Athletic Training – M.S.AT.

Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Athletic Training

M.S.AT.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician. As a part of the health care team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination, and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Program Description

The Athletic Training program at the University of Miami (UM) is a graduate professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program is designed to provide a structured classroom and clinical experience to prepare students to become eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam..

The University of Miami 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 level of degree and is pending approval.

Why UM?

Instructor to Student Ratio 1:3

Clinical Immersion Experiences

Recognized Research University

Beautiful Campus

Vision & Mission

The University of Miami Athletic Training Program is:

  • To develop competent athletic training students who qualify to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.
  • To teach ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills to students that will allow them to work with the physically active population.
  • To teach the basic knowledge required to be successful in the field of athletic training through didactic and clinical course work.
  • To encourage students to assume a leadership role in their professional careers.

Curriculum Requirements

Click here to see a list of courses offered in the program.

Sample Plan of Study

Please note that this is a sample two-year course sequence

Summer I/II                                

Cr.

KIN 663 Foundations of Athletic Training 1

3

KIN 664 Orthopedic Assessment 1: Pathophysiology of Injury

3

Total Credits

6


Fall

Cr.

Spring

Cr.

KIN 720 Practicum in Athletic Training 1

3

KIN 722 Practicum in Athletic Training 2

3

KIN 688 Advanced Gross Anatomy in Kinesiology & Sport Sciences

3

KIN 715 Evidence-Based Sports Medicine and Research Methods

3

KIN 665 Orthopedic Assessments 2: Examination of the Musculoskeletal System

3

KIN 735 Methods in Biomechanical Analysis

3

KIN 682 Clinical Pathology & Immediate Primary Care

3

KIN 714 Therapeutic Interventions

3

Total Credits

12

 

12


Summer I/II     Students must complete two required elective course:

Cr.

KIN 721           Independent Study 1: Clinical Internship Experience
KIN 723           Independent Study 2: Research Experience
KIN 657           Diagnostic Imaging Techniques in Sports Medicine
KIN 624           Athletic Training Techniques - Manual Therapy
KIN 765           Teaching Assistant Practicum or Equivalent Field Experience Course
KIN 783           Sports Medicine for the Female Athlete

6

Total Credits

6


Fall

Cr.

Spring

Cr.

KIN 716 Advanced Rehab Techniques in Athletic Training

3

KIN 764 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience

6

KIN 717 Applied Clinical Techniques in AT

3

KIN 718 Administration & Professional Development

3

KIN 763 Seminar and Special Topics in Athletic Training

3

KIN 766 Research in Athletic Training

3

KIN 724 Practicum in Athletic Training 3

3

 

 

Total Credits

12

 

12

Clinical Education

The students will receive clinical experiences at local colleges, high schools, and sports medicine clinics. Attempts will be made to affiliate with professional teams, and other organizations and special events in the community. In all clinical rotations, students will be supervised by a certificated and state licensed Athletic Trainer or Physician whom is a preceptor associated with the University’s Athletic Training Program.

Faculty

Warren Whisenant

Professor and Chair

305 284 5622


Kysha Harriell

Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor

305 284 3201


Kyung Min Kim

Assistant Professor

305 284 6959


Maggie Aldousany

Assistant Clinical Professor

305 284 1120


Ajaya Williams

Clinical Education Coordinator, Lecturer

305 284 6727


Admission Requirements

Admission to all graduate degree concentrations in the School of Education and Human Development is based on the recommendation of the faculty. Admissions decisions are based on faculty review of the general requirements that apply to all Graduate Programs in the School as well as specific documents listed under additional program requirements and prerequisites. General requirements include, not limited to, (1) B.A. or B.S. in exercise science/kinesiology or a related field, (2) minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and (3) a minimum 297 GRE score and 4.0 Analytical Writing score. The GRE requirement may be waived with additional qualifications (i.e., work experience, previous health care degree, etc.).

Please note that it is a cohort program with limited admissions: Rolling admissions, so apply early; late applicants will be wait listed.

Please click here for general application procedures.

