Masters of Science (MS) Program – Athletic Training

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is transitioning the current undergraduate program into an entry-level master’s degree program that will encompass two consecutive calendar years, beginning Summer 2019, involving very specific coursework, competitive clinical experiences, and culminating with a full semester-long clinical. ATEP has a rigorous and intense curriculum that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. The mission of the ATEP is to prepare students to become competent, skillful and compassionate entry-level professionals in the profession of athletic training. Students involved in the ATEP will complete the University, departmental and major coursework requirements; they will also satisfy the clinical proficiencies via the practicum experience and while working in various clinical environments. Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to successfully sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for athletic trainers. Furthermore, the student is recommended for a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (MS-AT).

UNIQUENESS OF THIS PROGRAM

Responding to the recent trends in sports health, a master’s degree can help propel professionals to advanced career success. The University of Delaware has a long, proud history for athletic training education involving both didactic and clinical education and for placing graduates for athletic training careers with major American professional sports leagues major collegiate programs, high school environments, as well as sports medicine clinical settings.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission Information

To apply to the Master of Science (MS) degree program in Athletic Training, complete the steps of the UD online graduate application process. Additional information about the graduate application process can be found at “How to Apply” below.

How to Apply

Applications for all graduate programs at the University of Delaware are done online through the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Applicants can begin the online application, save it and return later to continue working. However, applicants must press the “Submit” button in the application

Application

Completed applications contain:

  1. The online application form.
  2. Transcripts of all previous academic work at the undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) level.  Applicants who previously attended the University of Delaware still need to upload an unofficial transcript, but do not need to provide official transcripts for verification. Please do not send any transcripts to the Athletic Training Education Program or Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology.  Transcripts must show proof of the following prerequisite coursework (“C” grade or higher).  In cases where equivalency is ambiguous the onus is on the student to make the case for substitution.

Anatomy/Physiology – 2 classes

Biology – 1 class

Biomechanics – 1 class

Chemistry – 1 class

Exercise Physiology – 1 class

Mathematics (pre-calculus or higher) – 1 class

Nutrition – 1 class

Physics – 1 class

Psychology – 1 class

Research Design/Methods – 1 class

Statistics – 1 class

** Additional courses that are recommended but NOT required: Health, Medical Terminology

  1. Test scores. A competitive GRE score (combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 is preferred) is required.   Students whose native language is not English must submit official score reports of the TOEFL or IELTS test. The minimum acceptable score for the paper-based TOEFL is 600; the minimum acceptable score for the Internet-based TOEFL is 100. The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 7.0.
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation. Recommendations must be submitted electronically. You may find more information about submitting recommendations online.
  3. A personal statement or essay. The purpose of this statement is to introduce yourself to the admission committee and discuss your academic and career interests and goals as they stand now, and how you think the graduate program aligns with your interests and a career in Athletic Training. The essay is limited to no more than 2 double-spaced pages!
  4. Supplemental documents. Students must upload a pdf copy of their current certification in CPR/AED; along with a log documenting 100+ hours of observation signed by a BOC certified athletic trainer.  The signature must include name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of this individual.  In cases where hours were accrued under different athletic trainers a separate log needs to be submitted.  Finally, all applicants to the Athletic Training Education Program must sign, date, and upload a pdf copy of the “Technical Standards for Admission” form.
  5. Resume. All graduate programs require the submission of a resume.
  6. Candidates whose applications are chosen for review and possible admission will be required to complete an interview (in-person or electronic media) before final admission decisions are made.  All interviews will be scheduled by the ATEP program Director.

Please do not send any documents to the Athletic Training Education Program or Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology.   All materials should be uploaded into the electronic application system by the deadline date (March 1st) before it can be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee.  Applications are reviewed on a “rolling” basis upon completion and submission to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

MS-AT Degree Requirements
  1. Degree Requirements
  2. List course requirements according to categories such as core requirements, concentration options, electives, research credits and dissertation credit requirements. List number of credits in each category and include total credits required for degree.

