Mission, Objectives, and Goals

Mission Statement

The Athletic Training Program at Averett University will prepare undergraduate students for successful and rewarding careers in the field of athletic training. Averett University is dedicated to providing the student with challenging educational experiences that emphasize sound academic and clinical foundations in all aspects of the athletic training curriculum. The program goal will always be to prepare students for the BOC examination and to produce well-rounded individuals who possess the knowledge, problem-solving, clinical and interpersonal skills needed for entry-level careers in the modern athletic training environment.

OVERALL PROGRAM ACHIEVEMENT OUTCOMES

Objectives:

Assessment of overall program achievement goals incorporates the following intended/expected outcomes:

  1. Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions with a variety of healthcare professionals.
  2. Provide challenging coursework and clinical education experiences which prepare students to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination on the first attempt.
  3. Provide quality medical care to patients/athletes by using an evidence base practice model and assessment of patient outcomes.
  4. Provide comprehensive preventative services among six (6) clinical practice domains including: (1) prevention of injuries; (2) clinical evaluation and diagnosis; (3) immediate care of injuries and illnesses; (4) treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning including the use of modalities; (5) organization and administration; and (6) professional responsibility.
  5. Provide a comprehensive academic curriculum which adequately prepares the student to either gain employment as a certified Athletic Trainer or to successfully pursue advanced study in athletic training or a related health-care field.
  6. Provide an atmosphere encouraging professionalism and continued education maintenance through membership(s) in professional organizations, and presentations at state, district, and national meetings.

Goal #1

To prepare AT students for entry into the profession of athletic training, graduate studies and/or employment in the athletic training profession or a related field.

Objectives:

  1. Provide quality coursework addressing content area knowledge as identified by the current NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies.
  2. Provide laboratory exercises which develop psychomotor skills consistent with the current NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies.
  3. Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate comprehensive abilities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to be an athletic trainer.
  4. Incorporate learning over time utilizing the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) as set forth in the Board of Certification Crosswalk Analysis: Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition vs. Athletic Training Education Competencies, Fifth Edition.

Goal #2

To prepare AT students for a smooth progression through clinical education experiences in athletic training (Ie, vertical and horizontal alignment of coursework and laboratory/clinical/field based learning).

Objectives:

  1. Provide structured and progressive learning opportunities which integrate theoretical knowledge and psychomotor skill components.
  2. Provide quality clinical education experiences in a variety of venues (upper extremity athletics, lower extremity athletics, general medical, equipment intensive) involving patient populations of both genders, various age groups, and varying degrees of disabilities and injuries/illnesses.
  3. Provide opportunities for regular feedback of clinical skill performance to enhance and promote clinical skill development.

Goal #3

To prepare AT students to use written and verbal communication consistent with the language of allied health professionals.

Objectives:

  1. Provide students the opportunity to identify, read, and critically evaluate relevant research in the discipline.
  2. Provide opportunities for students to engage with allied health care professionals of differing specialties during their clinical education experiences.

Goal #4

To prepare students for professional practice by demonstrating appropriate foundational behaviors (Primacy of the Patient; Team Approach to Practice; Legal Practice; Ethical Practice; Advancing Knowledge; Cultural Competence (Health Care Literacy); & Professionalism).

Objectives:

  1. Incorporate foundational behaviors in clinical practice.
  2. Provide students opportunities for regular feedback of foundational behavior skill integration to enhance and promote their professional development.