Augustana University Athletic Training Mission

Augustana University will prepare our Athletic Training graduates to serve as qualified health care professionals educated and competent in the management of health care issues associated with physically active patients with an emphasis on the collegiate athlete.


Augustana University Athletic Training Philosophy

The following comprises the philosophy of the Augustana Athletic Training program that distinguishes it from other programs:

  1. We focus on the big picture, from our holistic treatment and mentorship philosophies to our relentless focus on the future success of each of our students individually.
  2. Our students are members of our sports medicine team.  From the time they step onto campus they are part of our team and are treated as a vital component of the healthcare of active individuals.
  3. We are part of the greater Sanford Health Network in Sioux Falls and we use these relationships to help our students gain truly exceptional experiences with a variety of healthcare professions and settings.

Augustana University Athletic Training Goals and Objectives

Goal 1:  Prepare the students to practice the profession by utilizing knowledge and skills obtained through their three years of structured and sequenced didactic education.

Objective 1.1:  Students will demonstrate progressive knowledge on standardized exams.

Objective 1.2:  Students will demonstrate clinical skills on standardized patients.

Objective 1.3:  Students will be 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. 

Objective 1.4:  Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency of skills required of an athletic trainer including but not limited to providing first aid and emergency care for acute traumatic injuries and illnesses, conducting an initial clinical evaluation of common injuries and illnesses, planning and implementing a comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning program. 

Objective 1.5:  Professors will provide quality instruction facilitating student knowledge acquisition.


Goal 2:  Provide hands-on clinical experiences so students can demonstrate clinical competence of the functions of a clinical athletic trainer. 

Objective 2.1: Students will be able to conduct a thorough clinical evaluation of common injuries and illnesses and formulate an impression as well be able to plan, coordinate and supervise all administrative components of an athletic training program including those pertaining to health care services (e.g. physical examinations, first aid and emergency care, follow-up care and rehabilitation), financial management, facility management, personnel management and public relations. 

Objective 2.2:  Clinical preceptors will provide quality clinical experience, mentorship, and demonstration of skills during clinical.

Goal 3:  Prepare our students to demonstrate team management/professional behaviors for transition to an independent entry-level clinical athletic trainer.

Objective 3.1:  Students will be able to conduct themselves in a confident professional manner as a member of the sports medicine team.

Objective 3.2:  Students will utilize the interpersonal skills necessary 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. 

Objective 3.3:  Clinical preceptors will demonstrate the interpersonal skills to be a member of the sports medicine team.

Goal 4: Prepare our graduates to become qualified health care professionals.

Objective 4.1:  Upon graduation, students will pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination the first time to become Certified Athletic Trainers.

Objective 4.2:  Six months after graduation, our students will have active employment in their field or placement in a graduate program.

Objective 4.3: Graduates will 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.

Objective 4.4:  Graduates will 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. 

Objective 4.5:  Graduates will 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.