Additional Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 100 observation experience hours (volunteer hours or work hours) with an Athletic Trainer is required;
  2. At least one of the recommendation letters above must be written by an Athletic Trainer;
  3. An interview may be required. Applicants will be notified as appropriate; and
  4. Applicants must complete or be enrolled in the prerequisite coursework listed below prior to acceptance and/or enrollment (Please contact the Program Director for course equivalency information)

Required prerequisite coursework for admissions

At the undergraduate or graduate level

  1. Anatomy & Physiology (Separate or combined a minimum of 6 credits)
  2. Biology: Introduction with Lab
  3. Chemistry: Introduction with Lab
  4. Introduction to Physics
  5. Introduction to Statistics
  6. Psychology: Intro to Psychology or Sports Psychology (preferred)

In addition to the above courses, CPR Certification is required (AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers or equivalent as indicated by Board of Certification’s ECC list). Students must have proof of current certification before the start of classes and maintain certification throughout the program.

Recommended foundational coursework for admissions

The following courses are suggested foundational areas of knowledge that are included in the curriculum of the MSAT program. However, introductory courses in the areas below may provide the student with extra preparation for the rigorous graduate coursework of the MSAT program. Therefore, these courses are suggested but not required for admissions or for completion of the degree program:

  1. Nutrition: Introduction to Nutrition or Sports Nutrition
  2. Exercise Physiology
  3. Kinesiology and/or Biomechanics
  4. Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Intro to Athletic Training, or Equivalent

Transfer of courses

Transfer of graduate credits previously earned from other accredited healthcare degree-granting programs is determined on a case-by-case basis. The Program Director and the appropriate course instructor(s) will review the transfer course syllabus to ensure the content match those of the program’s course and that all competencies can be identified. Credits can be transferred ONLY if they are less than six years old, were taken from a graduate degree program, and taken in an accredited institution. In addition, students must have earned a grade of B or better in the course.

Program Costs & Financial Aid

AT Program charges a $1,100 annual fee. In addition, Students are required to bring a laptop computer to classes, purchase books, and equipment necessary to fulfill course requirements. Students may also incur a cost for a physical exam, additional vaccines (flu shot and TB testing), transportation to and from clinical education sites, and any background checks and administrative fees as required by a clinical education site.

Graduate athletic training students at UM are encouraged to explore all of the financial resources available to them. Click here.

Technical Standards

Athletic Training education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills and professional attitudes and behavior.


The University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, Department of Kinesiology & Sports Sciences, awards a Master's of Science Athletic Training degree to students who successfully complete the curriculum. Students are expected to acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills, and competencies of an entry-level Athletic Trainer as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Master's of Science Athletic Training degree will be required to acquire the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. In order to learn the variety of tasks needed to become proficient as an Athletic Trainer, the student must be able to perform the following tasks, which are all essential requirements of the program: observation, communication, motor, conceptual (integrative and quantitative), and behavioral/social.

Observation
The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in basic and applied sciences, including, but not limited to human anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, as well as in didactic courses in Athletic Training theory and practice for normal and pathologic states. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation requires the use of common sense, as well as the functional use of the senses of vision, audition, olfaction, and palpation.

Communication
A candidate must be able to elicit information from patients, describe the patient’s mood, activity and posture, and perceive and accurately report nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with coaches, administrators, patients and their families. Communication includes not only oral, but also reading and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the health care team in both immediate and recorded modes.

Motor

Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, manual positioning of body segments and other evaluative procedures. A candidate must be able to do basic screening and examinations (physiological measures such as BP, HR and respiration), diagnostic procedures (palpation, manual muscle testing, goniometry, ligament laxity testing, sensory evaluation, gait analysis, balance assessment), and review X-rays. A candidate must be able to lift an adequate amount of weight (approximately 50 pounds) in order to assess and lift a patient as necessary.  A candidate must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of Athletic Training students are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, spine stabilization for head or neck injury and application of pressure to stop bleeding. Additionally, candidates must be able to perform debridement of wounds and other physical assessment maneuvers, where such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

Conceptual-Integrative and Quantitative Analysis
These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, synthesis, and retention of complex information. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of Athletic Training practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.

Behavioral/Social Attitudes

Candidates must possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to an evaluation, diagnosis and care of patients, and be able to develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically-taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments both indoor and outdoor, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admissions and education process.

Completion of the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Students requesting accommodation to meet the technical standards must contact the Office of Disability Services prior to the start of the program or immediately upon a change in health status.

Gallery

Program Contact

Kysha Harriell

Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director, Athletic Training, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

305-284-3201


Room: Max Orovitz Building 122

For all Admissions Inquiries