Program Goals


The overall goal of our Athletic Training Program is to prepare our students for the profession of Athletic Training. We strive to challenge our students academically and to provide them with hands-on opportunities to learn the profession of Athletic Training first hand. We want our students to think for themselves and to view the profession of Athletic Training as an integral component of the health care services which can be delivered to the community. We want our students to make a positive contribution to the professional growth of the Athletic Training profession and we expect our students to uphold high moral and ethical conduct.


We are able to accomplish these goals by requiring our teaching faculty, clinical preceptors and the various health care professionals who are formally associated with our students’ development to set reputable examples of behavior through their professional and ethical conduct. We challenge our students intellectually in the classroom through lecture, group discussion, guest lectures and laboratory and field trip experiences. Our clinical preceptors and the wide variety of affiliated clinical education sites which they are associated with offer an extensive and diverse clinical experience for our students. Through these unique clinical education experiences, our students receive numerous opportunities to combine their didactic classroom knowledge with first hand psychomotor and effective learning of their sports medicine skills.


Our program goals are consistent with the NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies (fifth edition) and the BOC Role Delineation Study (sixth edition). Our curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


Graduates of our program receive a Bachelors of Arts degree in Athletic Training in four years. Students who do not successfully complete the required pre-requisites for acceptance into our program during their freshman year will not graduate in four years. Our curriculum is a 65 credit hour major with a strong emphasis on science and health care principles. Students must also complete the general education degree requirements listed in The Augustana Plan. Prospective students must formally apply for acceptance into our program and once accepted they will formally participate in three structured years of sequenced didactic and clinical education.


It is the primary goal of our program to prepare our graduates to become qualified health care professionals educated and skilled in the management of health care issues associated with physically active patients. Our graduates are expected to take and pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become Certified Athletic Trainers and to achieve employment.