Graduation Ahead for Inaugural Cohort in First-Ever Master’s Program
Campus News

MSAT studentsAfter nearly two decades of offering a nationally renowned undergraduate program for athletic training, Franklin College has launched an advanced program and soon will graduate its first cohort of six Master of Science in Athletic Training program students on May 19, 2018. These graduates provide a new professional resource for the improvement of health care for active individuals in the Midwest and beyond. They also represent the first master’s graduates of any kind, in any discipline, in the 183-year history of Franklin College.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals, recognized by the American Medical Association, who collaborate with physicians to deliver prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Demand is rising for these members of the health care team as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) supports a 21 percent increase in job opportunities for ATs through 2024. This is compared to only a 7 percent projected increase across all occupations.

“The MSAT at Franklin College is unique because it’s not a ‘new’ program. It’s been a first-choice AT program in Indiana and the Midwest for many years and continued to lead the way with the transition of the program to a master’s degree,” said Jennifer Austin, Ph.D., ATC, director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training. The MSAT is a professional-level degree designed to prepare students to become eligible for the Board of Certification exam for athletic trainers.  It offers two distinct options for students.  Those options include a 3+2-year route to allow Franklin College students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years, and a two-year post-baccalaureate route.

Another distinction of Franklin College’s MSAT program is its roots in the liberal arts. “We are seriously concerned with supporting our students to become thinkers and leaders in life, not just in their life’s work,” said Austin. “In the classroom I create a fair, but challenging environment that encourages students to go beyond memorizing facts to implementing current techniques in a practical setting. Students are encouraged to explore current research, embrace evidence-based practice, and challenge dated techniques, as athletic training is an evolving profession that requires continued professional development and lifelong learning.”

“This is an exceedingly important and proud moment for Franklin College,” said Lori Schroeder, provost and dean of the college. “The graduation of this group of students from our MSAT program signals that the college’s commitment to the liberal arts endures even as we adapt to meet students’ educational needs in an ever-evolving professional world.”

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

(Posted April 30, 2018)

POSTED Apr 30, 2018