Athletic Training is an allied health profession whose mission is to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active through prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Students wishing to become athletic trainers will receive an educational foundation in exercise and basic sciences as well as complete the required cognates for the National Athletic Training Association (NATA). To ensure a wide variety of practical experiences and expert clinical supervision, class size is limited. Applicants must meet specific admission and retention criteria

Degree Offered

Marquette University confers the degree bachelor of science with a major in athletic training on those students who have successfully completed the required curricula.

Accreditation

The athletic training major has been granted accredited status through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students successfully graduating from this program are eligible to sit for the certification exam through the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the athletic training major can occur at two points in the academic sequencing, either direct admission as an incoming freshman or transfer admission.

The major is filled initially through direct admission by applicants applying in their senior year of high school. Direct admission decisions are made from a ranking of applicants based largely on their high school performance, standardized test scores and athletic training essay. The maximum number of students admitted to athletic training is limited as the program needs to provide adequate clinical supervision to each student. Once accepted by the university, students must provide a completed program physical form documenting compliance with the program's "Technical Standards" prior to full acceptance into the Athletic Training major. See the Athletic Training website for more information about admission and "Technical Standards".

Students at Marquette who were not admitted directly into the program can apply for transfer admission into the sophomore class. Transfer applicants are evaluated individually. The program will accept a minimum of 2 qualified transfer students into each sophomore class. Additional transfers into the athletic training major will only be considered if there are vacancies in the program created by previously accepted students transferring out of the major. Transfer students are accepted into the sophomore class of athletic training majors and will require three years to complete the required athletic training classes regardless of their previous academic standing.

To be considered for a transfer into the athletic training major, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have a minimum of 2.750 GPA (cumulative)
  2. Must document that they have observed in an athletic training setting, preferably at Marquette, for 30 hours.
  3. Must have completed or be currently enrolled in and successfully completing the required freshman courses, which include:
    CHEM 1001General Chemistry 14
    CHEM 1002General Chemistry 24
    EXPH 1001Introduction to Exercise Science2
    EXPH 1010Emergency Care, CPR and AED2
    BISC 2015Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences 13
    BISC 2016Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences 23
    ATTR 1020Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
    Total Credit Hours20
  4. Must submit a signed Technical Standards form indicating their compliance with program technical standards. This must be verified with a completed program physical form prior to full acceptance into the major.

If a candidate meets the criteria he/she must then fill out the transfer application and file this with the Program Director of Athletic Training by March 1st prior to the fall in which they will join the sophomore class. Eligible candidates will be interviewed and admission decisions will be made prior to the end of the school year.

Transfer students from outside of Marquette University must meet with the program director to determine their present standing and the process for applying to the athletic training major.

Professional Conduct and Academic Regulations

Students in the athletic training major are expected to adhere to the standards of conduct and professionalism set forth by the NATA and described in the student handbook. Professional behavior is vital to the success of every health care provider. To assist each student in developing and refining their professional behaviors, athletic training students are regularly evaluated during the Clinical Proficiency courses and Athletic Training Practicum. Violations and/or major deficiencies may prevent students from receiving clinical assignments and may be grounds for academic probation or dismissal from the major, as described in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.

Academic Performance

Candidates for a degree must comply with the academic performance requirements described in the student handbook. Failure to meet these requirements will result in possible academic probation or dismissal from the program as described in the handbook. They must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750. All students must comply with the College of Health Sciences graduation requirements. A student must earn a C or better in all major courses. Major courses completed with a CD or less count toward the total hour requirements, but do not fulfill graduation requirements and must be repeated prior to advancing in course sequence. The Department will only allow those students who have satisfactorily completed all academic, technical and professional behavior requirements to attend a clinical affiliation or practicum. The Program reserves the right to deny practicum placement to any student that has not satisfactorily met the requirements printed in the Athletic Training Student Handbook. Cancellation or delay of a practicum may result in delayed graduation.

Limit on the use of substitute repeat option

Since the institution of the punitive F in May 1991, the university has implemented the use of the substitute repeat option whereby the new repeated course grade will be used in the computation of the GPA and the student will receive degree credit only once. The Program in Exercise Science endorses the use of the substitute repeat option as a means to improve a student's GPA but limits its use to a maximum of five instances.

In addition to the above, the program expects its students to adhere to standards of conduct and professionalism. Professional behavior is vital to the success of every health care provider. Violations and/or major deficiencies may prevent students from receiving clinical assignments, may be grounds for dismissal from the major, or other penalties.

