2019 - 2020 Academic Catalog

Master of Science in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a professional graduate degree, delivered in a hybrid model, designed to prepare students for eligibility to take the Board of Certification Exam (BOC). Athletic Trainers (AT) are highly qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals who work collaboratively with a team of healthcare professionals to provide preventative services, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions, and emergency care. Recognized by the American Medical Association as Healthcare Professionals, Athletic Trainers are employed in numerous settings including high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, performing arts, military, and hospitals.  While working in a variety of professional settings, thletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The NATA Code of Ethic established the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.

In accordance with our connected learning philosophy, graduates of the program will acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of current trends and issues in each content area outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards through active learning and projects that engage students in the practice of their fields of study through collaborative learning.  Students will develop problem-solving skills to prepare them to assume leadership roles in clinical practice, educational settings, and research as athletic trainers.

Effective 2022 institutions of higher education must grant a master's degree in Athletic Training for entry into the profession.  Lasell College Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on probation as of February 1, 2019, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. Additionally, information regarding temporary probationary status is available upon request.

Goals and Outcomes

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Athletic Training will acquire:Advance knowledge and skills in core competencies in the following areas as established by the CAATE 2020 Professional Standards:

  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Interprofessional Practice and Interprofessional Education §  Evidence-Based Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Professionalism       

Advance knowledge and skills in the following content area as established by the CAATE 2020 Professional Standards:

  • Patient/Client Care
  • Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness
  • Health Care Administration

·         Advance skills in both oral and written communication

·         Advance skills in discipline specific research

The program culminates in a research capstone on a topic of interest related to the field of Athletic Training. Graduates of the program will be prepared to engage in scientifically based analysis and development of healthcare research.

Graduate students in athletic training have access to faculty mentors with a wide variety of contemporary expertise in athletic training and the healthcare industry. Located in the Metropolitan Boston area, the department maintains a multitude of clinical affiliation agreements with specialized healthcare facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and educational settings for students to complete clinical education requirements.

Program Fee/Additional Costs
Each Athletic Training student is charged a program fee for each semester enrolled on the program. The program fee is used to provide instructional supplies, discipline-specific technology, and support for clinical preceptor.   Students in the Masters of Science in Athletic Training will incur additional costs associated with their clinical education experiences, including the cost associated with travel and housing at affiliated clinical sites, dress code requirements, background checks, web-based assessment platforms, and professional memberships.

Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses
MSAT700 Prof Behaviors & Evidence Based Practice 3
MSAT701 Functional Anatomy 3
MSAT702 Diagnostic Procedure 3
MSAT703 Orthopedic Assessment & Diagnosis I 3
MSAT704 Orthopedic Assessment & Diagnosis II 3
MSAT705 Prevention & Health Promotion 3
MSAT707 Emergency Response & Care 3
MSAT710 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation I 3
MSAT711 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation II 3
MSAT721 Integrated Clinical Experience I 2
MSAT722 Integrated Clinical Experience II 2
MSAT723 Immersive Clinical Experience I 3
MSAT724 Integrated Clinical Experience III 4
MSAT725 Integrated Clinical Experience IV 4
PSYC714 Psyc of Sport, Injury & Rehabilitation 3
RSCI704 Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy 4
RSCI713 Pharmacology 3
RSCI715 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
RSCI717 Healthcare Leadership & Decision Making 3
RSCI780 Quantitative & Qualitative Research 3
RSCI781 Capstone 3

MSAT700 - Prof Behaviors & Evidence Based Practice

This course focuses on the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect patient care, and highlights the importance of evidence-based practice. The NATA code of ethics and BOC Standards of Professional Practice will be used as a framework to highlight the importance of working as part of a health care team, advocating for patients and the profession, and providing medical care in a non-discriminating or prejudicial manner.

