Program Goals and Objectives
The overall goal of the Athletic Training Program is to prepare graduates to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the following domains: prevention, recognition and evaluation, management/treatment and disposition, rehabilitation, organization and administration, education and counseling, and research. To achieve this goal, a comprehensive curriculum has been designed to integrate formal classroom instruction and clinical education. The program prepares the graduate for:
- To interact and communicate with others using a combination of communication and technological skills for a clear exchange of ideas and information.
- These skills include: integrating different media in a variety of professional settings, using computers and other informational technology, using data, listening and comprehending the viewpoints of others, and effectively presenting information in oral and written formats.
- Personal and Professional Decision Making
- To use critical and creative thinking in solving problems, making decisions, and gaining new insights in both personal and professional decision making.
- These skills include: clarifying and justifying assumptions, reasoning through implications and consequences, inferring and drawing conclusions, and evaluating the historical, cultural, social, political, and aesthetic impact on decisions.
Professional Ethics and Responsibility
- To value the need for lifelong personal and professional development and mandate for ethical, responsible, and accountable professional practice or performance which includes a sensitivity and affirmation to protect human rights and values in an evolving technological society.
- To synthesize the body of knowledge of the discipline with the skills and abilities for an entry-level practice. This ability includes applying research findings to ensure currency in the practice and the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice within a discipline.
- To accurately discern the quality of one's skills, abilities, and health practices and use of the mind/body relationship to continue to improve overall abilities, physical health, self-esteem, and self-expression and to value one's responsibility for the development of a sustainable lifestyle.
The Athletic Training Education Program shall prepare graduates to
- Use reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in athletic training courses and apply these skills for purposes of comprehension, discovery, enjoyment, debate, and clear exchange of ideas and information.
- Understand numerical data and their applications to a variety of sports medicine-specific content and activities.
- Value holistic health practice for self and others.
- Demonstrate the confidence and the degree of knowledge, skills, and abilities for an entry-level athletic trainer.
- Use computers and other technology to enhance communication, inquiry, problem-solving, and decision-making within athletic training.
- Value the contribution of research to the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practice within athletic training.
- Appreciate the need for lifelong personal and professional development and society's mandate for ethical, responsible, and accountable professional practice.
- Use the body/mind relationship as a means of improving health and enhancing self-esteem and self-expression.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems, make decisions, and gain new insights into both personal and professional domains.
- Develop a sensitivity to the ethical issues and dilemmas created within an evolving, technological society and the need to respond in ways which affirm and protect human rights and values.
- Provide leadership and organization in their tasks of developing or running athletic training healthcare services.
- Educate others in the domains of athletic training (e.g., prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation) and in the profession itself.
An application to the curriculum as well as documentation of the requirements must be provided to the program director prior to admittance into the athletic training educational program. Applications are accepted in the spring only and will involve an interview process as well.