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Athletic Training Graduate Program
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Curriculum

The athletic training program follows a cohort model that requires all students to be enrolled full time for two academic years, including summer sessions.  Matriculation of a cohort begins during the Summer I session.  The curriculum is unique in that the first year (including summers) is completed in person at Salisbury University.  All second year courses are taught in an on-line format to allow for a variety of immersive clinical opportunities off-site.

The curriculum features 42 credit hours of coursework specifically devoted to the athletic training domains.  Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 with grades no lower than a C and no more than six credit hours of C or C+ in the program.  Once formally admitted to SU's athletic training program, students are required to complete two years of clinical experiences and demonstrate mastery of clinical proficiencies through four successive clinical proficiency courses: ATTR 505, 555, 605, and 655.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 180 (300 maximum) clinical experience hours under direct preceptor supervision as part of each proficiency course. 

Athletic Training Program Course Sequence
 
First Year

Summer I Summer II Fall Spring
5 weeks 5 weeks 1st 7 week 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
ATTR 501:
 Injury/Illness
Prevention
ATTR 500:
 Advanced
Strategies for 
Physical Wellness
ATTR 510:
Acute Care of
Injury/Illness
ATTR 520:
Orthopedic
Assessment &
Diagnosis
ATTR 560:
Therapeutic
Modalities
ATTR 570:
Therapeutic
Exercise
ATTR 505:
Risk Management Strategies
ATTR 555:
Pathology & Assessment

Second Year

Summer I Summer II Fall Spring
5 weeks 5 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 15 weeks
ATTR 600:
Comprehensive
Approach to Health
ATTR 610:
Research
Methods for
Clinical Practice
(on-line)
Immersive 
Clinical

Experience
ATTR 620:
Healthcare
Administration
(on-line)
ATTR 655:
Administration and
Professional Development
(on-line)

ATTR 660:
Applied Research
(on-line)
ATTR 605:
Therapeutic Interventions &
Administration
(on-line)

Athletic Training Program Course Descriptions

First Year

Summer I (3 credits)

ATTR 501: Injury/Illness Prevention (3) Introduces foundational knowledge of injury/illness prevention and emergency management.  Emphasis is placed on preventative measures to minimize the risk of injury/illness.  Discusses primary responsibilities of the athletic trainer as a health care provider.  The history and governance of the athletic training profession is presented.

Summer II (3 credits)

ATTR 500: Advanced Strategies for Physical Wellness (3)
This course focuses on applied concepts related to health and fitness in physically active individuals.  Emphasis is placed on content related to disease and injury prevention, including ergonomics, exercise, and nutrition.  Students will conduct baseline fitness and wellness screenings in order to provide recommendations for a healthy lifestyle.

Fall (9 credits)

ATTR 505: Risk Management Strategies (3)
Integrates the topics of nutrition, strength and conditioning, and injury prevention in a problem-based learning format.  Students are assessed on these topics during clinical assignments through clinical proficiency assessment. 

ATTR 510: Acute Care of Injury/Illness (3) (First 7 weeks)
Addresses the pathology and medical management of specific acute illnesses and traumatic injuries that may be encountered by the athletic trainer.  Attention is given to the clinical signs and symptoms of orthopedic-related injuries and clinical manifestations of acute trauma of the body's systems.  Pathology of injuries and illness is covered to build a foundation knowledge for further inquiry.

ATTR 520: Orthopedic Assessment and Diagnosis (3) (Second 7 weeks)
Introduces clinical assessment techniques for orthopedic injuries.  Learn to take a complete patient history, including mechanism of injury and chief complaint, in order to develop a differential diagnosis.  Acquire examination techniques, including observation, palpation, range of motion assessment, and manual muscle, neurovascular and laxity testing to objectively rule out possible injuries and arrive at an appropriate working diagnosis. 

Spring (9 credits)

ATTR 555: Pathology and Assessment (3)
Integrates the topics of on-field and clinical assessment in acute care in a problem-based learning format.  Students are assessed on these topics during clinical rotation assignments through clinical proficiency assessment. 

ATTR 560: Therapeutic Modalities (3) (First 7 weeks)
Introduces the theory and application of therapeutic modalities and physical agents commonly utilized in the athletic training profession.  Focus of the materials presented includes the selection, indications, contraindications and appropriate parameter selection. 

ATTR 570: Therapeutic Exercise (3) (Second 7 weeks)
Provides the programs, theories and concepts vital in conditioning, reconditioning and injury rehabilitation.  Gain an understanding of trauma and the healing process and how these affect decisions made in the initiation and progression of a rehabilitation program. 

Second Year

Summer I (3 credits)

ATTR 600: Comprehensive Approach to Health
General medical conditions and diseases in physically active individuals are introduced.  These conditions will be explored through an interprofessional lens allowing students the opportunity to value a comprehensive approach to patient care.  Additionally, students will demonstrate professional behaviors in a variety of settings while interacting with diverse patient populations.  Concepts and practices associated with pharmacology, long-term medication plans, and the governing regulations relevant to the dispensing and administering of medications are addressed.

Summer II (3 credits)

ATTR 620: Healthcare Administration (on-line)
Examines the various tissues, policies and procedures involved with the administration of a health care facility.  An intensive study is made of facility organization and design, legal liability, personnel management, equipment maintenance, and budgeting, record keeping, health care services, counseling and public relations.

Fall (6 credits)

ATTR 605: Therapeutic Interventions (3) (on-line)
Integrates the topics of therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation and reconditioning in a case-based learning format.  Students are assessed on these topics during clinical rotation assignments through clinical proficiency assessment.

ATTR 610: Research Methods for Clinical Practice (3) (Second 7 weeks) (on-line)
Provides information regarding basic concepts of and methods for conducting quality research.  Apply basic statistical procedures using statistical analysis software.  Introduces the concept of evidence-based practice to develop critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills in future healthcare providers.  By utilizing a systematic approach to ask and answer clinically relevant questions, develop strategies for optimizing patient care. 

Spring (6 credits)

ATTR 655: Administration and Professional Development (3) (on-line)
Integrates the topics of psychosocial referrals, pharmacological interventions, organization and administration in a case-based learning format.  Students are assessed on these topics during clinical rotation assignments through clinical proficiency assessment.

ATTR 660: Applied Research (3) (on-line)
Complete a research project either through an original research design, including a data collection process, or in the forma of a meta-analysis utilized to answer a clinically relevant question.  Complete the task under the supervision of a faculty member.  The completed process will result in a scholarly presentation or publication submission. 

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