Kinesiology

Master of Science in Kinesiology - Description

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to provide quality education, research, and service opportunities by empowering students and building fearless champions.  The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is designed to prepare successful professionals for a rewarding career within the Kinesiology and Sport industry.  The Department of Kinesiology offers coursework leading to the M.S. in Kinesiology with a flexible curriculum to meet the specific needs and interests of the student.  

The Department of Kinesiology offers the following Graduate concentrations:

Athletic Administration prepares the student interested in administration of athletic programs at the youth sport, high school, collegiate, and professional levels.  (Certificate)

Health and Wellness prepares students to pursue opportunities in health, fitness, rehabilitative, and wellness professions.  (Certificate) 

Sports Medicine prepares allied healthcare students interested in the care of the athlete and physically active.  (Certificate)

Interdisciplinary allows the student to combine courses which best fit their interests and applicable to their professional career.

Thesis prepares students to pursue research as the focus of their degree program.  A certificate program may also be included in this concentration. 

TMATE prepares students to pursue Texas public school teacher certification. 

Basic Procedures

  • Admission to the Program
     
    • Standardized Entrance Exam - Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or greater (last 60 hours) are EXEMPT from the standardized entrance exam (GRE or MAT) requirement.    However, students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 - 2.99 (last 60 hours) are required to submit standardized entrance exam scores.  The Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is recommended, however, the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) will be accepted. Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 (last 60 hours) will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Contact the Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator for more information.
       
    • Undergraduate Degree - An undergraduate degree in Kinesiology is highly recommended for students seeking admission to the Kinesiology graduate program. Students who do not possess the BS in Kinesiology (or related field) MAY be required to take up to 9 hours of undergraduate leveling courses which will NOT count towards the MS degree.  Contact the Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator for more information.
       
    • Application - All interested students should submit their application online at http://www.tarleton.edu/graduate/ .
  • Degree Plan
     
    • Faculty members in the Department of  Kinesiology serve as academic advisors for graduate students.  After completion of at least 12 semester hours and full admission to the graduate program, the student shall select a chairperson of the advisory committee.  In consultation with the chairperson, the remainder of the advisory committee will be selected.  Provided all academic requirements have been met, a degree plan will be filed and admission to candidacy granted. The advisory committee has the responsibility for the degree program and comprehensive portfolio of the student prior to conferral of the degree. 
       
    • The Master of Science in Kinesiology is a 30 credit hour program.  Students must complete a minimum of 18 graduate hours within Kinesiology.  There are three 9 credit hour certificate programs available.  Certificates are designed to help students improve their competencies in their respective fields by developing new skills and in-depth knowledge which are the requisites for assuming roles of increased responsibility and leadership.
       
    • The Master of Science in Kinesiology with TMATE Certification is a program for highly motivated students, with an undergraduate degree, who want to become certified teachers.  This is a 33 credit hour program which includes 18 graduate hours in Kinesiology as well as 9 credit hours in Education and 6 credit hours in a Teaching Internship or Clinical Teaching. 
  • Satisfactory Progress
     
    • Students must make a “C” or better in all coursework and maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Comprehensive Portfolio
     
    • All Kinesiology graduate students must submit a comprehensive portfolio during the semester in which graduation is anticipated.  Failure to submit a quality portfolio will result in a written exam as well as an oral presentation.  Students who do not pass the written exam and/or the oral presentation will be required to enroll for and pass a 3 hour course during the following semester.  Comprehensive Portfolios are due during the semester in which graduation is anticipated:   Fall - October; Spring - March; Summer - June.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Required Courses
KINE 5301Readings in Kinesiology3
KINE 5303Research in Kinesiology3
KINE 5317Leadership and Professional Development3
KINE 5336Statistics in Kinesiology3
Total Hours12
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Athletic Administration
Athletic Administration - Certificate
Select 9 HRS of the following:9
Advanced Psychological Aspects of Sports
Administration of Athletics
Social Psychology in Sports
Facilities in Kinesiology, Athletics, and Recreation
History of Sport and Physical Education
KINE Electives9
Total Hours18
Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness - Certificate
Select 9 HRS of the following:9
School and Community Health
Exercise Prescription Through the Lifespan
Adapted and Therapeutic Exercise
Motor Learning
KINE Electives9
Total Hours18
Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine - Certificate
Select 9 HRS of the following:9
Contemporary Issues in Sports Medicine
Administrative Practices in Sports Medicine
Special Topics in Sports Medicine
Education and Research in Sports Medicine
Leadership and Professional Development in Sports Medicine
KINE Electives9
Total Hours18
Interdisciplinary
Interdisciplinary
KINE Electives18
Total Hours18
Thesis
Thesis
KINE 5088Thesis6
KINE Electives12
Total Hours18