MSAT701 - Functional Anatomy

This advanced course in human anatomy investigates the regional, functional anatomy of the muscular system. Students explore and interact between innervation, origin, insertion and action of most of the muscles of the human body especially as they pertain to human movement. Students will also investigate the detailed anatomy of the major joints of the body, nervous system, and vascular system as they pertain to the skeletal muscles. At the completion of this course the student will (1) identify on a human skeleton bones and bony features for the major joints of the body, (2) label the important bones and bony features on a skeletal chart, (3) draw and label major muscles on a skeletal chart, (4) identify and palpate these muscles on a human subject, (5) list and organize the muscles that produce the primary movements for all the major joints of the body, and (6) analyze multiaxial and multiplane movements during concentric and eccentric muscle actions.

MSAT702 - Diagnostic Procedure

This course will identify and describe various diagnostic and imaging techniques used in medical practice presenting both physiological and pathological states. Interpretation and integration of test/imaging results in the athletic training diagnosis, plan of care, with appropriate referral e emphasized. Diagnostic and imaging procedures covered in the course will include but not be limited to: physical exam and health assessment, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, bone scan, fluoroscopy, blood work, urinalysis, and electrocardiogram.

MSAT703 - Orthopedic Assessment & Diagnosis I

This course focuses on assessment and diagnosis of injuries and illness affecting the lower extremities and lumbopelvic hip complex. The hands-on component emphasizes developing clinical skills including obtaining a medical history, pain level, patient observation, palpation of bony landmarks, functional assessment, evaluating joint and muscle function, performing stress and selective tissue test, neurovascular assessment along with additional diagnostic procedures.

MSAT704 - Orthopedic Assessment & Diagnosis II

This course focuses on assessment and diagnosis of injuries and illness affecting the upper extremities, head, spine, thorax and abdomen. The hands-on component emphasizes developing clinical skills including obtaining a medical history, patient observation, palpation of bony landmarks, conducting a functional assessment plus physical examination, evaluating joint and muscle function, neurovascular assessment, performing stress and selective special tests, along with additional diagnostic procedures.

MSAT705 - Prevention & Health Promotion

This course will provide an overview of procedures and protocols designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness, plus enrich patient wellness and performance. Appropriate application of prophylactic, restrictive, and assistive devices will be emphasized. Additional topics covered in the course include: pre-participation physical examination, wellness strategies, injury prevention programs, monitoring environmental conditions, fluid and nutritional recommendations, physiological monitoring systems, biometrics, and population health.

MSAT707 - Emergency Response & Care

This course emphasizes principles and techniques for recognition and management of potentially emergent life-threatening and non-life-threatening urgent medical situations. These include but are not limited to: cardiac compromise, respiratory compromise, environmental conditions, cervical spine compromise, traumatic brain injury, hemorrhage, fractures, dislocations, anaphylaxis, exertional sickling, rhabdomyolysis, hyponatremia, diabetes, drug overdose, wounds, testicular injury and musculoskeletal injury. At the completion of the course students will be eligible for certification in CPR Professional Rescuer/AED and First Aid by the American Red Cross. *

MSAT710 - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation I

This course emphasizes the theory of pain management and biomechanical assessment of patients of all levels of physical activity to implement appropriate, evidence-based, interventions aimed at improving and enhancing function throughout a performance spectrum. Emphasis is placed on concepts of patient-centered plan of care that integrates physical means and therapeutic exercises to enable the patient to prevent or remediate impairments of body functions and structures, enhance activities and participation, reduce risk of injury, optimize health, and enhance movement and well-being.

MSAT711 - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation II

This course emphasizes the application of therapeutic exercises and physical agents for patients of all levels of physical activity to implement appropriate, evidence-based, interventions aimed at improving and enhancing performance. Emphasis is placed on a patient-centered plan of care the integrates physical means and therapeutic exercises to enable the patient to prevent or remediate impairments of body functions and structures, enhance activities and participation, reduce risk of injuries, optimize health, and enhance movement and well-being.

MSAT714 - Behavioral and Mental Health

Behavioral and Mental Health

MSAT721 - Integrated Clinical Experience I

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated clinical site, takes place concurrently with other required graduate coursework. Integrated clinical experience is designed to progress the student toward autonomous patient- and client-care practice. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the practice of athletic training and develop competency in the management of emergent and urgent care.

