Chatham University

Master of Science in Athletic Training Curriculum

The curriculum for the M.S in Athletic Training adds to the foundational coursework from the undergraduate major in Exercise Science. This professional degree combines coursework in the clinical assessment and treatment of athletes with courses that emphasize the critical appraisal of the athletic training literature, healthcare delivery and management and sport psychology in addition to clinical education.

Program Requirements

+Undergraduate

BIO143 The Cell

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of current biological concepts, including cell structure, function, division, and basic genetics. Biologically important molecules also are presented. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of class

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BIO143L Lab: The Cell

Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO143. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO143. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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BIO144 The Organism

This course provides a general survey of animals and plants at the organismic level, with emphasis on their evolution and various physiological processes such as respiration, circulation, digestion, and reproduction. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of class.

3
BIO144L Lab: The Organism

Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO144. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO144. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

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CHM102 Chemistry in Context

One semester lecture course with selected topics in inorganic and organic chemistry. Emphasis is on relevance to biological and environmental issues. Topics include matter, energy, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, reaction chemistry, and radioactivity. Three hours of lecture per week. Not open to majors in biology or chemistry.

3
CHM102L Chemistry in Context Lab

One semester laboratory course to accompany CHM102 Chemistry in Context. Two hours of lab per week. Not open to majors in biology or chemistry.

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PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

3
MTH110 Elementary Statistics

Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week. Three hours of class per week.

3
BIO201 Anatomy

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of anatomy. Lectures emphasize the human body and clinical applications of anatomy. They focus on anatomical terminology, gross structures, body movements, forming a three-dimensional mental image of body parts, and functional understanding of normal structures. Three hours of class per week. Prerequisites: BIO143 and 144.

3
BIO201L Lab: Anatomy

Laboratory experiments emphasizing comparative anatomy between humans and other animals. Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO201. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

2
BIO302 Physiology

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of physiology. The lectures will emphasize chemical principles, cellular biological principles, and a survey of the nervous, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, excretory, respiratory, and digestive systems. The laboratory will emphasize comparative physiology between humans and other animals. Three hours of class per week.

3
BIO302L Physiology Lab

Laboratory experiments emphasizing comparative physiology between human and other animals. Three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIO201L. Corequisite or Prerequisite: BIO302. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

2
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science

This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of exercise science as a discipline and profession. Students will be exposed to methods and techniques employed to develop positive attitudes and habits that support an active lifestyle. Topics of health risk factors and wellness will be explored as they specifically relate to exercise. Possible career choices related to this field will also be discussed.

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EXS252 Exercise and Nutrition

This course introduces the student to the science of human nutrition and the relationship between health, exercise and food intake. Basic topics of digestion, absorption, metabolism, interaction and functions of nutrients will be covered. Special topics emphasized in this course include optimal nutrition for exercise and sport, energy use during exercise, evaluation of body composition (body fat, muscle mass), development of obesity, weight management, and nutritional factors in planning a successful muscular strength and endurance program.

3
EXS301 Introduction to Critical Research Appraisal

This course reviews current research design and statistical techniques needed for a better understanding of peer reviewed literature within exercise science. This course also reviews basic principles of an evidence based approach related to various types of exercise interventions, and common diagnoses and prognoses in the area of public health (e.g., obesity, diabetes). Material presented in lecture will be focused on "real world" data from the current literature. Two hours of lecture per week.

2
EXS302 Principles of Strength and Conditioning

Students learn to integrate anatomical and physiological function into a comprehensive strength and conditionng model. Topics include testing, evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, and aerobic endurance training. Students are introduced to facility organization, risk management, and developing a policies and procedure manual. Prerequisite: BIO 202.

3
EXS345 Kinesiology - Movement Science

This course will cover the movement of muscles as will as their function and interaction with other muscles. It will also examine theories, principles, and practical applications in motor control and learning. Attention is given to the physiological and psychological foundations of motor control and learning. The motor control and learning laboratory portion of this course constitutes one credit of the four credit course.

3
EXS326 Applied Exercise Physiology I

This course provides students with the knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of exercise physiology with an emphasis on exercise response and exercise testing. An in-depth understanding of how the body responds when exposed to acute bouts of exercise will be provided through lectures and laboratories. Topics discussed will include physiological adaptations of the cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and neuromuscular systems in response to exercise, and assessment of aerobic endurance, muscular fitness and body composition. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 202; CPR and first aid certification. Corequisite or prerequisite: EXS 326L.

3
EXS326L Lab: Applied Exercise Physiology I

Experiments to complement the material presented in EXS326. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: EXS 326. Additional fee(s): Laboratory fee.

1


EXS426 Applied Exercise Physiology II

This course provides students with the knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of exercise physiology and wellness. The emphasis of this course is on the physiological adaptations to exercise training. Students will learn how to design exercise prescriptions for typical adult populations, athletic populations, and special populations (i.e. pediatric, geriatric, and obese). Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: EXS 326. Co-requisite or pre-requisite: EXS 426L.

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EXS426L Applied Exercise Physiology II Lab

The emphasis of this lab is on the physiological adaptations to exercise training. Students will learn how to design exercise prescriptions for typical adult populations, athletic populations, and special populations (i.e. pediatric, geriatric, obese). Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: EXS 426. Additional fee(s): Laboratory fee.

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BIO385 Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth study of the predisposing factors and direct causes of diseases as well as their effects on the body. The course includes a systematic approach to the basic disease processes in terms of etiology, symptomatology, general pathological changes, diagnostic procedures, and to a lesser extent, treatment.

3


EXS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

3


INTEXS303 Internship - Exercise Science

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ATH512 Clin AT I

+Graduate Athletic Training

ATH500 Prevention and Care of Emergency Medical Conditions (3)
ATH501 Therapeutic Modalities (4)
ATH502 Introduction to Professional Practice (2)
ATH503 Orthopedic Assessment (4)
ATH504 Orthopedic & Neurologic Assessment (4)
ATH505 Medical Management of an Athletic Population (3)
ATH506 Therapeutic Intervention I (4)
ATH507 Therapeutic Intervention II (4)
ATH508 Introduction to Pharmacology (2)
ATH509 Research Seminar I (1)
ATH510 Research Seminar II (1)
ATH511 Research Seminar III (1)
ATH512 Clinical AT I (3)
ATH513 Clin AT II (3)
ATH514 Clin AT III (2)
ATH515 Clin AT IV (3)
ATH516 Clin AT V (4)
ATH517 Administration and Management (3)
ATH518 Optimizing Athletic Performance (3)
ATH519 Advanced Topics in AT (3)
ATH520 Certification Preparation Course (1)
ATH521 Advanced Sport Nutrition (3)
ATH522 Healthcare Delivery (3)
PSY530 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and intervention techniques of sport and exercise psychology. Topics covered will include motivation theory applied to sport, team dynamics, an introduction to psychological skills training, the psychology of sport injury, and issues pertinent to exercise adoption, adherence, and drop-out.

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