Master of Science in Athletic Training - Description

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is an entry-level professional degree program designed specifically for students who have not obtained the national Board of Certification in athletic training.  This degree is for students who have competed a bachelor degree in Kinesiology or a related field, and now wish to pursue a degree in athletic training.  The major objectives of the MSAT are to prepare students to make impactful contributions in the global healthcare community, develop decision-making skills through critical analysis, and prepare students for successful completion of the national Board of Certification exam.

The program will seek accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education with plans to obtain accreditation prior to the graduation of the first student cohort.

Basic Procedures

Students must be accepted into the MSAT and the graduate school prior to beginning coursework.  All students start coursework during the summer session.  The program follows a healthcare cohort model, and the designated course sequence must be followed.  The degree requires a combination of coursework and clinical rotations.  Students must make a “C” or better in all coursework.  Refer to the MSAT website for more information.

Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Requirements 

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Required Courses
ATRN 5351Athletic Training Techniques3
ATRN 5452Therapeutic Interventions4
ATRN 5453Orthopedic Assessment I4
ATRN 5454Orthopedic Assessment II4
ATRN 5455Therapeutic Exercise4
ATRN 5356Evidence Based Practice & Research3
ATRN 5357Leadership in Athletic Training3
ATRN 5458General Medical Assessment4
ATRN 5359Trends in Athletic Training3
ATRN 5360Healthcare Administration3
ATRN 5361Empowering Success3
ATRN 5362Study Abroad/Cultural Healthcare3
ATRN 5191Clinical I1
ATRN 5192Clinical II1
ATRN 5194Clinical IV1
ATRN 5293Clinical III2
KINE 5385Seminar3
Total Hours49

Athletic Training Courses

ATRN 5191. Clinical I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Clinical I is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. Clinical I will focus on knowledge and skills related to ATRN 5152, 5351, 5453, and 5454. Prerequisite: ATRN 5351.

ATRN 5192. Clinical II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Clinical II is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. Clinical II will focus on knowledge and skills related to ATRN 5455 and 5456. Prerequisites: ATRN 5152, 5191, 5453, 5454.

ATRN 5194. Clinical IV. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Clinical IV is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. Clinical IV will focus on knowledge and skills related to ATRN 5261, 5360, and 5362. Prerequisites: ATRN 5259, 5293, 5458.

ATRN 5293. Clinical III. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 18 Hours).

Clinical III is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. This course provides students the opportunity to experience fall two-a-day workouts with an assigned setting. Clinical III will focus on knowledge and skills related to ATRN 5259, 5357, and 5458. Prerequisite: ATRN 5357.

ATRN 5351. Athletic Training Techniques. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and practice of basic athletic training techniques used for the prevention and care of injuries to the physically active patient.

ATRN 5356. Evidence Based Practice & Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course addresses the role of research in the athletic training profession including conducting research, research sources utilization and dissemination, and principles of evidence based practice. This class will help you learn to take challenging clinical issues and apply a step by step process of evidence based practice in order to find solutions. Prerequisites: ATRN 5454, ATRN 5455, ATRN 5192.

ATRN 5357. Leadership in Athletic Training. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to instruct and develop leadership skills in athletic training. Prerequisites: ATRN 5454, ATRN 5455, ATRN 5192.

ATRN 5359. Trends in Athletic Training. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Students will learn about and discuss current trends and issues within the athletic training profession. Prerequisites: ATRN 5356, ATRN 5357.

ATRN 5360. Healthcare Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of administrative principles related to the operation of an athletic training program and healthcare facility. Prerequisites: ATRN 5458, ATRN 5359, ATRN 5293.

ATRN 5361. Empowering Success. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an integrative learning experience drawing on all previous coursework in order to complete a project that is impactful in the healthcare community. Additionally, students are required to register and prepare for their BOC certification exam as part of this course. Prerequisites: ATRN 5458, ATRN 5359, and ATRN 5293.

ATRN 5362. Study Abroad/Cultural Healthcare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to allow a cultural healthcare experience abroad. Students may be exposed to non-Western medical techniques or assist in teaching prevention and care techniques to coaches/athletes in third-world countries. Locations and experiences will vary by year.

