General Degree RequirementsSuccessful graduates of the USF Master of Science in Athletic Training program will have completed a course of study following the guidelines set forth by the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and have achieved the learning outcomes reflected in the Athletic Training Competencies.
The 5th Edition of the CAATE Athletic Training Education Competencies can be found here.
The Athletic Training Education Competencies provides educational program personnel and others with the knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities to be mastered by students enrolled in professional athletic training education programs. Mastery of these Competencies provides the entry-level athletic trainer with the capacity to provide athletic training services to clients and patients of varying ages, lifestyles, and needs.
The Competencies are organized into eight distinct 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
In addition to the Competencies, students will be required to master a set of Clinical Integration Proficiencies designed to represent the synthesis and integration of knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making into actual client/patient care.
The curriculum is based on a medical model with the large portion of the didactic training in the first year with more time for clinical based education in the second year. The degree consists of 60 credit hours, all of which will be required. The degree will be a non-thesis option, but will require a capstone comprehensive assessment that will be completed in the last semester.
Athletic Training Program Course Sequence
|Year 1 - Summer|
|ATR 5105C Athletic Training Techniques||3|
|ATR 5125 Anat Basis of Clin Prac||3|
|ATR 5534 Documentation in AT||1|
|Year 1 - Fall|
|ATR 5217C Physical Exam I||4|
|ATR 5306C Therapeutic Inter I||4|
|ATR 6104 Preventing Sudden Death I||2|
|ATR 6115 Preventing Sudden Death II||2|
|ATR 5815 Clinical Exp I
|Year 1 - Spring|
|ATR 5307C Therapeutic Inter II||4|
|ATR 5218C Physical Exam II||4|
|ATR 5346C Health and Wellness I||3|
|ATR 5435 Medical Conditions||3|
|ATR 5825 Clinical Exp II
|Year 2 - Summer|
|ATR 5612 Evidence Based Med
|ATR 5835 Clinical Practicum
|Year 2 - Fall|
|ATR 5347C Heath and Wellness II||1|
|ATR 5348C Health and Well III||1|
|ATR 6517 Professional Practice||4|
|ATR 6616 Research in AT||3|
|ATR 6835 Clinical Exp III||3|
|Year 2 - Spring|
|ATR 5308C Therapeutic Inter III||1|
|ATR 6226 Advanced AT||3|
|ATR 6845 Clinical Exp IV||3|
ATR 5815, 5825, 5835, 6835, and 6845 each require the completion of clinical education hours at various sites. In year 1 (ATR 5815 and ATR 5825) students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours/semester and a maximum of 200 hours/semester. This does not include the immersive experience weeks. The maximum clinical experience during the didactic blocks is 15 hours per week. In year 2 (ATR 6835 and ATR 6845) students are required to complete a minimum of 250 hours/semester and a maximum of 600 hours/semester. This does not include the 2-week immersive experiences.
The hour requirement for any level during any immersive clinical experience will be 20-75 hours per week, which will vary throughout the year and by clinical site. During this time, students are expected to be at their clinical experience any time their preceptor is there, however, as a CAATE standard, students still need a day off every 7-day period. There will be variation in the number of hours the student will be in the assigned clinical rotation depending on the preceptor to which the student is assigned and the demands of the clinical assignment.
Students must be available nights and weekends for clinical assignments as needed. Students should be aware that this is a considerable time commitment and should plan accordingly. Students may acquire hours outside of this range under rare circumstances and are considered exceptions. The Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator must approve all exceptions.
On a typical day, in the first year, students must be available from 9am-4pm for class and from 5pm-8pm for clinical education daily (times vary depending on site). Students must also be available nights and weekends for clinical assignments as needed.
There will be additional costs (above tuition and fees) for the clinical rotations (See Cost of Attendance tab). Costs may include, but are not limited to professional liability insurance, physical examination and immunizations, professional association fees, uniforms, and travel expenses related to clinical education. Transportation is needed for all off-campus clinical sites. Each student will have a minimum of two off-campus sites.
Students completing clinical rotations off campus at area high schools will be asked to submit to a background check and must be fingerprinted. The student is responsible for these additional costs. Students should check with his/her assigned preceptor prior to the start of the clinical rotation to be sure that all requirements are met ahead of time.
