Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Human Movement Sciences


Athletic Training

Committee Director

Bonnie Van Lunen

Committee Member

Elizabeth Dowling

Committee Member

Carl Mattacola

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E44 G35 2004


The purpose of this study was to investigate the satisfaction and opinions of graduate athletic trainings students, who graduated from 2001-2003, as it relates to their programs. A list of graduate names and e-mail addresses from the fourteen accredited graduate programs were acquired through the GRC and the NATA on-line directory. Subjects were e-mailed a scripted letter and a link to the on-line survey. The survey consisted of a variety of questions that asked information regarding the subjects' graduate program style, clinical experience, job placement, reasons for program choice, certificates of added qualifications, curriculum satisfaction, clinical supervisor satisfaction, certification and education information and demographic information. The data was collected into a database and various statistical analyses were performed (Kendal's tau-b, T-test, Chi Square, MANOVA and descriptive statistics) on all of the variables. The results showed that the most important reasons for choosing a program were accreditation status, curriculum offered and financial aid and the least important were full and partial tuition waivers and style of instruction. The most satisfied classes were anatomy, therapeutic exercise and statistics and the least satisfied were nutrition, health and psychology. The most satisfied clinical supervisor characteristics were ability to think independently and follow the NATA code of ethics and the least were communication and respect. The certificates of added qualifications with the most interest were wellness, special health populations, pediatric health and the least interesting were adult health, "other" and business practice. Future research should study the reasons behind the subjects' responses and how the responses change over time. Additionally future graduates under the new educational standards and guidelines should be surveyed.


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