Examinations

Final examinations are held in all subjects. A student's grade of scholarship in each subject is determined by the combined results of his or her class work, course assignments, and examinations as defined in the course syllabus. A student who misses a final examination in an ATTR or other course risks the loss of credit and the possibility of not being permitted to enroll in subsequent ATTR and/or EXPH courses. Any student that misses a final exam in any course must file a written excuse with the College of Health Sciences office within 48 hours of the examination. Should the excuse be deemed valid, permission may be given for a delayed examination.

Certification in Basic Life Support

Certification in basic life support that includes child, infant, and both one- and two-person adult CPR along with AED (automatic external defibrillation) training is required of all students. Certification may be obtained following successful completion of EXPH 1010. Continued certification must be maintained by and is the responsibility of the student. Students without current CPR with AED certification cannot participate in their clinical experience which may result in the failure of that experience and may delay graduation.

Health Insurance/Health Certification

A program physical form must be completed by the student's physician or student health services prior to each academic year, as described in the student handbook. All students prior to clinical/practical experiences must present evidence of health insurance before clinical/internship assignment can be made. A chest X-ray, vaccinations, and TB screening may be required prior to clinical assignment as dictated by the specific site. Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended.

Athletic Training and Doctor of Physical Therapy

A curriculum has been developed to accommodate prerequisites for entrance into the D.P.T. while meeting the required course work for ATTR. Students that are either direct admit students or intend on applying to the D.P.T. program must meet with PT and ATTR advisers as soon as possible to discuss programmatic differences that are required to meet each program's requirements.

Students must be aware that some courses in the D.P.T. curriculum can be substituted to complete the ATTR degree, allowing the completion of both programs in a total of 6 years. However, this will result in a one semester delay in graduation from the athletic training major. Students can participate in the May Commencement ceremonies following completion of year four and continue in the PT program without interruption. However, undergraduate diplomas will not be granted until December, after successful completion of the DPT5 Fall semester, which fulfills the final ATTR requirements. See curriculum for specifics.

A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for the degree including the following requirements:

Area Credit Hours
UCCS Requirements 34
Required Cognates17
Major73
General Electives4

UCCS Curriculum Requirements for Athletic Training

Refer to the University Core of Common Studies (UCCS) for courses that will meet requirements, if not specified below.

UCCS Rhetoric (R) 6
Rhetoric and Composition 1
Rhetoric and Composition 2
Contemporary Presentation
UCCS Mathematics and Reasoning (MR) One of the following:3-4
Modern Elementary Statistics
Psychological Measurements and Statistics
Social Statistics
UCCS Individual and Social Behaviors (ISB) 3
General Psychology
UCCS Diverse Culture (DC)3
Any UCCS DC approved course
UCCS Science and Nature (SN) 3
General Biology 1
UCCS History of Cultures and Societies (HCS) 3
Any UCCS HCS approved course
UCCS Theology (T)
Introduction to Theology
One additional UCCS T approved course
UCCS Literature and Performing Arts (LPA)3
Any UCCS LPA approved course
UCCS Human Nature and Ethics (HNE)7
Philosophy of Human Nature
Theory of Ethics
Applied Ethics for the Health Sciences (or PHIL 4335 or THEO 4450, each for 3 credits)

 Required Cognates for ATTR

BIOL 1001General Biology 13
BIOL 1002General Biology 23
CHEM 1001General Chemistry 14
CHEM 1002General Chemistry 24

Athletic Training Major

The following major course requirements must be completed with a C grade or better or SNC grade for 0 credit ATTR seminar coures.  See the Academic Performance section for this major.  Major courses completed with a CD or less must be repeated prior to advancing in the course sequence in the sophomore and junior years.

