The Professional Master of Athletic Training degree (MAT) at Dixie State University, which will seek accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), is designed to prepare students to become athletic training professionals. Professional athletic training education uses a skills-based approach in both the classroom and clinical setting to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice:
- Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
- Immediate and Emergency Care
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
- Organization and Professional Health and Well-Being.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES AND GOALS
- Students will use effective communication skills. (DSU ILO 1: Skills)
a. Demonstrate the ability to use medical terminology with professional verbal and written communication which allows intelligent interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations with clinicians across the health care spectrum.
b. Demonstrate ability to use contemporary technology to communicate with various populations.
- Students will possess professional behaviors and attributes. (DSU ILO 4: Responsibility) a. Demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical and legal standards in health care professions, including state and national regulation of athletic training.
- Students will demonstrate competence in entry level athletic training knowledge and skills to provide best practice care to patients within athletic training settings. (DSU ILO 1: Skills and 2: Knowledge)
a. Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking to effectively and accurately produce differential diagnoses of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and general medical injuries and conditions.
b. Formulate appropriate intervention strategies, based upon the differential diagnoses of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and general medical injuries and conditions, as well as patient and clinician-oriented outcomes.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret and apply clinical research when making evidence based clinical decisions to answer clinical questions and optimize patient outcomes. (DSU ILO 3: Innovation)
a. Develop relevant and applicable clinical questions.
b. Access, appraise, and apply current literature in athletic training practice.
c. Have the ability to measure, assess, and modify course of treatment based upon patient and clinical outcomes.
- Students will have the ability to succeed in diverse environments. (DSU ILO 4: Responsibility)
a. Experience diverse clinical settings and patient populations that will prepare students for current employment trends.
b. Develop culturally competent and appropriate communication and interaction skills.
- Students will be prepared to become healthcare professionals. (DSU ILO 1: Skills and 2: Knowledge and 5: Grit)
a. Pass the Board of Certification Exam.
b. Obtain employment or admission to post-professional graduate school/ residency.
c. Prepared to apply skills and knowledge in clinical practice
d. Prepared/ ready to transition to be a productive and effective clinician.