Spalding University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a professional program, which provides a gateway for students and professionals outside of the field to become athletic trainers. Because no prior experience is necessary, Spalding’s MSAT program is accessible and offers entry points at the bachelor’s and the master’s level. The program prepares students to serve in a variety of health, educational and community settings and emphasizes reflective learning by having students actively participate in practice opportunities. MSAT faculty members work collaboratively with each student to enhance learning and success in the profession.
In the pioneering spirit of Lewis and Clark, the Mission of Spalding University’s Master of Science Degree Program in Athletic Training is to develop professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of the times through compassionate service, application of evidence-based care, and exploratory problem-solving placing high value on lifelong learning, effective communication, relationship building and teamwork.
Spalding University MSAT students will display:
1. Robust problem-solving abilities to develop and provide comprehensive patient/client-centered treatment plans.
2. Sound application of contemporary scientific evidence for patient/client injury prevention, rehabilitation, and return to activity decision-making.
3. Communication skills that improve patient/client health behaviors and healthcare provider teamwork.
4. Thorough entry-level athletic training practice capabilities.
Student Learning Objectives for each Program Outcome
Outcome #1. Spalding University MSAT students will display robust problem-solving abilities to develop and provide comprehensive patient/client-centered treatment plans.
1.1. Spalding University MSAT students will demonstrate classroom, laboratory, and clinical evidence of problem-solving skills through written, oral, and visual modes.
1.2. Spalding University MSAT students will use problem-solving skills in the development and
application of patient/client-centered treatment plans to serve societal needs.
Outcome #2. Spalding University MSAT students will display sound application of contemporary scientific evidence for patient/client injury prevention, rehabilitation, and return to activity decision-making.
2.1. Spalding University MSAT students will identify, select, interpret, assimilate, and apply scientific evidence across the continuum of patient/client care.
2.2. Spalding University MSAT students will demonstrate use of scientific evidence to accomplish patient/client injury prevention, rehabilitation and return-to activity goals.
Outcome #3. Spalding University MSAT students will display communication skills that improve patient/client health behaviors and healthcare provider teamwork.
3.1. Spalding University MSAT students will communicate effectively with patients/clients with diverse health status, and others of widely-ranging ages, sociocultural and educational backgrounds, and activity interests.
3.2. Spalding University MSAT students will use effective written, oral, and visual communication skills to facilitate healthcare teamwork and patient/client relationships that effect positive health behavior changes.
Outcome #4. Spalding University MSAT students will display thorough entry-level athletic training practice capabilities.
4.1. Spalding University MSAT students will be proficient in all entry-level athletic training professional practice content areas as demonstrated through written and practical classroom and laboratory learning experiences.
4.2. Spalding University MSAT students will effectively implement entry-level athletic training professional practice content area skills during all clinical education learning experiences.
NOTE: For additional information about MSAT Program retention, student status and remediation policies please refer to the MSAT Program Student Handbook.
MSAT classroom learning is enhanced by 5 clinical education rotations. Students have the advantage of practicing in a variety of settings with clients across the age continuum.
Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who work in professional and collegiate sports, secondary and intermediate schools, sports medicine clinics, hospital emergency rooms and rehabilitation clinics, occupational settings, fitness centers, and physician offices. Athletic trainer services include injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.
To learn more about the athletic training as a career, please visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association(NATA).
Spalding University’s campus is located in the heart of downtown Louisville, Ky., and is nestled between the primary business and entertainment districts of the city and the charming Victorian neighborhood of Old Louisville. Access to practice opportunities is easy with many community partners, including a large multi-system medical complex, located just blocks away from campus.
Financial assistance in the form of loans and graduate assistantships are available. If you wish to apply for financial aid, you must first submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Roy Nichols Athletic Training Scholarship was established in memory of Roy Nichols a Navy Veteran and Shriner who devoted a large portion of his retirement years to helping others. This scholarship was developed to assist Master of Science Degree Athletic Training students achieve academic success and for faculty to obtain assistance with small teaching, research, and service projects.
Student scholarships will be granted based on a combination of need and past history of service to underprivileged or socioeconomically challenged groups.
Students wishing to apply for the Roy Nichols Athletic Training Scholarship should complete the Spalding University Endowed Scholarship Program Application which can be found here.
For any questions pertaining to the application please contact Theresa Hulsey.