Athletic Training Major (B.S.) - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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Department of Exercise Sciences and Physical Education (ESPE) is 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.

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). On 20 October, 2003 we received word that the new program at MSU has received accreditation for a period of 5 years. 5 years is the longest award period for new programs. CAATE extended the accreditation status; the program comes up for review again in 2008. Freshmen were admitted in the Fall of 2002.

Admission Requirements

Freshman students are admitted directly to the MSU Athletic Training major when accepted and declared at the time of the MSU acceptance decision by the Office of Admissions. Only freshmen students who have declared ATTR as their major will be registered in the fall courses specified on the Program of Study page. Qualified students make application to the clinical portion of the program by 1 December of the freshman year. The admission criteria to the clinical portion of the ATEP are:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 at the conclusion of the first semester
  • No more than 2 grades of "C" or lower in major coursework
  • Demonstrated interest in athletic training as a profession
  • Athletic Training written application & statement
  • Letter of reference from BOC certified athletic trainer
  • 2 Letters of reference from teacher or other allied health professional
  • Interview with ATEP Admissions Committee
  • Compliance with ATEP technical standards
The Process

 

Students are primarily admitted to the MSU ATEP as freshmen. All prospective candidates to the MSU ATEP must be admitted to the University and list athletic training as their choice of major. After successful completion of the freshman cohort of classes and completion of the ATEP application, qualified students are admitted on a space available basis. A completed Athletic Training Education Program application (including Technical Standards) must be on file on the office of the Educational Program Director by 1 April. Prospective students must participate in a formal interview with the Educational Program Director and/or Clinical Education Coordinator (AT faculty). Following an interview with the AT faculty and posting of grades for the fall semester, an Athletic Training Index (ATI) will be generated by summation of cumulative scores on the objective portion of the recommendations, the Athletic Training faculty ranking of the recommendation narratives and the student essay. All students achieving a cumulative ATI score of 70% or better will be granted admission to the major. In the event of space limitations, an Athletic Training Admissions Committee comprised of the AT faculty, MSU Head Athletic Trainer, MSU Assistant Athletic Trainer, and a faculty member from the ESPE Department will generate the ATI. Available spaces in the class will be filled according to the ATI in descending order. Admission takes place over the winter break. Students admitted to the clinical portion of the ATEP continue with ATEP coursework and are assigned the first of five clinical rotations. During the fall semester, students are held to the academic dishonesty, ethical, and retention standards as stipulated in the ATEP Handbook.

Current MSU students (internal transfers) desiring a change of major, seeking admission into the MSU ATEP for the upcoming fall semester are encouraged to meet with the ATEP Program Director, Dr. Middlemas, as soon as their intention to change majors is solidified. Internal transfer students must meet the selection criteria listed above and as a rule, will follow the application procedures for freshmen as listed above. Admission to all courses is 'by permission of the Department', therefore the meeting with Dr. Middlemas is crucial to obtain permission to register. A completed Athletic Training Education Program application (including Technical Standards) must be on file on the office of the Educational Program Director and a GPA of 2.75 to be eligible for admission to the major for the next semester. ATEP students are held to the academic dishonesty, ethical, and retention standards as stipulated in the ATEP Handbook.

Please be advised that the ATEP course sequence takes at least 6 consecutive semesters to complete. Careful, prior planning may decrease the number of consecutive semesters slightly. Please contact the ATEP Educational Director to ascertain the possibility of coordinating coursework prior to your admission. Admission to all ATEP courses is 'by permission of instructor', therefore the meeting with Dr. Middlemas is crucial to obtain permission to register. Otherwise, the admission process is identical to that for prospective freshmen.

Notification of acceptance to the ATEP will be by letter. ATEP students are held to the academic dishonesty, ethical, and retention standards as stipulated in the ATEP Handbook.

Transfer students from other universities seeking admission into the MSU ATEP for the upcoming fall semester are handled on a case by case basis. Transfer students must be accepted by the University and have a completed Athletic Training Education Program application (including Technical Standards) on file on the office of the Educational Program Director prior to the interview. The number of students who meet the selection criteria that are accepted in this manner depends upon the space availability in the freshman class.

ATEP application materials will be available from the ATEP program director or view the application. Please note that complete applications should not be sent to the MSU campus via any overnight or next day air service. Allow sufficient time for regular mail delivery.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements).


