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.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Meet the standards and abide by the guidelines set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
  • Prepare qualified and proficient health care professionals in the practice domains of athletic training to enter the work force or continue on to post-professional graduate education
  • Promote professionalism and the importance of ethical practice
  • Ensure quality clinical experiences that allow students to appreciate the role of an athletic trainer in a variety of practice settings
  • Promote supervised skill acquisition and critical thinking under the supervision of qualified faculty and medical or healthcare professionals serving the AT Program
Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate proper injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and documentation strategies required of an athletic trainer.
  • Demonstrate proper taping, wrapping and protective equipment application for the physically active population.
  • Demonstrate proper application of therapeutic modalities and incorporation of such modalities in an effective rehabilitation program.
  • Demonstrate effective management of general medical and psychosocial conditions related to the physically active population.
  • Demonstrate proper immediate care and emergency management skills required of an athletic trainer.
    Identify important concepts related to athletic training administration used in professional practice.
  • Recognize the importance of professionalism and ethical behavior in the field of athletic training and employ these characteristics during clinical practice.
  • Recognize the components of effective communication with members of the sports medicine team (i.e., athlete/patient, coach, physician, parent, etc.) and employ these characteristics during clinical practice.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Opportunities
  • Secondary schools, colleges and universities
  • Professional sports teams
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Physician extender
  • Industrial or corporate settings, performing arts, and the military