The mission of the athletic training program at Mount St. Joseph University aligns with that of the University; which is to provide a high quality professional education that incorporates research and technologies within an interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation emphasizing values, integrity, and social responsibility. The program incorporates a broad-based comprehensive blend of academic, clinical, and professional experiences through partnerships with various allied health care professionals. The program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training requires a separate admissions process which is described below.
Major Courses – 51 hours
ATR 180Ath Train:Prin/Pract (3)
ATR 181First-Aid & Emergency Procedures in Athletic Training with LAB (3)
ATR 182Foundational Skills in Athletic Training (1)
ATR 214Athletic Training Assessment & Mgmt I:Lower Extremity (4)
ATR 214AAthletic Training Assessment & Mgmt I (LAB) (0)
ATR 232Clinical Perspectives I (1)
ATR 233Clinical Perspectives II (1)
ATR 312Therapeutic Modalities (4)
ATR 312ATherapeutic Modalities (LAB) (0)
ATR 315Athletic Training Assessment and Mgmt II:Upper Extremity and Spine (4)
ATR 315AAssessment and Mgmt II (LAB) (0)
ATR 316Therapeutic Exercise (4)
ATR 316ATherapeutic Exercise (LAB) (0)
ATR 325Athletic Training Assessment and Mgmt III:Med Conditions (4)
ATR 325AAthletic Training Assessment & Mgmt III:Med Conditions (LAB) (0)
ATR 330Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement (3)
ATR 332Clinical Perspectives III (2)
ATR 333Clinical Perspectives IV (2)
ATR 350Exercise Physiology (4)
ATR 350AExercise Physiology (LAB) (0)
ATR 420Athletic Conditioning and Performance (4)
ATR 420AAthletic Conditioning and Performance(LAB) (0)
ATR 432Clinical Perspectives V (3)
ATR 433Clinical Perspective VI (4)
Cognate Courses – 39 hours
BIO 111Principles of Biology I (4) N/CN
BIO 111APrinciples of Biology I (LAB) (0) N/CN
BIO 197Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (4) N/CN
BIO 197AHuman Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (LAB) (0) N/CN
BIO 198Human A&P for Hlth Sci II (4) N
BIO 198AHuman Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences II (LAB) (0) N
BIO 212Musculoskeletal Anatomy Review (2)
CHE 111General Chemistry I (3) N/CN
CHE 111AGeneral Chemistry I (LAB) (1) N/CN
ETH:PHI 250Health Care Ethics (3) E/CE
ETH:REL 252Theological Health Care Ethics (3) E/CE
HLT 200Foundations of Wellness (3)
HLT 260Human Nutrition (3)
HLT 413Healthcare Administration (3)
HLT 430Research in the Health Sciences (3)
MTH 174Statistics I (3) MA/CMA
MTH 176Stats I With SPSS (3) MA/CMA
PSY 103Introduction to Psychology (3) S/CEP
The Mount St. Joseph University Athletic Training Education Program has a limited enrollment program that admits both freshmen and transfer students. Freshmen students gain admission into the program by meeting a three stage process; University admission, pre-clinical phase admission, and clinical phase admission.
After being admitted into the University, students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training must meet the following criteria:
- High school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.
- Passed high school chemistry with a C or higher. If no high school chemistry was taken, the student must complete a high school chemistry equivalent course at the Mount or another college/ university with a grade of C or higher.
- Math placement score of 3 or greater on the COMPASS test. Students may not enroll in Chemistry 111/111A until the Math placement is met. *If COMPASS test indicates a need for remedial math, students must repeat the COMPASS or take an intermediate math course in the summer prior to fall enrollment. If the requirement is not met in the summer, the student's application to the program will be “deferred" until completion of the required remedial course with a grade of “C" or higher is met.
- 22 or higher composite score on ACT or 970 or higher on the SAT.
- *Complete a technical standards form.
- *Complete medical history/physical examination/vaccinations that meets minimum requirements of the program.
*These must be completed prior to starting class in the fall of each year. These forms can be found on the athletic training program MyMount site.
Admission to the pre-clinical athletic training program will begin March 15th and end July lst of each year. Students seeking admission after July lst will be assessed on an individual basis. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the athletic training education program.
Criteria for Admission to the Pre-Athletic Training Major:
- Be accepted to Mount St. Joseph University.
- Math placement score of 3 or greater on the COMPASS test. Students may not enroll in Chemistry 111/111A until the Math placement is met. *If COMPASS test indicates a need for remedial math, students must repeat the COMPASS or take an intermediate math course in the summer. If the requirement is not met in the summer prior to fall enrollment, the student's application to the program will be “deferred" until completion of the required remedial course with a grade of "C" or higher is met.
- Passed high school chemistry with a C or higher. If no high school chemistry is taken, the student must complete a high school chemistry equivalent course at another college or university with a grade of "C" or higher.
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all previous college coursework of 2.75 or higher.
- Have earned a grade of "B" or higher on clinical athletic training coursework from previous institution(s). If less than a B is achieved in clinical coursework the course can be repeated one time at Mount St. Joseph University. Student must achieve a "C" or higher in the repeated course.
- Have earned a grade of "C" or higher on didactic athletic training course work from previous institution(s). If less than a C is achieved in didactic coursework the course can be repeated one time at Mount St. Joseph University. Students must receive a "C" or higher in the repeated course.
