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Athletic Training Mission and Outcomes

MISSION

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is dedicated to providing a supportive environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth, while preparing students to contribute and to be socially, responsible and globally aware in the athletic training profession at the clinical, professional, research and educational levels.

OUTCOMES

The Clarke University Athletic Training Program/Department will:

    1. Identify the knowledge and skills of the athletic training profession.
    2. Comprehend and explain the uniqueness of the individuals' structural, functional, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual dimensions.
    3. Apply evidence-based practices in the rapidly changing healthcare environment.
    4. Analyze applicable professional behaviors at the clinical, educational, and research levels.
    5. Justify ethical decision making processes at the clinical, education, and research levels.
    6. Create collaborative environments with healthcare professionals to develop, administer, and utilize effective clinical skill management, communication, scholarship and professional development.

Specifically, each level of student will achieve:

  • Freshmen - Observation:
    • Students identify basic concepts and theories of athletic training.
  • Sophomores – Level I
    • Students comprehend and apply basic skills, concepts and theories of athletic training to the clinical and educational setting.
  • Juniors – Level II
    • Students analyze and justify professional behaviors, skills, and theoretical concepts while applying ethical decision making to clinical, educational and research conditions.
  • Seniors Level III
    • Students develop proficiency at the entry-level competencies in a supervised clinical setting as they integrate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and values in the helping relationship. 

Clinical Outcomes:
While in the clinical setting, the Clarke University Athletic Training Program/Department will:

  1. Demonstrate safe and effective clinical prevention, recognition, treatment, care, rehabilitation, and return to participation principles and skills.
  2. Demonstrate cultural competence through behaviors, attitudes, and skills.
  3. Demonstrate sensitivity to the person.
  4. Demonstrate treatment of the whole person.
  5. Demonstrate treatment of each individual with fairness and respect.
  6. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills.
  7. Demonstrate professional presence which includes, but is not limited to: 

a. Active listening
b. Appropriate body language
c. Appropriate and professional language
d. Maintaining realistic and positive rapport

In order to meet all pertinent educational outcomes and goals, the Clarke University Athletic Training Program/Department requires Clinical Education in Athletic Training courses each semester during the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program/Department.  In additional to completing the Clinical Education in Athletic Training courses, each student is evaluated during all Athletic Training Program/Department course work in the form of written tests, simulated, situational tests, and oral/practical tests.  This allows Athletic Training Program/Department Faculty better prepare the student for the rigors of the BOC certification exam, evaluate the students' progress in acquiring a cognitive, skill, and affective base in the appropriate and necessary areas. The integration of the Athletic Training Program/Department within the institutional mission of Clarke University has been a high priority for faculty, staff, and administration.  

Outcomes with respect to the Athletic Training Educational Competencies, 5th edition.

  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
    • Understand and apply evidence-based practices in the clinical decision making process and in clinical practice.
  • Prevention and Health Promotion (PHP)
    • Understand the importance of prevention and health promotion.
    • Demonstrate development and implementation of effective strategies and programming to prevent injury and illness, as well as to promote health and wellness.
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis (CE)
    • Apply sound clinical reasoning skills throughout the assessment/evaluation/examination process and formulate appropriate clinical diagnoses.
    • Determine, plan and implement appropriate actions to ensure optimal patient outcomes.
  • Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses (AC)
    • Recognize, evaluate, and appropriately and effectively manage acute injuries and illnesses.
  • Therapeutic Interventions (TI)
    • Appropriately and effectively utilize TIs to achieve maximal patient and clinician therapeutic outcomes.
  • Psychological Strategies and Referral (PS)
    • Appreciate the role of mental health in athletic training.
    • Recognize and appropriately intervene and refer abnormal behaviors.
  • Healthcare Administration (HA)
    • Understand and function effectively within the healthcare system.
  • Professional Development and Responsibility (PD)
    • Maintain and promote the most current practices in the athletic training and healthcare fields.
    • Competently and collaboratively provide quality healthcare.
  • Clinical Integration Proficiencies (CIP)
    • Synthesize and integrate knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making with evidence-based practices to optimize clinical outcomes.

Click here to view the Outcomes with respect to the Athletic Training Educational Competencies, 5th edition.

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