About the Graduate Program

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Slippery Rock University is to provide graduate education that develops a proficient and contributing entry-level health care practitioner in the profession, science, and medical art of athletic training.  The program will accomplish this mission by facilitating rigorous didactic and clinical experiences, integrating interprofessional and evidence-based practice, and modeling ethical, inclusive, and professional behaviors.

PROGRAM GOALS/OUTCOMES

  • Professional Preparation: Students will prepare academically, clinically, and professionally to deliver quality, patient-centered healthcare, within the scope of practice of an athletic trainer in both traditional and emerging settings.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will develop critical thinking skills to utilize in the clinical decision-making and problem solving processes necessary for quality health care delivery.
  • Clinical Decision Making: Students will learn to apply best evidence and clinical experience into the clinical decision making process to achieve desired patient outcomes.
  • Clinical Experience: Students will experience authentic and varied clinical settings to prepare for immediate and sound transition into practice.
  • Interprofessional Education & Practice: Students will engage in interprofessional education and practice in order to promote continuous and reliable patient-centered care.
  • Cultural Diversity: Students will gain an understanding of the culturally diverse patient population to prepare them to demonstrate respect and dignity for all patients.
  • Ethical Principles: Students will appreciate the principles of legal, ethical and professional behavior within the athletic trainer's scope of practice.

ACCREDITATION

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184.  The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2020-2021 academic year.  

The Athletic Training education program has a long history of accreditation becoming one of the first recognized programs in 1974.

In order for students to attain the BOC certification, an individual must complete a professional athletic training education program accredited by CAATE and pass the Board of Certification credentialing exam.

GRADUATE PROGRAM TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Curriculum Guide & Course Sequencing

The following courses of the Athletic Training graduate program are offered once each year in the semester listed and must be taken sequentially to promote progressive, higher-order learning over time.

Summer - First Year

  1. ATTR 601 Foundations in Athletic Training
  2. ATTR 602 Athletic Training Techniques

Fall - First Year

  1. ATTR 603 Research in Athletic Training
  2. ATTR 604 Clinically Oriented Anatomy in Athletic Training
  3. ATTR 605 Lower Extremity Pathology and Intervention in Athletic Training
  4. ATTR 610 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences I

Spring - First Year

  1. ATTR 606 Upper Extremity Pathology and Intervention in Athletic Training
  2. ATTR 607 General Medicine and Pharmacology Concepts in Athletic Training
  3. ATTR 608 Clinical Kinesiology in Athletic Training
  4. ATTR 620 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences II

Summer - Second Year

  1. ATTR 630 Athletic Training Clinical Experiences III

Fall - Second Year

  1. ATTR 701 Head and Spine Pathology and Intervention in Athletic Training
  2. ATTR 702 Diverse Interventions in Athletic Training
  3. ATTR 710 Advanced Athletic Training Clinical Residency I

Spring - Second Year

  1. ATTR 711 Professional Development of the Athletic Trainer
  2. ATTR 712 Synthesis of Athletic Training
  3. ATTR 720 Advanced Athletic Training Clinical Residency II

Additional costs related to the athletic training program

  • $40 Required/approved uniforms (minimum of 1 uniform shirt)
  • $85 NATA membership (includes NATA, EATA, & PATS or other state association)
  • $10 SRU Athletic Training Association Annual Dues
  • $35 Athletic Training Student Liability Insurance, Annual fee (needed for each year)
  • $100 PA Criminal History Background Check (Act 34), PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), PA Department of Education or Department of Human Services FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114) [depending on affiliate site assignment], PA Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act (Act 126) [depending on affiliate site assignment]
  • Inoculations current with OSHA requirements for healthcare providers
  • Others as required by affiliate sites
  • $100 Minimum for Transportation to off-campus clinical rotation (Cost dependent on location of assignment [range of 3 to 30 miles from SRU], cost of gas during specific off-campus assignment, and opportunities to car pool).
  • Residency Costs: Students are responsible for all costs of living and working (travel, lodging, etc.) during clinical residency courses. Costs vary depending on geographical location and clinical setting.

