Athletic Training Major (B.S.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

The Department of Exercise Sciences and Physical Education (ESPE) is home to the first Athletic Training Education Bachelor of Science degree program in New Jersey. The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Montclair State University prepares students for careers as certified athletic trainers and culminates in a B.S. in athletic training. Athletic trainers are allied health professionals, recognized by the American Medical Association, who are highly educated and skilled in injuries that result from physical activity. The certified athletic trainer works with the physically active to prevent, rehabilitate, and manage athletic injuries and general medical conditions in secondary schools; universities; clinics; professional teams; military; sports medicine clinics and hospitals; performing arts; physician offices; occupational workplaces and industry. The athletic trainer's professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following twelve performance domains which define the profession of athletic training: prevention of athletic injuries (risk management); pathology of injuries and illnesses; assessment and evaluation; acute care of injury and illness; pharmacology; therapeutic modalities; therapeutic exercise; general medical conditions and disabilities; nutritional aspects of injury and illness; psychosocial intervention and referral; health care administration; and professional development and responsibility.

Coursework

As with all academic programs in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS), the ATEP fosters an appreciation of the diversity among our students and the individuals who utilize athletic training services. The ATEP promotes the values and practices of democratic citizenship and diversity; students from various backgrounds are valued and respected. Coursework provides students an opportunity to develop extensive and comprehensive didactic preparation for clinical practice as well as tools to support critical thinking, lifelong learning, research and professional scholarship. The coursework includes courses in prevention, assessment, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and general medical conditions. Students must complete five clinical education rotations with an optional 15 week internship. In addition to traditional settings, the MSU ATEP faculty encourage students explore their interests by selecting internships with corporations, industry, performing arts, physician offices, non-traditional sports, and professional teams.

Accreditation Status

The Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE), establishes and maintain educational standards for accredited athletic training education programs. CAATE is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

In March 2009 we received word that the new program at Montclair State University has received re-accreditation for a period of 10 years. Ten years is the longest award period for ATEP programs. CAATE extended the accreditation status; the program comes up for review again in 2019.

ATHLETIC TRAINING MAJOR

Complete 83 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED THEORY COURSES

    Complete the following 8 courses for 24 semester hours:

    ATTR 150 Emergency Care in Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    ATTR 320 Mental Health and Crisis Intervention in Athletic Training (3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab) 3
    ATTR 360 Clinical Measurement and Instrumentation in Athletic Training and Exercise Science (2 hour lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    EXSC 234 Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab) 3
    HLTH 307 The Study of Human Diseases (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 320 Physiology of Exercise (3.0 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab) 4
    PEMJ 321 Kinesiology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 324 Basic Motor Learning (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

    Complete the following 11 courses for 31 semester hours:

    ATTR 101 Principles of Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    ATTR 199 Orientation to Athletic Training (1 hour lecture) 1
    ATTR 201 Pathology of Illness and Injury (2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab) 3
    ATTR 211 Assessment of Athletic Injuries I - Lower Body (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    ATTR 212 Assessment of Athletic Injuries II - Upper Body (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    ATTR 240 Clinical Anatomy (3 hours lecture) 3
    ATTR 311 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    ATTR 312 Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    ATTR 411 Administration of Athletic Training Programs (3 hours lecture) 3
    ATTR 479 Internship in Athletic Training 4
    ATTR 495 Seminar in Athletic Training (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL SEQUENCE

    Complete the following 5 courses for 15 semester hours:

    ATTR 251 Clinical Education in Athletic Training I (3 hours lecture) 3
    ATTR 252 Clinical Education in Athletic Training II (3 hours lecture) 3
    ATTR 351 Clinical Education in Athletic Training III (3 hours lecture) 3
    ATTR 352 Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV (3 hours lecture) 3
    ATTR 451 Clinical Education in Athletic Training V (3 hours lecture) 3
  4. REQUIRED COLLATERALS

    Complete the following for 14 semester hours:

    BIOL 244 Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
    BIOL 245 Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
    NUFD 182 Nutrition (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ATTR101: Principles of Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The first course in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Students in this course will learn introductory theory and skills in the prevention, recognition and care of athletic injuries. In addition, the course will introduce students to concepts in emergency planning, research and writing in the field of athletic training and basic skills in injury care and patient transfer. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR150: Emergency Care in Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The study of theory, clinical, competencies and proficiencies necessary to provide emergency care to athletes and physically active individuals. Students who successfully demonstrate competence on the learning outcomes will be eligible for certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillation and First Aid. Students will also be instructed in and assessed on Athletic Training competencies and proficiencies related to emergency care for injuries in the athletic training setting. This is a required course for students in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR199: Orientation to Athletic Training (1 hour lecture)

This course will serve as an introduction to the university experience with emphasis on an introduction to the Athletic Training profession. The goal of this course is to provide a forum for the development of strategies, skills and techniques that promote success in University life and in an allied health degree program. Topics will include MSU expectations, critical thinking, study skills, note-taking, course selection, diversity, wellness, and an understanding of the breadth of athletic training and sports medicine in the schools, community, medical and allied health settings. Students will develop skills in oral presentation, general and discipline-specific written expression, and class participation. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - New Student Seminar. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR201: Pathology of Illness and Injury (2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab)

This course provides students with a foundation in understanding the pathology, characteristics, signs, symptoms and progression of injuries and illness that occur in individuals who participate in strenuous physical activity. Students in this course will integrate concepts in anatomy and physiology, injury prevention, and basic concepts in care and rehabilitation of injury and illness as they begin to develop a comprehensive understanding of the processes of injury and illness in the body. This course is a requirement for the B.S. in Athletic Training and is designed for students in that major. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 101 and BIOL 244; Athletic Training majors only; permission of instructor.