ATHLETIC TRAINING MAJOR

Complete 84 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 3
    ATTR 360 Clinical Measurement and Instrumenation in Athletic Training and Exercise Science 3
    HLTH 307 The Study of Human Diseases 3
    PEMJ 320 Physiology of Exercise 3
    PEMJ 321 Kinesiology 3
    PEMJ 324 Basic Motor Learning 3
    PEMJ 353 Psychology of Sport 3
  2. REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE

    Complete the following 11 courses for 31 semester hours:

    ATTR 101 Principles of Athletic Training 3
    ATTR 199 Orientation to Athletic Training 1
    ATTR 201 Advanced Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3
    ATTR 211 Assessment of Athletic Injuries I - Lower Body 3
    ATTR 212 Assessment of Athletic Injuries II - Upper Body 3
    ATTR 240 Clinical Anatomy 2
    ATTR 311 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training 3
    ATTR 312 Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training 3
    ATTR 411 Administration of Athletic Training Programs 3
    ATTR 479 Internship in Athletic Training 4
    ATTR 495 Seminar in Athletic Training 3
  3. PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL SEQUENCE

    Complete the following 5 courses for 15 semester hours:

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

    Complete the following 4 courses:

    BIOL 244 Anatomy and Physiology of Mammals I 4
    BIOL 245 Anatomy and Physiology of Mammals II 4
    NUFD 182 Nutrition 3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Course Descriptions:

ATTR101: Principles of Athletic Training

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. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only, departmental approval. Starting Spring 2012: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR150: Emergency Care in Athletic Training

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. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only, departmental approval. Starting Spring 2012: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR199: Orientation to Athletic Training

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 hour lecture.) 1 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR201: Advanced Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

This advanced level course integrates the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, conditioning, and first aid. This course provides an understanding of the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Theoretical and practical aspects of the field will be presented through lecture and laboratory sessions in order to develop a broad background concerning the health care and medical management of athletic injuries. This course is a requirement for the B.S. in Athletic Training and is directed to students accepted into the major. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 101, BIOL 240, Athletic Training majors only, permission of instructor.

ATTR211: Assessment of Athletic Injuries I - Lower Body

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 Trainining. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR212: Assessment of Athletic Injuries II - Upper Body

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. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR240: Clinical Anatomy

This provides students with an educational experience that connects human anatomy to the clinical practice of athletic training. Students will be provided a basic core of anatomic knowledge necessary to understanding athletic injury pathology including basic radiographic anatomy. (2 hours lecture.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only.

ATTR251: Clinical Education in Athletic Training I

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 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR252: Clinical Education in Athletic Training II

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 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR311: Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training

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. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR312: Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training

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. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR351: Clinical Education in Athletic Training III

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 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR352: Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV

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 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR360: Clinical Measurement and Instrumenation in Athletic Training and Exercise Science

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. (2 hour lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ATTR 212 or PEMJ 320.

ATTR411: Administration of Athletic Training Programs

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 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

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

ATTR451: Clinical Education in Athletic Training V

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 hours lecture.) 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

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 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

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

BIOL244: Anatomy and Physiology of Mammals I

The structure and function of the cell, tissue and organ systems-integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory and respiratory. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval; non-majors only.

BIOL245: Anatomy and Physiology of Mammals II

The structure and function of the organ systems - nervous, excretory, endocrine, digestive and reproductive. Not for biology majors. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

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

HLTH307: The Study of Human Diseases

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. (3 hours lecture.) 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

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. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Interdisciplinary Core, Scientific Issues. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

PEMJ320: Physiology of Exercise

The physiological effects of physical activity upon the human organism. The reaction of exercises of speed, strenght, and endurance upon the muscular and circulo-respiratory systems. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 240 and BIOL 241. For ATTR majors only, BIOL 244 and BIOL 245.

PEMJ321: Kinesiology

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

Prerequisites: BIOL 240 and BIOL 241. For Athletic Training (ATTR) majors only, BIOL 244 and BIOL 245.

PEMJ324: Basic Motor Learning

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

Prerequisites: BIOL 240 and BIOL 241. For Athletic Training (ATTR) majors only, BIOL 244 and BIOL 245.

PEMJ353: Psychology of Sport

Psychology related to physical activity on emotional, attitudinal and personality aspects, motivation, cultural and sociological problems of athletes, spectator response and deportment. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior standing and PHED, PEAF or ATTR major.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology

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 hours lecture.) 3 sh.