Summer (7 units)
ATR 5105C Athletic Training Techniques (3)
Overview course including basic components of the athletic training profession including the prevention, recognition and evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries. Medical terminology, emergency procedures, tissue healing, taping procedures, and professional considerations will also be covered.
ATR 5125 Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice in Sports Medicine (3)
By way of laboratory prosection of cadavers, this class will provide an opportunity for students to gain an in-depth understanding of human anatomy. This course examines the gross anatomy of the extremities, back, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum are examined.
ATR 5534 Documentation in Athletic Training (1)
Documentation in Athletic Training is designed to prepare athletic training students with an introduction to the foundation of appropriate terminology, documentation, and communication methods as they relate athletic training and sports medicine.
Fall (13 units)
ATR 5217C Physical Examination I (4)
The study and practice of skills and techniques essential for the evaluation of orthopaedic and athletic-related injuries to the lower extremity. In this class, students will learn to formulate an impression of the injury/condition for the purposes of providing the basis for an initial treatment plan and medical referral.
ATR 5306C Therapeutic Interventions I (4)
This course provides both theoretical and clinical bases for the use of therapeutic modalities, pharmacology in the rehabilitation setting. The course also includes basic physics, physiological effects, indications, contraindications, and applications of therapeutic modalities in rehabilitation.
ATR 6104 Preventing Sudden Death in Sport I (2)
The purpose of the course is to provide athletic training students an overview of the general concepts and principles related to the causes of sudden death in sport. This course will deal with specific and potentially life-threatening conditions (such as sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, hyponatremia, and exertional sickling).
ATR 6115 Preventing Sudden Death in Sport II (2)
The purpose of the course is to provide athletic training students an overview of the general concepts and principles related to the causes of sudden death in sport. This course will deal with specific and potentially life-threatening conditions (such as exertional heat stroke, cardiac, exertional sickling), and athletic injuries to the head, face, neck, thorax, abdomen, spine, and trunk.
ATR 5815 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I (1)
Performance of basic athletic training skills under the supervision of a clinical instructor at various sties. Students develop competence in introductory athletic training skills. Focus on equipment intensive sports. A weekly seminar also required. Clinical experiences associated with this course begin the first week of August and end the second week of December.
Spring (16 units)
ATR 5307C Therapeutic Interventions II (4)
Theory and application methods of comprehensive therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation programs for injuries commonly sustained by the physically active. The purpose of this course is to:
- Provide a broad theoretical knowledge base from which specific rehabilitation techniques may be selected and practically applied in the care and treatment of injuries affecting the physically active.
- Provide students the opportunity to engage in research related to common injuries and the subsequent rehabilitation process.
- Challenge students to think critically in determining how to design and implement rehabilitation protocols for injuries affecting the physically active.
ATR 5218C Physical Examination II (4)
The study and practice of skills and techniques essential for the evaluation of orthopaedic and athletic-related injuries to the upper extremity, as well as spine (the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral), head, and face. In this class, students will learn to formulate an impression of the injury/condition for the purposes of providing the basis for an initial treatment plan and medical referral.
ATR 5346C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan I (3)
Integrates physiological, psychological, and social understanding of humans in relationship to physical activity as a lifelong pursuit. Includes physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, socialization, and individual differences in human behavior.
ATR 5435 Medical Conditions (3)
Pathology, physical examination, referral and treatment related to non-orthopedic conditions in the active population. Examples of topics include conditions of the cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary, neurological, and EENT. Specific diagnostic tests and physical examination procedures will also be addressed.
ATR 5825 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II (2)
Performance of basic athletic training skills under the supervision of a clinical instructor at various sites. Students develop competence in introductory and mid-level athletic training skills. Weekly seminar is also required. Clinical experiences associated with this course begin the first week of January and end the first week of May.
Summer (5 Units)
ATR 5835 Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training (3)
Performance of mid-level athletic training skills under the supervision of a preceptor at various sites. Students develop competence in mid-level and advanced athletic training skill. Clinical experiences associated with this course begin the second week of May and end the fourth week of August.
ATR 5612 Evidence Based Medicine in Athletic Training (2)
This class will introduce the concept of evidence-based medicine and provide the student with information on how evidence-based medicine can affect the clinical practice of athletic training and enhance the care given to patients.
Fall (12 units)
ATR 5347C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan II (1)
Techniques in conducting health fitness tests and exercise prescription including cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, weight control and nutrition as it relates to a healthy lifestyle.
