MA in Athletic Training

75 credit hours


EFFECTIVE MAY 19, 2020, THE MA/AT PROGRAM IS BEING DISCONTINUED AT TRINITY AND WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS.

 The Trinity International University MA/AT Program is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective August 31, 2021. The program will remain on probation until the withdrawal is effective and the program is closed.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION

The MA/AT Program at Trinity International University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the MA/AT Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the MA/AT Program. In the event that a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program. Candidates for selection to the MA/AT Program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards. Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam. Candidates for selection to the MA/AT Program must demonstrate the following:

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm
  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients
  • The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively
  • Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice
  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately
  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress
  • The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced
  • Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations
  • Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care

REQUIRED FEES

Students are required to pay a one-time athletic training program learning management system access fee of $90, and a one-time background check fee of $35.

MA in Athletic Training Handbook

CAATE Outcomes Table (2017-2020)

BOC First Time Pass-Rates for BA in Athletic Training

2017–2018 2018–2019 2019–2020 3-Year Aggregate
Students graduating from program
5 7 6 18
Students graduating from program who took examination
5 7 6 18
Students who passed the examination on the first attempt
1 3 3 7
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt
20% 43% 50% 39%
Students who passed the examination
regardless of the number of attempts
4 6 3 13
Percentage of students who passed
the examination regardless of the number of attempts
80% 86% 50% 72%

Employment/Placement Rate

2017–2018 2018–2019 2019–2020 3-Year Aggregate
Students employed as Athletic Trainers
4 4 2 20
Student employment rate as Athletic Trainers (%)
50% 36% 33% 42%
Students employed as other
1 0 1 2
Student employment rate as other (%)
13% 0% 17% 8%
Number of students not employed
0 2 0 2
Students not employed rate (%)
0% 18% 0% 8%

Retention and Graduation Rate

2017–2018 2018–2019 2019–2020 3-Year Aggregate
Students admitted
8 11 6 5
Students who returned for Year 2
8 9 6 23
Student Retention Rate—Year 2 (%)
100% 82% 100% 92%
Students who returned for Year 3
7 7 14
Student Retention Rate—Year 3 (%)
88% 64% 74%
Students graduating from program
5 7 6 18
Student Graduation Rate (%)
63% 64% 100% 72%

 

Certification Information

A degree/major in athletic training awarded by an institution alone does not qualify the graduate to work as an “athletic trainer.” A graduate must pass the Board of Certification examination to earn the “ATC” (Athletic Trainer, Certified) credential. Currently, most states, including Illinois, have legislation that requires athletic trainers to be registered or licensed to practice in that state. The requirements of the MA/AT Program at Trinity meet all current Illinois requirements for licensure. Students should check with the state in which they plan to practice athletic training for specific requirements.

REQUIRED ADDITIONAL FEES:

There are extra costs once you are admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training program. These costs are in addition to tuition, room and board fees, and course/lab fees charged by the university, and include the following:
Annual Apparel Fee: $100
Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Student Membership Fee: $75
Annual CPR Renewal Fee: $30
One-Time Athletic Training Program Learning Management System Access Fee: $90
One-Time Background Check Fee: $35
Attendance at the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association (IATA) Annual Symposium (required once prior to graduation): $25 registration, plus additional costs for transportation and hotel. IATA alternates between Springfield and the Chicagoland area.
Attendance at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Annual Symposium (required once prior to graduation): $70 registration, plus additional costs for transportation and hotel. GLATA is located approximately 10 miles from TIU’s campus.
Attendance for at least one ACES BOC Preparatory Workshop prior to graduation: $175 registration, typically hosted on-campus.
Students are also responsible for transportation costs to and from clinical sites and the Northern Illinois Food Bank (30 miles round-trip from TIU). Carpooling is encouraged when possible.

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