Courses and Descriptions
ATR 100 – Athletic Taping and Bracing (1 hour)
- This course consists of lecture and lab-based instruction to introduce students to the various products and equipment used in the development and construction of pads and braces for injury prevention during sport and physical activity, and teaches students how to properly apply basic taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding techniques that are common practice in athletic training and sports medicine.
ATR 200 - Foundations of Athletic Training (3 hours)
- This course introduces the student to clinical athletic training education and the foundational behaviors of professional practice in athletic training. Current topics in athletic training that will be taught in this course include, but are not limited to, prevention and health, clinical examination and diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, health care administration, psychological aspects of sports injury and rehabilitation, and evidence-based practice.
ATR 250 – Therapeutic Modalities (3 hours)
Prerequisites – HEA 330 or permission of instructor
- This course introduces the student to the various thermal, mechanical, and electrical modalities that are used in athletic training and physical therapy to promote healing and rehabilitation of athletic injury. The course consists of lecture and lab-based instruction on the use of therapeutic modalities in clinical practice (e.g., cryotherapy, thermotherapy, hydrotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, diathermy, traction, therapeutic massage, and compression therapy).
ATR 260 – Principles of Rehabilitation (3 hours)
Prerequisites – HEA 330 or permission of instructor
- This course introduces the student to the foundational knowledge and clinical skills of therapeutic interventions used in the rehabilitation process for treating the physically active population. The course consists of lecture and lab-based instruction to facilitate students’ understanding of the purpose and goals of various therapeutic exercises, equipment, and other rehabilitation techniques used in an effective rehabilitation program for restoring and developing range of motion, strength, balance, agility, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance, and activity-specific skills following injuries or illnesses affecting the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and neurological systems.
- ATR 330 - General Medicine and Pharmacology in Athletic Training (4 hours)
Prerequisites - BIO 309, BIO 310, BIO 316
- In this course, the student will gain cognitive and psychomotor skills needed for recognition, referral, and appropriate treatment of general medical conditions and disabilities of individuals involved in sport and physical activity. The student will also learn the appropriate pharmacological interventions used to treat athletic injuries and illnesses.
ATR 361 - Assessment and Intervention I (4 hours)
Prerequisites - ATR 200, ATR 250, ATR 260, BIO 309, BIO 310
- This course consists of lecture and lab-based instruction and introduces the student to the general assessment and evaluation of orthopedic injuries, which includes identification, physical evaluation, treatment, and referral guidelines. The student will learn the specific injury assessment and diagnosis for athletic injuries pertaining to the foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, thigh, hip and pelvis, thoracic and lumbar spine. This course will also broaden the student’s knowledge and clinical skills learned in ATR 260, through the application of therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation for injuries sustained to the lower body.
ATR 362 - Assessment and Intervention II (4 hours)
Prerequisite - ATR 361
- This course is a continuation of ATR 361, which consists of lecture and lab-based instruction designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the assessment and evaluation process. The student will learn the specific injury assessment and diagnosis for athletic injuries pertaining to the head and face, cervical spine, thorax and abdomen, shoulder complex, elbow, wrist and hand. This course will continue to broaden the student’s knowledge and clinical skills learned in ATR 260 and ATR 361, through the application of therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation for injuries sustained to the upper body.
ATR 410 - Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (3 hours)
Co-requisite - PED 416
- This course explores administrative theories and strategies necessary to serve in different positions in the various athletic training settings. Topics include, but are not limited to, leadership and management styles, policies and procedures, resource management, legal and ethical standards in professional practice, medical records and documentation.
BIO 309, 309L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3, 1 hours)
Prerequisite: BIO 111 with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Designed for pre-nursing and other programs in allied health fields. Topics include cell structure and biochemistry, histology, and anatomy and physiology of skeletal, muscular, sensory, and nervous systems. Laboratory.
BIO 310, 310L – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3, 1 hours)
Prerequisite: BIO 309.
- Continuation of BIO 309. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems. Aspects of metabolism, body fluids, electrolytes, and acid-base balance are covered. Laboratory.
BIO 316 – Medical Terminology (3 hours)
- Using learner-oriented, self-study, and programmed text, students gain skill in recognizing roots, definitions, pronunciation, spelling, and classification by body and organ system used in medical terminology.
HEA 201 - Personal Health (3 hours)
- Modern knowledge and developments in personal health which reflect fundamental biological facts and the psychological aspects of human behavior as they affect the health conduct of the individual. Emphasis is placed on one’s self-responsibility for wellness in regard to areas such as stress, disease, sexuality, alcohol, and drugs.
HEA 211 - Nutrition (3 hours)
- Basic foundation concerning the combination of processes involved in food intake and utilization in relation to functional maintenance, growth, and renewal of body functions and exercise.
HEA 330 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 hours)
- This course will develop a basic understanding of the prevention, recognition, immediate care, and referral of common athletic injuries and illnesses in sports and physical activity. Students will be introduced to basic taping techniques for the ankle, wrist, and hand.