ATRN 5452. Therapeutic Interventions. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Investigation of the scientific principles and the application of therapeutic modalities and pharmacological agents in athletic training. Includes therapeutic purposes, indications, contraindications, and adverse effects. Prerequisite: ATRN 5351.

ATRN 5453. Orthopedic Assessment I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The study and integration of orthopedic assessment techniques to distinguish lower extremity injuries common to the physically active patient. Posture and gait analysis are also applied to the assessment process. Prerequisite: ATRN 5351.

ATRN 5454. Orthopedic Assessment II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The study and integration of orthopedic assessment techniques to distinguish upper extremity and spinal injuries common to the physically active patient. Prerequisites: ATRN 5452, ATRN 5453, and ATRN 5191.

ATRN 5455. Therapeutic Exercise. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The theory and application of therapeutic exercise tools and techniques in the rehabilitation of injuries to the physically active patient. Prerequisites: ATRN 5452, ATRN 5453, and ATRN 5191.

ATRN 5458. General Medical Assessment. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

This course provides an understanding of injury, illness and/or disease of various body systems (including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, dermatological, neurological, etc). The course includes discussion of diagnostics and interventions, as well as participation considerations for physically active patients. Prerequisites: ATRN 5356, and ATRN 5357.

Kinesiology Courses

KINE 5086. Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Directed study of selected problems in Kinesiology.

KINE 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is scheduled when the student begins the thesis. No credit is given until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite: KINE 5301.

KINE 5301. Readings in Kinesiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of published reports and research in the field of Kinesiology.

KINE 5302. Advanced Psychological Aspects of Sports. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to help students both learn and apply practical and theoretical information as it relates to psychology of sport. Mental training skills that can enhance athletic performance will be included. Additional areas include stress, motivation, goal-setting, leadership, imagery, and self-efficacy.

KINE 5303. Research in Kinesiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course is designed to prepare students for research publication and presentation within the Kinesiology discipline. Prerequisite: KINE 5301.

KINE 5305. Administration of Athletics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the administrative functions of directors of athletic programs. Liability laws, financial administration, personnel, public relations, and state laws governing athletic programs will be explored.

KINE 5306. School and Community Health. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the critical health issues facing schools and communities.

KINE 5310. Social Psychology in Sports. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course gives students a basic overview of sports psychology, covering aspects such as confidence, focus, mental training, visualization, peak performance, and the mind-body connection. It also examines the differences between group and individual sports and the mindsets of the prototypical athletes who engage in them. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

KINE 5312. Contemporary Issues in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and study of contemporary issues as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5313. Administrative Practices in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination and application of administrative practices related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5314. Special Topics in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and study of selected special topics as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5315. Education and Research in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the application of strategies and technology to enhance Sports Medicine education and of selected research topics as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5316. Leadership and Professional Development in Sports Medicine. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study and application of the concepts and principles of leadership and professional development as related to Sports Medicine.

KINE 5317. Leadership and Professional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course designed to prepare students for the leadership roles related to Kinesiology and Athletics. Issues in Professional development will also be examined.

KINE 5325. Exercise Prescription Through the Lifespan. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Advanced course in clinical exercise testing and prescription relative to children, healthy adults, and diseases of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and immunologic systems. It is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the pathophysiology and exercise responses in these populations and as related to the American College of Sports Medicine.

KINE 5326. Facilities in Kinesiology, Athletics, and Recreation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles, terminology, and standards for planning, constructing, and maintaining kinesiology, athletic, and recreation facilities.

KINE 5328. Adapted and Therapeutic Exercise. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of muscle re-education and the application of exercise to orthopedic, muscular, and neurological disorders. Principles of planning and directing adapted and therapeutic exercise programs.

KINE 5336. Statistics in Kinesiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in a variety of health-related and athletic-related tests. Test construction, reliablility, validity, and objectivity methods will be studied.

KINE 5340. Motor Learning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the theories and practical applications of human motor performance and achievement.

KINE 5370. History of Sport and Physical Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of physical education and sports from the origins in Ancient Greece to the present. The emphasis on social and cultural developments that contributed to the growth of physical education and sports in the modern world.

KINE 5385. Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and study of various topics related to Kinesiology.

KINE 5399. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 7 Hours).

Supervised experience in related fields in Kinesiology.

Dr. Steve Simpson, Department Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Wisdom Gym
Box T-0370
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9186
(254) 968-9831
simpson@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/COEWEB/kinesiology/index.html