Friday, October 5, 2018


When comparing accredited athletic training programs there are many things that come into play, it is important to look at the program’s outcomes-what are the first-time passing percentages on the board exams, what are the graduation and retention rates, and what are the employment rates.  When you compare those numbers between programs make sure that all of the numbers are graduate-level numbers, some of the numbers being reported out right now include undergraduate numbers since many programs are just starting their professional programs at the graduate level.  The College of St. Scholastica’s (CSS) professional Athletic Training Program has been at the graduate level since its inception in 2010. 

All accredited professional athletic training programs meet the same set of standards, so in addition to comparing outcomes and geographic locations, others that set programs apart are the additional educational experiences that programs offer.  Some of these experiences are special opportunities that do not always occur with every cohort and other experiences have been added to the programs and are a part of the educational experience of every student. At CSS, there are a number of experiences that our graduates have found to be so beneficial we have added them into our coursework so that there are no extra, outside charges and students are able to use these additional skills as one of many ways to differentiate themselves from others in the job market.  The following are just a few the value-added benefits you get by attending CSS:  

M1 Graston® Technique Certification-this therapy is designed to treat scar tissue and fascial restrictions, as well as improve range of motion.  The contents of the M1 course are taught by a Graston® approved instructor within our curriculum after completing the class and successfully passing the board exams students are M1 certified.  Athletic Trainers completing this educational experience after certification would expect to pay $650.00 just to register for the course in addition to travel, lodging, and meals.  

Students complete the requirements to be American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructors and have the experience to teach courses during their time at CSS. Typically, instructor courses start at $400.00 just to register for the course plus travel and other associated fees. The ability to teach CPR courses to staff members and to the general public is a skill that many employers are looking for and this is an excellent way for you to make your resume stand out from the other candidates.

The ASOP OPE Certification is obtained by all of the students in the program, the course covers casting, bracing, and other skills and individual might use in the typical orthopedic/sports medicine physician office and these skills translate to the athletic training clinic.  In addition, the cost of course registration the ASOP has included some post-graduation continuing education units making this worth over $1,000.00 if you were to do this post-graduation.

This is just a small sample of the many value-added opportunities that make the CSS MS-AT a great way to stand out.  Watch for additional blog entries profiling these and additional opportunities in more detail.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CSS Places Fourth in the National Athletic Training Student Challenge

This year The College of St. Scholastica Student Athletic Training Society (SATS) joined the 2018 NATA Foundation Student Challenge to raise money for Athletic Training Research.  Over the course of the academic year, the students raised $1,145 which was donated directly to the NATA Research & Education Foundation, ranking the students' efforts fourth in the nation behind Kansas State, Western Carolina and A. T. Still University.  The Foundations work benefits every athletic trainer's work and those associated with athletic trainers.  For those unfamiliar with these health care professionals, they can be seen on the sidelines, on the job sites, on the stage, the battlefield, and even in space.  They collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic inventions and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.  The students are already looking at ways to increase giving for next year's challenge.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Annual AT, OT, PT Poster Presentation

Second-year students in the MS-AT program presented their original research along with students from the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs on April 24th.  The original research by the students covered a wide range of topics including educational models for diagnostic ultrasound, understanding the professional education standards and knowledge of high school coaches in relation to CPR, AED, and First Aid.
Athletic Trainers’ Understanding of Pre-Participation Physical Exam Regulations and Guidelines.  Danielle Murray

Rate of Unreported Injuries and Why They are not Reported in NCAA Division III Athletes. Jacob Heckman
Jake Heckman and Ben Kasper

The Implementation of Athletic Training Skills in Athletic Training Programs:  Methods for Advancement of Education.  Mitchell O'Neil

Minnesota High School Head Coaches Competency in First Aid, CPR, and AED Use.  Stephanie Luebbe

Acquired Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Proficiency Through Various Training Models Among Athletic Training Graduate Students.  Andrea Beidelman

Athletic Trainers’ Role in Educating Athletes About Lifelong Nutrition and Physical Activity. Brianna Cibulka

Natalie Paoletti
The Impediments for Electrocardiogram Screening in Pre-Participation Exams for Collegiate Athletes.  Natalie Paoletti

How the Health Literacy Rates of Division III Collegiate Athletes Affect Patient Satisfaction in the Athletic Training Room.  Nicole Breuer

