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MS and PhD in Kinesiology Concentration: Athletic Training

Welcome to Temple University Athletic Training. The Athletic Training programs are part of the Department of Kinesiology, which is housed in the College of Public Health. The Department of Kinesiology offers Masters and Doctoral degrees in Kinesiology concentrating in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. Please use the links to learn more about our degree programs.

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Mission

The mission of a post professional graduate athletic training education program is to expand the applied and experiential knowledge and skills of entry-level certified athletic trainers, to expand the athletic training body of knowledge, and to disseminate new knowledge in the discipline.

The graduate program is committed to advancing the profession of Athletic Training by developing the faculty of reason and critical thinking skills of certified athletic trainers, who are empowered to become leaders in their field by evaluating accepted clinical practice, conducting scientific inquiries, creating, disseminating and clinically applying new knowledge from research that enhances proficiency in sports injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of physically active populations. 

Areas of Distinctiveness

The post professional graduate athletic training education program at Temple University promotes three areas of distinctiveness: brain injury prevention, sensory motor control system, and athletic training research education.

Accreditation

The Temple University Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).

Student Graduation Rate

Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased).  This data does include students who started in the Athletic Training degree who permanently transferred out of the major, who may have gone on to graduate in this timeframe from another major program.

  2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 3-year aggregate
Number of students graduating from the program 7 8 7 20
Student graduation rate (%) 100 100 87.5 96

Student Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.

Employment rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Employed as an Athletic Trainer or Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students who have graduated (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased).

  2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 3-year aggregate
Number of students employed as AT 7 6 6 19
Student employment rate as AT (%) 100 100 85 95
Number of students employed as other 0 0 1 1
Student employment rate as other (%) 0 0 15 5
Number of students not employed 0 0 0 0
Student not employed rate (%) 6 0 0 0

Program Goals

  • Critically evaluate research evidence;
  • Create and complete a research project;
  • Present and defend results of an independent research project; 
  • Demonstrate professional skills in clinical practice by attending and/or presenting at local, state, or national conferences;
  • Discuss advanced concepts in brain injury and sensorimotor control systems. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate research evidence.
    1. Students will write a comprehensive literature review as part of their master’s project
    2. Students will present and moderate a Journal Club discussion
    3. Students will critically analyze research articles related to their project topics
  2. Create and complete a research project.
    1. Students will design methods for their independent master’s research project
    2. Students will write methodology for their independent master’s research project
    3. Students will complete CITI Human Subjects training
    4. First-year students will formally propose their independent research project at the end of the spring semester
    5. Faculty research mentor will evaluate students and the close of each semester
  3. Present and defend the results of an independent research project.
    1. Second-year students will formally defend their independent research project at the end of the spring semester
    2. Second-year students will formally defend their independent research project at the end of the spring semester
  4. Demonstrate professional skills in clinical practice and by attending and/or presenting at local, state, or national conferences.
    1. All students will set and meet individual clinical practice goals on a semesterly basis
    2. Second-year students will present and demonstrate an evidence-based rehabilitation technique
    3. All students will attend a clinical in-service on a semesterly basis
    4. Upon graduation, students will present their independent research project at a local, state, region, or national conference
    5. Upon graduation, students will publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal
  5. Discuss advanced concepts in brain injury and sensorimotor control systems.
    1. First-year students will describe the nervous system in regards to function, components, and organization
    2. Upon graduation, students will identify an advanced comfort level with brain injury evaluation techniques
    3. Upon graduation, students will identify an advanced comfort level with sensorimotor control function as it relates to injury