Another important piece is in place for the new Masters in Athletic Training program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Drake University. Dr. Megan Brady will be the Director of Athletic Training Experiential Education beginning August 20, 2018. The first class of athletic training students will begin in the fall of 2019.
“Dr. Brady has a palpable excitement for Drake and this program that she will pass along to other students, faculty, and staff associated with the program,” said Nate Newman, Director of the Masters in Athletic Training program. “Research has indicated that students’ experiential education is important for their learning. We needed someone in this role who will excel at developing quality experiences for students to optimize their learning. Dr. Brady is that person.”
Brady received a B.A in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation from Briar Cliff College, a Masters of Physical Education from Idaho State University and a Ed.D. in Rehabilitation Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. She had 18 years of clinical experience as a licensed athletic trainer before taking a position at Drake as Assistant Professor and Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education.
“Athletic training has afforded me so many wonderful adventures and experiences,” Brady said. “I am very passionate about student education and their clinical experiences.”
Brady said she is excited to be a part of the athletic training student’s clinical education and is dedicated to providing students with the best experiences possible both on campus and throughout Des Moines.
“I am looking forward to developing and working with new sites, preceptors, and the students,” Brady said. “The multitude of clinical experiences in the metro, research opportunities, and student ability to specialize in different areas will make the Drake MSAT Program distinct.”
Newman said clinical experiences are being developed that are exciting, unique, and not available in many athletic training programs.
“Students will be excited when they see the variety of practice settings that they will experience during the program,” Newman said.