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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR6517
Tracking Number - 4776

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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: 2013-07-12
  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: 6517
  10. Full Title: Professional Practice
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  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): Professional Practice
  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: The advanced study, writing and discussion of specialized topics and contemporary issues related to professional practice. Emphasis will be on historical perspectives, professional preparation, credentialing, governance, ethics, and scope of practice.

  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: Professional Practice I:

    1. Describe professions, professionals and professionalism

    2. Be familiar with the Code of Ethics of the NATA and the BOC

    3. Describe the necessary communication skills for interaction with physicians, allied health care providers, caretakers, and others.

    4. Disseminate information regarding the roles and functions of various community-based health care providers to the general public.

    5. Disseminate information regarding the field of athletic training or a topic in athletic training to various community groups.

    6. Identify the current developments, missions, objectives, and professional activities of other allied health and medical organizations and professions.

    7. Develop a professional resume, cover letter and professional goals statement.

    8. Develop interview and interviewing skills for potential job opportunities in athletic training.

    9. Develop a job description and position vacancy notice for job opportunities in athletic training.

    10. Identify professional writing utilized in the field of athletic training (APA, AMA).

    11. Appreciate common research methods in sports medicine including searching various databases and obtaining on-line full-text articles.

    12. Utilize professional writing skills to demonstrate writing proficiency and subject matter knowledge on a current topic in athletic training.

    13. Identify the process of accreditation for athletic training educational programs and the governing bodies involved.

    14. Explore effective, ethical and enduring leadership models in relationship to self and the organization

    15. Examine different components of leadership relating to innovation, change, career engagement, resources and community.

    16. Demonstrate & enhance leadership skills using assessments & tools designed to address current challenges & opportunities.

    Professional Practice II:

    17. Identify the requirements for BOC certification

    18. Be prepared for the BOC certification examination

  30. Learning Outcomes: Develop a professional resume and cover letter.

    Develop interview and interviewing skills.

    Enhance leadership skills.

    Appreciate common research methods in sports medicine.

    Develop necessary communication skills for interaction with physicians, allied health care providers, etc.

  31. Major Topics: Goal Setting

    Employment Project

    The Job Search/ Hiring Process

    Research Databases and Search Engines- How to find anything online.

    Cover Letters, Resumes and the interviewing process

    Professional issues in Athletic Training

    Legal Issues in Athletic Training

    Ethical Issues

    Reimbursement and Billing

    Professional Communication

    The profession of AT: where we’ve been and where we’re going.

    Governance of AT- who does what?

    Leadership Skills

    Personal Financial Planning

  32. Textbooks: BOC Exam Candidate Handbook (available online at

    BOC Practice Analysis 6th edition (available online at

  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: %

    Exam 15%

    Paper 25%

    Presentation 20%

    Employment Project 30%

    Assignments 10%

    Professionalism 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Paper

    The purpose of this research paper is to allow the student an in-depth exposure to a selected topic in sports medicine. Topics must be pre-approved by the instructor. A one-page outline of the topic will be submitted to the instructor for approval. The central focus of the project is to review the literature on the topic and prepare a well-organized review of the subject in question. The student will become familiar with the literature in this area and with technical report writing. Specific instructions will be given in class. Paper will be approximately 5-7 pages double-spaced, not including references or cover page. A grading rubric is available on Canvas.


    The student will formally present the topic chosen for the paper to the class. The student is expected to utilize multimedia to demonstrate an overview of the research paper. A grading rubric is available on Canvas. Exam questions will be taken from the presentations.

    Employment Project

    Students will participate in an employment project including both group and individual work. Students will work in groups to develop a job description and position announcement to be posted on Canvas. Simultaneously, each student will develop a personalized cover letter and a resume that will be used to “apply” for the posted positions. In addition, each student will develop a written goals statement. Students will work in groups to conduct mock interviews that will be video recorded. Each student will complete a critique of his/her individual interviews.


    A final examination will be given that includes multiple choice, essay and completion questions over concepts presented in the class (please be aware that questions will be taken from the students presentations as well as faculty presentations).

    Interprofessional Education

    Students will participate in a minimum of 6 hours of interprofessional education with other USF Health students and/or community during the semester.

  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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