ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM (ATP) EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
The following identifies the primary educational objectives for our students who successfully complete our three-year sequenced didactic and clinical education program.
Our athletic training graduates will……………………….
· Upon graduation take and pass the BOC examination to become a certified athletic trainer.
· Be prepared to practice the profession of Athletic Training by utilizing their knowledge and skills obtained through their three years of structured and sequenced didactic and clinical education.
· Be able to identify injury and illness risk factors associated with the physically active and be able to plan and implement all components of a comprehensive injury and illness prevention program.
· Be able to provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute traumatic injuries and illnesses according to the accepted standards of the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or equivalent and based on their scope of practice assist and/or refer injured or ill patients to appropriate medical and paramedical personnel.
· Be able to conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of common injuries and illnesses sustained by the physically active and formulate an impression of the injury or illness for the primary purposes of administering appropriate first aid and emergency care and to make appropriate referrals to physicians for diagnosis and medical treatment.
· Be able to plan and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses sustained by the physically active.
· Be able to plan, coordinate and supervise all administrative components of an athletic training program including those pertaining to health care services (eg. physical examinations, first aid and emergency care, follow-up care and rehabilitation), financial management, facility management, personnel management and public relations.
· Be able to provide health care information and counseling to athletes, physically active patients, parents and coaches on matters pertaining to the physical, psychological and emotional health and well-being of the physically active patient.
· Be able to interpret the role of the Certified Athletic Trainer as a valuable member of the health care team by promoting the profession of Athletic Training as a professional discipline, and providing instruction on subject matters to the community as it relates to injury and illness of the physically active patient.
· Be able to realize their own personal strengths and weaknesses in the care of the physically active and continue to strive for advancing their knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education while incorporating evidence based practice.
· Be prepare to practice the profession of Athletic Training while working cooperatively with allied health care professionals including, but not limited to; physicians, physician assistants, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, sports psychologists, sports nutritionists, nurses, exercise physiologists and hospital and clinic administrators.