Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.)

Cultivating Active Learners, Reflective Thinkers & Responsible Contributors. Providing quality healthcare to an active population through quality didactic and clinical athletic training educational experiences.

Admission Requirements

Application Procedures for Admission as a Degree Student

  • Online Graduate Program application: loras.edu/apply
  • All official transcripts from each institution attended, including undergraduate and graduate. For a transcript to be considered official it must be sent from that institution’s Registrar’s Office to Loras College Graduate Admissions. (Transcript “issued to student” will not be considered official.  Faxed and copied transcripts will not be considered official.)
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required for admission.
  • Completion of prerequisite course requirements:
    • Principles of Biology I
    • General Chemistry I
    • Anatomy & Physiology I
    • Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Nutrition
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Biomechanics
    • Statistics
    • Athletic Training Skills I with a grade of B- or better (if not already completed, this course can be taken at Loras upon arrival as a graduate student)
  • Applicant statement: a typewritten statement outlining your interests and professional goals (both short term and long term). This statement is an integral part of your application (maximum of 2 pages double spaced).
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: Please have your references complete our Letter of Recommendation Form. (They are welcome to provide a supplemental letter in addition to the form as well). The recommendations need to be from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s character, academic capability, and motivation/interest exhibited in obtaining an advanced degree in this field.
  • Observation Hours: Observation hours in two different Athletic Training settings with two different Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are required. Examples of differing settings include but are not limited to: high school, college or university, clinics, industrial, professional or minor league sports. A total of 50 observation hours are required by December 1st prior to submitting an application. Each athletic trainer observed will need to sign an Observation Hour Log form.
  • Interview with faculty of the Athletic Training program following receipt and review of all application materials.

Application deadlines:

Summer 2019 cohort enrollment – all materials due by December 1, 2018

Materials may be sent to: 

  • Applicant statement and letters of recommendation can be emailed to: megan.henderson@loras.edu
  • All official transcripts and the Observation Hour Log form can be mailed to:

Loras College Graduate Admission
Attn: Megan Henderson
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA  52001

Following the receipt of all application materials (and interview) listed above, contingent offers of admission will be offered to the most qualified candidates. A student is not officially accepted into the program until the following conditions have been met:

  • Evidence of a valid American Red Cross CPR/AED certification for the Professional Rescuer OR American Heart Association Lifesaver Certification OR an equivalent certification from another organization
  • Must pass a routine background check
  • Must sign a technical standards form
  • Must purchase professional liability insurance
Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

L.ATR-510 Evaluation of Injuries I
In this course, students are introduced to the injury evaluation process and the assessment of athletic injuries found in the lumbar spine and lower extremity.

L.ATR-511 Evaluation of Injuries II
In this course, students are introduced to the assessment of conditions affecting the upper extremity, head and neck.  Additionally, management of emergency care of head and neck injuries is covered.

L.ATR-520 Therapeutic Interventions I
This is an introduction to the theory and practical use of therapeutic modalities in sports medicine.  Classroom instruction and laboratory practical components will allow the students to learn and develop necessary athletic training competencies regarding therapeutic modalities and therapeutic agents.

L.ATR-521 Therapeutic Interventions II
This course will focus on methods and techniques in the selection and application of rehabilitation techniques in sports medicine. Key components will focus on the overall functional progression of rehabilitative exercise, specific rehabilitative exercises, and the addition of advanced techniques such as joint manipulations will be also be taught.

L.ATR 530 Evidence Based Practice of Athletic Training
This course will serve as a foundation to the research aspect of the MAT program. Students will be exposed to the need for research, common research techniques in athletic training, and outline a research question to serve as their thesis/capstone project.

L.ATR-540 Epidemiology
This course is intended to enhance the students’ understanding of the role of epidemiologic study in evaluating the relationships between physical activity and health and/or disease outcomes.  Students will learn about the development of current physical activity recommendations, trends in physical activity in the U.S., epidemiologic study designs and the techniques used to measure physical activity, and most importantly, will learn to critically evaluate the evidence and literature in this topic area.

L.ATR-541 Public Health
Students will be introduced to the concept of public health and the importance of improving the lives of people where they live, work, and play. The methods to track diseases, prevent illnesses, and understand the etiologies and risk factors for conditions that effect health are also discussed.

