Program Overview

 

The University of Connecticut has begun offering a Professional Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (MSAT), with the first cohort starting in May 2019. The Professional MSAT program provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a certified athletic trainer. The full-time, two-year program will provide students with a didactic and clinical curriculum that addresses the professional education standards as established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students are prepared to become evidence-based health care professionals through a combination of classroom, clinical education, and research experiences.

 

The program at the University of Connecticut is unrivaled in its ability to expose students to diversified clinical education experiences with a focus in intercollegiate athletics and/or youth sports, providing students the opportunity to learn from experts in the fields of qualitative research, sport safety, through the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI), and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation via the Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation (SOAR) lab. The UConn Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Programs are collaboratively aligned within the Department of Kinesiology, affording students the unique aspect of interdisciplinary heath care education.

 

Vision and Mission Statement

The vision of the Professional Athletic Training Program at the University of Connecticut is to provide the student a dynamic and engaging learning environment that supports the growth and professional development necessary to excel within the field of athletic training.

 

The mission of the Professional Athletic Training Program at the University of Connecticut is to provide our students with a high-quality education that incorporates inter-professional learning opportunities, exposure to evidence-based practice and high-quality research, and diverse educational experiences. We will inspire our students to be advocates for the profession and to be life-long learners committed to the delivery of quality patient-centered care.

Athletic Training Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Prepare athletic training students for success in a variety of athletic training opportunities by:
    1. Providing clinical education experiences in high schools, universities, hospitals, and sports medicine clinics, which allows for a diverse clinical background with Preceptors who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and learning while serving as role models for professional development.
      1. Mid- and Final Clinical Education Preceptor evaluations completed by the students will demonstrate high quality of instruction and support in learning.
      2. Exit interviews, at the completion of the program, will demonstrate satisfaction with clinical education and Preceptor interactions.  
    2. Consistently providing challenging course work, research, and mentoring opportunities.
      1. Course evaluations will demonstrate that students are satisfied with the delivery of content in their courses.
      2. Exit interviews will highlight overall satisfaction with coursework and experiences related to research and mentoring.
    3. Exposing the athletic training student to other professionals of the athletic health care team both in the classroom and clinical settings.
      1. Final Evaluations of each Clinical Site will allow the students to provide feedback, and the program to gain insight, into the exposure to interprofessional healthcare opportunities.
      2. Exit interviews will demonstrate satisfaction with opportunities to develop their knowledge and interact with other members of the healthcare team.
  1. Provide an opportunity for students to develop optimal skills in the prevention; recognition, evaluation & immediate care; rehabilitation & reconditioning; health care administration; professional development & responsibility.
      1. Exit interviews will demonstrate satisfaction with overall experiences related to professional development and opportunities to develop as a practitioner.
      2. Board of certification examination results will demonstrate 100% first time pass rate as well as individual content scores that reflect a strong comparison to the national examination scores.
      3. Students will self-reflect about their own abilities and progress through completing goals for each clinical education experience.
      4. Preceptors will monitor and record students’ progressive competency with each area of athletic training practice through assessing the clinical integration proficiencies during each clinical education experience and through the mid- and final evaluations of the student.
  1. Place students in supervised situations, which encourage professional and ethical behavior, common sense, evidence-based practice, and rational thinking and problem-solving skills.
      1. Exit interviews will demonstrate students who report satisfaction with clinical education experiences and report high scores for the program. 
      2. Site Visit evaluations will report effective clinical education experiences that are supportive, challenging, and allow for professional growth.  
      3. Student evaluations of the site and Preceptor will demonstrate satisfactory scores regarding supervision, interaction, and opportunities for learning.