Aurora University

Athletic Training (ATR)

ATR-5200  Emergency Medical Response  (4 semester hours)  

This course is designed to provide athletic training students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical personnel take over. Students will develop an evidence-based approach to the assessment and treatment of emergency medical conditions. The course content and activities will prepare the student to make appropriate decisions about the care to provide to the patient in a medical emergency. This course teaches the skills that athletic trainers need to act as a crucial link in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. Upon completion of this course, students who qualify will be certified by the American Red Cross as an Emergency Medical Responder with additional certifications in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Oxygen Administration.

Prerequisite(s): PED1800 or approved equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.

Additional fee required

ATR-5500  Principles of Athletic Training  (4 semester hours)  

This course is designed to give athletic training students a basic foundation in the prevention and care of acute athletic injuries and illnesses. Injury prevention, identification of acute injuries/illnesses, and on-site injury evaluation and care will be emphasized. Must be accepted into the Master's Degree Program or advanced standing in the BS in Exercise Science Athletic Training major.

ATR-5510  Diagnosis of the Lower Extremity  (4 semester hours)  

This course emphasizes the theory and practical application of orthopedic injury assessment and diagnosis for the lower extremity. Students will develop an evidence-based approach to orthopedic injury assessment and differential diagnosis by integrating current peer-reviewed research with anatomical considerations and injury pathology. Standard orthopedic assessment techniques will be learned and applied to injuries and illnesses of the lower extremity. Students will learn guidelines for proper documentation and appropriate physician referral as part of the overall assessment process. Must be accepted into the Master's Degree Program or advanced standing in the BS in Exercise Science Athletic Training major.

ATR-5530  Diagnosis of the Upper Extremity  (4 semester hours)  

This course emphasizes the theory and practical application of orthopedic assessment and diagnosis for the upper extremity and axial skeleton. Students will develop an evidence-based approach to orthopedic injury assessment and differential diagnosis by integrating current peer-reviewed research with anatomical considerations and injury pathology. Students will develop a foundation for orthopedic injury assessment and differential diagnosis by investigating anatomical considerations associated with injury pathology. Standard orthopedic assessment techniques will be learned and applied to injuries and illnesses of the upper extremity. Students will learn guidelines for proper documentation and appropriate physician referral as part of the overall assessment process.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5510.
ATR-5540  Diagnosis of the Head and Spine  (2 semester hours)  

This course offers the applications in the use of evidence-based practice to assess and diagnose the head and spine. The student will be able to evaluate and diagnose concussions using current best practices, select and design the appropriate return to play protocol, apply the technique, and reevaluate throughout. The student will also be able to evaluate the axial skeleton, including cervical and lumbar pathologies.

ATR-5550  Principles of Therapeutic Interventions  (4 semester hours)  

The chief purpose of this course is to investigate the study and practice of therapeutic interventions used in treating sports-related injuries. This course offers a study of current theories, peer-reviewed research, and applications in the use of evidence-based practice in therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise. The student will be able to plan, implement, document, and evaluate therapeutic intervention programs for the treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of the injuries and illnesses of those involved in physical activity.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5500.

Additional fee required

ATR-5560  Principles of Taping and Bracing  (2 semester hours)  

This course is designed to give athletic training students a basic foundation and skill-set in taping, wrapping, and bracing techniques. Students will master the art and science of athletic taping and bracing through an understanding of the scientific principles and will spend a significant amount of time learning and perfecting the various taping and bracing psychomotor skills. Must be accepted into the Master's Degree Program or advanced standing in the BS in Exercise Science Athletic Training Major.

Additional fee required

ATR-5750  Athletic Training Practicum I  (3 semester hours)  

The emphasis of this practicum is the practice and application of clinical integrated proficiencies appropriate for the first-year graduate-level athletic training student. Successful completion of these proficiencies is required for BOC examination eligibility. This Athletic Training Practicum has the following components; the completion of the clinical education contract and expectations for clinical experience with a formal meeting between the student and the assigned preceptor, clinical field experiences, completion of clinical integrated proficiencies, and a clinical site reflection report. This practicum course includes 225 hours of clinical experiences. Acceptance into the Master's Degree Program or advanced standing in the BS in ES Athletic Training Major required. Must pass a TB test within the current academic year (cost incurred by student). Must have a drug screen on file.

ATR-5760  Athletic Training Practicum II  (3 semester hours)  

The emphasis of this practicum is the practice and application of clinical integrated proficiencies appropriate for the first-year graduate-level athletic training student. Successful completion of these proficiencies is required for BOC examination eligibility. This Athletic Training Practicum has the following components; the completion of the clinical education contract and expectations for clinical experience with a formal meeting between the student and the assigned preceptor, clinical field experiences, completion of clinical integrated proficiencies, and a clinical site reflection report. This practicum course includes 225 hours of clinical experiences. Must pass a TB test within the current academic year (cost incurred by student). Must have a drug screen on file.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5750.
ATR-5810-9  Selected Topics in Athletic Training  (Variable semester hours)  

This course will address a specific area of study in athletic training not already covered by other course offerings. Prerequisites vary by topic.