ATR 5348C Health and Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan III (1)
This course will introduce concepts of neuromuscular system training, specifically addressing sport specific strength training, exercise selection, and physiological needs analysis
ATR 6517 Professional Practice (4)
The advanced study, writing and discussion of specialized topics and contemporary issues related to professional practice. Emphasis will be on historical perspectives, professional preparation, credentialing, governance, ethics, and scope of practice.
ATR 6616 Research in Athletic Training (3)
The research projects completed (case study abstract and critically appraised topic) exemplify a body of knowledge that significantly contributes a worthy product to the profession of athletic training and one's own professional endeavors.
ATR 6835 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III (3)
Performance of mid-level athletic training skills under the supervision of a clinical instructor at various sites. Students develop competence in mid-level and advanced athletic training skills. Experience will also include general medical experience and surgery observation. Weekly seminar also required. Clinical experiences associated with this course begin the fourth week of August and end the second week of December.
Spring (7 units)
ATR 5308C Therapeutic Interventions III (1)
This course will provide an overview of manual therapy techniques, including myofacial release, joint mobilization, and traction as they are incorporated into a therapeutic rehabilitation program.
ATR 6226 Advanced Athletic Training (3)
This course designed to expose the second year athletic training students to current concepts and techniques in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Didactic sessions will be supplemented with physical exam assessment skills.
ATR 6845 Clinical Experience IV (3)
A capstone experience under the supervision of a preceptor at various sites. Students develop competence in mid and advanced athletic training skills and prepare for the BOC examination. Clinical experiences associated with this course begin the first week of January and end the first week of May.
As a student in the Athletic Training Program you must:
- Enroll as a full-time student.
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Achieve satisfactory evaluations in each Clinical Experience course before progressing.
- Successfully complete coursework in the sequence indicated by the program of study unless approved by Athletic Training Program Director.
- Abide by the Code of Ethics of the University, the Morsani College of Medicine and those established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Board of Certification
- Obtain all vaccinations or proof of immunity as indicated on verification form prior to clinical experiences.
- Maintain CPR, First-aid certification, and blood borne pathogens training throughout the program
- Maintain personal professional liability insurance throughout the program.
Failure to meet the above standards may result in dismissal from the program.
Academic ProgressionStudents proceed through the program in cohorts and are required to complete all the required courses each semester with a grade of “C“ or better in order to progress to the next semester. Failure to earn a C in any course requires the student to retake the course when it is offered the next year. The student is NOT allowed to progress with clinical experiences until the course is remediated.
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the Athletic Training courses each semester. Failure to meet the 3.0 GPA will result in the student being placed on academic probation. Probation includes the development of a study plan and progress meetings with the Program Director and may include attending mandatory study sessions. Two consecutive semesters on probation may result in the student being dismissed from the program. Students who do not complete the requirements will be dismissed from the program and may re-apply for the next cohort. If a student is dismissed due to academic performance, academic progress will be delayed by at least one year
In the case that a student does not maintain a 3.0, they must undergo remediation. Remediation may consist of additional content assessments and meetings with Faculty. Remediation contracts will be set up with Faculty on an individual basis. Failure to meet the terms of the contract will result in dismissal from the program.
Assessment of clinical skills is done via practical exams in various courses. Failure to earn a 70% or better on a practical exam does not demonstrate competence of that clinical skill. In the event that a student fails to earn a 70% on any practical exam, they must be re-evaluated on that clinical skill until they demonstrate competence. Their final grade for that exam will be the average of the non-passing and passing scores.
Prior to graduating from the program, all students must successfully complete a weeklong Capstone Exam with a Satisfactory or better. Components of the exam will include a comprehensive written exam, a simulated patient interaction, and design and implementation of a treatment plan. Day 1 of testing will consist of the written exam. Day 2, students will interview and assess a standardized patient. Days 3 and 4 students will design a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient, and implement said treatment plan on Day 5. Failure to complete any component of the exam with a satisfactory will result in remediation of that portion of the assessment and may delay graduation.
- Maintenance of 3.0 GPA
- Completion of Clinical education hours
- Completion 60 credits
- Successful completion of Comprehensive Exam
- Satisfactory completion of Proficiencies
- Preceptor Evaluations of Satisfactory or better