Major Course Requirements
EXPH 1001Introduction to Exercise Science2
EXPH 1010Emergency Care, CPR and AED2
BISC 2015Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences 13
BISC 2016Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences 23
EXPH 2106Cognitive and Motor Learning3
EXPH 2110Kinesiology/Biomechanics4
EXPH 2115Exercise Physiology and Bioenergetics5
EXPH 2190Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
EXPH 3170Administration in Exercise Science (PHTH 7513 for students admitted to DPT program)3
EXPH 3180Exercise Testing, Prescription and EKG4
EXPH 3189Nutrition and Exercise Performance4
EXPH 4187Exercise Physiology for Special Populations (PHTH 7515/7516 for students admitted to DPT program)3
ATTR 1020Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
ATTR 2130Athletic Training Evaluation 13
ATTR 2131Athletic Training Evaluation 23
ATTR 2150Therapeutic Modalities2
ATTR 3160Rehabilitative/Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training2
ATTR 3170General Medicine in Athletic Training3
Seminar Course Sequence (0 credits each)0
Athletic Training Seminar 1
Athletic Training Seminar 2
Athletic Training Seminar 3
Athletic Training Seminar 4
Athletic Training Seminar 5
Clinical Proficiency Sequence (1 credit each)5
Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 1
Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 2
Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 3
Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 4
Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 5
Pharmacology Course Requirement (complete one course)3
Pharmacology in Athletic Training
Pharmacology
ATTR 4986Practicum in Athletic Training (PHTH 7503/7504/7986 for students admitted to DPT program)14
Total Credit Hours76

Curricula have also been developed for those students interested in using Athletic Training as a pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary or pre-graduate school degree. Students are required to meet with an adviser to discuss programmatic differences based upon their unique circumstances.

Typical Program for Athletic Training Majors

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ENGL 1001 (R)3ENGL 1002 or COMM 1100 (R)3
CHEM 10014CHEM 10024
EXPH 10012ATTR 10202
EXPH 10102BISC 20153
BIOL 1001 (SN)3BISC 20163
 THEO 10013
 14 18
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
EXPH 21155BIOL 10023
PSYC 1001 (ISB)3EXPH 21903
PHIL 1001 (HNE)3EXPH 21104
ATTR 21303ATTR 21313
UCCS (HCS)3ATTR 21502
ATTR 29811ATTR 29821
ATTR 22010ATTR 22020
 18 16
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ATTR 31602ATTR 31703
ATTR 32030ATTR 32040
ATTR 39831ATTR 39841
UCCS (MR-statistics course)3EXPH 31804
UCCS (LPA)3EXPH 21063
EXSC 3189 Nutrition and Exercise Performance4BISC 4120 (or UCCS THEO)**3
PHIL 2310 (HNE)3UCCS (DC)3
 16 17
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ATTR 39851ATTR 4986 Practicum in AT14
ATTR 42050 
EXPH 31703 
ATTR 4120 (or UCCS THEO)**3 
EXPH 41873 
PHIL 43361 
Electives4 
 15 14
Total credit hours: 128
**

ATTR students can complete either BISC 4120 Pharmacology in the spring term of junior year or ATTR 4120 Pharmacology in Athletic Training in the fall term of senior year.

NOTE:

Major courses (BISC 2015/2016 and all EXPH and ATTR courses listed in the curriculum) completed with a CD or less must be repeated prior to advancing in the course sequence for the sophomore and junior years.

Typical Program for Athletic Training Majors - Direct Admit DPT

A curriculum has been developed to accommodate the prerequisites for entrance into the DPT while meeting the required course work for the athletic training major. Students that are either direct admit DPT students or intend on applying to the DPT program must meet with an adviser as soon as possible to discuss programmatic differences that are required to meet entrance standards. Students must be aware that all required courses must be completed prior to graduation.

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
ENGL 1001 (R)3ENGL 1002 or COMM 1100 (R)3UCCS (LPA)3
UCCS (HCS)3PHIL 1001 (HNE)3PSYC 1001 (ISB)3
CHEM 10014CHEM 10024 
EXPH 10012ATTR 10202 
EXPH 10102BISC 20153 
BIOL 1001 (SN)3BISC 20163 
 17 18 6
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
EXPH 21155BIOL 10023 
PHIL 2310 (HNE)3EXPH 21903 
THEO 1001 (T)3EXPH 21104 
ATTR 21303ATTR 21313 
ATTR 29811ATTR 21502 
ATTR 22010ATTR 29821 
PSYC cognate for DPT**3PHTH 10011 
 ATTR 22020 
 18 17
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
ATTR 31602ATTR 31703 
ATTR 32030EXPH 31804 
ATTR 39831ATTR 39841 
EXPH 3189 Nutrition and Exercise Performance4EXPH 21063 
PHYS 10014PHYS 10024 
UCCS (MR) Statistics3PHIL 43361 
UCCS (T)3ATTR 32040 
 17 16
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
ATTR 39851BISC 41203DPT Curriculum 
ATTR 42050PHTH 75282 
BIOL 37014PHTH 7515 (for EXPH 4187)2 
BISC 71305PHTH 7516 (for EXPH 4187)2 
PHTH 7513 (for EXPH 3170)3PHTH 75253 
PHTH 7503 (for ATTR 4986)3BISC 31503 
PHTH 7512 (DC)3PHTH 7504 (for ATTR 4986)2 
 19 17 0
DPT 5
First TermHours  
PHTH 7986 (for ATTR 4986)4  
DPT Curriculum   
 4
Total credit hours: 149
*

