Program Directors Welcome
Welcome to Kansas State University and thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program at Kansas State University. The Master of Science in Athletic Training is housed in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The program prides itself in producing highly prepared clinicians for their future careers as athletic trainers. The faculty are dedicated and experienced educators and Athletic Training clinicians that work diligently to apply the principles of critical thinking, experiential learning, collaboration, and communication that is foundational to K-State’s mission.
- Phillip Vardiman
To empower compassionate healthcare providers prepared to lead, collaborate, innovate and advance patient centered care.
We exist to develop versatile and compassionate healthcare providersprepared to deliver evidence-based care, engage in interdisciplinary care and advocate for patients and populations. The Kansas State University Athletic Training Program graduates will help meet the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
WE will achieve our mission by:
- Reflecting on the needs of Kansas and Kansans.
- Building a strong foundation in the practice of Athletic Training.
- Fostering interprofessional education, leading to interdisciplinary practice.
- Promoting evidence-based practice and scientific inquiry.
- Integrating formal classroom instruction into the clinical education experience.
- Incorporating innovative teaching and learning strategies to promote critical thinking and creative thinking in problem solving, making decisions and gaining insights in both personal and professional decision making.
Core Values: We believe in:
- Student Centeredness
- A commitment to the student and their learning process both in the classroom and beyond.
- Building relationships and creating connectedness.
- Creating long standing traditions.
- Continually seeking new ideas, methods or devices to improve patient outcomes.
- Integrity and accountability
- We are accountable TO each other and FOR each other (classroom, clinical, students, preceptors & faculty).
- Being honest and ethical in all interactions and maintaining a high ethical standard in teaching/learning, research, engagement and clinical practice.
- Speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person, place, or things – particularly those who cannot advocate for themselves.
- Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
- We value and respect the uniqueness of our students and are committed to creating an environment that finds commonalities for everyone around the profession of athletic training.
- Interdisciplinary Collaboration
- Creating opportunities for faculty and students of health care disciplines to learn from, with and about each other.
National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
Mid America Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA-D5)
Kansas Athletic Trainers' Society (KATS)
Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA)
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Board of Certification (BOC)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
The AT Program is a 24-month continuous program delivered over six successive semesters, with graduates completing 57-61 credit hours. This program is designed to prepare graduates as healthcare providers in a variety of clinical settings. The curriculum consists of an initial preparatory didactic semester (semester 1), three semesters of didactic and application (semesters 2, 3 & 4) and two semesters of Clinical Immersion (semesters 5 & 6). A full list of courses can be accessed in our graduate program catalog.
Kansas State University is committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those with documented disabilities. If you have a diagnosed disability, or if you believe that you have a disability that might require reasonable accommodations in the Athletic Training program, please contact the Student Access Center and/or your instructor. Services are available to students with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical disabilities, medical conditions, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, and anxiety. If you are a student enrolled in campus/online courses through the Manhattan or Olathe campuses, contact the Student Access Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-532-6441.
Kansas State University policy states that it is the responsibility of the student to provide letters of accommodation to the instructor.
The Athletic Training Program at Kansas State University is a rigorous and intense program that has specific requirements for students to be able to successfully complete the program. The program, through didactic and clinical education, prepares graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render health care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. Furthermore, the AT Program Policy is that students must report any documented disability that may prevent a student from functioning the technical standards required for the program. Students within the program must fully participate in the program’s requirements with or without a reasonable accommodation in order to successfully complete the program.