The Integrative Health Care and Performance (IHCP) unit within the Department of Kinesiology at UWM offers the Master of Science in Athletic Training, a professional program that prepares students to become certified athletic trainers, and will be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Athletic trainers are health care professionals who provide physically active people services such as injury/illness prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students in the program will be trained in interprofessional practice, the scholarship of clinical practice, and in specialized clinical reasoning. The IHCP unit engages students in active learning experiences that prepare them for the dynamic nature of patient/client-centered care within an interprofessional environment. The program was reaccredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education in 2017 for the maximum 10 year accreditation period (www.caate.net).
The program seeks to admit highly qualified students until the class has been filled (approximately 12 students per year). The early decision deadline is November 1. After that date a rolling admission process is used until the class is filled. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:
- Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at the time application submission and graduation. Official transcripts must be submitted. Undergraduate degree must be completed by the time the applicant plans to begin in the MSAT program.
- Completion of the following 10 foundation courses. A prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended:
- Human anatomy with lab
- Human physiology with lab
- Introduction to biology
- Introduction to psychology
- Chemistry with lab
- Physics with lab
- Exercise physiology
- Introduction to nutrition
- Completion of 20 hours of observation of athletic training practice with a certified athletic trainer within 12 months of application submission.
- Two letters of recommendation: one from an academic reference, one from an athletic trainer with whom the applicant completed observation hours.
- GRE scores are optional if the cumulative GPA is >3.0. The Graduate School requires GRE scores when the cumulative GPA is below 3.0.
Credits and Courses
This is a 71-credit, two-year program conducted on a 12-month calendar. Students will matriculate at the start of the Summer term, and take courses for the following Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring. Graduation will occur at the end of the Spring term.
|Physical Rehabilitation and Performance Psychology Requirements|
|PRPP 521||Pathoetiology of Tissue Injury||3|
|PRPP 701||Introduction to Clinical Education and Professional Development||1|
|PRPP 702||Ethics in Healthcare||1|
|PRPP 703||Foundations of Interprofessional Practice||1|
|PRPP 704||Professionalism and Leadership in Healthcare||1|
|PRPP 705||Foundations of Clinical Research||3|
|PRPP 708||Clinical Gait Analysis||3|
|PRPP 710||Prevention & Care of Emergent Medical Conditions in Athletic Training||4|
|PRPP 725||Gross Anatomical Kinesiology||3|
|PRPP 744||Healthcare Systems and Administration||3|
|PRPP 747||Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of the Lower Extremity in Athletic Training||3|
|PRPP 748||Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of the Head and Spine in Athletic Training||3|
|PRPP 749||Clinical Exam and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity in Athletic Training||3|
|PRPP 753||Medical Physiology II||3|
|PRPP 757||Foundations of Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training||3|
|PRPP 758||Physical Agents||2|
|PRPP 759||Therapeutic Interventions for the Upper Extremity||2|
|PRPP 785||Clinical Education in Athletic Training: I||1|
|PRPP 786||Clinical Education in Athletic Training: II||2|
|PRPP 787||Clinical Education in Athletic Training: III||2|
|PRPP 788||Clinical Education in Athletic Training: IV||3|
|Select the following for 4-8 credits per semester to equal 12 credits:||12|
|Capstone Clinical Education in Athletic Training|
|KIN 550||Psychological Aspects of Human Movement||3|
|KIN 551||Psychology of Injury/Illness/Disease: Implications/Strategies for Rehab||3|
|Select 3 credits||3|
Major Professor as Advisor
The Graduate School requires that each student have a major professor to advise, supervise, and approve the program of study. Students are assigned faculty advisors upon acceptance into the program.
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.