MSAT722 - Integrated Clinical Experience II

This course incorporates supervised educational experience at affiliated clinical sites. Emphasis is placed on the athletic trainer’s role in working with patients and is designed to allow students to begin developing clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity dysfunction. Students will also participate in sports medicine clinics to apply hands-on skills within an active patient population.

MSAT723 - Immersive Clinical Experience I

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated site is designed to allow students full immersion in the clinical setting. This practice-intensive experience is intentionally designed to allow students to experience the totality of care provided by athletic trainers. Students will apply critical thinking along with hands-on skills to a patient population. An online component will be incorporated with this immersion rotation for students to share in their interprofessional connected learning experiences.

MSAT724 - Integrated Clinical Experience III

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated clinical site, takes place concurrently with other required graduate coursework. Integrated clinical experience is designed to progress the student toward autonomous patient- and client-care practice. Emphasis is placed on the athletic trainer’s role in working with patients and is designed to allow students to begin developing clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of upper extremity and head and spine dysfunction.

MSAT725 - Integrated Clinical Experience IV

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated clinical site, takes place concurrently with other required graduate coursework. Emphasis is placed on the athletic trainer’s role in working with patients and is designed to allow students to develop clinical proficiency in all domains of athletic training and facilitate increasing levels of autonomous practice.

RSCI701 - Advance Kinesiology and Biomechanics

The course involves a study of joint structure, joint function, and the biomechanical principles underlying the kinetics and kinematics of human motion, including normal gait and human movement. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between biomechanical and physiological factors in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function, and the application of kinesiological principles to clinical rehabilitation practice.

RSCI702 - Pathokinesiology

The student will be introduced to a systematic evaluation approach based on the pathokinesiological model. The pathokinesiological model will examine human movement systems and it significance to regions of the human body. These regions will be recognized as potential sites for integrated pre-habilitation and rehabilitation exercise programs. Pre-requisite RSCI701

RSCI703 - Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment

The emphasis of this course is on the assessment of functional orthopedic conditions and musculoskeletal screening. The course emphasizes the application of systems analysis principles to clinical situations. The course goal is to improvethe clinician's ability to evaluate the patient's complaint as related to movement andidentify those patients who require additional orthopedic evaluation & referral whileassessing patient complaints in a logical deductive manner. Screening and assessment tools will be demonstrated as part of the process. In addition, the student is able to assess clinical scenarios as illustrated by relevant case studies.

RSCI704 - Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy

This hands-on course provides the theory and clinical application of current best practices in manual therapy techniques utilized in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that limit functional movement. The skills acquired in this course intend to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; mobilize soft tissues and joints; improve muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue inflammation or restrictions in movement. A certification in a manual therapy technique will be acquired at the completion of the course. RSCI 704 is an on campus course scheduled during the required summer residency.

RSCI705 - Evidence Based Rehabilitation

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various rehabilitation issues facing America and the world today. This course focuses students toward the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect client care.

RSCI706 - Rehabilitation Program Design for Human

This course will introduce pre-habilitation and rehabilitation exercise strategies based on limit function and dysfunction. The student will receive detailed insight into the design of corrective exercise programs. The systematic approach of an integrated corrective exercise design uniquely blends the variables of available flexibility, isolated and integrated strengthening, and exercise design to provide the student with the necessary foundation in designing and developing safe prevention and corrective exercise programs. Pre-requisite RSCI703.

RSCI708 - Applied Nutrition Across the Lifespan

This course provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary issues nutrition for active individuals across the life span. Course topics will include: nutrition timing, caloric expenditure, performance enhancement dietary supplements, dietary lipids and heart disease, dietary fiber and health, and influence of life +style factors on nutrition. Controversies in nutrition, ergogenic aids and cultural aspects of food are also discussed. In addition, the course covers energy and nutrient needs for physical and athletic activities. Common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance as well as appropriate dietary approaches for specific activities and active people will be addressed.

