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Agenda Item FA 17-07

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

Brooks College of Health (Graduate) – (Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences)

New Degree Program Request – Proposal for Master of Science – Athletic Training Major (1 package)

02/02/17: Passed

02/07/17: Approved

03/14/17: UBOT

Log Number: 201608-12

New Degree Program Request:

Proposal for Master of Science – Athletic Training Major - Graduate

Summary of the Changes:

New Degree Program Request: Proposal to Transition from the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree (BSAT) to a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree (MSAT)
The proposed degree is a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training (MSAT) to replace the current Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training (BSAT). The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has revised the standards for the professional degree in Athletic Training. The standards now state that the professional degree for Athletic Training must be at the Masters degree level by 2022. To become a Certified Athletic Trainer, a student must graduate from a CAATE accredited professional athletic training program and pass a comprehensive exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). The UNF Athletic Training Program has been accredited since 1998 and is currently accredited until 2019. The faculty plans to apply for re-accreditation through CAATE in 2019 as a Master’s degree program.
The Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences and the Brooks College of Health are proposing that the program in Athletic Training transition from the current BSAT entry-level degree to a MSAT entry-level degree. The proposed MSAT program will include 54 credit hours of didactic coursework along with a minimum of 800 hours of clinical education experience that each student will obtain prior to graduation. We anticipate the first MSAT cohort will enroll for the summer 2018 semester and graduate in Spring 2020. If the proposed program transition is approved, the last BSAT class will enroll in the Fall 2017 semester and graduate in Spring 2019.
The proposed MSAT will be initiated and supported through reallocation of current BSAT faculty and staff and will be funded through the reallocated E&G base from the existing BSAT. Additional recurring funding of $6200 is requested for the purchase of additional anatomical specimens to support the advanced level of education needed for a graduate program. There will be no increased need for general education or other prerequisite courses for this new degree program. All prospective students will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (UNF or otherwise), which will satisfy the general education requirement, and all prerequisite courses can be obtained from existing courses already available in the UNF catalog.
The purpose of the proposed program is to prepare students for entry into a career in Athletic Training. At the culmination of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the national BOC exam to become Certified Athletic Trainers. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide services comprised of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Traditionally, ATs are employed through at the middle school, secondary school, collegiate, and professional levels to care for their respective athletic teams. In addition, many ATs work outside of athletic settings providing physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as other services to people of all ages (i.e. military, law enforcement, industry).
The US Department of Labor projects a 21% growth of employment for Athletic Trainers from 2014-2024. In addition, the American Medical Association Policy H-470.995 encouraged the US Board of Education and the US Department of Health to provide Certified Athletic Trainers at every school that offers a sports program. As people become more aware of sports-related injuries at a young age, the demand for Athletic Trainers should increase, most significantly in secondary schools and youth leagues. There are currently 41 universities offering entry-level Athletic Training programs at the Master’s degree level in the US, and only two in Florida (Florida International University and the University of South Florida). If approved, the proposed MSAT program will have a direct impact on meeting the health care needs of physically active individuals in Northeast Florida.
The proposed MS in Athletic Training will be initiated and supported through reallocation of the complete E&G base budget and all accounts from the current BS in Athletic Training ($394,101). From Table 2 in Appendix A, “Faculty Salaries and Benefits,” USPS Salaries and Benefits (25% of the current department office manager position),” “Other Personnel Services (Adjunct Instructors)” will be funded through reallocation of E&G resources. The “Expenses” category reflects the purchase of four cadaveric specimens through reallocated MS in Athletic Training Auxiliary and Department E&G budgets. The “Library” category expenses reflect the requested cost to maintain the existing library resources by the library staff. Library resources are presently adequate to implement the proposed program and additional expenses will be funded through library budgets. The continuing base in Year 5 will remain $394,101. See section III Budget, section IX Faculty Participation, and Table 2 Appendix A in proposal for details.
(Master of Science in Athletic Training ProposalAttachment)