to Clinical Preceptors will occur during the semester to assess clinical learning/implementation. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, and AT 5630. Co-requisite: AT 5640 and AT 5660. Additional fee is associated with this course. FA.

AT 5660 Therapeutic Modalities (3) (3: 2 Lecture, 1 Lab). Principles related to the physiological effects, treatment parameters, intended outcomes utilizing Evidence Based Medicine in the practical application of the various modalities discussed. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, and AT 5630. Co-requisites: AT 5640 and AT 5650. FA.

AT 5670 Orthopedic Assessment: Upper Extremity (3) (3: 2 Lecture, 1 Lab). Common types of orthopedic dysfunctions in the upper extremity will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon mechanism of injury, pathology, recognition/evaluation techniques, protocols, and prevention in patient centered care. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, AT 5630, AT 5640, AT 5650, and AT 5660. Co-requisite: AT 5680 and AT 5690. SP.

AT 5680 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum II (3) The evaluation of orthopedic conditions occurring to the upper extremity. Clinical assignment to Clinical Preceptors will occur during the semester to assess clinical learning/implementation. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, AT 5630, AT 5640, AT 5650, and AT 5660. Co-requisite: AT 5670 and AT 5690. Additional fee is associated with this course. SP.

AT 5690 Therapeutic Rehabilitation (3) Building upon the foundation from AT 5610, this course will bridge theory into clinical application of rehabilitation concepts across the entire spectrum of a patient care. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, AT 5630, AT 5640, AT 5650, and AT 5660. Co-requisites: AT 5670, and AT 5680. SP.

AT 6610 Medical Aspects and Interventions in Athletic Training (4) The course provides an overview of concepts related to the general medical evaluation, conditions, and treatments commonly seen in a diverse and active population. Prerequisite(s): AT 5610AT 5620AT 5630AT 5640AT 5650AT 5660AT 5670AT 5680AT 5690 and admission to the MSAT program. Corequisite(s): AT 6620. An additional fee is associated with this course.

AT 6620 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum III (3) Emphasis will be placed upon the application of athletic training skills in emergency care, orthopedic appliances, and therapeutic intervention as directed by orthopedic assessment findings in the clinical setting. Clinical assignment to Clinical Preceptors will occur during the semester to assess clinical learning/implementation. Additional fee is associated with this course. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, AT 5630, AT 5640, AT 5650, AT 5660, AT 5670, AT 5680, and AT 5690. Co-requisite: AT 6610. SU.

AT 6630 Management and Professionalism in Athletic Training (3) Discussions in legal/ethical practice, resource management, professional responsibility, inter-professional relationships and medical facility management. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, AT 5630, AT 5640, AT 5650, AT 5660, AT 5670, AT 5680, AT 5690, AT 6610, and AT 6620. Co- requisite: AT 6640 and PE 5900. FA.

AT 6640 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum IV (3) The theoretical and clinical application of diagnostic instrumentations along with the interpretations and findings to assist in medical diagnosis and treatment. Clinical assignment to Clinical Preceptors will occur during the semester to assess clinical learning/implementation. Additional course fees apply. Pre-requisites: AT 5610, AT 5620, AT 5630, AT 5640, AT 5650, AT 5660, AT 5670, AT 5680, AT 5690, AT 6610, and AT 6620. Co-requisite: AT 6630 and PE 5900. FA.

AT 6650 Seminar in Athletic Training (3) The course will prepare students for their national board exam, state licensing requirements, and entry level professional practice. Prerequisite(s): AT 5610AT 5620AT 5630AT 5640AT 5650AT 5660AT 5670AT 5680AT 5690AT 6610AT 6620AT 6630AT 6640 and admission to the MSAT program. Corequisite(s): AT 6660. An additional fee is associated with this course.

AT 6660 Internship in Athletic Training (6) The course will provide students the opportunity for a clinical immersive experiences and prepare them for the day to day tasks of an athletic trainer. Prerequisite(s): AT 5610AT 5620AT 5630AT 5640AT 5650AT 5660, AT 5670AT 5680AT 5690, AT 6610AT 6620AT 6630AT 6640 and admission to the MSAT program. Corequisite(s): AT 6650  An additional fee is associated with this course.

