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Dual Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Science in Athletic Training

Become a sports medicine expert clinician

Physical therapy is a challenging and satisfying profession — one with many career pathways from which to choose. One particular pathway is developing a career that specializes in sports medicine. Certified athletic trainers have expertise in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from athletics and other physical activity. The Dual Degree program DPT/MSAT has been established at Shenandoah University for those students who wish to become members in both professions sharing a common link to become a sports medicine expert clinician. The Dual Degree program offers the student all of the courses required to meet the standards to take the physical therapy licensure examination and the athletic training BOC certification examination. Courses are shared between programs where there is didactic course work that is overlapping between the two professions.


Course Requirements


Course Title HRS.
Summer- Year 1
AT 501 Risk Management and Emergency Care for Athletes 3
AT 511 Advanced AT Techniques 2
AT 521 Functional Human Anatomy I 2
AT 523 Therapeutic Exercise I 1
AT 531 Pathology/Evaluation of Athletic Injury I 3
AT 552 Therapeutic Modalities 3
  Subtotal Hours 14
Fall- Year 1
PT 603 Gross Human Anatomy I 4
PT 608 Examination and Intervention 3
PT 623 Histophysiological Aspects of Movement I 3
PT 643 Evidence-Based Practice: Introduction to Research Design 3
PT 653 Professional Issues I 3
PT 681  Medical Foundations I 1
PT 761 Clinical Conference I 1
AT 591 Clinical Field Experience 1 for Dual Degree MSAT/DPT 2
  Subtotal Hours 20
Spring- Year 1
PT 604 Gross Human Anatomy II 4
PT 610 Musculoskeletal System I 3
PT 624 Histophysiological Aspects of Movement II 3
PT 656 Clinical Practicum I 1
PT 672 Functional Neuroanatomy 3
PT 684 Medical Foundations II 1
PT 685 Psychosocial Aspects of PT 2
AT 592 Clinical Field Experience II for Dual Degree MSAT/DPT 2
  Subtotal Hours 19
Summer- Year 2
AT 623 Therapeutic Exercise II 2
AT 631 Pathology Evaluation AT II 3
AT 643 Advance Rehabilitation in Athletic Training 3
  Subtotal Hours 8
Fall- Year 2
PT 709 Musculoskeletal System II 3
PT 721 Pathology 3
PT 751 Clinical Practicum II 1
PT 762 Clinical Conference II 1
PT 771 Adult Neurotherapeutics 4
PT 781 Gait Analysis and Biomechanics 3
AT 571 Sports Nutrition 3
AT 593 Clinical Field Experience 3 for Dual Degree MSAT/DPT 2
  Subtotal Hours 20
Spring, Year 2
PT 703 Pediatric Physical Therapy 4
PT 710 Musculoskeletal System III 4
PT 732 Professional Issues II 2
PT 744 Prosthetics and Orthotics 2
PT 752 Clinical Practicum III 1
PT 892 Medical Foundations III 2
AT 504 Psych Intervention/Referral in AT 3
AT 514 Pharmacology in AT 2
AT 594 Clinical Field Experience 4 for Dual Degree MSAT/DPT 2
  Subtotal Hours 22
Summer- Year 3
PT 753 Clinical Internship I 3
  Subtotal Hours 3
Fall- Year 3
PT 805 Gross Human Anatomy and Kinesiology III 1
PT 821 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy 3
PT 831 Professional Issues III 2
PT 861 Clinical Conference III 1
PT 881 Advanced Topics 1
PT 897 Comprehensive Examination 1
PT 898 Evidence Based Practice: Advanced Critical Analysis
of the Literature and Implementing Research
AT 633 Clinical Medicine 3
AT 745 Industrial Rehabilitation/Ergonomics 2
  Subtotal Hours 17
Spring- Year 3
PT 832 Establishing a Physical Therapy Practice/Direct Access 3
AT 691 AT Clinical Field experience V for Dual Degrees/
PT Clinical Internship II
AT 670 Health Care Administration 2
AT 711 Theories and Practice of Conditioning Athletes 3
  Subtotal Hours 14
Summer- Year 4
PT 855 Clinical Affiliation III 6
  Subtotal Hours 6
Fall- Year 4
AT 692 Clinical Field Experience VI for Dual Degrees 4
AT 774 Senior Seminar 1
  Subtotal Hours 5
  Total Semester Hours 147


Admissions Requirements

This Dual Degree program involves formal admittance into the DPT and MSAT programs as established on the respective pages of this catalog. Additional admission requirements beyond the formal acceptance into each program are listed below:

  1. No more than five Dual Degree DPT/MSAT students are admitted annually due to availability of clinical affiliation sites for this program.
  2. Applicants must submit a typed letter with the application to the DPT and MSAT programs stating a request for being admitted into the Dual Degree program.
  3. Applicants who wish to pursue the Dual Degree program, who have been formally admitted into the DPT and MSAT programs, are ranked on a competitive basis using the admissions criteria established for the DPT and MSAT programs. Admission into the Dual Degree DPT/MSAT program is granted to the top five applicants.