RSCI709 - Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy

Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy

RSCI712 - Field Experience

This course is designed for students interested in completing a field experience in their area of study. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 150 hours of supervised experience in an approved setting. For students in New England, the department will facilitate the placements at an approved affiliated site. For students outside of New England, the Associate Dean must approve the field experience site prior to enrolling in the course.

RSCI713 - Pharmacology

This course serves as a foundation to general pharmacology, focusing on categories of medications and their interaction with body systems. At the completion of this course, students will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and patient assessment finds to formulate an impression and implement a pharmacologic management plan.

RSCI715 - Advanced Pathophysiology

This course involves an in-depth evaluation of disease and injury processes across the lifespan and their relevance to therapeutic rehabilitation are presented. Attention is given to all major physiological systems and their significance in the rehabilitation sciences.

RSCI716 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions

This course is a study of the application of ethical principles, which includes the legal factors and professional behavior, which impact patient management and the rights of the consumer in the provision of medical and rehabilitation services. Ethical issues explored include: human value development, decision making, basic principles of health care, the nature of rights, confidentiality and management of health care information, professional gate keeping as a function of role fidelity, autonomy and paternalism, and justice and the allocation of scarce resources.

RSCI717 - Healthcare Leadership & Decision Making

This course is intended to prepare students for the leadership decisions and actions that are inherent in performance enhancement management and practice within healthcare and wellness settings. Principles and applications of leadership will be explored, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, and leadership opportunities in shaping policy in healthcare and wellness settings. Techniques for managing change and empowering others are included in this course. Topics related to effective leadership are issues of power, motivation, delegation, team building, persuasion and negotiation, and total quality improvement are included in this course.

RSCI780 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research

This course provides an overview of foundations of research design and the uses and interpretation of results. Content includes: reviewing the literature, developing research problems/questions; hypothesis testing, experimental, quasi-experimental and other research designs; and evaluating research studies as they relate to evidence-based practice in the health professions. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.

RSCI781 - Capstone

Through the completion of a research project, on a topic within the field, this course serves as an essential outcome component to augment the professional development and new learning that occurs in didactic course work and demonstrates the ability of the graduate to make significant contributions to their professions. Pre-requisite: must be taken in final semester of program.Prerequisite: RSCI780

Cristina Haverty

Dean, School of Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Office: Science and Technology Center

Lori Rosenthal

Dean, School of Humanities, Education, Justice & Social Sciences; Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Plummer

Sarah Abbott

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer

Janice Barrett

Professor of Communication, Graduate Program Coordinator for Communication

Office: Donahue

Linda Bucci

Professor of Legal Studies, Program Chair of Justice Studies, Graduate Program Coordinator of Justice Studies

Office: Plummer

Elizabeth Hartmann

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Marisa Hastie

Professor of Exercise Science, Program Chair of Exercise Science

Office: Science and Technology Center

Janet Huetteman

Associate Professor of Marketing, Graduate Program Coordinator for Business

Office: 26 Maple

Young-Tae Kim

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Science and Technology Center

Luis Lopez-Preciado

Associate Profesor of Communication

Office: Donahue

Amy Maynard

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Meryl Perlson

Associate Professor of Communication, Program Chair of Communication

Office: Donahue

Karin Raye

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Office: 70 Maple/IC3

Matthew Reilly

Dean of the School of Business, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Office: 26 Maple

Claudia Rinaldi

Associate Professor of Education, Program Chair of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Daniel Sargeant

Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Graduate Program Coordinator of Sport Management

Office: Bancroft

Dwayne Thomas

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Science and Technology Center

Nancy Waldron

Program Chair of Business, Associate Professor of Marketing

Office: DeArment

Martin Walsh

Associate Professor of Management

Office: DeArment

Brian Wardyga

Professor of Communication; General Manager, 109.2FM WLAS & LCTV

Office: Brennan Library

Edward Weeks

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Winslow

Catherine Zeek

Dean of Curricular and Faculty Innovation; Professor Emerita

Office: Klingbeil

MSAT700 - Prof Behaviors & Evidence Based Practice

This course focuses on the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect patient care, and highlights the importance of evidence-based practice. The NATA code of ethics and BOC Standards of Professional Practice will be used as a framework to highlight the importance of working as part of a health care team, advocating for patients and the profession, and providing medical care in a non-discriminating or prejudicial manner.

