Curriculum Goals & Objectives
The main objective of the GATP's Master of Science in Athletic Training is to prepare the student to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by the Board of Certification (BOC). Athletic training students will be prepared in the development and mastery of athletic training competencies and proficiencies as set forth by the National Athletic Trainers' Association - Educational Council (NATA-EC), Board of Certification (BOC), and the CAATE.
These skills will include areas of prevention, recognition and evaluation, management/treatment and disposition, rehabilitation, organization and administration, and education and counseling. The development and mastery of these skills will be accomplished through a variety of didactic and clinical experiences.
The student should:
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of risk management content such as prevention, assessment, evaluation, and emergency care, as well as the ability to apply protective devices for the prevention or rehabilitation of injuries through the understanding of human anatomy as applied to biomechanical and physiological principles involved with the improvement of motor performance and the prevention of injury.
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of acute care, pathology, pharmacological aspects, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, psychosocial issues, and general medical conditions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding and application of therapeutic modalities and therapeutic rehabilitation equipment in the use of injuries.
- Analyze and apply management theories, principles, strategies, and techniques applicable to administration in health care while gaining the ability to interact with administration and supervisory roles, patients/athletes, team physicians, and peers within the profession of Athletic Training.
- Assess the development of a desire for professional development and responsibilities through a progression of clinical rotations, attendance of professional organizations within the profession of Athletic Training, and understanding of effective supervision and management in the athletic training clinic.
- Complete the Board of Certification (BOC) requirements for eligibility of the national board examination through the completion of the competencies and proficiencies as set forth and endorsed by the NATA-EC, BOC, and the CAATE.
- Apply the "Code of Ethics" of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Texas Athletic Training Advisory Board, and the Texas Department of State Health Services throughout the didactic and clinical experiences.