L.ATR-542 Health and Wellness Promotion
This course is intended to enhance student understanding of chronic disease, public and community health, and health and wellness promotion. The course will focus on methods used in disease prevention in the form of preventative healthcare, and behavior change in nutrition, and exercise in relation to the individual, in the workplace, and greater society. Students will learn and develop health and wellness promotion programming to reduce health risks and chronic disease, including fitness prescription, weight management, body composition, and disordered eating.

L.ATR-575 Athletic Training Skills II
This course is designed to give students advanced skills necessary to provide healthcare to an active population. Key topics will focus on emergency care, injury prevention, and administrative tasks associated in the provision of healthcare.

L.ATR-580 Pathophysiology
This course will focus on common diseases and illnesses that impact the human body and impact homeostasis. The common etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing and appropriate referrals and treatment will be examined for each disease covered.  Diseases covered in this course cover the entire lifespan.

L.ATR-601 Clinical Experience I
Clinical Education practical hours in an athletic training setting for the athletic training student are a large component of this course. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of athletic training settings but can include a variety of sports on the Loras College campus, and at local high schools. Athletic Training Students are to adhere to all Loras MAT policies concerning clinical assignments. These policies can be located in the Loras MAT Handbook. Students will meet once a week during this Clinical Experience to review clinical progress and proficiencies. This Clinical Experience will focus on Pre-participation exams, Concussion baseline testing, AT Skills I & II, Evaluation of Lower Extremity.

L.ATR-602 Clinical Experience II
Clinical Education practical hours in an athletic training setting for the athletic training student are a large component of this course. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of athletic training settings but can include a variety of sports on the Loras College campus, local high schools, Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey, Paramount Ambulance Service, and Finley Hospital. Athletic Training Students are to adhere to all Loras M.A.T policies concerning clinical assignments. These policies can be located in the Loras M.A.T Handbook. Students will meet once a week in the classroom during this Clinical Experience to review clinical progress, proficiencies, and practice skills. This clinical experience will focus on emergency care of athletic injury, lower extremity orthopedic evaluation, therapeutic modalities, and surgical observations.

L.ATR-603 Clinical Experience III
Clinical Education practical hours in an athletic training setting for the athletic training student are a large component of this course. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of athletic training settings but can include a variety of sports on the Loras College campus, local high schools, Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey, local Geriatric Care Facilities, Spine & Sport Chiropractic, Clarke & Associates Orthotics, Dubuque Physical Therapy, and Finley Hospital. Athletic Training Students are to adhere to all Loras MAT policies concerning clinical assignments. These policies can be located in the Loras MAT Handbook. Students will meet once a week in the classroom during this Clinical Experience to review clinical progress, proficiencies, and practice skills. This Clinical Experience will focus on rehabilitation of athletic injury, orthotics, surgical observations, and upper extremity & spinal evaluation.

L.ATR- 604 Clinical Experience IV
Clinical Education practical hours in an athletic training setting for the athletic training student are a large component of this course. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of athletic training settings but can include Crescent Community Health Center, Finley Occupational Health, Finley Convenient Care, or additional general medical care sites.  Athletic Training Students are to adhere to all Loras MAT policies concerning clinical assignments. These policies can be located in the Loras MAT Handbook. Students will meet once a week in the classroom during this Clinical Experience to review clinical progress, proficiencies, and practice skills. This Clinical Experience will focus on general medical conditions and appropriate treatment for general medical illness and injury.

L.ATR- 605 Clinical Experience V
Clinical Education practical hours in an athletic training setting for the athletic training student are a large component of this course. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of athletic training settings but can include a variety of sports on the Loras College campus, local high schools, Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey, or additional sports medicine sites. Athletic Training Students are to adhere to all Loras MAT policies concerning clinical assignments. These policies can be located in the Loras MAT Handbook. Students will meet once a week in the classroom during this Clinical Experience to review clinical progress, proficiencies, and practice skills. This Clinical Experience will focus on rehabilitation of athletic injury, evaluation of injury and illness, and administration.

L.ATR- 606 Clinical Experience VI
Clinical Education practical hours in an athletic training setting for the athletic training student are a large component of this course. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of athletic training settings but can include a variety of sports on the Loras College campus, local high schools, Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey, or additional sports medicine sites. Athletic Training Students are to adhere to all Loras MAT policies concerning clinical assignments. These policies can be located in the Loras MAT Handbook. Students will meet once a week in the classroom during this Clinical Experience to review clinical progress, proficiencies, and practice skills. This Clinical Experience will focus on rehabilitation of athletic injury, evaluation of injury and illness, and administration.

