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Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who work closely with physicians to not only administer preventive and emergency injury care for athletes and physically active individuals, but also follow through by setting up the treatment regimen and rehabilitation protocol. Many athletic trainers obtain advanced degrees.

There are currently two routes to obtaining an athletic training degree from The University of Tulsa: a five-year accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, and a two-year Post-Baccalaureate master’s program. Athletic training students of both programs gain experience under the direct supervision of faculty and professional staff, all of whom are BOC certified and Oklahoma licensed athletic trainers. These experiences take place in a variety of settings including Division 1 athletics at The University of Tulsa, orthopedic clinics, high schools and occupational/industrial settings as a part of the required supervised practice. Students may also have the School opportunity to work with professional sports teams and other special events.

Program Objectives

Overview

Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 21 percent through 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Most career opportunities for certified athletic trainers are found in sports medicine/orthopedic clinics, universities, colleges, high schools and industrial settings. Historically, athletic trainers have worked with athletes in organized sports. In the traditional setting, the athletic trainer must work closely with the coaching staff, the team physician and the athlete to coordinate an effective rehabilitation program.

In recent years, the profession has branched out, and now athletic trainers provide services to recreational athletes and others injured due to physical activity, such as accidents in the workplace. Certified athletic trainers are employed by the military, Cirque du Soleil, Ford, Disneyland and other corporations to provide rehabilitation services to injured employees and to develop and implement prevention.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training program is to prepare students for professional service in a health care setting and provide opportunities for professional assimilation and involvement, while instilling an understanding of the importance of life-long learning. The mission will be achieved through the following goals and learning outcomes.

Goals

  1. Promote high levels of professional and ethical conduct
  2. Prepare students to successfully pass the BOC Certification Examination
  3. Prepare students for an entry-level position in athletic training
  4. Provide unique opportunities for interprofessional education

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in prevention, immediate care, and management of injuries.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform a clinical evaluation and make a clinical diagnosis.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to design and carry out treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning programs.
  5. Understand the importance of professional development and continuing education.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to analyze given situations and provide the appropriate response.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to utilize research in clinical practice.
Degree Options

Athletic Training, M.A.T.

Provides structured classroom and supervised practice experiences to prepare a student for an entry-level position in athletic training.


Athletic Training, M.A.T. (Accelerated Master’s)

Designed so that highly motivated students can begin earning hours towards a Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) while completing a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science (B.S.E.S.S.)

Degree Plan

Athletic Training Degree Plan

Athletic Training Degree Plan The athletic training major consists of 55 credit hours which are inclusive of the latest research, knowledge, and techniques, as well all required NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies in the following areas:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility

The program is designed to provide structured didactic (classroom) and supervised practice experiences to prepare a student for an entry-level position in athletic training. Didactic courses are sequenced and integrated to maximize student learning. Master of Athletic Training courses are must be taken in sequence (see Master of Athletic Training degree plan). Students enroll in supervised practices courses which correspond with specific didactic and practicum courses. The purpose of supervised practice courses is to provide a structured clinical experience in which to prepare for professional practice and engage in professional socialization. Throughout the Master of Athletic Training, supervised practice courses provide direct patient care opportunities for a variety of injuries and patient populations including contact (high risk) & non-contact sports, male & female patients, upper extremity & lower extremity injuries, sport & non-sport settings, and general medical conditions.

Students gain clinical experience in the following settings:

  • Collegiate
    • TU, an NCAA Division I school that competes in the American Athletic Conference
    • Oral Roberts University
  • Various Local high schools including Union, Owasso, Cascia Hall, and Broken Arrow.
  • Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center – a local sports medicine clinic
  • American Airlines maintenance facility (industrial setting)
  • General Medical – through rotations with sports medicine fellows and through the on-site DNP clinic.
  • Other special events

In all clinical rotations, students are supervised by BOC certified and Oklahoma licensed athletic trainers. Most students work one on one with their preceptor in the clinical setting.