Implementation of Psychosocial Strategies within the Athletic Training Profession.  Michelle Whitt

Fatigue and Landing Mechanics in Division III Collegiate Female Athletes. Nathaniel Bauer

Athletic Trainers’ Perceptions of Acute versus Chronic Sports Injury Rehabilitation Adherence in Collegiate Athletes.  Hannah Tongen

Mental Health Screening During Preparticipation Exams of College Athletes.  Kirsten Eaton

Kylie Doberstein
Athletic Trainers’ Perception of the Need for a Modified Concussion Evaluation Process for Athletes with Learning Disabilities.  Kylie Doberstein

Acute Effects of Sport or Activity-Specific Fatigue on Landing Mechanics Using the Lower Extremity Scoring System.  Sean Peterson

NCAA Division II and III Institutions’ Compliance with the Independent Medical Care Act. Brittany Ludwig

The Effects of Health Education on Health Literacy Levels in College Students:  Instrument Development.  Ben Kasper

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Students Complete Requirements to Become CPR Instructors

This semester students in the second year cohort
completed the requirements to become American 
Heart Association BLS Provider instructors.

At the start of the semester, students completed the classroom requirements and during the course of the semester, students were able to complete the teaching requirements during action CPR courses.  Students taught healthcare provider courses to prospective and current students and faculty in the nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, and exercise physiology programs.

This engagement demonstrates a unique form of inter-professional education, provides athletic training students with experience in community service and outreach while increasing the number of things that differentiate CSS graduates in the job market and lead to higher salaries. The CSS Difference!

Monday, April 9, 2018

The CSS Difference

An article in the March 2018 NATA News entitled "Examining AT Salaries in The Physician Practice Setting" brings out one of the features that differentiates our program from other programs.  All CAATE accredited programs must provide the foundational knowledge necessary for students to challenge the board exams and enter the workforce; however, at CSS not only is this foundational knowledge covered students also master "specialized skills."

These specialized skills help to set CSS graduates apart from graduates of other schools during the job hunt/interview process and according to the article, "respondents who performed seven or more specialized skills reported earning significantly higher annual salaries than those who did not."  Students graduating from CSS master these advanced skills during the course of the educational program, whereas for many individuals they will have to pay for continuing education opportunities after they have graduated, delaying their ability to compete for jobs with higher salaries.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dr. Kari Odland-Wolf Joins CSS AT Faculty

     Kari Odland-Wolf, DAT, ATC will be joining the department as an 11-month full-time faculty member starting in August.  Dr. Wolf brings a wealth of clinical, teaching, and research experience.  Dr. Wolf completed her undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University, her Master's degree at Northern Michigan University and her doctorate at the University of Idaho.
     Most recently she has been a clinical faculty member at the University of South Carolina working with undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Wolf has provided clinical health care for NCAA Division I and  II athletes at a variety of colleges and has over 20 peer-review publications and presentations.  Although Dr. Wolf will be starting full-time in August, she will be teaching a course during the upcoming summer session.
     Dr. Wolf is actively engaged in clinical research and has a passion for involving graduate students in her research efforts, she has served as a thesis committee chair and member on a number of research projects.  We are excited about Dr. Wolf's arrival this summer and look forward to continuing the tradition of significantly exceeding the entry-level nature of the accreditation standards.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Athletic Training Education Conference (ATEC): UPDATE

UPDATE:  Sandy Stasaitis will be starting a DHSci program this spring.  Sandy is first CSS MSAT graduate to pursue a doctoral degree.  Congratulations and Good Luck!

February 2017
Professor Todd Neuharth, Athletic Training Students Tom Olson and Mitch O'Neil recently traveled to Dallas, TX for the Athletic Training Educators' Conference  and iLead to connect with other educators and students from across the nation and learn about innovative ideas in athletic training education. Todd Neuharth presented a research poster in conjunction with alumna Sandy Stasaitis (Class of 2016), the research poster was on the use and instruction of patient reported outcomes measures in professional education programs. The research poster was based on work that Sandy and Todd had done during her time at CSS as a student in the MSAT program.

The conferences was informative and filled with considerable discussion on advancing student research initiatives, facilitating interprofessional education, and advancing the role of health informatics in athletic training education and advancing the profession of athletic training.