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will follow the curricula as established by the Physical Therapy Department. The curriculum includes courses in the fourth and fifth year of the DPT program that will substitute for required ATTR major courses (listed in parenthesis). Students can participate in the May Commencement ceremony with their class, however, diplomas and official transcripts will not be granted until satisfactory completion of the fall semester in the DPT5 year.

**

The DPT program prerequisites include a second PSYC course in either developmental or abnormal psychology.  Possible MU courses include PSYC 3101, 3120 or 3401.  Other courses require approval of the PT program.

NOTE:

Major courses (BISC 2015/2016 and all EXPH and ATTR courses listed in the curriculum) completed with a CD or less must be repeated prior to advancing in the course sequence for the sophomore and junior years.

Typical Program for Athletic Training Majors - Accelerated Degree Program (MS Thesis and Non-Thesis Options)

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BIOL 10013ATTR 10202
CHEM 10014CHEM 10024
ENGL 10013ENGL 1002 or COMM 11003
EXPH 10012PHIL 10013
EXPH 10102BISC 20153
THEO 10013BISC 20163
 17 18
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ATTR 21303ATTR 21313
ATTR 29811ATTR 21502
EXPH 21155ATTR 29821
PSYC 10013BIOL 10023
UCCS (LPA)3EXPH 21104
UCCS (HCS/DC)3EXPH 21903
ATTR 22010ATTR 22020
 18 16
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ATTR 31602ATTR 31703
ATTR 39831ATTR 39841
PHIL 23103BISC 41203
EXPH 3189 Nutrition and Exercise Performance4EXPH 21063
PHYS 10014EXPH 31804
UCCS (T)3UCCS (MR) Statistics3
ATTR 32030ATTR 32040
 17 17
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ATTR 39851ATTR 49867
ATTR 42050PHIL 43361
EXPH 31703BISC 5145*4
EXPH 41873CTRH Curriculum TBD* 
EXPH 51923 
EXPH 51951 
BISC 5135*4 
CTRH Curriculum TBD*  
 15 12
Total credit hours: 130
*

A maximum 12 credits of graduate courses taken in senior year can apply toward the CTRH graduate program.  In addition, BISC 5135 and 5145 apply towards ATTR major requirements (in place of 7 credits of ATTR 4986) and must be completed with a C or better.  CTRH requirements completed in senior year will apply toward the 128 total credits for B.S. degree.  

Courses

ATTR 1020. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries. 2 cr. hrs.

Lecture/lab. Common athletic injuries and illnesses will be presented with emphasis on prevention and care. Principles and techniques of athletic taping and bracing as well as equipment fitting, blister and wound care will be discussed. Prereq: ATTR major; or EXSC major; or cons. of instr.

ATTR 2130. Athletic Training Evaluation 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Lecture/lab. Pre-season screening and evaluation procedures will be discussed. Concepts of evaluation will be emphasized. Common medical diagnostic procedures will be reviewed and evaluation of the lower extremity will be introduced. Includes screening of internal injuries in athletic participation. Anatomy and physiology. Prereq: EXSC 2115, which may be taken concurrently, and cons. of instr.

ATTR 2131. Athletic Training Evaluation 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Lecture/lab. This course is a continuation of Evaluation I and includes assessment of the trunk, back, neck, head and upper extremity. Prereq: ATTR 2130 and cons. of instr.

ATTR 2150. Therapeutic Modalities. 2 cr. hrs.

Lecture/lab. Presents current concepts in the use of modalities in the treatment of athletic injuries and the pathophysiology of tissue injury and healing. Prereq: ATTR 2130, BISC 2015 and BISC 2016; ATTR major or cons. of dept.

ATTR 2201. Athletic Training Seminar 1. 0 cr. hrs.

Selected topics pertinent to the field of athletic training and applicable to all levels of the athletic training major are presented. Course includes student presentations, case presentations, guest speakers, faculty speakers and topics that are not covered in other courses in the curriculum. Prereq: ATTR 1020.

ATTR 2202. Athletic Training Seminar 2. 0 cr. hrs.

