Candidates in the Athletic Training Program are eligible for the Master of Science in Athletic Training with completion of Capstone Research Project.
Clinical Education Courses
Students in the MSAT program are required to successfully complete all clinical education courses. Most clinical sites require that Criminal Background Checks be conducted to determine a student’s eligibility. The type, extent and threshold requirements vary from site to site. More information on Criminal Background Checks can be found in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.
Clinical Education Fee: A $250 clinical education fee covers costs associated with buying personal clinical assessment tools, membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, enrollment in clinical education/patient contact/electronic portfolio software and professional identification badges. Athletic Training students are responsible for additional costs incurred during the clinical affiliations to include criminal background checks, transportation/parking/tolls, living expenses (housing/food), uniforms, and compliance with selected health requirements. Not all clinical sites will have the same requirements, therefore additional cost will vary.
Clinical Course Sequence: Athletic Training Students will engage in 51 weeks of hands-on learning in rich, dynamic and stimulating clinical learning environments. Clinical education experiences are designed to expose students to clinical practice in a variety of settings under the direct supervision of experienced and properly credentialed healthcare providers. Springfield College utilizes highly-skilled, evidenced-based preceptors and proudly connects with its strong athletic training alumni base from across the country to ensure the highest quality of clinical education. Each phase of the clinical curriculum will continue to build upon previous didactic and laboratory coursework leading students to a culminating immersive experience targeted at their specific career goals. A total of six clinical practicums, from integrative to immersive, will allow students nationwide learning opportunities in interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport settings. Additional settings include performing arts, hospitals, physician offices, rehabilitation clinics, and more.
- Clinical Practicum I:
- Students will be introduced to the clinical experience in the first term of the curriculum through a local, 3 week experience focused on injury prevention, emergency care, and first aid skills.
- Clinical Practicum II:
- Clinical practicum II provides the students with a 10 week, integrative experience geared towards the development of skills related to musculoskeletal assessment, diagnosis, & treatment of lower/upper extremity injuries. Students will engage with diverse patient populations while completing experiences at local collegiate, preparatory, or public school workplace settings.
- Clinical Practicum III:
- Clinical practicum III continues to build on musculoskeletal assessment, diagnosis, & treatment of the lower/upper extremity while introducing the head, neck & spine and general medical pathology evaluations. Students will participate in a 10 week, integrative experience engaging with diverse patient populations while completing experiences at local collegiate, preparatory, or public school workplace settings.
- Clinical Practicum IV:
- Clinical Practicum IV provides students the ability to explore unique opportunities in athletic training healthcare. During this 6 week immersive clinical experience students will utilize knowledge, skills and abilities from previous clinical experiences in diverse settings while beginning to explore potential career path options.
- Clinical Practicum V:
- Clinical practicum V is an on-campus hybrid experience that emphasizes the development of competence in therapeutic interventions and the management of a healthcare facility. During this 11 week clinical experience students will participate in interprofessional practice through clinic based care to include referrals, surgical observations, and various supplemental care opportunities.
- Clinical Practicum VI:
- Clinical practicum VI provides students the autonomy to gain clinical experience at a practicum site/setting that aligns with their career goals. This 11 week, fully immersive experience will allow students to be actively engaged in the totality of care provided by athletic trainers and to refine all patient and non-patient related athletic training skills needed to enter the field as professionals.
Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards
Students admitted to the program are required to meet the Essential Functions and Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodation. Program essential functions include participation in classroom, laboratory, and clinical tasks, as well as performance of professional roles such as examination, treatment, and education of individuals in a timely and safe manner. Technical standards define the individual physical, sensory, cognitive, behavioral, and social attributes or outcomes necessary to complete the program essential functions. Minimum essential functions and technical standards necessary for completion of the program must be met for continuation in and graduation from the program. Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards are available on the Athletic Training program web site and in the Athletic Training Student Handbook. Upon acceptance into the program, students are provided with a copy of these Standards for review. Standards must be reviewed, signed and returned.
Matriculation and Retention Standards
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average GPA of 3.0 (B). Students who receive a grade of C+ or lower in any three courses will be removed from the Athletic Training program. Failure to meet and maintain Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards with or without accommodation may also result in dismissal from the program. Please refer to the Athletic Training Student Handbook to view the full academic policy pertaining to matriculation and retention standards for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Athletic Training.
