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Athletic Training Education Program

The following program assessment was created to align student learning with the National Athletic Training Association education competencies.

Athletic Training Students will be able to:

1. Understand risk management and injury prevention and demonstrate the necessary skills to plan and implement prevention and risk management strategies to reduce the risk of injury and illness in the physically active.

2. Recognize, assess, and treat patients with acute/emergent injuries and illnesses and provide appropriate medical referral when applicable.

3. Demonstrate the ability to clinically examine and diagnose a patient for the purpose of identifying (1) common acquired or congenital risk factors that would predispose the patient to injury and (2) musculoskeletal orthopedic injuries to determine proper care including referral of the patient to other health care providers when appropriate.

4. Understand general medical conditions and disabilities associated with physically active individuals.

5. Plan, implement, document, and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of injuries to and illnesses of their patients.

6. Plan, implement, document, and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic exercise programs for the rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries and illnesses.

7. Possess the ability to recognize, intervene, and refer when appropriate, patients exhibiting sociocultural, mental, emotional, and psychosocial behavioral problems/issues.

8. Possess an understanding of the nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses.

9. Demonstrate mastery of the cognitive and psychomotor competencies in each of the 12 content areas established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Executive Committee for Education.

10. Demonstrate foundational behaviors of professional practice as established by NATA-Executive Committee for Education as outlined in the NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies 5th Edition.

11. Understand the need for continuing professional education and provide opportunities for athletic training students to participate continuing professional education programming such as national, district, and state professional meetings.

12. Understand the need for performing quality research (ie., original research, case reports, evidence-based practice, systematic reviews) and provide opportunities for obtaining, interpreting, evaluating, and applying relevant research data, literature, and/or other forms of information to add to the current body of knowledge and/or affect change in the local community.

13. Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination and obtain licensure as an athletic training TRAINER? in the State of Michigan if and when applicable.

14. Be prepared for employment as an entry-level athletic trainer and/or admission into post-professional graduate education programs (ie, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, medical school).

15. Assist local certified athletic trainers to (1) maintain or renew professional certification, (2) prevent outdated clinical practice, and (3) advance ones knowledge, skills and abilities by addressing pertinent issues related to the healthcare delivery of athletes and the physically active in our community.

Accrediting/Certifying Body: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Executive Committee for Education.

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Executive Committee for Education; Board of Certification Standards of Professional Practice; Board of Certification Approved Provider Program-Provider #P8379