Curricular Plan

Do you want to find out more about our unique Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program at Radford University?  Click on each semester below for a description of our curricular plan.

Curricular Plan

A most unique program

The Radford University Athletic Training Program is focused on developing excellent clinical athletic trainers.  We have developed a very unique program design in which a student will take ONE classroom course a time along with a clinical practicum. Image: only one set of assignments/ readings/ practice sessions at a time!  No need to juggle multiple courses. Between each course, there will be time to study for a cumulative final and a practical exam.

This would look like:

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Summer Year 1

Summer Year 1

The goal for this semester is to get students ready to “hit the ground running” during their first clinical rotations in the fall.  Students will still take courses individually but will not have a clinical practicum course during the summer.

During the summer months you will take three courses:

ATTR 601 Foundational Clinical Skills in Athletic Training 
ATTR 602 Emergency Care and Planning
ATTR 603 Pathophysiology

By the time a student takes these classes they will have the knowledge and skills to:

1)      Tape and brace an injury
2)      Identify the clinical manifestation of injury
3)      Palpate key anatomic structures
4)      Provide care to athletes during emergency situations
5)      Design an emergency plan

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Year 1 Fall Semester

By the end of this semester students will have the appropriate clinical skills to evaluate, treat and provide rehabilitation to athletes with both upper and lower extremity injuries.  This is probably the most challenging semester in the program because we added a fourth course.  However, skills and knowledge build upon each other which means the courses become more application and less general knowledge as we move forward. Throughout the semester students will also be participating in their first clinical practicum.

During this semester students will take four courses in addition to their clinical practicum.

ATTR 605 Assessment I – Lower Extremity evaluation
ATTR 606 Therapeutic Interventions I
ATTR 615 Assessment II – Upper Extremity Evaluation
ATTR 616 Therapeutic Interventions II
ATTR 620 Clinical Practicum I

By the time a student takes these classes they will have the knowledge and skills to:

1)      Perform a complete evaluation of both upper and lower extremity injuries
2)      Design and implement rehabilitation plans for injuries to the various extremities
3)      Understand various diagnostic tests ordered by physicians to confirm various injuries

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Year 1 Wintermester

This is the first course that will be taught in an asynchronous way, allowing students to complete the course at their own pace and demonstrating proficiency with online tests and projects. By the end of this semester students will add to their rehabilitation knowledge base by reviewing concepts of health and wellness and nutrition.  Further, students will fine tune knowledge of how to used evidence-based practice to answer clinical questions in the field.

Students will take one online course this semester:

ATTR 614:  Competency-Based Assessment I

By the time a student completes this course they will be able to:

1)      Find evidence-based practice articles on a topic
2)      Explain nutritional concepts relating to both the healthy and injured athlete
3)      Design a pregame meal plan
4)      Recognize how general health and wellness impact an athlete’s health

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Year 1 Spring Semester

By the end of this semester students will be able to expand upon previously learned skills to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate head, spine and thorax injuries and common general medical conditions common to athletes. Treatment may include referral to a variety of specialist.  Students will have more time in between classes to develop their clinical skills.

During this semester students will take two courses in addition to their clinical practicum.

ATTR 625 Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions III -- Head, Spine and Thorax
ATTR  617 General Medical
ATTR 630 Clinical Practicum II

By the time a student takes these classes they will have the knowledge and skills to:

1)      Perform a complete evaluation of the head, spine and thorax.
2)      Design and implement rehabilitation plans for injuries occurring to the head spine and thorax
3)      Screen athletes for illness and recognize common illnesses that require referral.
4)      Recognize the diagnostic tests used by physicians to confirm illness.

At the end of the semester students will take their first program benchmark exam covering all content learned during the previous semesters.  This will ensure that students are “internalizing” important skills and knowledge necessary for the BOC exam

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Summer 2 - Between Year 1 & 2

By the end of this semester students will learn how to use previously learned skills to intervene with athletes exhibiting signs of psychosocial crisis. They will also be able to identify how pharmacological agents can be used in athlete health care.

Students will take one asynchronous self-paced course online course this semester:

ATTR 624:  Competency-Based Assessment II

By the time a student completes this course they will be able to:

1)      Identify key terminology associated with pharmacological interventions
2)      Identify categories of medications
3)      Identify the legal principles associated with pharmacological considerations
4)      Identify the signs and symptoms associated with psychosocial conditions commonly seen in athletes
5)      Demonstrate various skills used in psychosocial intervention (reflection, paraphrasing, use of silence)
6)      Identify how communicate with an athlete about suicide.

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Year 2 Fall Semester

In the second year in the program students will be focused on “pulling it all together”.  Courses will be more project based and students will develop an appreciation for research, management and leadership in Athletic Training.

During this semester students will take two courses in addition to their clinical practicum.

ATTR  607 Organization and Administration
ATTR 625 Research Methods
ATTR 630 Clinical Practicum III

By the time a student takes these classes they will have the knowledge and skills to:

1)      Find and read research
2)      Recognize quality research in order to shape clinical practice
3)      Begin the design of their senior capstone project
4)      Design a policy and procedure manual
5)      File an insurance claim
6)      Identify common types of budgets, and supervisory skills

At the end of the semester students will take their first program benchmark exam covering all content learned during the previous semesters.  This will ensure that students are “internalizing” important skills and knowledge.

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Year 2 Spring Semester

During this final semester student will be studying for the BOC certification examination, working on their graduate project and completing their final clinical practicum

During this semester students will take two courses in addition to their clinical practicum.

ATTR  645 Seminar in Athletic Training
ESHE 698 Graduate Project
ATTR 640 Clinical Practicum IV

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