L.ATR- 610 Advanced Psychology of Injuries
This course serves as an exploration in the psychological aspect of working with patients in a healthcare setting. Specifically, how patients recovering from injuries deal with the many factors that influence their recovery and what impact and specific strategies the athletic trainer can have and use.

L.ATR- 611 Topics in Athletic Training
This course will allow students to discuss the most pertinent and evolving topics in the profession. This will likely include changes in the standards of practice, professional regulation, interprofessional education, and emerging areas of practice.

L.ATR- 640 Healthcare Administration
This course provides experience in healthcare administration. Key components focus on reimbursement for services, legal concepts associated with healthcare, and planning, coordinating, and supervising all administrative components of a healthcare organization.

L.ATR- 680 Research in Athletic Training
This course provides a capstone experience for students in healthcare research. Students will use skills in evidence based medicine to propose, conduct, and analyze a research project. Students will be required to disseminate this research at a minimum at local research symposiums.

Course Rotation

Athletic Training Graduate Course Rotation Schedule

Fall Offerings
L.ATR-511 Evaluation of Injuries II
L.ATR-520 Therapeutic Interventions I
L.ATR 530 Evidence Based Practice of Athletic Training
L.ATR-602 Clinical Experience II
L.ATR- 605 Clinical Experience V
L.ATR- 610 Advanced Psychology of Injuries
L.ATR- 642 Health and Wellness Promotion
L.ATR- 643 Healthcare Administration

Spring Offerings
L.ATR-521 Therapeutic Interventions II
L.ATR-580 Pathophysiology
L.ATR-603 Clinical Experience III
L.ATR- 606 Clinical Experience VI
L.ATR- 611 Topics in Athletic Training
L.ATR- 675 Research in Athletic Training

Summer Offerings
L.ATR-510 Evaluation of Injuries I
L.ATR-540 Epidemiology
L.ATR-541 Public Health
L.ATR-575 Athletic Training Skills II
L.ATR-601 Clinical Experience I
L.ATR- 604 Clinical Experience IV

Program Outcomes, Objectives & CAATE Accreditation

Loras College Athletic Training Program

Loras College Athletic Training

The Loras College Athletic Training program is fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2018-2019 academic year. See accreditation details below.

1. Recruit students who are motivated to be a part of this major and will integrate well into the program by performing at a high level in both the educational and clinical components of the major.
2. Develop students who act as ethical and responsible professionals.
3. Prepare students to pass the BOC exam. Our goal is to have at least an 80% first-time pass rate.
4. Develop students so they can critically think and problem-solve in professional settings.
5. Provide students with diverse clinical opportunities that allow them to be active learners.
6. Expose students to a wide variety of guest speakers from the medical community, either in the classroom or by
attending state and national conferences.
7. Provide students with the opportunity to conduct and present research at the local, state and national levels.

Outcome Measurements of the Athletic Training Program Board of Certification Results

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The Loras College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program’s status is in good standing with the CAATE and will go through re-accreditation and a substantial change to the Master’s level in 2018-2019.

FAQ

Who made the decision to change the level of the degree?
The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance consisting of the Board of Directors of the NATA and the Commissioners of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) with the support of the Board of Certification (BOC) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Foundation have jointly acted to establish master’s level as the professional degree for athletic training. 

Will the accreditation standards for professional program accreditation change?
Yes, in addition to the Standard for the degree, the CAATE has asked their Standards Committee to work to examine and evolve the Standards to reflect the added rigor and other key components of quality healthcare education as we move toward implementation of the degree requirement. This could involve interprofessional education, periods of clinical only immersion (time when the students do not have any classes but are only in clinical rotations, i.e. working with a college football team), among other changes. 

Will the educational content change?
The degree change is part of a broader vision to produce providers who are prepared to meet the challenges our patients will face in the future. The educational content will also evolve to provide our students and ultimately their patients with healthcare knowledge and skills that produce a provider who can function as a mid-level (Level II) provider (i.e. physical therapist, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist).

A steering committee comprised of representatives from the NATA, the BOC and the CAATE is beginning to work on revision of the professional educational content (Competencies). The working group has been charged that the professional knowledge needs to be reflective of professional programs offered at the master’s degree level. 

