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Oklahoma State University

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The athletic training graduate program in the School of Allied Health at OSU Center for Health Sciences prepares individuals to become competent and independent clinicians who will enhance the quality of patient health care and advance the profession of athletic training through practice and research.

Our Mission

Prepare individuals to become competent and independent clinicians who will enhance the quality of patient health care and advance the profession of athletic training through the application of evidence-based practice and translational research. Our MAT program instills critical thinking, problem solving, ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills promoting lifelong learning and an enrichment in the quality of lives for individuals in diverse settings.

Learning Objectives

Apply the common values of the athletic training profession including:

  • Privacy of patients

  • Teamed approach to practice

  • Legal practice

  • Ethical practice

  • Advancing knowledge

  • Cultural competence

  • Professionalism

Demonstrate knowledge of the practice of athletic training, to think critically about the practices involved in athletic training, including the ability to integrate knowledge, skill and behavior, and to assume professional responsibility, the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess an understanding of the following in relation to the practice of athletic training:

  • Evidence-based practice

  • Prevention and health promotion

  • Clinical examination and diagnosis

  • Acute care of injuries/illnesses

  • Therapeutic interventions

  • Psychosocial strategies

  • Health care administration

  • Professional development

Demonstrate mastery of all clinical proficiencies outlined in the most current edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies

Be proficient in all domains, tasks, knowledge and skills statements outlined in the most current Board of Certification Role Delineation Study

  • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection: Students will learn to identify injury, illness, and risk factors associated with participation in sport/physical activity and implement all components of a comprehensive wellness protection plan and injury prevention program. 

  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis: Students will be able to conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the athlete/physically active individual and formulate an initial diagnosis of the injury and or illness for the primary purposes of administering care or making appropriate referrals to physicians for further diagnosis and medical treatment. 

  • Immediate and Emergency Care: Students will learn to provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute injures according to accepted standards and procedures, including effective communication for appropriate and efficient referral, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow up care.
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
: Students will be able to plan and implement a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses, including long and short-term goals, for optimal performance and function. 

  • Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being: Students will be able to plan, coordinate and supervise the administrative components of an athletic training program, comply with the most current BOC practice standard