Be on the frontline of health-care service for athletes and the physically-active.
Become an expert in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Specializing in prevention, rehabilitation, and management of injuries resulting from participation in athletics and physical activity, the athletic trainer is an integral member of the sports medicine team. The athletic trainer works in cooperation with the physicians, parents, coaches, and administrators to maintain the safety and well-being of athletes and the physically active.
Why Athletic Training at Shenandoah
Shenandoah University’s Division of Athletic Training is a program that offers a unique combination of “hands-on” clinical training, classroom teaching, distance-based education and clinical research. Clinical field experiences are available on campus as well as in other settings such as with professional sports organizations.
Learn More About This Program
The Master of Science In Athletic Training program has been uniquely designed to offer clinical field experiences in the fall and spring semesters under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers in a variety of settings, including Shenandoah University, other affiliated colleges and universities, affiliated high schools, affiliated professional athletic training room settings and affiliated sports medicine clinics. As a graduate program, the Division of Athletic Training is committed to incorporating clinical research as part of the entry-level educational experience. Students propose, perform, defend and present a scientific study as a culminating project in the curriculum.
Alumni Shatora Lane ‘12, ‘14 continued her education in Athletic Training at Shenandoah after graduating with her bachelors degree. She received her masters which led to her successful career. Lane is the head athletic trainer at Shepherd University. Lane works with staff to provide on-site care for athletes, handles prevention programs, and postsurgical rehabilitation. Lane thanks the Shenandoah community for her success and tells future students, “ If you have an idea or passion, reach out to someone on campus that specializes in that area and enlist their advice or mentorship.”
Eric Rhodes ‘13 dream became a reality when he accepted an assistant strength and conditioning coach position at the University of Maryland. “The SU baseball program helped me develop leadership skills and a great work ethic that pushed me every single day to be the best person that I could be.”
Stephen Gober ‘98 is the head athletic trainer for the Louisville Bats, a Triple-A affiliate for the Cincinnati Reds. He also use to be an assistant athletic trainer for the Washington Nationals for three years. The faculty and mentors at Shenandoah pushed Gober when he needed it, which served him well. “Take advantage of all the experiences you can while you are there, it’s worth it in the end.”
Upon completion of the classroom and clinical requirements of the Master of Science in Athletic
Training Program a student will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of prevention of athletic injuries to athletes of all ages and abilities.
- Demonstrate competency in the various methods and practices which can be used to help bring about a reduction in athletic injuries.
- Integrate scientific knowledge and clinical psychomotor skills along with critical thinking/problem solving abilities to assess and rehabilitate athletic injuries.
- Provide appropriate levels of emergency care for athletic injuries and differentiate between cases that require referral to emergency medical services or to physicians.
- Create, manage, and modify a comprehensive rehabilitation program for athletes recovering from illness and injury, facilitating their return to full athletic participation.
- Initiate, organize, and administer an athletic training service project to high school or college athletic training program, sports medicine clinic, corporate fitness setting, or the local community.
- Provide information, counsel, and guidance regarding the importance, nature, and extent of sports health care intervention necessary to maintain the overall health and well being of an athlete to the individual athlete, the coach, the parents, and other vested parties.
- Recognize the need for understanding, utilizing, and contributing to evidence based practice in the field of athletic training. Included in this is demonstrating the ability to critically analyze peer reviewed literature, practicing skills that have been scientifically proven to be effective, performing a clinical research project.
- Develop a sense of professionalism and incorporate the NATA Code of Ethics into daily practice.
|Summer Year 1|
|AT 501||Risk Management and Emergency Care for Athletes||3|
|AT 511||Advanced Athletic Training Techniques||1|
|AT 521||Functional Human Anatomy I||2|
|AT 523||Therapeutic Exercise I||1|
|AT 531||Pathology/Evaluation of Athletic Injury||3|
|AT 552||Therapeutic Modalities||3|
|Fall Year 1|
|AT 504||Psychological Intervention/Referral in Athletic Training||3|
|AT 505||Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training||1|
|AT 562||Imaging In Athletic Training||1|
|AT 571||Sports Nutrition||3|
|AT 581||Clinical Field Experience||4|
|Spring Year 1|
|AT 533||Clinical Medicine||3|
|AT 621||Functional Anatomy II||3|
|AT 653||Ethics/Professionalism in Athletic Training||2|
|AT 582||Clinical Field Experience II||4|
|Summer Year 2|
|AT 624||Therapeutic Exercise II||2|
|AT 631||Pathology/Evaluation of Athletic Injury II||3|
|AT 663||Clinical Research I||3|
|AT 643||Advanced Rehabilitation of Athletic Injury||3|
|AT 699||Casting and Bracing in Athletic Training||2|
|Fall Year 2|
|AT 614||Pharmacology in Athletic Training||2|
|AT 664||Clinical Research II||3|
|AT 670||Health Care Administration||2|
|AT 681||Clinical Field Experience III||4|
|Spring Year 2|
|AT 711||Theories and Practice of Conditioning Athletes||3|
|AT 682||Clinical Field Experience IV||4|
|AT 763||Research Seminar||1|
|AT 774||Senior Seminar||1|
Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to serve as a compassionate athletic trainer, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.
Program Director/Associate Professor of Athletic TrainingFull Biography
Assistant ProfessorFull Biography
Assistant ProfessorFull Biography
Assistant ProfessorFull Biography
Associate Director Performing Arts Medicine Program, Assistant Professor Division of Athletic TrainingFull Biography
Pre-Requisites For Master Of Science In Athletic Training
|English Composition and Literature||6|
|Math Algebra/Pre-Calculus and Statistics||6|
|Anatomy and Physiology||8|
|Introduction to Psychology||3|
|A minimum of six credits from the following (must have a minimum of two of these classes):|
|Biomechanics or Kinesiology||3|
|12 credits from the following:|
|Developmental or Abnormal Psychology||3|
|Human Growth and Development||3|
|Introduction to Athletic Training||3|
|Measurement and Evaluation in Health Physical Education||3|
* A research design course may be used in place of statistics if the courses syllabus demonstrates use of statistics in planning quantitative research. Other prerequisites may have slightly differing names. Course substitutions must be approved by the program director.
* Demonstration of skill in micro-computing may be used in place of a three-credit course such as passage of a Microsoft Office test. This substitution must be approved by the program director.
Board of Certification Rates
Students who complete the program are prepared to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.
Board of Certification Rates for Shenandoah University MSAT Program
|2012-13||2013-14||2014-15||2015-16||2016-17||3 YR Aggregate|
|Number of students graduating from program||13||19||13||14||15||42|
|Number of students graduating from program who took examination||12||19||13||14||15||42|
|Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt||12||19||13||14||15||42|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination on first attempt||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts||12||19||13||14||15||42|
|Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts||100||100||100||100||100||100|