Athletic Training Accreditation

Mission

The mission of a post-professional graduate athletic training education program is to expand the applied and experiential knowledge and skills of entry-level certified athletic trainers, expand the athletic training body of knowledge, and disseminate new knowledge in the discipline.

The graduate program is committed to advancing the profession of Athletic Training by developing the faculty of reason and critical thinking skills of certified athletic trainers, who are empowered to become leaders in their field by evaluating accepted clinical practice, conducting scientific inquiries, creating, disseminating and clinically applying new knowledge from research that enhances proficiency in sports injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of physically active populations. 

Accreditation

The Temple University Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Areas of Distinctiveness

Temple’s post-professional graduate Athletic Training program promotes three areas of distinctiveness: brain injury prevention, sensory motor control system and athletic training research education.

Program Aggregate Data

Within the past three years:

  • 95% graduation rate within 2 years
  • 95% retention rate
  • 100% of students receiving programmatic financial support
    • Graduate assistantships in Temple University Athletics, Campus Recreation, local high schools
    • Teaching assistantships in the Department of Kinesiology
  • 100% of program graduates have gained employment in Athletic Training or a related field
    • Employment settings include: high school, college, clinic and hospital settings; the military; physician extender positions and entrance into doctoral programs

Within the past five years:

  • 100% of graduates completed and defended a master’s research project
  • 100% of graduates presented at the college, local, state and/or national level
  • 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Program Goals

  • Critically evaluate research evidence.
  • Create and complete a research project.
  • Present and defend results of an independent research project.
  • Demonstrate professional skills in clinical practice by attending and/or presenting at local, state or national conferences.
  • Discuss advanced concepts in brain injury and sensorimotor control systems. 

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will critically evaluate research evidence, including

  • writing a comprehensive literature review as a part of their master’s project;
  • presenting and moderate a Journal Club discussion; and
  • critically analyzing research articles related to their project topics.

2. Students will create and complete a research project, including

  • designing project methods;
  • writing the project methodology; and
  • completing CITI Human Subjects training.
  • First-year students will formally propose their independent research project at the end of the spring semester.
  • Faculty research mentor will evaluate students and the close of each semester.

3. Students will present and defend the results of an independent research project.

  • Second-year students will formally defend their independent research project at the end of the spring semester.

4. Students will demonstrate professional skills in clinical practice and by attending and/or presenting at local, state or national conferences.

  • All students will set and meet individual clinical practice goals on a semesterly basis.
  • Second-year students will present and demonstrate an evidence-based rehabilitation technique.
  • All students will attend a clinical in-service on a semesterly basis.
  • Upon graduation, students will present their independent research project at a local, state, region or national conference.
  • Upon graduation, students will publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal.

5. Students will discuss advanced concepts in brain injury and sensorimotor control systems.

  • First-year students will describe the nervous system in regards to function, components and organization.
  • Upon graduation, students will identify an advanced comfort level with brain injury evaluation techniques.
  • Upon graduation, students will identify an advanced comfort level with sensorimotor control function as it relates to injury.

Applies to Following Programs