MU Board of Governor's Approves Intent for Athletic Training Master's

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (HNN)-  Marshall University’s Board of Governors today approved the Intent to Plan for the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree during the board’s regular meeting on the Huntington campus.

The School of Kinesiology, which is part of the College of Health Professions, requested permission to establish the M.S. in Athletic Training. The Intent to Plan contains a thorough investigation of the program’s demand, cost and expectations. Approval of the degree is expected to take place in a future board meeting, with effective term and year of the degree planned for fall 2011.

The M.S. in Athletic Training would prepare students to enter the profession of Athletic Training with an enhanced knowledge of orthopedic assessment, therapeutic modalities, and rehabilitation focusing on evidence-based practice.

The program is designed to build on existing knowledge and skills the student has acquired in his or her respective undergraduate program. The course of study for the degree is a two-year program with a 36-hour requirement.

Once the major is approved, Marshall would seek accreditation by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). There are only 12 NATA accredited programs in the country, and none in West Virginia.

In other action, the financial statements and investment report for the six months ending Dec. 31, 2010, were submitted to and approved by the Board of Governors.

Also , the board designated March 2, 2011 as “Marshall University Day” in celebration of MU’s 50th anniversary of achieving university status. Then-Gov. W.W. Barron signed into law a bill granting university status to Marshall College on March 2, 1961.

The next Board of Governors meeting is April 28.

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