Athletic training students also gain experience with emergency situations and general medical conditions through clinical simulation scenarios which utilize METIMan, a human patient simulator, in our simulation center.

BSESS + MAT Program

BSESS + MAT Program     
FRESHMAN – FALLHRSFRESHMAN – SPRINGHRSFRESHMAN – SUMMERHRS
ENGL 1033 Exposition & Argumentation3BIOL 1703 Molecular and Celluar Biology3
MATH 1163 Pre-Calculus3BIOL 1711 Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab1
ATRG 1013 Concepts & Issues in Sports Science3ATRG 2603 Strategies for Health Living3
ATRG 1001 Orientation1BUS 1013 Business & Society (BLOCK II)3
BIOL 1603 Org and Evol Biology3CHEM 1013 General Chemistry I3
BIOL 1611 Org and Evol Biology Lab1CHEM 1011 General Chemistry I Lab1
BLOCK I3BLOCK II3
CIS 1001 Intro to Spreadsheets1
TOTAL HOURS1817
SOPHOMORE – FALLSOPHOMORE – SPRING SOPHOMORE - SUMMER
BIOL 2153 Human Anatomy3BIOL 2171 Human Physiology Lab3
BIOL 2151 Human Anatomy Lab1BIOL 2171 Human Physiology Lab1
PSY 2253 Foundations of Psychology3ATRG 2023 Anatomy and Kinesiology3
BLOCK II (NSG 2123 recommended)3ATRG 2021 Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab1
PHYS 1013 Introductory Physics I3BLOCK II3
PHYS 1011 Introductory Physics I lab1Elective3
ATRG 2451 Practicum I1BLOCK I3
ATRG 2563 Sports Nutrition 3
TOTAL HOURS1818
JUNIOR – FALLHRSJUNIOR – SPRING HRSJUNIOR – SUMMER
Statistics: PSY2023/STAT2013/QM2013/AHS 20133ATRG 4713 Biomechanics3ATRG 5116 Preventative, Immediate, and Emergent Care of Injury6
ATRG 3713 Development of Strength and Cond. Programs 3ATRG 3000/4000 Level Elective (Legal Aspects or Apps in ExSS Recommended)3ATRG 5143 Foundations of Therapeutic Intervention3
ATRG 3023 Exercise Physiology3ATRG 3513 Clinical Methodology 3
ATRG 3121 Exercise Physiology Lab1PSY 3063 Developmental Psychology3
ENGL 3003 Writing for the Professions3AHS 4043 Intro to Applied Health Research3
Elective3Elective3
ATRG 2802 Practicum II2
TOTAL HOURS18189
PROFESSIONAL 1:
FALL SEMESTER
HRSPROFESSIONAL 1:
SPRING SEMESTER
HRSPROFESSIONAL 1:
SUMMER
ATRG 5216 Clinical Evaluation and Therapeutic Intervention I (w/ lab)6ATRG 7316 Clinical Evaluation and Therapeutic Intervention II (w/ lab)6ATRG 7416 Clinical Evaluation and Therapeutic Intervention III (w/ lab)6
ATRG 7712 Supervised Practice I2ATRG 7722 Supervised Practice II2ATRG 7423 Psychosocial Strategies and Referral 3
ATRG 5223 Research for Practice 3ATRG 7323 Pathophysiology 3
TOTAL HOURS11119
PROFESSIONAL 2:
FALL SEMESTER
HRSPROFESSIONAL 2:
SPRING SEMESTER
HRSPROFESSIONAL 2:
SUMMER
ATRG 7513 Administration & Leadership in Athletic Training 3ATRG 7613 Athletic Training Seminar3
ATRG 7732 Supervised Practice III2ATRG 7744 Supervised Practice IV4
Health Care Delivery Sciences/Elective 3
TOTAL HOURS87