Academic Standards

All completed courses are graded on a letter-grade basis of "A, B, C, D or F".  Passing grades are considered a grade of "C" or better.  All courses must be passed to graduate.  If a student earns a grade of "D" in a course, the student can repeat the course once with approval from the program coordinator.  A course may only be repeated one time.  Repeating a course can result in a deceleration in progress through the athletic training graduate program, as some courses are only offered once a year.  A student can have a maximum of two repeats across the curriculum.  Repeated course grades are used for GPA calculations.  A third "D" across the curriculum, a second "D" in the same course, or an "F" automatically dismisses the student from the program.

Students must have a 3.000 or better cumulative GPA on a 4.000 scale for all graduate courses attempted at Slippery Rock University to graduate.  Failure to maintain a 3.000 or better cumulative GPA at the end of any semester will result in probation/remediation (first incidence), suspension/deceleration (second incidence) or dismissal (third incidence) from the program.

Students must comply with the athletic training graduate program, Office of Graduate Admissions, and University policies and procedures, as well as the NATA Code of Ethics and the Board of Certification Standards of Professional Practice.  Student violation of these policies in any way may be subject to reprimand, including probation, suspension, or dismissal, depending on the severity of the violation.

A student has one month after notification of suspension or dismissal to submit a written petition to the program coordinator and academic dean to request readmission.  If readmission is granted, the student will decelerate one year and will be required to meet readmission criteria as outlined in a contract designed by the program coordinator to specifically give the student the best possibility of success.  The student may request only two readmissions to the program.  Readmitted students are responsible for meeting all academic requirements in effect at the time they are readmitted, not at the time they were originally admitted to the university.

Progression Requirements from one semester/session to the next:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.000 for each semester/session.
  2. Achieve a grade of "C" or better in all didactic and clinical courses.
  3. Continuous satisfactory completion of up-to-date criminal background check, as required by each clinical affiliate site.
  4. Satisfactory entry physical exam.
  5. Up-to-date immunizations as required by OSHA and on-campus and off-campus clinical placements.
  6. Ability to meet the technical standards for the program.

All of these components must be satisfied for a student to progress to the next semester/session of the program.

NOTE to Pre-AT Slippery Rock University 3+2 Students Entering the Athletic Training Graduate Program:

Provision: Should a Pre-Athletic Training SRU 3+2 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st year (any of summer, fall, or spring terms) of the athletic training graduate program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, graduate level Athletic Training courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree.  In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major.  Students may still apply to the Athletic Training graduate program with an earned Bachelor's degree.

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must complete all athletic training graduate program courses and clinical experiences (a total of 63 credits) with a grade of "C" or better (a course may be repeated once, as approved, if a grade below a "C" was earned; students are limited to a maximum of two repeats across the AT curriculum; course repeats may result in student deceleration).

  1. Earn a cumulative athletic training graduate program GPA of 3.000 or better (if a course is approved for repeat, the most recent grade, regardless of whether it is higher or lower, will be used to calculate the cumulative athletic training graduate program GPA).
  2. Be in good academic standing with the athletic training graduate program, Office of Graduate Admissions, and University.
  3. Be in good professional standing with the athletic training graduate program, Board of Certification, and NATA.
  4. Successful completion of a comprehensive practical assessment. (This is a formative assessment which will not be used for grading purposes).
  5. Successful completion of a comprehensive didactic assessment. (This is a formative assessment which will not be used for grading purposes).
  6. Recommendation for graduation by the Program, the Department, and the University.
  7. Satisfaction of all financial obligations to Slippery Rock University.
  8. All courses offered in the curriculum are required and all of these courses and requirements must be successfully completed (as detailed above) in order to meet eligibility for graduation.

All requirements must be completed within a five-year period commencing with the first graduate course taken at SRU.  Requests for extension will be considered on a case-by-case basis only through special request with an absolute statute of limitations of six years with Dean approval.

Students must complete a formal application to graduate, sent to the Office of Academic Records and Registration, by the posted deadline.

It is the student's responsibility to complete all degree requirements.