The University of Tulsa’s Master of Athletic Training program combines academic course work and practical experience to prepare students to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal and athletic injuries. There are currently two routes to obtaining an athletic training degree from The University of Tulsa: a five-year accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, and a two-year Post-Baccalaureate master’s program.
Athletic training students of both programs gain experience under the direct supervision of faculty and professional staff, all of whom are BOC certified and Oklahoma licensed athletic trainers. These experiences take place in a variety of settings including Division 1 athletics at The University of Tulsa, orthopedic clinics, high schools and occupational/industrial settings as a part of the required supervised practice. Students may also have the opportunity to work with professional sports teams and other special events.
To practice as an athletic trainer, a student must fulfill the following criteria:
- Earn a degree from a university with a CAATE-accredited athletic training program
- Complete the supervised practice courses, which require proficiency in required skill areas
- Earn a certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider or equivalent
- Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam
- Obtain appropriate state credentials
RACHEL HILDEBRAND, PH.D.
Dr. Rachel Hildebrand is a Clinical Assistant Professor and serves as the Athletic Training Education Program Director at The University of Tulsa. She received her BS in Athletic Training from The University of Tulsa, her M.Ed. in Sport Administration from Xavier University, and completed her Ph.D. in Health, Leisure and Human Performance from Oklahoma State University. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2006.
Clinically she was a graduate assistant at Xavier University and has continued in clinical practice providing contract and pro bono health care to Oklahoma City and Tulsa area high schools. Additionally, she serves on several state, regional, and national committees. Her current area of research is in the impact of repetitive head trauma on cognition, balance, reaction time, and symptoms in athletes.
As an athletic trainer, there are many potential opportunities for clinical practice. Employment is available with patients of all ages and settings. These include, but not limited to: universities and colleges; secondary schools; hospitals and medical clinics; industrial and occupational clinics; recreational centers/club athletics; sports medicine clinics; military; orthopedic clinics; professional teams.
- The University of Tulsa Athletic Training Professional Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
- Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who work closely with physicians to not only administer preventative and emergency injury care for athletes and physically active individuals, but also follow through by setting up treatment regimen and rehabilitation protocols.
- Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is a faster average than most occupations.
- The University of Tulsa is the only athletic training program in Oklahoma to offer an accelerated five-year Bachelor’s to Master’s program.
Assistantships are available to qualified applications and include tuition coverage and a monthly stipend. For more information applying for these opportunities, visit the Graduate School website.
- Graduate School Application
- Statement of Purpose
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts from all universities attended
- $60 application fee
- International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results
- Formal acceptance will be granted in the fall (early acceptance) and spring (regular acceptance).
For more on how to apply and required documents, visit utulsa.edu/graduate.
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