MAT Program

FALL SEMESTERHRSSPRING SEMESTERHRSSUMMERHRS
Program AdmissionATRG 7116 Preventative, Immediate, and Emergent Care of Injury6
ATRG 7143 Foundations of Therapeutic Intervention3
9
PROFESSIONAL 1:
FALL SEMESTER
PROFESSIONAL 1:
SPRING SEMESTER
PROFESSIONAL 1:
SUMMER
ATRG 7216 Clinical Evaluation and Therapeutic Intervention I (w/ lab)6ATRG 7316 Clinical Evaluation and Therapeutic Intervention II (w/ lab)6ATRG 7416 Clinical Evaluation and Therapeutic Intervention III (w/ lab)6
ATRG 7712 Supervised Practice I2ATRG 7722 Supervised Practice II2ATRG 7423 Psychosocial Strategies and Referral 3
ATRG 7223 Research for Practice 3ATRG 7323 Pathophysiology 3
TOTAL HOURS11119
PROFESSIONAL 2:
FALL SEMESTER
HRSPROFESSIONAL 2:
SPRING SEMESTER
HRS
ATRG 7513 Administration & Leadership in Athletic Training 3ATRG 7613 Athletic Training Seminar3
ATRG 7732 Supervised Practice III2ATRG 7744 Supervised Practice IV4
Health Care Delivery Sciences/Elective 3
TOTAL HOURS87
Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results
Health/Safety Requirements

Physical Exam and Medical History: Students must submit documentation of a recent physical examination by a physician of the student’s choice. This must be completed prior to beginning observation experiences during the prospective semester.

Written Technical Standards: The written technical standards verify that the student is capable of meeting minimum standards relating to physical, mental, and emotional health with or without accommodations. The student must read and sign this form. Students who require accommodation to meet the technical standards must submit appropriate documentation to the Center for Student Academic Support and obtain verification so that the program can provide reasonable accommodation. This form must be completed prior to beginning coursework in the MAT.

Health Requirements: Prior to beginning supervised professional practice experiences and annually thereafter, students must complete online training in blood-borne pathogens, HIPAA, the Right to Know (OSHA communication standard), and TB prevention. Prior to beginning supervised professional practice experiences and annually thereafter, students are required to present proof of the following immunizations and screenings to the School of Nursing: TB test (using CDC guidelines for two step method or chest X-ray), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (TdaP), hepatitis B, varicella and flu. These may be done at the Alexander Health Center on campus for a fee or at a private physician’s office. For some immunizations, a declination waiver may be signed in lieu of immunization records.

Criminal Background Check: Students are required to submit to a criminal background check upon formal admission to the program as required by the contract with off-campus clinical agencies. This will allow proper placement of students for supervised professional practice rotations.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Students must provide documentation of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification upon completion of ATRG 4116/6116 and must maintain continuous certification throughout the remainder of the program.

Liability Insurance: Liability insurance is required for all students who have been formally accepted into the athletic training program. Liability insurance policy premium fees are automatically billed to the student’s account through the University Business Office.

Apprentice Licensure Status: Students are required to obtain apprentice athletic trainer status through the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision upon formal admission to the program.

Transportation and Uniforms: Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites and are required to buy their own uniforms (some uniforms will be provided by the athletic department), in accordance with the program dress code. (See ATRG Student Handbook for dress code.)

 

Students are required to review and understand the Communicable Disease Policy as stated in the Student Clinical Handbook. Please read here Communicable Disease Policy.

 

 

Program Fees
ATRG 5116/7116 – Fee$60
ATRG 7216 – Fee$80/year
ATRG 7316 - Fee$80/year
ATRG 7746 – BOC Self-Assessment Exam.$30 approx.
E*Value Fee ( ATRG 7713, 7723, 7733, 7743)$140
CPR Recertification$35 approx. every other year
Criminal Background Check$25 (some states require an additional fee)
ImmunizationsCost varies
TB testCost varies ($8 at Alexander Health Center) annually
Flu Shot$25
Liability Insurance$25 billed to account each semester
Athletic Training Apprentice Licensure - initial$55 (licensure & criminal background check)
Athletic Training Apprentice Licensure – renewal$15
Transportation to off-campus rotation siteCost varies