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Athletic Training Learning Objectives

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is an academic major within the Department of Human Performance and Sport Business. It is among an elite group of programs throughout the USA that are accredited; Mount Union was recently re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), July 2010.

The primary mission of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Mount Union is to prepare students to successfully challenge the Board of Certification (BOC, Inc.) examination and to prepare them for the contemporary professional and ethical challenges of employment and practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Learning Goals and Program Objectives:

I.    Pursuant to the program mission, the Mount Union faculty has designed and approved an education program which is well planned and intensive. To remain appropriate for the level of competence required by entry-level athletic training professionals into the twenty-first century, all aspects of the program will be re-evaluated regularly to ensure compliance.

II.  In order to prepare athletic trainers who will be compassionate, effective healthcare professionals in a changing world, with emerging national and state standards of practice, the Mount Union ATP shall provide didactic and clinical learning opportunities necessary for students to:

  1. Recognize that their patients are spiritual beings whose needs transcend their physical complaints;
  2. Understand the historical context of the discipline and its place in the health care system;
  3. Possess a personal philosophy consistent with the values required to improve health care in general and the profession of athletic training in particular and that places the patient’s needs at the center of their world views.
  4. Become proficient in the knowledge and application of the educational competencies and clinical proficiencies as enumerated by the Standards and Guidelines for the Athletic Trainer issued by the CAATE;
  5. Develop specified technical skills and knowledge through well supervised hands-on application in a variety of athletic training settings, including but not limited to interscholastic, intercollegiate and professional athletics and appropriate allied medical settings;
  6. Obtain formal classroom and laboratory instruction with regard to knowledge and skills specific to the entry-level athletic trainer, as well as base-line exposure to the associated sub-disciplines within athletic training, sport and exercise sciences.
  7. As a result of their exposure to and participation in the didactic and clinical education program, each student shall be prepared to practice the profession of Athletic Training by utilizing the skills obtained through effective learning of the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains:

A. Prevention of athletic injuries and illnesses; Students will be able to identify injury and illness risk factors associated with participation in competitive athletics and will be able to plan and implement all components of a comprehensive athletic injury and illness prevention program;

B. Clinical evaluation and diagnosis of athletic injuries and illnesses; Students will be able to conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the competitive athlete. Students will be able to formulate an impression of the injury or illness for the primary purposes of administering proper first aid and emergency care and making appropriate referrals to physicians for diagnosis and medical treatment;

C. Immediate care of athletic injuries and illnesses;  Students will be able to provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute athletic injuries and illnesses according to accepted standards (American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent) and refer injured and ill athletes to appropriate medical/paramedical personnel for  evaluation and diagnosis and follow-up care;

D. Treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries and illnesses; The student will be able to plan and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning program for injuries and illness sustained by the competitive athlete;

E. Organization and administration of athletic health care; Students will be able to plan, coordinate and supervise all administrative components of an athletic training program including those pertaining to health care services (physical examinations and screening, first aid and emergency care, follow-up care and rehabilitation), financial management, athletic training room management, personnel management and public relations;

F. Professional responsibility of athletic trainers in providing athletic health care;  Students will be able to interpret the role of the Certified Athletic Trainer as a health care provider, promoting Athletic Training as a professional discipline, and providing instruction in athletic training and sports medicine subject matters;

G. Written and oral communication; Students will be able to provide health care information and counseling to athletes, parents, and coaches on matters pertaining to the physical, psychological, and emotional health and well-being of the athlete;

H. Critical thinking and problem solving; Students will be able to realize their own personal strengths or weaknesses in the athletic training profession and continue to pursue life-long continuing education;

I. The appreciation of athletic training as a service-oriented allied health care profession; Students will be prepared to practice the profession of Athletic Training when working cooperatively with allied health care personnel including but not limited to physicians, physician assistants, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, sports psychologists, sports nutritionists, nurses, exercise physiologists and hospital/clinical administrators.

All learning goals will be assessed by an oral practical exam and recorded in the clinical proficiency handbook and electronically recorded using ATrack (ATrack is a powerful online database that manages ATP student data.  It is one secure place, where faculty can review student proficiency scores, clinical experience hours, forms, documents and the ATP course matrices.  Both the handbook and ATrack will be maintained throughout each student’s academic career at Mount Union.

III. The department and program faculty members are committed to maintaining a high standard of academic achievement and clinical skill for graduates of the Athletic Training Program through:

  1. Clearly defining, publishing, and supplying directly to the potential athletic training major, the established selection criteria for the ATP;
  2. Monitoring the ATP Athletic Training Student (ATS) through established retention standards;
  3. Providing quality academic advisement for each student through regular conferences at least once each semester and availability for more informal counseling on an “as needed” or “as requested” basis;
  4. Providing quality clinical field experiences through sport assignments with a variety of clinical settings and challenges;
  5. Requiring the clinical experience, under the direct supervision of the preceptor and the Medical Director, to involve a minimum of four semesters.
  6. Maintaining and surpassing a first-time pass rate on the BOC Examination above the national average;
  7. Maintain and surpass an over-all student pass rate of 70% on the BOC Examination;
  8. Maintain and surpass a 95% job placement success rate for those students who are appropriately credentialed in athletic training.

The objectives of the Mount Union Athletic Training Program support the goals and are consistent with the missions of the Human Performance and Sport Business Department as well as the mission of the Mount Union community at large. It is committed to the continual evaluation and upgrade of the human, financial and teaching resources necessary to accomplish the goals of the program. The program shall conform to, and wherever possible, exceed the standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Additionally, the program standards are consistent with the ethical and professional standards of practice of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Inc.

The Human Performance and Sport Business Department and the ATP faculty/staff accept the responsibility for maintaining currency with regard to curricular and course content, and for being proactive as well as reactive with regard to the internal and external standards and criteria which affect athletic training students. There is an undeniable tradition of excellence in both the athletic training program and the athletic training services offered at Mount Union. There is also an obvious commitment to the growth and improvement of the athletic training profession as a whole.

Three operative credos for the Mount Union ATP, as we travel through the twenty-first century are:

Faith, Desire, Effort, and Service” Daniel M. Gorman, Program Director Emeritus

“Excellence is never achieved in isolation” Dr. Robert Watson, Dean of College – 1993

 “Every individual is capable of achieving greatness because every individual is capable of serving” Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ATP faculty has been and will continue to be committed to these ideals of a team-work approach to athletic training and the service-to-others component of athletic training. We realize that we cannot provide the finest in athletic training education and service to Mount Union without strong administrative and medical support combined with a strong didactic and clinical education program. The over-riding philosophy from which this program is designed and the motivation which drives its progress is specifically for the students who are the recipients of this education and who are working at the grass roots level of providing these services. We have tremendous pride in our history as a reputable liberal arts institution, as well as for providing a paragon education in the field of athletic training. As an institution and as an education program, we pledge to do what is necessary to continually improve on these ideals.