Degree: Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Athletic Training
(61-77 credit hours) Requirements Subject to Change
Core Requirements (18 credits)
- PHTH 506/507 Clinical Human Anatomy (3.0)
- PHTH 508/509 Clinical Human Anatomy (3.0)
- HLTH 525: Human Disease and Health Literacy (3.0)
- AEXS 540: Sports Nutrition (3.0)
- PSYC 530: Psychology of Sport Injury (3.0)
- ATRN 550: Behavioral Health (3.0)
Research Requirements (4)
- ATRN 628 Principles of Evidence Based Practice (2.0)
- ATRN 690: Capstone Experience in Athletic Training (2.0)
- Successful completion of research capstone project
Program Requirements (55)
- ATRN 604 Prevention and Care of Injuries and Illnesses (3.0)
- ATRN 608 Functional Movement Assessment (2.0)
- ATRN 616 Foundations of Therapeutic Intervention (2.0)
- ATRN 624 Standards of Clinical Practice (2.0)
- ATRN 662: Healthcare Seminar I (on-line) (1.0)
- ATRN 664: Healthcare Seminar II (on-line) (2.0)
- ATRN 630: Musculoskeletal Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment I (4.0)
- ATRN 632: Musculoskeletal Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment II (4.0)
- ATRN 634: Musculoskeletal Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment III (4.0)
- ATRN 668: General Medical Conditions Assessment,
Diagnosis & Treatment IV (4.0)
- ATRN 660: Healthcare Administration in AT (3.0)
- AEXS 613: Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations (3.0)
- ATRN 670: Clinical Practicum I (1.0)
- ATRN 672: Clinical Practicum II (1.0)
- ATRN 674: Clinical Practicum III (1.0)
- ATRN 676: Clinical Practicum IV (3.0)
- ATRN 678: Clinical Practicum V (6.0)
- ATRN 680: Clinical Practicum VI (9.0)
Curricular Requirements by Year (77)
MSAT Year 1: Summer Sequence (17cr)
PHTH 506/507 Clinical Human Anatomy (3.0)
PHTH 508/509 Clinical Human Anatomy (3.0)
ATRN 604 Prevention and Care of Injuries and Illnesses (3.0)
ATRN 608 Functional Movement Assessment (2.0)
ATRN 616 Foundations of Therapeutic Intervention (2.0)
ATRN 624 Standards of Clinical Practice (2.0)
ATRN 628 Principles of Evidence Based Practice (2.0)
MSAT Year 1: Fall Sequence (16 cr)
HLTH 525: Human Disease and Health Literacy (3.0)
AEXS 540: Sports Nutrition (3.0)
ATRN 630: MSK-ADT I (4.0)
ATRN 632: MSK-ADT II (4.0)
ATRN 670: Clinical Practicum I (1.0)
ATRN 672: Clinical Practicum II (1.0)
MSAT Year 1: Spring Sequence (15cr)
PSYC 530: Psychology of Sport Injury (3.0)
ATRN 550: Behavioral Health (3.0)
ATRN 634: MSK-ADT III (4.0)
ATRN 668: GMC-ADT IV (4.0)
ATRN 674: Clinical Practicum III (1.0)
MSAT Year 2: Summer Sequence (6cr)
ATRN 662: Healthcare Seminar 1 (on-line) (1.0)
ATRN 690: Capstone Experience in Athletic Training (hybrid) (2.0)*
ATRN 676: Clinical Practicum IV (3.0)
* ATRN 690: Capstone Experience in Athletic Training begins as an
on-line course during the summer session and is continued through to completion
during the last 4 weeks of the final semester in the program.
MSAT Year 2* (23)
Students will take both on-campus and off-campus course clusters but may choose in which semester to take each cluster: spring or fall. All students return to campus for the final 4 weeks of the spring term to complete the capstone experience course.
On Campus Course Cluster (12)
Off-Campus Course Cluster (11)
ATRN 660: Healthcare Administration in AT(3.0)
ATRN 664: Healthcare Seminar II (online)(2.0)
AEXS 613: Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Pops (3.0)
ATRN 680: Clinical Practicum VI (9.0)
ATRN 678: Clinical Practicum V (6.0)