Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who work with physicians to optimize their patients’ activity. They provide physical medicine, prevent and diagnose injury, and treat and rehabilitate acute and chronic issues that would impair or limit their patients’ activity.

Certification and licensure as an athletic trainer requires, at minimum, a degree in athletic training from an accredited college or university. According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, about 70 percent of working athletic trainers in the United States hold at least a master’s degree.

The Pacific University athletic training program offers an entry-level master of science degree in athletic training. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the certification exam by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers.

As students in the Pacific University Hillsboro Campus, master of science in athletic training (MSAT) students also receive access to an interdisciplinary learning environment that will help them collaborate and excel within the health care field professionally.

Year 1

Semester 1 Hours
AT-500 Evaluation/Treatment of Orthopedic & Athletic Injuries: Lower Quadrant 7
AT-510 Physical Agents and Mechanical  Modalities  3
AT-520 Sports Psychology 4
AT-530 Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries I 2
AT-540 Clinical Internships I 2
  Total 18
Semester 2 Hours
AT-501 Evaluation/Treatment of Orthopedic & Athletic Injuries: Upper Quadrant 7
AT-531 Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries II 2
AT-541 Clinical Internships II 2
AT-550 Research Methods and Statistics 2
AT-560 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice 2
AT-570 Sports Nutrition 4
  Total 19

Year 2

Semester 1 Hours
AT-600 General Medical Conditions 5
AT-610 Introduction to Medical Imaging 1
AT-660 Critically Appraised Topics 1
AT-640 Clinical Internship III 8
  Total 14
Semester 2 Hours
AT-620 Administration in Healthcare and Athletic Training Settings 2
AT-641 Clinical Internship IV 9
AT-650 Professionalism and Ethics in Athletic Training 1
AT-670 Training/Conditioning Athletes & Physically Active Individuals 2
  Total 14


Oct. 10, 2014 | The Opioid Puzzle: Best Practices in Healthcare
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014 - 08:30 to 15:00

With the current medical and legislative controversies around use of opioids in chronic pain patients, many providers puzzle to balance appropriately treating pain and increasing quality of life, versus overmedicating or inappropriately medicating patients with disastrous consequences. The Opioid Puzzle: Best Practices in Healthcare workshop clarifies misconceptions around the mechanisms and signs of tolerance, addiction, and dependence, reviews current laws and regulations regarding controlled substance prescribing including the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and deliberates on how to make the decision to treat with an opioid. After attending this seminar, participants should be able to better understand the mechanism by which opioid addiction occurs, the objective data of opioid use and law in the Pacific Northwest, how to protect their practice while improving patient care, and should be able to inform their clinical decision making by an increased understanding of risk factors and protocols for opioid treatment.
Amber Buhler, PhD Associate Professor
Michael Millard, RPh, MS Assistant Dean for Clinical Services, Assistant Professor
Andrew Mendenhall, MD Medical Director of Hazelden Beaverton