ATTR211: Assessment of Athletic Injuries I - Lower Body (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The study of theory and techniques required by Athletic Trainers and sports medicine professionals in the evaluation of injuries and conditions to the lower body in physically active individuals. Application of techniques for the assessment of injuries and medical conditions in athletes and physically active individuals will be integrated with laboratory and clinical education experiences. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Athletic Training. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 201, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR212: Assessment of Athletic Injuries II - Upper Body (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

Theory and techniques required by athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals in the evaluation of injuries and conditions to the upper body in physically active individuals. Application of techniques for the assessment of injuries and medical conditions in athletes and physically active individuals will be integrated with laboratory and clinical educational experiences. Concepts of medical assessment will also be covered. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 201, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR240: Clinical Anatomy (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students study the connection between human anatomy and the clinical practice of athletic training. Students will identify human anatomical structures through the palpation, review, and functional testing of illustrations, anatomical and human models, and diagnostic images. Students will apply anatomical knowledge to palpation and manual testing of anatomical structures including bony structures, muscles, nerves, joints, and ligaments. Students will learn to identify musculoskeletal conditions from diagnostic images. Students will also apply knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to perform neurocognitive functional tests of the nervous system. Students will apply the use of auscultation techniques to identify various pathological conditions of the human body. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR251: Clinical Education in Athletic Training I (3 hours lecture)

The first in a series of courses which provide students in the Athletic Training Education Program with supervised clinical education and experience. Students apply techniques and theory learned in athletic training courses completed to date under the supervision of a clinical instructor. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 101, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR252: Clinical Education in Athletic Training II (3 hours lecture)

The second in a series of courses which provide students in the athletic training education program with supervised clinical education and experience. Students apply techniques and theory learned in athletic training courses with specific emphasis on assessment and evaluation of athletic injuries. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 201, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR311: Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

This class is a study involving the design, theory and application of athletic injuries. Upon successful completion of the class, the student should be able to properly select and properly apply modalities commonly found in the training room as part of a comprehensive program of athletic injury care and rehabilitation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 211, ATTR 252, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR312: Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

This class is a study involving the theory and application of rehabilitative exercise to individuals with athletic injuries. This includes preparation for return to play. Upon successful completion of the class, the student should be able to properly select and properly use therapeutic exercise as part of a comprehensive program of athletic injury care and rehabilitation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 211, ATTR 212, ATTR 311, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR320: Mental Health and Crisis Intervention in Athletic Training (3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab)

The study of theory, strategies and interventions used in Athletic Training and health care relating to the recognition, identification and appropriate intervention for psychological, social, emotional and mental behaviors. The course will explore topics in the theoretical background of psychological and emotional responses to injury and/or forced inactivity as well as crisis intervention. Students will learn how to apply psychosocial strategies, mental health interventions and how to identify the need for referral to mental health professionals. Students will study clinical decision making by accessing and incorporating appropriate academic resources to provide evidence based decisions relating to patient care and mental health intervention strategies. Students will also be required to demonstrate clinical application of techniques, strategies and interventions learned in the course. They will be expected to be actively engaged in evidence based application of course concepts under the direction of faculty in the field through laboratory and clinical experiences. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 201.

ATTR351: Clinical Education in Athletic Training III (3 hours lecture)

The third course to provide students in the athletic training education program with supervised clinical education and experience. Students apply techniques and theory learned in athletic training courses with specific emphasis on the use of therapeutic modalities in the sports medicine setting. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 252, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR352: Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV (3 hours lecture)

The fourth course in the professional sequence that provides students in the athletic training education program with instruction in clinical competencies and proficiencies and supervised clinical education and experience. Students apply techniques and theory learned in athletic training courses with specific emphasis on the use of therapeutic modalities in the sports medicine setting. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 351, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR360: Clinical Measurement and Instrumentation in Athletic Training and Exercise Science (2 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)

The study of methodology and instrumentation used in the fields of Athletic Training and Exercise Science for the investigation of clinical and research questions, problems and hypotheses. The course will explore topics in clinical evaluation, research and investigation. Students will investigate clinical decision making, development of research questions, investigation of scientific literature, experimental designs, methodology, instrumentation, analysis and interpretation of data and methods of incorporating the results of investigation into clinical practice. Students will also be required to demonstrate clinical application of instrumentation and technology into professional practice. Students will be expected to be actively engaged in application of course concepts under the direction of faculty in the field through laboratory and research based experiences. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 212 or PEMJ 320.

