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Master of Athletic Training Mission Statement

The Master of Athletic Training Program will provide the students of William Woods University the opportunity to pursue a professional graduate degree in the field of athletic training that meets the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) requirements, by providing educational opportunities to a wide variety of students and teaching superior ethics and responsibility in providing health care to the physically active.

We will strive to enhance our strengths and improve on our weaknesses by constantly evaluating our educational delivery system. We will take seriously the feedback from graduating students on their educational preparation for the athletic training profession.

The Master of Athletic Training Program will use a student-centered approach and the most up-to-date teaching tools and techniques to become a program of recognition for the Division, the School of Science & Health, and the University in the promotion of knowledge, professionalism, and life-long learning.

Master of Athletic Training - Program Objectives

Foundational Knowledge

  • The learner is able to identify and describe normal anatomical structures of the cells, tissues, organs, organ systems in the human body.
  • The learner is able to describe normal physiological processes of the cells, tissues, organs, organ systems in the human body.
  • The learner is able to explain the basic principles of chemical reactions.
  • The learner is able to understand the rationale for statistical analyses.
  • The learner is able to explain common psychological theories.
  • The learner is able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Behavioral Objectives

  • The learner will be able to independently select, fit, and adjust protective equipment.
  • The learner will be able to independently perform an orthopedic physical examination consisting of range of motion, manual muscle tests, special tests, and palpation.
  • The learner will be able to independently perform emergency medical interventions including application of first aid, creating an adjunct airway, and administering life-saving medications.
  • The learner will be able to independently perform non-orthopedic examination by performing palpation and auscultation and using an otoscope and ophthalmoscope.
  • The learner will be able to independently select, fit, and adjust orthotic devices and durable medical equipment.
  • The learner will be able to independently document patient examinations, treatment plans, and treatment sessions.
  • The learner will be able to apply a variety of therapeutic interventions including patient education, therapeutic modalities, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise.

Cognitive Objectives

  • The learner will be able to independently identify risk factors of illness and injury based on age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors.
  • The learner will be able to independently recognize signs and symptoms of common illnesses and injuries.
  • The learner will be able to independently evaluate emergency situations to determine the appropriate course of action.
  • The learner will be able to independently assess examination findings to develop a treatment plan.
  • The learner will be able to independently recognize abnormal patient history and/or examination findings that warrant referral.
  • The learner will be able to independently describe principles of hydration, nutrition, dietary supplements, and pharmacology.
  • The learner will be able to apply a biopsychosocial approach to patient care.
  • The learner will be able to independently create a comprehensive plan of care to progress the patient to a return to participation.
  • The learner will be able to select the most appropriate interventions to address the patient’s identified tissue specific impairments.
  • The learner will be able to independently apply principles of exercise physiology in creating and supervising rehabilitation exercises including cardiovascular training, flexibility, strength training, proprioceptive/balance training, and sport-specific training.
  • The learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical requirements in the practice of athletic training.
  • The learner will understand the requirements of certification, licensure, standing orders, and continuing education in the practice of athletic training.