The Athletic Training program mission is to develop outstanding entry-level professionals who will be contributing members to the profession of athletic training. Through the integration of balanced didactic course work, intensive hands-on laboratory sessions, and excellent clinical experiences, students will become proficient in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses for the physically active.
This program will prepare students for entry-level work in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments. In addition, the program prepares students for graduate study in athletic training and related fields and to serve the healthcare needs of physically active individuals.
Students will learn to be culturally competent and be able to engage with patients from diverse backgrounds. The curriculum meets the Commission on Accrediting Athletic Training Education (caate) standards and prepares students for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Graduates from the Athletic Training program receive a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and are eligible to sit for the BOC Exam. BOC certification is required to practice athletic training in all 50 states and is considered the standard by licensing boards. This is a limited-access program.
Athletic Training Educational Competencies are the individual skills or components of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). Introduction and reinforcement of SLOs occurs within each course in the form of e-learning/written examination, practical examination, lab experience, assignments or clinical experience (actual or simulated); by documenting successful completion of the associated course competencies. Each experience (potentially different for each student) is documented within each course and overall within the program as part of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – KSA) Book. The content of the KSA book includes the current educational competencies put forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Council and meets the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards for implementation within the AT Program. The KSA book serves as a tool to ensure compliance with the CAATE learning over time requirements and to ensure all knowledge components of the larger SLOs are met throughout the program. Formal assessment of clinical skill and retention occurs as part of the AT Clinical Experience Courses (ATR 4812, ATR 4822, ATR 4832 and ATR 4842), where clinical supervisors complete an end of semester final clinical evaluation of each student (e.g., documenting successful completion of required skills introduced and reinforced through both the didactic and clinical experiences).
For more information regarding the undergraduate Athletic Training Program, please contact Program Director Dr. Patricia M. Tripp. If you have general questions regarding application materials or advising, please contact our program assistant, Ms. Lori Myers. For detailed information, you can also rerview the AT admissions information.