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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR5102C
Tracking Number - 4762

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-30
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved; to USF Sys 10/22/13. to SCNS 10/30/13. Approved Effective 12/1/13

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-07-09
  2. Department: Medicine
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC-10000-613900-000000-000000
  5. Contact Person: Steven Zinder
  6. Phone: 8133969464
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ATR
  9. Number: 5102C
  10. Full Title: Athletic Training Techniques
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?:
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): AT Techniques
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Overview course including basic components of the athletic training profession including the prevention, recognition and evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is part of the core coursework for the proposed Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. The profession of Athletic Training is following other allied health professions and heading toward the entry point being at the graduate level. This is a proactive step in that direction, and will put USF at the forefront of Athletic Training education. There will be significant demand for the program, in that as of this point, there is no avenue for students that have obtained a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to challenge the National Board of Certification exam for Athletic Training. Presently, there is only one other institution in Florida (FIU) with an entry -level graduate Athletic Training Program.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Certified Athletic Trainer, MD, PhD, or equivalent.
  29. Objectives: 1. Explain the basic principles associated with the use of protective equipment, including standards for the design, construction, fit, maintenance and reconditioning of protective equipment; and rules and regulations established by the associations that govern the use of protective equipment; and material composition.

    2. Explain the principles and concepts related to prophylactic taping, wrapping, bracing, and protective pad fabrication

    3. Explain the principles and concepts related to the fabrication, modification, and appropriate application or use of orthotics and other dynamic and static splints. This includes, but is not limited to, evaluating or identifying the need, selecting the appropriate manufacturing material, manufacturing the orthosis or splint, and fitting the orthosis or splint.

    4. Explain the legal, moral, and ethical parameters that define the scope of first aid and emergency care and identify the proper roles and responsibilities of the certified athletic trainer.

    5. Describe the availability, content, purpose, and maintenance of contemporary first aid and emergency care equipment.

    6. Determine what emergency care supplies and equipment are necessary for circumstances in which the athletic trainer is the responsible first responder.

    7. Know and be able to use appropriately standard nomenclature of injuries and illnesses.

    8. Describe the principles and rationale of the initial assessment including the determination of whether the accident scene is safe, what may have happened, and the assessment of airway, breathing, circulation, level of consciousness and other life-threatening conditions.

    9. Differentiate the components of a secondary assessment to determine the type and severity of the injury or illness sustained.

    10. Identify the normal ranges for vital signs.

    11. Describe pathological signs of acute/traumatic injury and illness including, but not limited to, skin temperature, skin color, skin moisture, pupil reaction, and neurovascular function.

    12. Describe the current standards of first aid, emergency care, rescue breathing, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the professional rescuer.

    13. Describe the role and function of an automated external defibrillator in the emergency management of acute heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms.

    14. Describe the role and function of supplemental oxygen administration as an adjunct to cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques.

    15. Describe the characteristics of common life-threatening conditions that can occur either spontaneously or as the result of direct trauma to the throat, thorax and viscera, and identify the management of these conditions.

    16. Describe the proper management of external hemorrhage, including the location of pressure points, use of universal precautions, and proper disposal of bio-hazardous materials.

    17. Identify the signs and symptoms associated with internal hemorrhaging.

    18. Describe the appropriate use of aseptic or sterile techniques, approved sanitation methods, and universal precautions for the cleansing and dressing of wounds.

    19. Describe the injuries and illnesses that require medical referral.

    20. Explain the application principles of rest, cold application, elevation, and compression in the treatment of acute injuries.

    21. Describe cervical stabilization devices that are appropriate to the circumstances of an injury.

    22. Describe the indications, guidelines, proper techniques and necessary supplies for removing equipment and clothing in order to evaluate and/or stabilize the involved area.

    23. Describe the effective management, positioning, and immobilization of a patient with a suspected spinal cord injury.

    24. Identify the appropriate short-distance transportation method, including immobilization, for an injured patient.

    25. Identify the signs, symptoms, possible causes, and proper management of the following: different types of shock, diabetic coma, seizures, toxic drug overdose.

    26. Allergic, thermal, and chemical reactions of the skin (including infestations and insect bites)

    27. Identify the signs and symptoms of serious communicable diseases and describe the appropriate steps to prevent disease transmission.

    28. Identify the signs, symptoms, and treatment of patients suffering from adverse reactions to environmental conditions.

    29. Identify information obtained during the examination to determine when to refer an injury or illness for further or immediate medical attention.

    30. Describe the proper immobilization techniques and select appropriate splinting material to stabilize the injured joint or limb and maintain distal circulation.

    31. Describe the proper ambulatory aid and technique for the injury and patient.

    32. Describe home care and self-treatment plans of acute injuries and illnesses.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will:

    Show understanding of prevention and recognition of athletic injuries

    Demonstrate understanding of Universal Precautions in the workplace

    Demonstrate immediate care of athletic injuries

    Demonstrate emergency procedures

    Demonstrate various prophylactic taping/bracing techniques

    Demonstrate basic would care techniques

    Obtain American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer Certification.

  31. Major Topics: Basic Anatomy

    Injury Recognition

    Acute Care

    Bracing/Taping Techniques

    Basic Life Support

    Injury Evaluation Techniques

    Wound Care

    Environmental Safety

  32. Textbooks: Principles of Athletic Training, Prentice 14th Edition, McGraw- Hill

    Trail Guide to the Body. Biel. Books of Discovery.

    Athletic Training Techniques Lab Manual- Available at Pro-Copy

    Athletic Training Student Manual- available on Canvas

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Weekly readings will be posted on Canvas as warranted.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Assessment: %

    Written Exams (3) 45%

    Practical Exams (2) 30%

    Quizzes 10%

    Assignments 10%

    Professionalism 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Laboratory/Classroom Assignments

    Laboratory sessions will be provided for students to practice the skills discussed in class. Typically these will be the last ½ of the scheduled class time. Additional optional laboratory sessions will be available. It is strongly suggested that students utilize these optional laboratories to enhance their skills.

    Students will also be required to participate in at least one of the pre-participation exam dates on the schedule.


    Announced and unannounced quizzes will be given periodically throughout the semester both in class and through Canvas.

    Written Examinations

    These examinations are intended to assess the student’s awareness and understanding of the concepts covered by the course content. Items on these examinations will be derived from the text, discussions, course handouts and textbook reading. The content of each examination will mirror the content of the unit most recently studied.

    Practical Examinations

    These examinations are designed to assess the student’s skills, understanding, and application of the wrapping, strapping, emergency and other procedures covered by the course content. The instructor will assign students to a scheduled exam time. Dress should be appropriate for the material to be tested.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make up of missed work will be permitted, but points will be taken off for turning in work after the due date. No work will be accepted two weeks past its original due date and all course work must be turned in by the last day of class to receive credit.

    Academic Dishonesty:


    Each individual is expected to earn his/her degree on the basis of personal effort. Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally know to the public at large must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's work. Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an “F” with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the “F” shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of F or FF (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

    Detection of Plagiarism:

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service, which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student's paper was plagiarized.

    For more information about Academic Integrity of Graduate Students see

  38. Program This Course Supports: Masterof Science in Athletic Training
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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