BS/MS in ATHLETIC TRAINING DUAL DEGREE
The Division of Nursing at Thomas More College is proud to offer a dual B.S. /M.S. degree in Athletic Training. This 164-credit degree program, offered by the Athletic Training Program (ATP), prepares students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to enter the field as a certified athletic trainer (ATC). As a new program at Thomas More College, the Athletic Training Program is in the initial phase of pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The purpose of CAATE is to maintain the quality of entry-level athletic training education programs.
The comprehensive curriculum is divided into two phases: a two-year, Pre-Professional Phase and a three-year, Professional Phase. The expanded, three-year, Professional Phase offers students the chance to take more advanced courses, the advantage of increased time to interact and train with mentors, and the opportunity to integrate a variety of clinical experiences. The BS/MS in Athletic Training dual degree program is intended for first year students, transfer students or students who change majors early in their undergraduate education. The first two years of this program are classified as the "pre-professional" phase. Each student will complete the program prerequisites and bachelor’s degree requirements for a major in Athletic Training. The “professional” phase of the program will begin in the fall semester of the student’s third year, while the graduate courses will begin in the fall semester of the students fourth year. At the end of the student’s fourth year, he or she will receive a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. At the end of the fifth year, each student will earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree and be eligible for the Board of Certification exam.
Hallmarks of the ATP will include field-based learning experiences with opportunities for students to work side-by-side with highly experienced certified athletic trainers; state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that allow students to gain significant experience in all areas of clinical practice; individualized instruction provided by advanced teaching fellows; and a mentorship program that promotes further sharing of knowledge and experience.The ATP will also offer students the opportunity to learn new skill sets within the field of Athletic Training. As the role of Athletic Trainers continue to evolve so too will the competencies that athletic training students learn. At Thomas More College, the Athletic Training program recognizes this evolution and will implement courses to broaden the skill set of the students within the program. Athletic Training students at Thomas More College will have the opportunity to learn casting, imaging, and a variety of other skills that will improve their opportunity to find employment as a Physician Extender. The role of an ATC as a Physician Extender is an up and coming field within Athletic Training and Orthopedic Physician offices.
Through an innovative interdisciplinary education and clinical practice model, the Athletic Training program at Thomas More College prepares students to provide evidence-based and patient-centered clinical services that will optimize the quality of health care received by physically active people of any age. The Athletic Training program utilizes state of the art technology and modern teaching strategies. It provides unique clinical experiences to cultivate professionals who embody sound clinical reasoning, professional ethics, honesty, compassion, primacy of the patient, and who are advocates for the profession of athletic training.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- To prepare students to pass the BOC examination on their first attempt.
- To provide students the opportunity to demonstrate problem solving and clinical reasoning skills.
- To produce high quality athletic trainers for employment in various athletic training settings.
- To promote interdisciplinary healthcare education that utilizes evidence based concepts
- To promote professional and ethical conduct at all times.
- To provide students opportunity to develop their skills in the classroom and in clinical settings.
- To continually update the curricular offerings to provide current knowledge in the field.
- To provide innovative and high quality instruction in the didactic and clinical settings.
- To promote the concept of establishing professional contacts by attending professional and educational meetings and seminars.
- To foster an appreciation of athletic training as a contribution to the healthcare system.
- To foster the foundational behaviors of professional practice.