MSAT701 - Functional Anatomy

This advanced course in human anatomy investigates the regional, functional anatomy of the muscular system. Students explore and interact between innervation, origin, insertion and action of most of the muscles of the human body especially as they pertain to human movement. Students will also investigate the detailed anatomy of the major joints of the body, nervous system, and vascular system as they pertain to the skeletal muscles. At the completion of this course the student will (1) identify on a human skeleton bones and bony features for the major joints of the body, (2) label the important bones and bony features on a skeletal chart, (3) draw and label major muscles on a skeletal chart, (4) identify and palpate these muscles on a human subject, (5) list and organize the muscles that produce the primary movements for all the major joints of the body, and (6) analyze multiaxial and multiplane movements during concentric and eccentric muscle actions.

MSAT702 - Diagnostic Procedure

This course will identify and describe various diagnostic and imaging techniques used in medical practice presenting both physiological and pathological states. Interpretation and integration of test/imaging results in the athletic training diagnosis, plan of care, with appropriate referral e emphasized. Diagnostic and imaging procedures covered in the course will include but not be limited to: physical exam and health assessment, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, bone scan, fluoroscopy, blood work, urinalysis, and electrocardiogram.

MSAT703 - Orthopedic Assessment & Diagnosis I

This course focuses on assessment and diagnosis of injuries and illness affecting the lower extremities and lumbopelvic hip complex. The hands-on component emphasizes developing clinical skills including obtaining a medical history, pain level, patient observation, palpation of bony landmarks, functional assessment, evaluating joint and muscle function, performing stress and selective tissue test, neurovascular assessment along with additional diagnostic procedures.

MSAT704 - Orthopedic Assessment & Diagnosis II

This course focuses on assessment and diagnosis of injuries and illness affecting the upper extremities, head, spine, thorax and abdomen. The hands-on component emphasizes developing clinical skills including obtaining a medical history, patient observation, palpation of bony landmarks, conducting a functional assessment plus physical examination, evaluating joint and muscle function, neurovascular assessment, performing stress and selective special tests, along with additional diagnostic procedures.

MSAT705 - Prevention & Health Promotion

This course will provide an overview of procedures and protocols designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness, plus enrich patient wellness and performance. Appropriate application of prophylactic, restrictive, and assistive devices will be emphasized. Additional topics covered in the course include: pre-participation physical examination, wellness strategies, injury prevention programs, monitoring environmental conditions, fluid and nutritional recommendations, physiological monitoring systems, biometrics, and population health.

MSAT707 - Emergency Response & Care

This course emphasizes principles and techniques for recognition and management of potentially emergent life-threatening and non-life-threatening urgent medical situations. These include but are not limited to: cardiac compromise, respiratory compromise, environmental conditions, cervical spine compromise, traumatic brain injury, hemorrhage, fractures, dislocations, anaphylaxis, exertional sickling, rhabdomyolysis, hyponatremia, diabetes, drug overdose, wounds, testicular injury and musculoskeletal injury. At the completion of the course students will be eligible for certification in CPR Professional Rescuer/AED and First Aid by the American Red Cross. *

MSAT710 - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation I

This course emphasizes the theory of pain management and biomechanical assessment of patients of all levels of physical activity to implement appropriate, evidence-based, interventions aimed at improving and enhancing function throughout a performance spectrum. Emphasis is placed on concepts of patient-centered plan of care that integrates physical means and therapeutic exercises to enable the patient to prevent or remediate impairments of body functions and structures, enhance activities and participation, reduce risk of injury, optimize health, and enhance movement and well-being.

MSAT711 - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation II

This course emphasizes the application of therapeutic exercises and physical agents for patients of all levels of physical activity to implement appropriate, evidence-based, interventions aimed at improving and enhancing performance. Emphasis is placed on a patient-centered plan of care the integrates physical means and therapeutic exercises to enable the patient to prevent or remediate impairments of body functions and structures, enhance activities and participation, reduce risk of injuries, optimize health, and enhance movement and well-being.

