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Program Objectives

Student Oriented Learning Goals

  1. Work with an athletic trainer in a varied setting’s with a variety of health professionals
  2. Have the knowledge in the discipline of athletic training.
  3. Be prepared to participate as a professional in the field of athletic training as an entry level clinician.
  4. Be prepared to continue in lifelong learning in the profession of athletic training.

Objectives

  • Prepare athletic training students for their future role in providing health care to the physically active
    • Provide athletic training students with diverse work-setting experiences
    • Help students develop an over-all understanding of the organizational structure of the athletic training profession at the state, district, and national levels
  • Provide athletic training students with the skills necessary to provide entry-level health care to the physical active
    • Provide experiences that include sports requiring protective equipment.
    • Assign students to experiences which include their own and the opposite gender along with team and individual sport experiences
    • Provide opportunities which allow athletic training students to work in high school settings, varied college settings, and a wide range of clinical settings
    • Provide opportunities for students to observe and work with a variety of health professionals, orthopedic and general medicine to include non-sport populations and a variety of conditions
    • Provide opportunities for students to present at and attend professional meetings
    • Utilize up-to-date equipment as part of the athletic training room and laboratory settings
    • Expose students to Evidence Based research within the profession
    • Provide students with an understanding of the value research plays in the growth of the athletic training profession
  • Integrate didactic and clinical phases encompassing the domains of athletic training as outlined in the 6th Edition of the Delineation Study and the 2011 Athletic Training Educational Competencies
    • Provide structured opportunities in the classroom to incorporate clinical experiences
    • Link accountability of clinical competencies to course work in the athletic training curriculum
  • “Athletic Training Education Competencies” 5th edition 2011 provides educational programs the knowledge, skills and clinical abilities to be mastered by students enrolled in professional athletic training education programs. These include but are not limited to:
    • Students will have a solid foundation in behaviors of professional practice in athletic training.
    • Students will have an understanding of evidence-based practice concepts and that their application is essential to sound clinical decision-making and the critical examination of athletic training practice.
    • Students will develop and implement strategies and programs in the area of prevention and health promotion
    • Students will have the strong clinical examination skills.
    • Students will demonstrate clinical-reasoning skills throughout the physical examination process in order to assimilate data, select the appropriate assessment tests, and formulate a differential diagnosis.
    • Students will be knowledgeable and skilled in the evaluation and immediate management of acute injuries and illnesses.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge in assessing the patient’s status using clinician-and patient-oriented outcome measures.
    • Students will demonstrate therapeutic interventions designed to maximize the patient’s participation and health-related quality of life.
    • Students will be able to recognize clients/patients exhibiting abnormal social, emotional, and mental behaviors and the ability to intervene and refer these individuals as necessary.
    • Students will have an understanding of athletic trainings function within the context of a complex healthcare system.
    • Students will demonstrate an understanding of risk management, healthcare delivery mechanisms, insurance, reimbursement, documentation, patient privacy, and facility management.
    • Students will demonstrate high quality patient care, competence in the constantly changing world of healthcare and embrace the need to practice within the limits of state and national regulation using moral and ethical judgment.