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Samantha Wilson, EdD, ATC, LAT, CPT
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
Director, Athletic Training Program
swilson2 [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
(402) 465-2182

Master of Athletic Training Courses

The Master of Athletic Training two-year program will begin May 2025.

Admission

The program is for students who have been formally admitted into the Master of Athletic Training program. The MAT program will start in the summer 2025. To see all admissions requirements and to obtain admission materials, visit the Athletic Training Program page.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Mission Statement

The Athletic Training Program at Nebraska Wesleyan University prepares students for a career in athletic training by providing them the skills and knowledge to practice in a variety of settings while allowing opportunities for intellectual and personal growth within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Program Goals

NWU's Athletic Training Program will:

1. Provide students diverse classroom and clinical experiences that allow them to be active learners.

2. Prepare students to pass the BOC exam. (Our goal is to have at least an 80% first-time pass rate.)

3. Develop students who act as ethical and responsible athletic training professionals.

Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities required of an entry-level athletic trainer.
  2. Be prepared for employment in a variety of athletic training and healthcare settings.
  3. Employ skills and communication techniques appropriate for serving diverse patient populations.
  4. Recognize the importance of being involved in and network through professional organizations.
  5. Value ethical principles and behavior required of a healthcare professional.

ATTR 5000 Fundamentals of Athletic Training (4 hours)

A study of injuries common to athletic participants and the prevention and care of such injuries and application of the principles (e.g. taping, bracing, splinting, etc.) and techniques involved in the advanced administration of first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Students will earn American Red Cross certifications.

ATTR 5010 Athletic Training Clinical Experience I (1 hour)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on advanced first aid and CPR with AED, spine boarding, emergency action plan implementation, and heat and environmental related conditions (e.g. sudden illnesses, drug overdose, anaphylaxis, etc.).

ATTR 5020 Athletic Training Clinic Experience II (3 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on taping and wrapping of athletic injuries and protective equipment fitting and maintenance.

ATTR 5030 Athletic Training Clinical Experience III (3 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on recognition and evaluation of lower extremity injuries, and therapeutic modalities.

ATTR 5040 Athletic Training Clinical Experience IV (2 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on psychosocial intervention and referral medical conditions and disabilities.

ATTR 5050 Athletic Training Clinical Experience V (4 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis is placed on rehabilitation and upper extremity evalution.

ATTR 5060 Athletic Training Clinical Experience VI (4 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis is placed on pharmacology, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, and health care administration and professional development.

ATTR 5100 Anatomical Dissection (2 hours)

An anatomical dissection course that gives students the hands-on experience with skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, and special senses

ATTR 5330 Health Assessment (4 hours)

This course will provide skills required to conduct a holistic health assessment through comprehensive analysis of a patient's health status across the age continuum. Topics include dermatological, cardiovascular, ear, nose and throat, neurological, respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, renal and urogenital, endocrine and metabolic systems, and psychological medical disorders.

ATTR 5330L Health Assessment Lab (1 hour)

This course will provide time to master hands on skills required to conduct a holistic health assessment through comprehensive analysis of a patient's health status across the age continuum.

ATTR 5350 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training (3 hours)

This course is designed to help students learn organizational and administrative principles and apply them to the field of athletic training. It will address emergency care situations in respect to proper record keeping, facility management, and scheduling of medical staff and equipment. In addition, an in-depth exploration of the requirements set forth by OSHA and other federal agencies will be incorporated into each learning environment.

ATTR 5400 Physical Examination of Lower Extremity (4 hours)

An in-depth study of the lower extremities including skills used to evaluate, treat and manage athletic injuries.

ATTR 5410 Physical Examination of Upper Extremity (4 hours)

An in-depth study of the upper extremities including skills used to evaluate, treat and manage athletic injuries.

ATTR 5450 Therapeutic Modalities (4 hours)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the theory, application, and knowledge of therapeutic modalities. The use of heat, cold, electrical, and other treatments (e.g. massage, manual therapy, etc.) will be explored.

ATTR 5510 Research and Statistics Evidence-based Practice (2 hours)

This course provides an introduction to research and statistics including evidence-based practice.

ATTR 5520 Research in Athletic Training I (2 hours)

This course is designed for graduate students to develop an understanding of the research process and the rationales for basic behavioral statistics in the field of athletic training. This class will focus on the creation of a research proposal for athletic training and on developing reading, writing, and practical skills to interpret and conduct research.

ATTR 5530 Research in Athletic Training II (2 hours)

This course is designed to help students advance their understanding of the research process and the rationales for basic behavioral statistics. This class will focus on developing skills to conduct a research study, analyze results, and complete the research paper. Students will present their research proposal to recruit subjects, give an informal elevator speech regarding the state of their research project, and at the end of the course, formally present their research.

ATTR 5600 Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries (4 hours)

This course involves learning essential components of a rehabilitation program including principles of therapeutic exercises, rehabilitation techniques and special therapeutic techniques.

ATTR 5700 Pharmacology and Nutrition (3 hours)

This course is designed to provide an extensive framework of knowledge through the study of medications and nutrition. Students will study drugs according to classifications including characteristics of typical drugs, their purposes, side effects, precautions or contraindications, and interactions and the recommendations to patients on nutrients.

ATTR 5980 Athletic Training Exam Prep (2 hours)

This course is designed to provide a structured environment to prepare students to take the board of certification examination.

ATTR 5990 Athletic Training Graduate Seminar (1 hour)

This course is designed to give athletic training students a specialty certification in clinical aspects of the profession.