The courses listed are taken in a sequential manner over a two consecutive year period (beginning summer).  All coursework has been mandated by our accrediting agency (CAATE) and put forth in the document titled: “Standards for the Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs” (circa 2012).  All courses with the exception of “Health Policy – UAPP657” are offered by the Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology (KAAP).  Here is the specific course requirements along with the intended program of study:

Course Prefix/Code Course Name Credit Hours
KAAP605 Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injuries 3
KAAP606 Evidence-Based Sports Medicine 3
KAAP608 Emergency Care of Sport-Related Injuries/Illnesses 3
KAAP610 Advanced Taping & Bracing Techniques 1
KAAP611 Therapeutic Modalities 4
KAAP612 Athletic Performance Enhancement 3
KAAP613 Sports Medicine Pharmacology 3
KAAP618 Diagnostic Testing Across the Healthcare Spectrum 3
KAAP619 Core Concepts in Athletic Training 3
KAAP620 Advanced Human Anatomy 3
KAAP621 Upper Extremity & Spine Evaluation + Lab 4
KAAP622 Lower Extremity & Spine Evaluation + Lab 4
KAAP623 Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries I 3
KAAP624 Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries II 3
KAAP648 Organization & Administration of Athletic Training 3
KAAP690 Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum I 1
KAAP691 Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum II 1
KAAP692 Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum III 1
KAAP693 Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum IV 1
KAAP694 Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum V 3
UAPP657 Health Policy 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 56

The following is the 2-year Plan of Study for the MS-AT degree:

  1. Give non-registered requirements in detail; includes residency requirements, qualifying examinations (number and format), portfolios, seminars, English proficiency, language requirements, teaching experience, internships, etc.

During the final semester in the MS-AT degree program all students will be required to do a semester-long full-immersion clinical experience at a site of their choice.  However, this clinical experience is taken as KAAP694 – Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum V for 3 credit hours here at the University of Delaware.

  1. Give procedure for petitions for variance in degree requirements (e.g., course substitution policies, completion deadlines, etc.).

CAATE accreditation standards do not allow for any deviations in our planned program of study.

  1. Define any grade minimums in courses that are different from University policy.

A grade below a B- will not be counted toward the course requirements for a degree but is calculated in the student’s cumulative grade point average. To be considered in good academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale each semester. To be eligible for an advanced degree, a student’s cumulative grade point average shall be at least a 3.00 and the student’s grades in courses counted toward the degree requirements of the program shall equal at least a 3.00.

  1. Identify any courses, which may not be used towards the degree (i.e., independent study, pre-candidacy study).

Not applicable

  1. Identify expectations of facility of expression in English (oral and written) as part of the degree requirement.

Not applicable.

  1. Committees for exams, thesis, or dissertations

This degree program is a professional preparation program and therefore there are no associated qualifying exam, thesis or dissertation requirements.

  1. Timetable and Definition of Satisfactory Progress towards the Degree
  2. Academic load (full & part-time) expectations. Define normal progress. Define departmental review procedures for evaluating normal progress and evaluation of performance.

Student enrolled in the MS-AT degree program are enrolled on a full-time basis and do so alongside their classmates in each admissions cohort.  Full-time academic load requirements are clearly delineated in the above-mentioned academic plan of study.  Part-time status is not an option.  Most of the courses in the MS-AT degree program are predicated on successful completion of courses taken during the previous semester and create a learning over time platform recognized by the CAATE accrediting agency.  Normal progress through the MS-AT degree program involves completion of both didactic and clinical requirements during each of the 7 semesters students are enrolled.  Classroom and clinical performance are evaluated using standardized grading rubrics (see Comprehensive Assessment Plan for further details).

  1. Grade requirements (general and specific). Include any special departmental expectations such as minimum grades in specific courses, limits on special problem courses, etc.

