Athletic Training M.S.
Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Emily E. Hildebrand, PhD, LAT, ATC
The program will begin in summer 2021. Please refer to the forthcoming 2021-2022 catalog for courses and curriculum.
The professional Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at Towson University is a competency-based program, comprised of classroom and clinical learning, designed to meet educational and healthcare workforce needs and opportunities for athletic trainers. Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service and treatment under the direction of, or in collaboration with, a physician. As part of the health care team, services provided by ATs include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions in the physically active population.
The accrediting body for an athletic training program is the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Towson University professional Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval.
Students who successfully complete the MS in AT curriculum requirements and graduate are eligible to take the national Board of Certification Examination, Inc. for the athletic trainer. Upon successful completion of this examination, individuals are then considered certified athletic trainers (ATC) and should then complete state guidelines in order to enter the workforce. Most states require a license to work as an AT. More information regarding the athletic training profession may be found by visiting the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
- Patient Centered Care: Demonstrate clinical competence in the areas of injury assessment, diagnosis, immediate management, and rehabilitation through knowledge, psychomotor skills, and clinical reasoning to effectively treat patients.
- Evidence-Based Practice: Implement evidence-based practice to connect didactic content with clinical decision making in the delivery of patient care to maximize patient outcomes.
- Professionalism: Demonstrate professional involvement in the field of athletic training through service, advocacy, and ethical practice.
- Health Care Informatics: Integrate principles and practices of health care informatics to the administration and delivery of patient care, including data to drive informed decisions; document, communicate, and manage health-related information; mitigate error; and support decision making.
- Interprofessional Practice: Promote the role of athletic trainers as members of a broader health care community and the importance of working collaboratively with other health care providers in optimizing patient care.
- Quality Improvement: Interpret patient outcomes measures to assess patient status, progress, and changes over time lending to quality care and improvement.