College of Health and Human Services2021-2022

Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Athletic Training, Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Athletic Training graduate program is prepare students to work with physically active individuals in a variety of settings to provide injury prevention and care services. To succeed in this, we emphasize both classroom (didactic) and clinical education every semester in our program. This provides our students with not only the necessary knowledge and skills to become Athletic Trainers, but also the practice to perfect their skills prior to becoming nationally certified. Our program is tailored toward students who want to be involved in both healthcare and sports, working with athletes to both prevent injuries and to provide a continuum of care to get them back to participation after injury.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training Master’s Degree Program at Northern Arizona University is to provide a learner-centered graduate experience that effectively links didactic and clinical education in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The program faculty promote professional and ethical conduct, encourage professional leadership, prepare students to be successful on the national Board of Certification (BOC) examination, and strive to produce competent and confident Athletic Trainers prepared for a career in athletic training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)


Foundational Knowledge
Core Competencies in:

  1. Patient-Centered Care
  2. Interprofessional Practice & Education
  3. Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Clinical Practice Quality Improvement
  5. Health Care Informatics
  6. Professionalism
  7. Patient/Client Care, including examination, diagnosis, and therapeutic intervention.
  8. Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness
  9. Health Care Administration
See the full list of standards for the Athletic Training Program.

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