ATTR411: Administration of Athletic Training Programs (3 hours lecture)

An overview of administrative components of an athletic training program for high school, college, and professional athletic organizations. Topics include financial management, training room management, personnel management, health care services, and pharmacology for athletic trainers. Practical experiences in budget management, facility organization, pharmacological procedures and issues, and a case study approach to issue resolution are included. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 311, ATTR 312, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR451: Clinical Education in Athletic Training V (3 hours lecture)

Fifth course to provide students in the athletic training education program with supervised clinical education and experience. Students apply techniques and theory learned in athletic training courses with specific emphasis on the use of therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation in the sports medicine setting. Students will also be required to incorporate theory and clinical skills from other courses in the program in evaluation and treatment decision making. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 352, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR479: Internship in Athletic Training

An upper-level course for students in the B.S. in Athletic Training. In this course students will be able to apply theoretical and practical information learned in the program in a working athletic training setting. Students will work with an Athletic Training Clinical Supervisor at an off-campus venue. The course also provides the student the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the fieldwork experience as well as the field of athletic training through class meetings. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 411, ATTR 451, Athletic Training majors only, and permission of instructor.

ATTR495: Seminar in Athletic Training (3 hours lecture)

The capstone course for students in the athletic training education program. Students summarize and draw together their didactic and clinical education in preparation for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification Examination. Students also explore subjects and current issues germane to the field of athletic training. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 411, Athletic Training majors only, senior status, permission of instructor.

BIOL244: Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The structure and function of the cell, tissue and organ systems-integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory and respiratory. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval; non-majors only.

BIOL245: Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

The structure and function of the organ systems - nervous, excretory, endocrine, digestive and reproductive. Not for biology majors. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244; non-majors only; departmental approval.

EXSC234: Leadership in Anaerobic Exercise (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab)

Students will acquire skills in performing, demonstrating, and teaching strength training and anaerobic conditioning. Previous course PEMJ 234 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 131 and Exercise Science (ESCI) or Adult Fitness (PEAF) majors only and permission from the department. Starting Winter 2016: PEMJ 131 and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only and departmental approval.

HLTH307: The Study of Human Diseases (3 hours lecture)

Provides a comprehensive study of diseases, their etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Includes a review of causation theories and incidence patterns and focuses on major degenerative, neoplastic, metabolic, immunologic, and infectious diseases. Attention is given to prevention and control measures with an emphasis on the role of selected health/medical resources in disease management. Offered as HLTH 307 through Fall 2015. To become HLTH 208 effective Winter 2016. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 105 or HPEM 150 or ATTR 201 and at least one 200-level course in HLTH, HPEM, or ATTR.

NUFD182: Nutrition (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to give students a general knowledge of the components of the food we eat, the nutrients necessary for a healthy life, the functions of nutrients and the interrelationships and metabolism of nutrients. The factors which influence the recommended dietary intake of nutrients, and theories and guidelines for screening nutrition risk and disease and prevention are presented. 3 sh.

PEMJ320: Physiology of Exercise (3.0 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab)

The physiological effects of physical activity upon the human organism. The reaction of exercises of speed, strength, and endurance upon the muscular and circulo-respiratory systems. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245, for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PHED and PHAE) majors only. Starting Winter 2016: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245 for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEPH/TPED/TPHH), Physical Science (PHED), Physical Education w/ conc: Phys Actvty in Ed Setting (PHAE), Physical Education w/ conc: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education (PEBM) majors only or departmental approval.

PEMJ321: Kinesiology (3 hours lecture)

An overview of the integrated functioning of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and the biomechanical principles governing efficient movement, in order to effectively analyze the performance of motor skills. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245, for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PHED and PHAE) majors only. Starting Winter 2016: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245 for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEPH/TPED/TPHH), Physical Science (PHED), Physical Education w/ conc: Phys Actvty in Ed Setting (PHAE), Physical Education w/ conc: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education (PEBM) majors only or departmental approval.

PEMJ324: Basic Motor Learning (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with knowledge of the theoretical basis of human learning and performance in motor activity. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245, for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Excercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PHED and PHAE) majors only. Starting Winter 2016: BIOL 244 and BIOL 245 for Athletic Training (ATTR) and Exercise Science (ESCI) majors only. BIOL 110 and PEMJ 200 for Physical Education (PEDU), Health and Physical Education (HLPE), Teaching (TEPE/TEPH/TPED/TPHH), Physical Science (PHED), Physical Education w/ conc: Phys Actvty in Ed Setting (PHAE), Physical Education w/ conc: Coaching (PHCO), Physical Education (PEBM) majors only or departmental approval.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and surveys major topics within the diverse discipline of psychology. Topics covered will come from each of four core areas offered by the psychology department: Social/Applied (e.g., Social, Industrial-Organizational, Health), Biological Basis of Behavior (e.g., Physiology, Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Comparative Animal Behavior), Cognition (e.g., Learning and Memory, Conditioning and Learning, Cognition, Language) and Personality (e.g., Personality, Abnormal, Development). Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. 3 sh.