Athletic Training at UCM
Thank you for your interest in the University of Central Missouri Master of Science Athletic Training Program (ATP). We have a very dynamic educational experience providing both classroom and clinical experiences, which we believe, will match your interest. The Masters of Science degree in Athletic Training is currently awaiting approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for degree offering starting summer semester 2019.
The VanDam Athletic Training Facility - Housed within the 6,000 square foot Dr. Ronald “Doc” VanDam Athletic Training Facility, the 2,000 square foot Dr. Ronald “Doc” VanDam Athletic Training Student Classroom and Lab boasts some of the largest and finest learning spaces and equipment in the entire country. Designed to be on the forefront of modern healthcare education, this facility has within it over a quarter millions dollar worth of capital equipment and resources solely for student learning. Directly attached to the Van Dam Student Lab is the 4,000 square foot Main Athletic Room. The Main Athletic Training Room is a clinical site where students will assigned during a portion of their educational experience. This facility houses a functional rehabilitation area, hydrotherapy, cardiovascular area, treatment and taping stations as well as clinical staff offices and a physician examination room.
Other On-Campus Facilities
While assigned to one of our UCM Athletic Trainer Preceptors, a student can gain experiences in several of our different clinical site including:
- The Multipurpose Building - Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Indoor Track and Field, Women’s Volleyball and Wrestling Tournaments.
- South Recreation – Women’s Soccer and Women’s Softball
- Football Stadium – Football and Outdoor Track and Field
- Baseball – Baseball
- Lovinger Building – Wrestling practice
The AT program, including faculty, class, and lab spaces, are housed within the Morrow-Garrison complex. In addition, connected to the AT classroom and lab is the main AT facility used by UCM Intercollegiate Athletics. In totality, the AT classroom, lab, and main AT facility comprise 6,000 square feet. Across campus, there are several other Athletic Training Rooms including those in the Multipurpose Building, South Recreation Complex, and in the Football Stadium.
Athletic Training Faculty
Faculty teaching in the ATP brings the necessary depth and breadth of athletic training knowledge not only into the classroom but also in the areas of applicable research, professional service and clinical experience. You will have opportunities to engage beyond the classroom and learn to a high degree through collaborative research and diverse clinical experience.
Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the two-year plan of study. Throughout the program, you will be exposed to immersion based experiences that involve you in the day-to-day duties of an AT in clinical practice. During your first year in the program, you will be assigned to on-campus clinical preceptors that are affiliated with UCM Intercollegiate Athletics. Starting your second year in the program, you will be assigned to off-campus clinical preceptors at a variety of clinical sites including but not limited to High Schools, Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics, Orthopedic Surgeon Offices, Primary Care/Family Practice Offices, and Industrial.
The University of Central Missouri Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in the level of degree and is pending approval.
- The UCM ATP is nationally accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).
- Upon completion of the degree program, the student will be eligible to be endorsed as a candidate for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC, Inc.) examination for athletic training certification
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate delivery of comprehensive health care to designated populations, consistent with best practices in the profession.
- Students will demonstrate the capacity to effectively engage in and make contributions to interdisciplinary health care in a diverse number of settings.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in the assessment of pathologies, both illness and injury, including development of differential diagnoses.
- Students will demonstrate development of effective plans of care for patient populations, including the realm of emergency care response.
- Students will demonstrate clinical proficiency in risk management including the prevention of injury and spread of infectious disease.
- Students will demonstrate an ongoing awareness of the dynamics related to modern health care administration and delivery.
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