The Athletic Training Education Program at Saginaw Valley State University is committed to creating opportunities for ATS to achieve intellectual and personal development through academic, professional, and cultural experiences. Through didactic and clinical experience, ATS will demonstrate proficiency in the educational competencies and clinical proficiencies developed by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and will thus be prepared to lend their leadership and expertise to the advancement of the athletic training profession.
Athletic Training students will be able to:
In the Athletic Training Education Program, the only acceptable professional goal is excellence. In order to be successful in the SVSU ATEP, students must be committed to excellence in all phases of their program, including scholarship, clinical practice, and personal development. In healthcare, no patient (or athlete) wants or deserves mediocre care. Therefore, as healthcare providers, we must strive to provide the best care available. In order to accomplish this goal, you must demonstrate exceptional commitment to both knowledge and skill development. This can only happen when you are both prepared to learn and actively seek to apply your knowledge to clinical situations. These two things are completely interdependent. The marriage between classroom preparation and clinical practice is absolutely essential. Likewise, knowledge is not something that can be given to a student. Knowledge is only gained when it is actively sought. Students must constantly look to improve their understanding and refine their skills and this involves seeking out ongoing interaction between the student and the instructor. The academic and clinical programs in the SVSU ATEP contain a wealth of knowledge and experience to be gained, but as a student, you will only get from this program what you actively seek. You can have an outstanding education or a mediocre one, but you are the person who controls what you will learn. To this end, you must constantly ask questions and seek the guidance from the faculty and clinical instructors. The only bad questions are ones that were not asked. At the same time, you cannot effectively seek knowledge without first demonstrating a strong and genuine professional commitment. Always remember, no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. This is true both for your professional education and for working with patients.