Exercise Science/ University of Indianapolis
La Porte, Indiana
When searching for graduate schools, I was looking for a personal close-knit program. I had the chance to talk with a few of the professors and sit it on a class. After those visits, I knew that the FC MSAT program was my next step.
From the beginning of high school, I knew that I was going into the healthcare field. After being involved in athletics for most of my life, I wanted to combine my interest in healthcare and athletics together.
I really looked forward to the personal feeling that Franklin had to offer. Franklin also has so many clinical sites being so close to Indianapolis. Those two elements combined, helped make me call Franklin home for two years.
I love the personal feel of getting to know your professors and having those personal connections. The professors in the MSAT program really emphasized creating those connections with faculty, preceptors and my classmates. I am looking forward to keeping in touch with them even after I graduate.
I had the opportunity to encounter many different clinical settings, including experiences with Butler University, Whiteland High School, Southport High School, Franklin College football and Southern Indiana Orthopedics.
Franklin College offers so many different clinical sites being so close to Indianapolis, but at Franklin I have developed so many great relationships with my professors and clinical preceptors that I can look to them for professional and personal advice. This has helped me really grow personally and as an athletic training student, and it is something I will take with me going into my career.
A master’s degree provides two years of full athletic training classes. Students learn everything from acute care and management of injuries to administrative and professional skills that often happen behind the scenes in athletic training facilities.
We have had several instances where we have had guest speakers in the athletic training field come in to speak to our program. A wide number of clinical sites has allowed me to make connections with a variety of health care professionals. As a program we also attend the IATA student symposium as well as the GLATA conference.
I have learned so much about the research process. The professors in the program did a great job educating us on the research process and really emphasizing the benefits of using evidence-based skills as a practicing clinician!
After graduation, I hope to find a job near the Indianapolis area. However, if I find a job in collegiate athletics, I would love to experience a new city!