Tuition and Fees Calculators

Cost Calculators

Lab fees associated with AT courses:


*AT 5610 - Clinical Athletic Training Methods - $145

*AT 5620 - Responding to Emergencies - $145

*AT 5630 - Principles of Athletic Training - $160

*AT 5660 Therapeutic Modalities - $35

*AT 6620 - Clinical Athletic Training Practicum III- $65

 

*Pending approval from the UCM Student Technology Fee Committee

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

1) Dr. Ronald VanDam Athletic Training Student Scholarship

Since 1995, the VanDam Scholarship has been awarded to those deserving students who embody the spirit of Dr. Ronald “Doc” VanDam as a future athletic trainer. 

A total of 32 scholarships valued at $30,100 were awarded between 2011 and 2020!!!

2) The MSAT Admissions Scholarship:

Starting in 2021, an admitted student to the ATP is eligible to apply for the program’s admission scholarship. The scholarship is valued at $300 and each student must individually apply for this scholarship if they so choose to seek this funding.

For more information on these scholarships, please see the UCM Scholarship website listed below.

https://www.ucmo.edu/future- students/financing-your- education/scholarships/

Plan of Study

Summer 1
AT 5610 Clinical Athletic Training Methods 3
  AT 5620 Responding to Medical Emergencies 3
  AT 5630 Principles of Athletic Training 3
Fall 1 AT 5640
Orthopedic Assessment: Lower Extremity
3
  AT 5650
Clinical Athletic Training Practicum I
3
  AT 5660
Therapeutic Modalities
3
Spring 1 AT 5670
Orthopedic Assessment: Upper Extremity
3
  AT 5680 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum II 3
  AT 5690 Therapeutic Rehabilitation  3
Summer 2  AT 6610 Medical Aspects and Interventions in Athletic Training 4
  AT 6620 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum III 3
Fall 2 AT 6630 Management and Professionalism in Athletic Training 3
  AT 6640 Clinical Athletic Training Practicum IV 3
  KIN 5900 Introduction to Research in Kinesiology 3
Spring 2 AT 6650 Seminar in Athletic Training 3
  AT 6660 Internship in Athletic Training 6

Clinical Site Information

Student Placement at Clinical Rotations

Fall 1 and Spring 1 – As an Athletic Training Student, you will be assigned to on-campus Clinical Sites with Athletic Trainer Preceptors

Summer 2 - As an Athletic Training Student, you will be assigned to off-campus Clinical Preceptors at Clinical Sites that include outpatient PT Clinics, Primary Care Physician Offices, and Orthopedic Physical Offices and Surgical Centers

Fall 2 - As an Athletic Training Student, you will be assigned to area off-campus High School Clinical Sites with Athletic Trainer Preceptors

Spring 2 - As an Athletic Training Student, you will be assigned to various on and off-campus Clinical Sites with multiple Preceptors

 

Current Affiliated Sites

 

Colleges

  • UCM
  • Missouri Valley College

Hospitals

  • Bothwell Regional Health Center
    • Bothwell Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
    • Smith-Cotton High School
  • Western Missouri Medical Center
    • Central Family Medicine
    • Western Missouri Bone and Joint
    • Advanced Wound Center
  • CenterPoint Hospital
    • Oak Grove High School
    • Grain Valley High School
  • Golden Valley Memorial Hospital
    • Emergency Department
    • Wound Center
    • Aquatic Therapy

Physician Groups

  • Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists
  • Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine as SANO

Rehabilitation Clinics

  • SERC

Standalone High Schools (high schools affiliated with another site are listed with that site)

  • Blue Spring High school
  • Blue Springs South High School
  • Raytown High School
  • Lee's Summit High School
  • Lee's Summit West High School
  • Lee’s Summit North High School

Professional Sports

  • Kansas City Royals Urban Youth League Academy

Get Involved

 

Contact

Dr. Brian Hughes, ATC, LAT
Professor and Program Director
Morrow 139
Tel: (660) 543-8062
Fax: (660) 543-8847 fax

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