The degree change might not have an influence on the reputation of athletic trainers so why do it?
The perception of Program Directors, who oversee programs at the master’s level is that students at the graduate level show an increase in maturity, commitment to the profession and benefit from a higher quality of clinical experience. This will aid the public’s perception of athletic training and ensure proper professional alignment with other health care professions. It’s also been shown that the retention of ATs who have a master’s is better than those who don’t. This longevity also impacts reputation.

Will changing the degree level increase salaries?
There is data to prove athletic trainers with a master’s degree earn more than those with a bachelors; however, as part of the review process a health care economist conducted a study specific to athletic training education. The research shows degree level alone is not a strong indicator of salary increase. But, years of full time employment plus an advanced degree can lead to an increased salary. In addition, ATs who have a master’s are more likely to stay in the profession and again that is one of the components that leads to increased salary.

When do classes begin?
During the 2018-2019 academic year, we will be accepting applications to the program for the first time. Students will formally start the program in the 2019-2020 academic year.

What undergrad major are students receiving who obtain a Masters in Athletic Training?
Bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology, Exercise Science and a variety of other undergraduate degrees.

See more at:
http://caate.net/the-professional-degree, http://www.nata.org/degree-change-frequently-asked-questions

Tuition and Fees

Predicted Tuition Cost for Master of Athletic Training Program 

  • $659 per credit hour
  • $40 Technology Fee per credit hour 

Employer Reimbursement

  • The Employer Reimbursement Form must be completed.
  • Students are responsible for providing the course information, final grades, and billing information to their employer to obtain the reimbursement.
  • Students are expected to submit timely reimbursement to their employer after the final grade is posted.
  • If the employer reimbursement criteria is not met and/or reimbursement is denied, the student must bring their account current before any future registration will be permitted.

Federal Loan Options

  • Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and take at least 3 credits per term.
  • The loan will disburse directly to the school to cover the cost of the term.
  • Graduate students are eligible for $20,500 in loan funds for each academic year.
  • The Loras College academic year runs from Summer – Spring (i.e. Summer 2017 – Spring 2018)

Contact us if you have additional Billing and Financial Aid Questions

Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.
Visit our Tuition & Fees page for more Financial Aid information.

Below are additional fees associated with students enrolled in the MAT Program (subject to change).

Item

Predicted Cost

NATA Membership/ATRACK $105
Clinical Education Fees TBD
Liability Insurance $40.00
Equipment & Clothing Fees (vary by student) $100
BOC Practice Exam $30
CPR Certification (every other year) $40

ATRACK is a web-based software program designed specifically for CAATE-accredited programs that facilitates student and program assessment.  Enrollment in ATRACK includes Membership in NATA, which provides students with access to career resources, eligibility for athletic training scholarships, and decreased cost of attendance at most athletic training conferences.

The CAATE accreditation standards require that students purchase a liability insurance policy during the professional phase of the entry level program.  This requirement is consistent across all entry level programs regardless of level (bachelors or masters).

The CAATE accreditation standards require that students purchase a liability insurance policy during the professional phase of the entry level program.  This requirement is consistent across all entry level programs regardless of level (bachelors or masters).

The Loras College Athletic Training program is fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Loras College Department Faculty

Aaron Herbst, ATC, LAT 
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training Education
563-588-7211 |aaron.herbst@loras.edu

Aaron joins the Loras Athletic Training program as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training Education. Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Aaron teaches courses in both the Athletic Training and Kinesiology programs at Loras. Prior to Loras, Aaron served as an instructor of Athletic Training and an assistant athletic trainer at Clarke University, in Dubuque, IA, and Head Athletic Trainer for the Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey Club. Aaron has been a BOC Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2007.

Molly M. McDonald Figgins, MS, ATC
Athletic Training Program Director
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
563-588-7995 | molly.figgins@loras.edu

Molly joined the Loras Athletic Training Education program in 2015 as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training Education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, and Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. Molly will teach a variety of classes in the Athletic Training and Kinesiology programs at Loras, including all of the Athletic Training Clinical Education courses. Prior to arriving at Loras Molly served as an adjunct instructor of Athletic Training Education at Clarke University, and Wellness Team Leader at Hines & Associates in Dubuque, IA.  She has been a BOC Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2004.