ATR-6100  Athletic Training Internship  (4 semester hours)  

The emphasis of this Athletic Training Summer Internship is to provide the opportunity for the graduate athletic training student to experience a full immersion clinical experience. The athletic training Summer internship is a multiple week, full immersion field experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer in an approved school, university, clinical, corporate, public, private, commercial, performing arts, or military setting related to athletic training. This athletic training summer internship has the following components; completion of 320 clinical education hours over the course of 10 weeks, completion of the clinical contract and expectations form, clinical field experiences, clinical case study, and a clinical site reflection report.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5760.; Must pass a TB test within the current academic year (cost incurred by student). Must have a drug screen on file.
ATR-6150  Administration of Athletic Training  (4 semester hours)  

This course is a study of the standards, policies, and practices in the organization, supervision, and administration of athletic training programs. Emphasis will be placed upon planning, developing, organizing, and directing an athletic training program in a variety of settings. Healthcare administration, professional development, ethics, and legal concepts will be investigated.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-6750.
ATR-6350  Applied Sport and Human Performance  (2 semester hours)  

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply fitness/wellness, strength and conditioning, and nutrition concepts to physically active individuals. The course will allow students to utilize fitness, strength and conditioning, and nutrition assessment techniques. Students will develop and implement nutrition and strength and conditioning programs based on individual needs.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-6750.
ATR-6500  Medical Aspects of Athletic Training  (4 semester hours)  

This course addresses the various medical aspects encountered in the athletic training profession while caring for athletes. Each major body system will be addressed including common conditions and disease states, specifically in relationship to their effect on sports participation. Students will learn about the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis through physical evaluation, and possible treatment options for these conditions. Strategies in prevention and athlete education will occur in each section. Evidence-based practice and peer-reviewed research will be integrated into each topic to establish a foundation for the clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of general medical conditions. All competencies required in the areas of anatomical relationships, mechanism of injury, illness/injury management, pharmacology, and current research will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5500.

Additional fee required

ATR-6550  Applied Therapeutic Rehabilitation  (2 semester hours)  

This course offers the applications in the use of evidence-based practice in therapeutic rehabilitation. The chief purpose of this course is to investigate the advanced study and practice of therapeutic exercise used in treating sports-related injuries. The student will be able to plan, implement, document, and evaluate therapeutic exercise programs for the rehabilitation and reconditioning of the injuries and illnesses of those involved in physical activity.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5550.
ATR-6600  Applied Therapeutic Interventions  (2 semester hours)  

This course offers the applications in the use of evidence-based practice in therapeutic modalities. Emphasis will be placed on the selection and proper procedures for application of thermal, electrotherapeutic, and hydrotherapeutic modalities. Clinical proficiencies associated with the scientific foundations and proper use of therapeutic modalities in the clinic will be mastered. Practical application procedures and standard therapeutic modality protocols of therapeutic heat and cold and electrical currents will be emphasized. An emphasis will also be placed on hands-on application and development of mastery in techniques such as tool-assisted massage, joint mobilizations, strain-counterstrain, myofascial release, and active release.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5550.

Additional fee required

ATR-6750  Athletic Training Practicum III  (3 semester hours)  

The emphasis of this practicum is the practice and application of clinical integrated proficiencies appropriate for the second-year graduate-level athletic training student. Successful completion of these proficiencies is required for BOC examination eligibility. This Athletic Training Practicum has the following components; the completion of the clinical education contract and expectations for clinical experience with a formal meeting between the student and the assigned preceptor, clinical field experiences, completion of clinical integrated proficiencies, and a clinical site reflection report. This practicum course includes a one-hour lab/seminar class and 225 hours of clinical experiences. Must pass a TB test within the current academic year (cost incurred by student). Must have a drug screen on file.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5760.
ATR-6760  Athletic Training Practicum IV  (3 semester hours)  

The emphasis of this practicum is the practice and application of clinical integrated proficiencies appropriate for the second-year graduate-level athletic training student. Successful completion of these proficiencies is required for BOC examination eligibility. This Athletic Training Practicum has the following components, the completion of the clinical education contract and expectations for clinical experience with a formal meeting between the student and the assigned preceptor, clinical field experiences, completion of clinical integrated proficiencies, and a clinical site reflection report. This practicum course includes 225 hours of clinical experiences. Must pass a TB test within the current academic year (cost incurred by student). Must have a drug screen on file.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-6750.
ATR-6800  Research in Athletic Training I  (2 semester hours)  

This course is designed to develop fundamental skills in research design, as well as to enhance the student's understanding of literature searching, reading, and synthesizing of information in athletic training. Students will develop a question in preparation for their research experience culminating in a critical review of literature and formulation of an authentic research design related to their chosen topic. Students will be required to submit a proposal to the University Institutional Review Board for approval to conduct research.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-5500.
ATR-6810-9  Selected Topics in Athletic Training  (Variable semester hours)  

This course will address a specific area of study in athletic training not already covered by other course offerings. Prerequisites vary by topic.

ATR-6820  Research in Athletic Training II  (2 semester hours)  

This course is the second and final research course in Athletic Training culminating in the presentation of authentic research at the graduate research conference. Students will continue their investigation of a selected topic, problem, or question in athletic training or the healthcare field. Advance quantitative and qualitative research design will be investigated and applied to student-directed research. This course will outline the procedures for piloting and collecting data and will provide guidelines for writing results, discussion and the development of a paper acceptable for submission for publication. Following IRB approval (ATR6800) students will conduct a qualitative or quantitative research project and present their findings at the university graduate research conference.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-6800.
ATR-6900  BOC Examination Prep  (2 semester hours)  

This course represents the culmination of the student's preparation for professional practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer. The components in this course are designed to assess the student's knowledge of the NATA competencies that have been instructed and evaluated over the previous five semesters. Students will demonstrate competency by preparing for the BOC Exam and successfully completing all practice exercises and exams.

Prerequisite(s): ATR-6800.