Athletic Training program

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Program Mission

Training professionals through competency-based didactic and clinical instruction. The program strives for academic excellence and aims to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become reflective health care practitioners, researchers, educators, advocates and leaders in an evolving health care environment. Graduates will be able to apply athletic training theory, ethics, and evidence-based patient-centered clinical practice to diverse individuals throughout the lifespan.  Graduates will be dedicated to improving the health of their patients and advocating for their patients and the profession.

Core Values

  • Leadership
    The BSAT program is committed to the development of future leaders and advocates through an academic preparation that emphasizes the role of the Athletic Trainer in the community.
  • Collaboration
    The BSAT program is committed to providing students with inter-professional educational and clinical experiences to foster the professional relationships necessary to optimize patient care and outcomes.
  • Respect
    The BSAT program strives to instill cultural competence and respect for all people through an academic preparation that emphasizes the unique health care needs of diverse populations.
  • Innovation
    The BSAT program is committed to supporting the unique talents and interests of each student and faculty member as means to foster innovative teaching and learning practices, research, and ideas that forward the practice of Athletic Training.
  • Professionalism
    The BSAT program aims to develop students as health care professionals fully committed to the promotion of patient-centered care, the Board of Certification Standards of Professional Practice, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics, and their role as life-long learners.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Successfully prepare qualified athletic training scholarly-practitioners
  1. Provide a student-centered and academically challenging curricular content grounded in evidence-based theory and clinical skills that develop students as critical-thinkers and scholarly-practitioners in an environment that encourages, nurtures and supports learning.
  2. Provide diverse clinical education experiences with knowledgeable preceptors who encourage, nurture and support learning. Clinical education will occur in a variety of health care settings, with patients of diverse demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds, at varying levels of activity and throughout the lifespan. Clinical education will include inter-professional health care practice with preceptors who demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors, commitment to teaching, and advocate for their patients and the profession of Athletic Training.
  3. Prepare students as qualified Athletic Training practitioners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become reflective health care providers, researchers, educators, advocates and leaders in an evolving health care environment.
  4. Develop students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected to effectively utilize outcome measures and patient-centered data to improve the quality of patient care and patient education.
Goal 2: Cultivate students as responsible and ethical researchers, educators, advocates and leaders in the field of Athletic Training. Encourage students to be active citizens and contributors to their local, national and global communities.
  1. Develop students as scholarly-practitioners through incremental opportunities to engage in research activities throughout the curriculum.
  2. Develop students as responsible and ethical educators, advocates and leaders through participation in local, national and global professional development opportunities, community education presentations, and Athletic Training awareness and advocacy campaigns.
Goal 3: Cultivate students as socially and ethically responsible Athletic Trainers who practice in a manner that is free of discrimination or prejudice, culturally competent, respectful of the contributions and dignity of others, and consistent with the expectations of the Athletic Training Program, University, the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC Standards of Professional Practice.
  1. Develop students as ethically responsible Athletic Trainers who practice in a manner consistent with the local, state and national laws, the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC Standards of Professional Practice.
  2. Develop students as respectful professionals who protect the dignity of their patients, peers and themselves, and promote a professional climate that is free from discrimination or prejudice.
Goal 4: Retain and graduate highly qualified and diverse students for participation in the Athletic Training Program. Recruit diverse faculty and preceptors to serve as Athletic Training educators, mentors and role-models.
  1. Retain and graduate highly qualified students.
  2. Recruit faculty and preceptors that are representative of the demographics of the student body with diverse academic preparations and clinical expertise.