MAT Program Receives $10,000 DRA Grant

Loras College has received a $10,000 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA). The funds will help renovate and equip a classroom laboratory for use by the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program.

The grant will also be put toward hosting a wealth of other community health care continuing education courses and workshops and serve as a community resource for the training of area EMTs. These funds will be added to those already committed by our community partner, Paramount Ambulance.

Loras’ MAT program is the only accredited program of its kind in the tri-state region. The first cohort for the program began this May as part of a 3+2 offering.

“3+2 is our unique offering where if you come to Loras as a first-year student, we can assist in obtaining an undergraduate degree in kinesiology in about three or three and a half years,” explained Molly Figgins, athletic training program director and assistant professor of athletic training. “As long as they are accepted, students start the MAT program their senior year. So they are starting a year early as a senior instead of in a fifth year. In their senior year, they will be taking graduate-level courses and hopefully just focused on graduate work.”

The planned classroom will be a patient simulation laboratory designed specifically for educational healthcare programming along with healthcare classroom space. The lab will include at least two manikins and additional equipment to allow students to perform simulations. Loras Athletic Training graduates are meeting critical workforce needs by filling health care roles with area teams, schools and clinics as Certified Athletic Trainers (CATs).

Paramount Ambulance in Dubuque is partnering with Loras on this simulation lab as they are looking for new professional development lab space in the community and creating it at an educational institution is ideal.

“Having Loras students work with Paramount, who serves healthcare needs of the community and already volunteers to educate these students, is incredibly beneficial as it promotes interprofessional health care education that can then be used to support the community, and creates connections between Paramount and Loras students,” Valorie Woerdehoff(’82, MA ’12), director of foundation and government support, said. “Loras students already participate in observation and ride-along experiences with Paramount at their facility.”

The Dubuque Racing Association, Ltd. (DRA) is an Iowa not-for-profit corporation which operates Q Casino in Dubuque, Iowa. The Association holds the license for casino operations at its Schmitt Island facility, and also is the Qualified Sponsoring Organization for the Diamond Jo Casino located in the Port of Dubuque.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).