The majority of coursework in the MS-AT degree program involves standard lecture/didactic formats in a classroom setting and utilize standardized grading policies as set forth in UD’s on-line course catalog (see below).  The Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum sequence of courses (5) are all graded on a pass-no pass basis.  There are no independent study or special problem courses associated with the MS-AT degree program.

  1. Thesis/dissertation progress timetable guidelines.

This degree program is a professional preparation program and therefore there are no associated qualifying exam, thesis or dissertation requirements.

  1. Thesis/dissertation defense guidelines.

This degree program is a professional preparation program and therefore there are no associated qualifying exam, thesis or dissertation requirements.

  1. Forms required.

There are no specific forms associated with the MS-AT degree program as the degree is associated with satisfactory completion of all didactic/clinical coursework.  Grade reports are filed per usual format in the UDSIS grading system by each individual instructor and processed by the Registrar’s Office at UD.

  1. Identify consequence for failure to make satisfactory progress.

Students enrolled in the MS-AT degree program who fail to meet minimum grade requirement standards will not be allowed to continue in the program.  Students may opt to drop from the program completely or attempt to re-take the course(s) they failed to meet minimum grade requirements in and join the next cohort as they move through the degree program sequence.

  1. Protocol for grievance procedure if student has been recommended for termination for failure to make satisfactory progress.

Students concerned that they have received an unfair evaluation, have been graded inappropriately, or are facing termination from the MS-AT degree program may file grievances in accordance with student guide to University of Delaware policies. Students are encouraged to contact the MS-AT Program Director prior to filing a formal grievance in an effort to resolve the situation informally.

2 Year Program of Study

Year 1:

  • Summer
    • Emergency Care of Sport-Related Injuries/Illnesses (KAAP608)
    • Advanced Taping & Bracing Techniques (KAAP610)
    • Core Concepts in Athletic Training (KAAP619)
  • Fall
    • Therapeutic Modalities (KAAP611)
    • Advanced Human Anatomy (KAAP620)
    • Upper Extremity & Spine Evaluation + Lab (KAAP621)
    • Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum I (KAAP690)
  • Winter
    • Lower Extremity & Spine Evaluation + Lab (KAAP622)
    • Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries I (KAAP623)
  • Spring
    • Pathophysiology of Musculoskeletal Injuries (KAAP605)
    • Athletic Performance Enhancement (KAAP612)
    • Sports Medicine Pharmacology (KAAP613)
    • Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries (KAAP624)
    • Athletic Training Evidenced-Based Practice (KAAP691)

Year 2:

  • Summer
    • Athletic Training Evidenced-Based Practicum III (KAAP692)
  • Fall
    • Evidence-Based Sports Medicine (KAAP606)
    • Diagnostic Testing Across the Healthcare Spectrum (KAAP618) 
    • Organization & Administration of Athletic Training (KAAP648)
    • Athletic Training Evidenced-Based Practicum IV (KAAP693)
    • Health Policy (KAAP657)
  • Spring
    • Athletic Training Evidence-Based Practicum V (BOC Exam Prep) – (KAAP694) 

Application Deadline: March 1st

For more information, please contact:

Thomas W. Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM, RFSA
Professor | Director of Athletic Training Education
kaminski@udel.edu
302-831-6402

BY THE NUMBERS

the only CAATE-accredited Athletic Training program in the State of Delaware (“The First State”)

square feet of state-of-the-art Athletic Training Teaching Laboratory for classroom instruction and "hands on" learning

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BOC exam pass rate for the past 10 years (including 100% four times in that span)

the total number of University of Delaware ATEP graduates working as athletic trainers in the NFL

$885.00 - very competitive 2018-19 credit/hour tuition rate

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success in placing Athletic Training graduates into careers in Athletic Training or other Allied Health Care settings (including graduate degree programs in nursing, medicine, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy)

excellent student to faculty ratio, allowing for productive faculty/student interactions and learning

different clinical sites that students can gain valuable clinical experience and exposures with actual patient populations; including opportunities with student-athletes from UD's 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams