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Advanced Athletic Training

Program and Application Information
Department Head:Dr. Yeong Rhee
Program Coordinator:Dr. Kara Gange
Department Location:Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse
Department Phone:(701) 231-5777
Department Web
Application Deadline:Rolling applications process starting December 1 starting fall
Degrees Offered:M.S.
Test Requirement:GRE
English Proficiency Requirements:TOEFL ibT 100; IELTS 7; PTE Academic 68

Program Description

The Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (HNES) offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Advanced Athletic Training and a Master of Athletic Training (MATrg) degree. The HNES department also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in HNES with options in Exercise/Nutrition Science and Dietetics (on line).

The Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training is a post-professional degree consisting of 34 credits. The mission of post-professional graduate athletic training education is to expand the depth and breadth of applied and experiential knowledge and skills of the entry-level athletic trainer, to expand the athletic training body of knowledge, and to disseminate new knowledge in the discipline. At NDSU, the MS in Advanced Athletic Training program prepares the student with the increased depth and breadth in the following areas:  Diagnostic Ultrasound, Therapeutic Modalities, Orthopedic Appliances, Emergency Care Techniques, Kinesio Tape® and Manual Therapies. The combination of research and clinical practice is emphasized in preparing the post-professional student for future employment.

Admission Requirements 

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Must be a BOC AT or eligible for the BOC exam and have graduated from a CAATE accredited professional (entry-level) graduate or undergraduate athletic training program.
  3. Skype or interview with Athletic Training Faculty.

Admission Acceptance/Denial into the MS:

The MS application process is a very competitive process. The Application Committee reviews the graduate school and program application and determines if a student is granted an interview. The committee will set up a time with the student to complete the interview process. Criterion that is evaluated includes:  overall GPA, certification status, quality of writing sample, quality of career goal statement, interview, and letters of reference. Exceptions to the requirements can be made upon recommendations from the Application Committee. Acceptance is not guaranteed simply upon satisfactory completion of the requirements. Once the Athletic Training Application Committee agrees to accept the student, the program director notifies the HNES Graduate Administrative Assistant, who notifies the NDSU Graduate School. Students are notified by the NDSU Graduate School of acceptance in the program. This letter should be received approximately 2 weeks after the Graduate School receives notification.

The Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training requires 34 semester credits (thesis option only). 

Required Courses
Introduction to Advanced AT and Professionalism
Introduction to Research Design and Methods in HNES
Advanced Emergency Care
Evidence Based Orthopedic Evaluation
Advanced Techniques in Sports Medicine
Diagnostic Ultrasound - Shoulder and Knee Basics
Evidence Based Therapeutic Modalities
Diagnostic Ultrasound - Case Studies and Ankle Basics
Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Quantitative Methods in Developmental Science
Applied Statistics
Statistics In Educational Research
Electives: Minimum of 3 credits (must be 600/700 level)3
Total credits34

First Year
HNES 7021HNES 7233HDFS 705, STAT 725, or EDUC 7023
HNES 7103HNES 7863 
HNES 7203HNES 7982 
HNES 7873  
 10 8 3
Second Year
HNES 7982HNES 7223 
Elective 600/700 Course3HNES 7883 
 HNES 7983 
 Elective 600/700 level course2 
 5 11
Total Credits: 37

Shannon David, Ph.D., ATC
Ohio University, 2013
Research Interests: Quantification of Intervention Outcomes, Patient-Clinician Relationship

Kara Gange, Ph.D., ATC
North Dakota State University, 2010
Research Interests: Therapeutic Modalities and Diagnostic Ultrasound

Nicole German Knodel, Ph.D., ATC
North Dakota State University, 2008
Research Interests: Critical Thinking, Clinical Practice

Katie Lyman, Ph.D., ATC
University of South Florida, 2014
Research Interests:  Kinesio Tape®, Manual Medicine, and Emergency Medicine 

Ryan Moran, Ph.D., ATC
Michigan State University, 2016
Research Interests: Epidemiology of Sport-Related Concussions, Vestibular Assessment and Concussions