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Program Overview & Curriculum

Program Mission

The mission of the of the athletic training graduate program is to prepare students for excellence and leadership roles within athletic training and across healthcare disciplines. Students will learn the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to provide preventative, emergency, and therapeutic care to athletes and physically active people.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes 36 total weeks of clinical experience broken up over the course of two years. Prior to each experience, students will be in the classroom for a fixed amount of consecutive weeks during the first half of each semester. Classes will be taught primarily at the Monmouth University Graduate Center or as a hybrid containing both classroom and online components. Students will learn the foundational skills necessary for successful completion of clinical rotations.

Clinical experiences will occur in traditional athletic training settings, emerging athletic training settings, and general medical facilities. All clinical rotations will be under the direct supervision of certified and licensed athletic trainers or appropriately licensed physicians.

Instructional coursework is meant to be intensive and will require significant out-of-class study and practice time. As such, clinical rotations will not be completed while instructional coursework is ongoing. The final 12-week clinical rotation is the only exception, as this semester will include online coursework during the rotation with a two-week intensive in-class lecture and final exam.

 

First Year Second Year
Summer semester
  • 10 weeks of class
  • Includes two weeks of observational/networking opportunity while providing services to Monmouth’s D1 athletic programs
  • No classes on Fridays
12 weeks split schedule:

  • Classes Monday/Wednesday
  • 8 weeks of clinical rotations Tuesday/Thursday (2 weeks each in the following settings: emergency room, operating room, industrial, rehabilitation)
  • No classes on Fridays

 

Fall semester
  • 7 weeks of class
  • 6 weeks on clinical sites
  • 1 week of comprehensive testing
  • 10 weeks working with football athletes
  • 7 weeks of classes
Spring semester
  • 7 weeks of class
  • 6 weeks working with upper extremity sports
  • 1 week of comprehensive testing
  • 1 week of class
  • 12 weeks of self-chosen clinical rotation
  • 1 week of class

Program Goals

The M.S. in Athletic Training program aims to produce athletic trainers who:

  • Are highly skilled and competent professionals who exhibit mutual respect and caring for peers, varied healthcare professionals, and a diverse patient population
  • Acquire and maintain all credentials (national and state licensure) while meeting the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behavior
  • Possess a passion for helping others and a desire to meet the needs of their community
  • Implement policies and procedures that benefit the patient/athlete and the profession of athletic training
  • Utilize evidence-based research to shape clinical practice and theory
  • Quickly assess and analyze emergent and non-emergent situations to develop solutions to problems and foresee potential outcomes

Train Like the Professionals

Our students will have access to modern technology and resources that reflect real-world athletic training practices. Students will work with simulation labs, cadaver labs, and simulation training rooms, and will also have access to state-of-the-art rehabilitation and conditioning equipment, including ergonomic testing devices as well as therapeutic modalities, such as laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and intermittent compression devices.