Transfer students into the clinical phase of AT program will be assessed on an individual basis.
*All entering students must take the math COMPASS test to determine math placement. Athletic training students are highly encouraged to take the COMPASS soon after learning of their acceptance into the program.
To schedule a date to take the COMPASS test contact the Learning Center at 513-244-4202. Students must show a level of competency in math to take Chemistry 111. Chemistry is a pre-requisite for anatomy and physiology.
Pre-Clinical Phase to Clinical Phase Admission
During the first year students take introductory courses and participate in the pre-clinical phase of the program with Mount St. Joseph University preceptors and its intercollegiate athletic programs. Students will be selected for admission into the athletic training major from the pre-clinical student applicants that have met the following admission criteria to advance into the clinical phase. Students will receive a letter from the Chair no later than June lst of their pre-athletic training year indicating their admission status into the Athletic Training Major.
- Completion of at least 28 credit hours at the Mount.
- Achieved a minimum University grade point average of 2.75
- Earned a minimum grade of B in ATR 180, ATR 181, and ATR 182.
- Earned a minimum grade of C in CHE 111/111A and BIO 111/111A
- Completion of 75 clinical observation hours with a minimum score of 3.0 on preceptor evaluations.
- Completion of ATR 181 and ATR 182 skill proficiencies with a B or higher.
- Provide proof of current CPA/AED and first aid certifications
- Provide results for two-step tuberculosis test
- Completion of athletic training application by March 15th of each year.
Clinical Phase Requirements/Retention
After gaining admission to the clinical phase of the program, degree candidates must meet specific educational requirements to progress in the program, including:
- Demonstrate minimal competency during each clinical assignment and successful completion of a variety of athletic training clinical experiences under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers and other allied health care professionals. Minimal clinical competence is defined as receiving a passing score on clinical performance assessments and successful completion of NATA competencies and clinical proficiencies in assigned courses.
- Completion of a structured plan of clinical experiences which include exposure to: individual and team sports; sports requiring protective equipment; patients of different sexes; adolescent and adult patients; non-sport patient populations; rehabilitation intensive settings; and orthopedic / non-orthopedic medical settings.
- Provide evidence of annual Blood-borne Pathogen Training
- Provide evidence of annual emergency responder certification including CPR/AED training
- Provide results of annual TB test
- Complete pre-placement drug testing if required by clinical site
- Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average
- Maintain a minimum grade of B in all clinical perspective courses (ATR 232, 233, 332, 333, 432, and 433)
- Maintain a minimum grade of C in all ATR and required cognate courses.
Students failing to meet the program's minimum retention requirements will be placed on probation for one academic semester. At the end of the probationary period, the student must have met deficient retention requirements. If a student receives less than a B in clinical perspectives coursework, the student must retake the course and successfully pass it prior to advancing in the athletic training education program. Clinical coursework may be repeated one time. If the student does not earn a B in the repeated course, he/she will be dismissed from the program.
Students who plan to participate as an intercollegiate athlete at the Mount are encouraged to apply but must realize that summer clinical placements will be required to complete the athletic training major. Athletic training students are limited to participation in one sport season per year. Due to the conflicts with athletic participation, student athletes will be required to complete one of the six clinical placements for the clinical perspectives courses during the summer before the final year in the program.
Additional expenses associated with the athletic training education program include payment for immunizations, differential fees for clinical courses, travel expenses to and from off-campus clinical assignments, uniforms, clinical site required background checks and pre-placement drug testing, and occasional conferences and workshops.
Learning Opportunities at the Mount
The Mount has developed its program to instruct students in the theory and science of athletic training and the art of its application. Students gain a thorough understanding of injuries, including prevention, recognition, management, treatment, and rehabilitation that occur in athletes and other physically active populations. The strong foundation that characterizes the Mount's athletic training education program combines classroom work with clinical experiences in a progressive sequential format. During each semester of the program, students participate in clinical experiences that correspond to their class work. Successful completion of supervised clinical assignments is factored into a student's clinical course grade. Throughout the program students are challenged to apply their knowledge and skills through problem-solving and critical thinking exercise. Students are required to conduct case studies, research inquires, community projects, and present them through various forms of media to peers and faculty.
Classes in the major are held in the Health Sciences Instructional Suites (HSIS). The HSIS encompasses classrooms and laboratory space to provide current technological learning environments. Students also spend classroom and clinical time in on-campus athletic training clinics housed in the Sports Complex and Harrington Center. In addition to on-campus clinical rotations students are afforded opportunities for clinical experiences with various health care and medical professionals throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, which includes general medical physicians, orthopedic physicians/surgeons, physical therapists, massage therapists, dentists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, paramedics, and others.
National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA)
If you have questions concerning the profession of athletic training, you can contact NATA at 1-880-ASK-NATA or through the World Wide Web at http://www.nata.org. For questions concerning the requirements for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination you may visit their website at http://www.bocatc.org.
The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and information can be found at www.caate.net.
Students who successfully complete the athletic training major will be able to:
- demonstrate professional, legal, ethical, social, and political responsibilities in the role of a certified athletic trainer.
- communicate effectively with patients, their families, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals while respecting cultural and ethnic differences.
- employ critical thinking skills to recognize and define problems, analyze data, develop and implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.
- demonstrate accountability for actions and outcomes while fulfilling commitments as a certified athletic trainer.
- implement safe and effective therapeutic interventions.