Selected topics pertinent to the field of athletic training and applicable to all levels of the athletic training major are presented. Course includes student presentations, case presentations, guest speakers, faculty speakers and topics that are not covered in other courses in the curriculum. Prereq: ATTR 2981.

ATTR 2931. Topics in Athletic Training. 1-4 cr. hrs.

Selected topics, not a part of the regular course work taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity. Prereq: Jr. stndg. and EXSC major; or Sr. stndg. and EXSC major; or Jr. stndg. and ATTR major; or Sr. stndg. and ATTR major; or cons. of instr.

ATTR 2981. Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 1. 1 cr. hr.

Clinical psychomotor skills related to emergency care, taping, equipment fitting and prevention of injury will be assessed in the clinical environment. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: ATTR 1020.

ATTR 2982. Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 2. 1 cr. hr.

Clinical psychomotor skills related to evaluation of the lower extremity are assessed in the clinical environment. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: ATTR 2981, ATTR 2130 and EXPH 1010.

ATTR 3160. Rehabilitative/Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training. 2 cr. hrs.

Lecture/lab. This course will present current concepts in the design and administration of rehabilitative/therapeutic exercise in the treatment of athletic injuries. Prereq: ATTR 2130, ATTR 2131, ATTR 3150, BISC 2015, BISC 2016 and EXPH 2110.

ATTR 3170. General Medicine in Athletic Training. 3 cr. hrs.

Lecture/lab. Designed to describe and assess common general medical conditions seen in athletics and includes: common ear and mouth pathologies, description of and assessment of respiratory conditions, common conditions such as diabetes mellitus, urinary tract infections, reproductive abnormalities and viral/infective disorders will be discussed. Common clinical skills (auscultation, vital signs, otoscope, chemstrips, ocular motor function spirometry) are demonstrated and mastered. Prereq: ATTR 1020, ATTR 2130, ATTR 2131, BISC 1015, and EXPH 1010.

ATTR 3203. Athletic Training Seminar 3. 0 cr. hrs.

Selected topics pertinent to the field of athletic training and applicable to all levels of the athletic training major are presented. Course includes student presentations, case presentations, guest speakers, faculty speakers and topics that are not covered in other courses in the curriculum. Prereq: ATTR 2982.

ATTR 3204. Athletic Training Seminar 4. 0 cr. hrs.

Selected topics pertinent to the field of athletic training and applicable to all levels of the athletic training major are presented. Course includes student presentations, case presentations, guest speakers, faculty speakers and topics that are not covered in other courses in the curriculum. Prereq: ATTR 3983.

ATTR 3983. Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 3. 1 cr. hr.

Clinical psychomotor skills related to evaluation of the upper extremity, spine, and those relating to the application of the therapeutic modalities will be assessed in the clinical environment. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: ATTR 2982 and ATTR 2131 and ATTR 2150.

ATTR 3984. Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 4. 1 cr. hr.

Clinical psychomotor skills related to therapeutic exercise will be assessed in the clinical environment. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: ATTR 3983 and ATTR 3160.

ATTR 3985. Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training 5. 1 cr. hr.

Clinical psychomotor skills related to general medical principles, psychosocial intervention, health care administration, exercise program management, and selected special topics will be assessed in the clinical environment. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: ATTR 3170 and ATTR 3984.

ATTR 4120. Pharmacology in Athletic Training. 3 cr. hrs.

Course includes the concepts and content related to pharmacology from the athletic training educational competencies. Topics include: pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, terminology related to pharmacology, legal aspects of medication management, as well as, absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of common medications and other drugs as it relates to athletes and the athletic population. Prereq: EXSC 2115; Athletic Training Major or cons. of instr.

ATTR 4205. Athletic Training Seminar 5. 0 cr. hrs.

Selected topics pertinent to the field of athletic training and applicable to all levels of the athletic training major are presented. Course includes student presentations, case presentations, guest speakers, faculty speakers and topics that are not covered in other courses in the curriculum. Prereq: ATTR 3984.

ATTR 4986. Practicum in Athletic Training. 7-16 cr. hrs.

Students will experience field work, hands on clinical experience, event coverage and preparation over an entire semester. Injury assessment, use of modalities, evaluation and rehabilitation skills will be strengthened. Practicum will be under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Current CPR and First Aid certifications. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Sr. stndg., ATTR major, cons. of dept. ch., and cons. of program director.

ATTR 4995. Independent Study in Athletic Training. 1-4 cr. hrs.

Independent Study. Prereq: Cons. of instr.