2018-2019 Catalog 
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Care Science, Graduate Programs

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The Department of Health Sciences offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (MSc) with options in Sports Nutrition and Health Promotion. In addition, the Department offers two Master of Science (MS) degrees in Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning. Graduate students pursue coursework in these areas of study and related disciplines (biology, chemistry), providing the students with a diverse integrated curriculum of study.

MSc Health Promotion

The Master of Science degree in Health Promotion is designed to prepare students for advanced study and practice in Health Promotion related areas. Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in various public and private/work site agencies at local, state and national levels. The health promotion professionals trained in this program will possess the skills and knowledge to affect lifestyle choices and improve a person’s community or organizational health and wellness.

MSc Sports Nutrition

The Master of Science degree in Sport Nutrition is designed to prepare registered dietitians (RDs or RD eligible) and/or internationally recognized nutritionists to become sport dietitians with an emphasis in sustainability. Non-RD students who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetic (DPD) exercise physiology and biochemistry course are also eligible to apply to this program. Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in providing nutrition services to high school, collegiate, recreational, elite, and professional athletes and active individual of all sports and genders. This degree prepares students for the Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) Examination offered to RDs through the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). This program also aims to provide international experiences and collaborations through a newly created network of Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES). The degree offers students three capstone options: thesis, project, and comprehensive exam.

MS Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is a 52 credit hour program preparing students to become an athletic trainer. The MSAT program is designed to guide students from basic skill and knowledge acquisition toward becoming an independent, proficient athletic trainer. Our model of development focuses on growth, not only in athletic training skills, but also in critical thinking abilities, interprofessional health care, and leadership skills. We aim to have graduates who are high quality athletic trainers with the ability to become leaders who can advance the field of athletic training. Students will participate in clinical education experiences with a variety of affiliated clinical education sites. Additional information about the MSAT program can be found on the web site.

The MSAT can be completed as a 52 credit hour 2-year program, or can be completed as a 52 credit hour concurrent degree program with up to 10 dual credits counting toward the BS in Health Care Science: Strength and Conditioning degree. Students wishing to pursue the concurrent degree should consult the BS in Health Care Science: Athletic Training Prep option of the catalog. The MSAT program is a controlled admissions program, and application does not guarantee admission.

Program Prerequisites

For prerequisites to each track within the Sports Medicine program, please visit our website.

Total Credits: 52

Accreditation Information

UCCS is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2019. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation will not be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.

  • UCCS will submit the self-study for accreditation by July 1, 2019 and anticipates an on-campus site-visit by February 15, 2020.
  • UCCS anticipates notification of accreditation decision in summer 2020.
  • Students are not eligible for the BOC, Inc. examination until the program receives official notification of positive accreditation action.

MS Strength and Conditioning

The Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning offers the opportunity for the individual seeking applied skills in strength and conditioning to develop an interprofessional approach to athlete development. Opportunities for hands-on experiences are available at many premiere sites in the community. The curriculum enhances fundamental concepts through advanced strength and conditioning courses, while also including complementary subjects such as sports nutrition and sports rehabilitation. Our goals are to equip students with diverse and advance knowledge base in the field of strength and conditioning, instill confidence in students’ practical skills, and develop professionals who can interpret and apply research in their practice.

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