Our Athletic Training Education Program supports Athletic Training curriculum on our member institutions’ campuses through upper level didactic courses that provide students theory instruction in required competencies and a laboratory introduction to related proficiencies. 

We are committed to developing and maintaining a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited athletic training program that offers a curriculum that adequately prepares students for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) exam.

Classes are offered Fall and Spring semesters, once a week, in McPherson, KS. This program and its courses assist in the development of service-oriented professionals prepared for an entry-level career in athletic training.

Students interested in physical therapy or other health care professions can benefit from the hands-on experience and take additional coursework, on their home campus, to prepare for graduate school programs.

COURSE INFORMATION

AT315 Therapeutic Exercise (Spring semester)
The study of cardiovascular, neuromuscular, strength, and flexibility fitness components and their practical application during the phases of rehabilitation.

AT351 Prevention & Evaluation of Upper/Lower Body Athletic Injuries and Illnesses I (Fall semester)
A study of clinical and field evaluative processes and equipment used by the Athletic Trainer. Focus is on orthopedic and soft tissue trauma to the extremities. The preventive measures available to reduce the frequency of injury and illness are surveyed and discussed.

AT352 Prevention & Evaluation of Upper/Lower Body Athletic Injuries and Illnesses II (Fall semester)
A study of clinical and field evaluative processes and equipment used by the Athletic Trainer. Focus is on orthopedic and soft tissue trauma to the axial skeleton. The preventive measures available to reduce the frequency of injury and illness are surveyed and discussed.

AT430 Therapeutic Modalities (Spring semester)
A study of therapeutic modalities: selection, set-up, application, parameters and physiological effects. The use of pharmaceuticals will also be investigated. Focus is on incorporating modalities and pharmaceuticals in the facilitation of the tissue healing response in the various stages of rehabilitation from injury or illness.

AT435 Administration in Athletic Training (Fall semester)
This course deals with the organization, administration, and methods involved in both the practice and programming of athletic training. An emphasis is placed on problem solving and risk management. 

AT440 Pathology and General Medical Conditions for the Athletic Trainer (Spring semester)
A study of the causes and physiological responses physically active persons encounter due to injury, illness, disease, and disabilities. Included are the recognition, treatment, and referral of general medical conditions.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Their student area can be used by current students to find information about certification, employment and continuing education. Visit their website here.