MSAT721 - Integrated Clinical Experience I

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated clinical site, takes place concurrently with other required graduate coursework. Integrated clinical experience is designed to progress the student toward autonomous patient- and client-care practice. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the practice of athletic training and develop competency in the management of emergent and urgent care.

MSAT722 - Integrated Clinical Experience II

This course incorporates supervised educational experience at affiliated clinical sites. Emphasis is placed on the athletic trainer’s role in working with patients and is designed to allow students to begin developing clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity dysfunction. Students will also participate in sports medicine clinics to apply hands-on skills within an active patient population.

MSAT723 - Immersive Clinical Experience I

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated site is designed to allow students full immersion in the clinical setting. This practice-intensive experience is intentionally designed to allow students to experience the totality of care provided by athletic trainers. Students will apply critical thinking along with hands-on skills to a patient population. An online component will be incorporated with this immersion rotation for students to share in their interprofessional connected learning experiences.

MSAT724 - Integrated Clinical Experience III

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated clinical site, takes place concurrently with other required graduate coursework. Integrated clinical experience is designed to progress the student toward autonomous patient- and client-care practice. Emphasis is placed on the athletic trainer’s role in working with patients and is designed to allow students to begin developing clinical proficiency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of upper extremity and head and spine dysfunction.

MSAT725 - Integrated Clinical Experience IV

This supervised educational field experience at an affiliated clinical site, takes place concurrently with other required graduate coursework. Emphasis is placed on the athletic trainer’s role in working with patients and is designed to allow students to develop clinical proficiency in all domains of athletic training and facilitate increasing levels of autonomous practice.

PSYC714 - Psyc of Sport, Injury & Rehabilitation

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the theory and application of psychology of sport, injury, and rehabilitation. Topics covered include cognitive appraisal, emotional response, behavioral response, motivation, mental skills training and use, psychological antecedents of injury, adherence to rehabilitation/exercise, sociocultural factors and psychology of injury, and research methods related to the psychology of sport, injury, and rehabilitation.

RSCI704 - Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy

This hands-on course provides the theory and clinical application of current best practices in manual therapy techniques utilized in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that limit functional movement. The skills acquired in this course intend to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; mobilize soft tissues and joints; improve muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue inflammation or restrictions in movement. A certification in a manual therapy technique will be acquired at the completion of the course. RSCI 704 is an on campus course scheduled during the required summer residency.

RSCI713 - Pharmacology

This course serves as a foundation to general pharmacology, focusing on categories of medications and their interaction with body systems. At the completion of this course, students will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and patient assessment finds to formulate an impression and implement a pharmacologic management plan.

RSCI715 - Advanced Pathophysiology

This course involves an in-depth evaluation of disease and injury processes across the lifespan and their relevance to therapeutic rehabilitation are presented. Attention is given to all major physiological systems and their significance in the rehabilitation sciences.

RSCI717 - Healthcare Leadership & Decision Making

This course is intended to prepare students for the leadership decisions and actions that are inherent in performance enhancement management and practice within healthcare and wellness settings. Principles and applications of leadership will be explored, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, and leadership opportunities in shaping policy in healthcare and wellness settings. Techniques for managing change and empowering others are included in this course. Topics related to effective leadership are issues of power, motivation, delegation, team building, persuasion and negotiation, and total quality improvement are included in this course.

RSCI780 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research

This course provides an overview of foundations of research design and the uses and interpretation of results. Content includes: reviewing the literature, developing research problems/questions; hypothesis testing, experimental, quasi-experimental and other research designs; and evaluating research studies as they relate to evidence-based practice in the health professions. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.

RSCI781 - Capstone

Through the completion of a research project, on a topic within the field, this course serves as an essential outcome component to augment the professional development and new learning that occurs in didactic course work and demonstrates the ability of the graduate to make significant contributions to their professions. Pre-requisite: must be taken in final semester of program.Prerequisite: RSCI780