Athletic Training Program

Welcome, Entry-level Master of Athletic Training Prospective Student 


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The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation would like to welcome you to our Entry-level Master of Athletic Training program. The department provides leadership in teaching, research and scholarship in the discipline of exercise science. A major commitment of the department is to discover, interpret, disseminate and apply discipline-specific knowledge to the university, state, national and international communities.

The department pursues excellence in educational programs including physical activity instruction, undergraduate academic programs and graduate academic programs. Graduate students experience the level of individual attention that is usually found only at a small liberal arts college. Faculty members are accessible and involved in the learning process as both teachers and active scholars. Many faculty members are conducting cutting-edge research and are internationally known leaders in their fields. As mentors, faculty members involve undergraduate and graduate students in their research, but they also encourage the students to explore their own research areas.

The graduate program prepares individuals to function as scientists, educators and practitioners as athletic trainers in providing quality health care to injured active individuals. The mission of the department is to enhance interdisciplinary cooperation and assist departmental faculty in securing competitive external funding in the form of contracts and grants. These endeavors enable the department to advance knowledge and thus the discipline. It is the mission of the athletic training program to validate and expand the existing body of knowledge in athletic training through scientific inquiry.

Coursework in physiology, current trends, modalities, therapeutic exercise, pharmacology and others provide the didactic experiences that advance the students' professional training. Clinical practice is provided through assignments in a variety of settings such as the University of Arkansas' NCAA Division I athletic training facilities, local high schools and sports medicine clinics.

The graduate Athletic Training Program bodes a 100% pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) national exam. The following chart describes the pass rate for seven recent classes:

Graduating Class # Taking the BOC Exam and graduated # and % of students who passed BOC Exam on the first attempt Overall # and % of students who passed the BOC Exam regardless the number of attempts
 2010  10  10 and 100%  10 and 100%
 2011  15  15 and 100%  15 and 100%
 2012  13  13 and 100%  13 and 100%
 2013  15  15 and 100%  15 and 100%
 2014  13  13 and 100%  13 and 100%
 2015  17  17 and 100%  17 and 100%
 2016  15  15 and 100%  15 and 100%
 2017  15  14 and 93%  15 and 100%

 

Athletic Training Program Assessment Plan

Northwest Arkansas offers a very resourceful area of the country for quality learning in your chosen discipline as well as an opportunity to pursue your personal endeavors and hobbies. Washington County and the surrounding area is saturated with numerous professionals in medicine, corporate business, restaurants and family recreational opportunities. Fayetteville offers several public recreation facilities such as parks, lakes, fishing, hiking, camping areas and the Walton Arts Center, nestled in the Boston Mountains. In terms of private commerce, Fayetteville is within two hours of the entertainment mecca Branson, Mo. Here people enjoy a variety of county music entertainers, camping, hiking and Silver Dollar City. Fayetteville is six hours drive northeast of Dallas, two hours east of Tulsa, four hours south of Kansas City and five hours southwest of St. Louis.

The Health, Human Performance and Recreation faculty encourage you to pursue your graduate degree in our department and establish learning opportunities and future endeavors with our exercise science faculty. If you have any further questions concerning the graduate degree in the Athletic Training Program, contact the Program Director of Athletic Training, Dr. Jeff Bonacci at bonacci@uark.edu or 479-575-4112.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jeff Bonacci
Program Director of Athletic Training 
University of Arkansas 


This major is part of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.