Technical Standards

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Athletic Training education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills and professional attitudes and behavior.


The University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, Department of Kinesiology & Sports Sciences, awards a Master's of Science Athletic Training degree to students who successfully complete the curriculum. Students are expected to acquire a broad base of knowledge and 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 Master's of Science Athletic Training degree will be required to acquire the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. In order to learn the variety of tasks needed to become proficient as an Athletic Trainer, the student must be able to perform the following tasks, which are all essential requirements of the program: observation, communication, motor, conceptual (integrative and quantitative), and behavioral/social.

Observation

The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in basic and applied sciences, including, but not limited to human anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, as well as in didactic courses in Athletic Training theory and practice for normal and pathologic states. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation requires the use of common sense, as well as the functional use of the senses of vision, audition, olfaction, and palpation.

Communication

A candidate must be able to elicit information from patients, describe the patient’s mood, activity and posture, and perceive and accurately report nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with coaches, administrators, patients and their families. Communication includes not only oral, but also reading and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the health care team in both immediate and recorded modes.

Motor

Conceptual-Integrative and Quantitative Analysis

These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, synthesis, and retention of complex information. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of Athletic Training practitioners, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.

Behavioral/Social Attitudes

Completion of the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

Students requesting accommodation to meet the technical standards must contact the Office of Disability Services prior to the start of the program or immediately upon a change in health status.