Masters of Science in Athletic Training Strengths
The AT Program is designed to prepare graduates for the BOC examination leading to a career as an AT. We offer a unique hybrid of online and on-campus education. We are leading the way to promote evidence based practice and action research in an athletic training profession which is growing to meet the national demands of the physically active population.
Our program is a six semester, summer intensive, clinical approach to entry level masters’ athletic training education. The academic program is a two-year sequence of didactic and clinical experiences intended for those who meet the prerequisite requirements for admission. Educational courses are offered in a traditional format on the Moscow campus of University of Idaho (UI) during the summer and then through online education during the fall and spring semesters. Clinical experiences involve hands-on application of skills within a variety of experiences at UI, as well as local colleges and universities, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, and other affiliate sites. All students are required to complete a minimum of 900 clinical education hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. All students will complete clinical rotations categorized by exposure to general medical experiences, varying levels of risk, a variety of different populations including genders, and protective equipment.
To prepare athletic training students to be able to provide excellent patient care and begin their journey towards advanced athletic training practice. In doing so, all students who successfully graduate from the UI AT Program will meet or exceed the minimum standards set forth by the BOC in regards to exam eligibility. These individuals will possess the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, evaluate, manage/treat, and rehabilitate athletic injuries. The program will provide students with comprehensive and continuous training in the skills and theory needed for successful clinical practice and develop athletic trainers that demonstrate intellectual curiosity and skill in applying an evidence-based approach to patient care. Acquiring the knowledge and skills provided in this Program will enhance the graduate’s ability to become competitive professionals in the sports medicine market, valuable members of any sports medicine team, and clinicians who have begun to develop advanced athletic training practice.
The Program develops knowledge, skills and professional attitudes/behaviors in the following athletic training educational competency content areas:
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Prevention and Health Promotion
- Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
- Acute Care of Injury and Illness
- Therapeutic Interventions
- Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
- Healthcare Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibility
Upon completion of the Program, students will demonstrate the following:
- Mastery of the affective, cognitive and psychomotor competencies and clinical integrated proficiencies.
- Effective communication skills in disseminating information accurately and professionally.
- The ability to convert didactic knowledge into clinical skills and appropriate clinical decision-making abilities.
- The ability to succeed in a diverse number of clinical settings.
- The ability to work with, and provide care for, a diverse patient population.
- The eligibility to sit for, and pass, the BOC, Inc. exam to become an athletic trainer.
- The ability to incorporate literature evidence and practice-based evidence into their patient care.
- The ability to collect and incorporate outcomes measures to evaluate and improve clinical practice.
- The ability to treat patients from multiple clinical paradigms.
- The ability to model and facilitate a lifestyle of health and wellness.
- Cohesive curriculum of didactic (classroom) and clinical coursework
- Focus on Best Clinical Practices and Patient Outcomes
- Focused clinical rotations in many athletic training settings across the nation
- Quality athletic training tradition
- Experienced faculty
- Small class sizes
Points of Distinction:
- Expanded graduate curriculum for musculoskeletal disorders and disease (e.g., cadaver anatomy, advanced rehabilitation and manual therapy skills, etc.)
- Evidence-based curriculum that focuses on taking research to clinical practice
- Introduction to traditional and complimentary rehabilitation techniques and philosophies