Division Overview

Mission

  • To provide students with the fundamental knowledge, concepts, and skills grounded in evidence-based practice as determined by the Athletic Training governing bodies: Board of Certification (BOC), Commission on Accreditiation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the Educational Council.
  • To prepare students for employment in entry-level athletic training positions located in a variety of clinical healthcare settings and/or for the pursuit of advanced degrees in athletic training or health-related professions.
  • To provide practical experience and ethical reflection to enable graduates to assume leadership roles in various health care settings to enhance the quality of patient health care and to advance the profession of athletic training.

Program Learning Goals & Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the students will be able to do the following.

Student Learning Goals Student Learning Outcomes
Participate as a part of a healthcare team by collaborating with colleagues through a complex medical system.
  • Communicate effectively with relevant stakeholders (clients, patients, coaches, families, others) and healthcare professionals.
  • Recognize, intervene and refer clients/patients exhibiting abnormal social, emotional, and mental behaviors
  • Recognize, intervene and refer clients/patients with illnesses/diseases that are beyond the scope of an athletic trainer to the proper healthcare provider.
Use physiological, anatomical and evidence-based knowledge in the clinical settings.
  • Evaluate and manage injuries and illnesses.
  • Develop and implement injury prevention strategies to reduce the incidence and/or severity of injuries and illnesses.
  • Utilize clinical examination skills to diagnose and treat clients/patients with medical/musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Utilize the appropriate therapeutic equipment and techniques for the treatment of athletic related injuries.
  • Utilizing testing equipment and developing protocols for measuring fitness, body composition, flexibility, etc. to assess a client’s/patient’s physical status, readiness for physical activity and prevention of an injury.
  • Describe the importance of nutrition in regard to enhancing performance, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing injuries/illnesses.
  • Identify and explain the reasons of use, general and adverse effects for commonly used therapeutic drugs, dietary supplements, performance enhancing drugs, and recreational drugs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of advanced human anatomy and physiology as it relates to human development, exercise, nutrition, performance and injury.
  • Utilize knowledge of advanced anatomy and physiology to diagnose and treat clients/patients with medical/musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Utilize the appropriate tests and measures to evaluate a clients’ vital and anthropometry data
Behave in a manner consistent with the code of conduct and standards of professional practice set forth by the Athletic Training governing bodies.
  • Apply ethical reasoning to inform clinical decisions (professional relationship, respect for diversity, ethical practice, professional integrity etc.
  • Recognize cultural and social diversity and apply cultural sensitivity in interactions with peers and clients.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the laws and regulations governing the practice of athletic training
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the attitudes, behaviors and responsibilities associated with being an athletic trainer
Locate, evaluate and apply evidence-based resources to build knowledge and support athletic training practice.  
  • Develop and conduct a research project.
  • Submit research findings for publication (peer- reviewed journal, poster, etc.) or present at a regional or national conference.
  • Conduct literature reviews on various aspects of athletic training practice to critically evaluate the current and evolving body of scholarly literature that informs professional practice.
  • Utilize knowledge of research methodology and statistical principles to guide clinical practice
Demonstrate administrative duties affiliated with the athletic training profession.
  • Develop policies and procedures, emergency action plans, standard operating procedures and guidelines for the athletic training facility.
  • Identify the components of budgeting, medical documentation and insurance when working in a healthcare facility.
  • Recognize the organizational structure and the role the athletic trainer plays in the hiring process and in the daily operations of the healthcare facility.
Identify, describe and develop management plans for individuals with psychosocial disorders and/or mental health emergencies.
  • Recognize and describe the signs, symptoms, physiological, and psychological responses of injuries, illnesses and catastrophic events.
  • Describe psychological techniques and interventions that can be used during injury treatment, rehabilitation and return to activities processes.
  • Describe how psychosocial considerations affect clinical decision-making related to return to activity or participation.
  • Explain the importance of educating patients, parents/guardians, and others to enhance the psychological and emotional well-being of the individual.
  • Identify role and functions of various healthcare providers and refer clients/patients in need of mental healthcare.
  • Explain the impact of sociocultural issues that influence the nature and quality of healthcare received.

Student Outcomes

Student Board of Certification (BOC) Pass Rate

Programs must meet or exceed a 3-year aggregate of 70%.

Data Set

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

3-year aggregate

Number of students graduating from program who took examination 7 14 8 29
Number of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt 7 11 8 26
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt 100.00% 78.57% 100.00% 89.66%
Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of attempts 7 13 8 28
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of number of attempts 100.00% 92.86% 100.00% 96.55%

Student Employment Rate

Graduate employment/placement rate: Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories: employed as an athletic trainer, employed as other, and not employed.
Employment/Placement rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Employed as an Athletic Trainer or Employed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students who have graduated (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased).

Data Set

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

3-year aggregate

Student employment rate as AT (%) 85.71% 76.92% 87.50% 82.14%
Number of students employed as other 0 1 0 1
Student employment rate as other (%) 0.00% 7.14% 0.00% 3.45%
Number of students not employed 1 1 0 2
Student not employed rate (%) 14.29% 7.14% 0.00% 6.90%

Student Graduation, Employment/Placement & Program Retention Rate

Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Graduation rate is calculated as: the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased).

Program retention rate: Measures the percentage of students who have enrolled in the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies in the program the following academic year. Programs must post the following data for the past three years on their website: the number of students who enrolled in the program, the number of students returning for each subsequent academic year, and the percentage of students returning for each subsequent academic year.

Data Set

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

3-year aggregate

Number of students matriculating to the second year 7 14 8 29
Number of students graduating from the program 7 14 8 29
Student Retention Rate % 58.33% 77.78% 100.00% 76.32%
Student Graduation Rate % 58.33% 77.78% 100.00% 76.32%