HSC 230 – Emergency Care in Sport and Physical Activity (3 hours)
- This course consists of lecture and lab-based instruction to give students in health care professions a thorough knowledge of basic first aid, basic life support (e.g., rescue breathing, CPR and AED use), airway management, oxygen supplementation, recognition and management of emergency and acute athletic injuries and illnesses that occur in sport and physical activity. Upon successful completion of this course, students can potentially obtain certifications in bloodborne pathogens training, basic first aid, CPR and AED for professional rescuers and healthcare providers, and administering emergency oxygen.
HSC 380 - Research in Health Sciences (3 hours)
Prerequisites - MTH 202
- This web-based course introduces students to the principles and methods of organizing, conducting, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative research. To establish evidence-based practices, students will learn to think critically about scientific research and statistical reasoning, formulate answerable questions, search databases, and evaluate the validity of claims made in health science related presentations and publications. During the course of instruction, students will be required to complete a literature review of a research topic in health sciences.
HSC 421 – Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 hours)
- Prerequisites - HEA 211, either BIO 200 or BIO 309 & BIO 310, PED 321, PED 322
- This course consists of lecture and lab-based instruction where various techniques are taught and utilized to evaluate an individual’s fitness level. Emphasis will be placed on exercise safety precautions for developing lifetime health and fitness habits, proper lifting techniques, and the scientific basis of recommending exercise programs. Concepts of exercise testing and prescription will follow the guidelines of the National Council of Strength & Fitness (NCSF), and upon successful completion of this course, students should be prepared to take the NCSF personal trainer certification exam.
PED Activity Class –
- Please see the full listing of catalog descriptions for the following: PED 100, 101, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 128, 129
PED 321 - Kinesiology (3 hours)
Prerequisite: BIO 200 and PED 320.
- Science of human motion with emphasis on analysis of motor skills. Preventative and rehabilitory exercise methods, application of physical laws, classes of levers, origins and insertions of muscles, and principles underlying movement in range of flexibility, strength, and endurance.
PED 322 - Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)
Prerequisite: BIO 200 and PED 320.
- Functions of the systems of the human body related to muscular activity. Emphasis on cardio respiratory function, physical fitness testing, nutrition for athletes, effects of anabolic steroids and other substances, and activity in extremes of temperature and altitude.
PED 416 - Sports Law (3 hours)
- Sports, the law, and due process. Negligence, defenses, liability, and tort. Includes sports litigation, warnings, waivers, sports violence, athletes’ rights, contractual agreements and disputes, agents and arbitration, drug testing in sports, product and facility design and liability, legal responsibilities in activity and fitness centers, high risk activities and other trends and issues.
- All clinical courses in the Athletic Training major require formal admission into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program, and will therefore be open only to Athletic Training students. A modular approach will be utilized in order to develop competency of athletic training skills. Students will demonstrate proficiency of the clinical education competencies according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Training Education Competencies, 5th Edition (2011). In order to document their progression in the Integrated Clinical Proficiencies, students will be expected to continually work toward completion of the clinical proficiencies portfolio in all five (5) clinical courses. Under the direct supervision of a clinical preceptor, students will complete a minimum number of hours outside of the classroom in various on- and off-campus clinical settings for each clinical course.
ATR 245 - Clinical I (2 hours)
Prerequisites – ATR 100, ATR 200, HEA 330, BIO 316, HSC 230
- In this course, students will refine basic athletic training skills, including developing clinical skills; athletic training clinic operations (e.g., policies and procedures, record keeping, basic health care nomenclature); emergency and acute care of injuries and illnesses; and athletic taping, wrapping, bracing and padding competencies previously taught in didactic coursework.
ATR 340 - Clinical II (2 hours)
Prerequisites – ATR 250
- In this course, students will refine basic athletic training skills, including foundational behaviors of professional practice; risk management; and therapeutic modalities competencies previously taught in didactic coursework.
ATR 345 - Clinical III (2 hours)
Prerequisites – ATR 260, ATR 330, BIO 309, BIO 310, HEA 201, HEA 211
- In this course, students will refine intermediate and advanced athletic training skills, including the body’s response to injury and illness; general assessment and evaluation; general medical conditions, disorders, and diseases; and basic nutrition, pharmacology, and wellness competencies previously taught in didactic coursework.
ATR 440 - Clinical IV (3 hours)
Prerequisites – ATR 260, ATR 361, ATR 362, HSC 380
- In this course, students will refine intermediate and advanced athletic training skills, including specific injury assessment and diagnosis; therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation; and evidence-based practice competencies previously taught in didactic coursework. Students will continue working on a research project specific to the field of athletic training.
ATR 445 - Clinical V (3 hours)
Prerequisites – ATR 410, HSC 380, PED 416
- In this course, students will refine advanced athletic training skills, including integrated injury management; healthcare administration; psychosocial interactions; and professional development competencies previously taught in didactic coursework. Students will complete their ongoing research project and clinical integration proficiencies portfolio in this course.