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Athletic Trainers

Philosophy of Education

Central to the Athletic Training Program's educational philosophy is the belief that all instruction should empower students as learners. Therefore, through the provision of both support and challenge, the program will encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and to engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and self-reflection. Preferences for instruction are to engage students in the teaching-learning process. The program also supports and incorporates Learning over Time in its educational approach. Students are first exposed to material in the classroom and provided an opportunity to practice the skills both in the classroom and the clinical setting. After students have had an opportunity to refine their new skills, they are evaluated by approved clinical instructors to show proficiency in using these skills, enabling them to perform those skills on patients.

Athletic Training Program Mission

The mission of the program is to provide a positive learning environment with opportunities for students to master the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the athletic training profession and to uphold the ethical standards for athletic trainers as defined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

Athletic Training Program Goals and Student Outcomes

  • Goal #1: The AT Program at Emporia State University is committed to providing all Athletic Training Students (ATS) a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited entry level curriculum that educates students through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences.
      • Outcome 1.1: Prepare students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) national certification examination in order to become nationally certified and licensed as an Athletic Trainer.

      • Outcome 1.2: Develop and maintain a sequential and progressive curriculum that permits students to gain knowledge and clinical skills and develop and refine the knowledge and clinical skills.

      • Outcome 1.3: Integrate appropriate technology to enhance professional practice and improve communication.
  • Goal #2:The AT Program at Emporia State University prepares ATS with didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
      • Outcome 2.1: Provide students with opportunities to analyze and synthesize current research and resources within the profession of athletic training.
  • Goal #3:The AT Program at Emporia State University promotes personal and professional development of the athletic training student.
      • Outcome 3.1: Encourage athletic training students to become members of professional organizations and attend annual state and national workshops and conventions.

      • Outcome 3.2: Develop the ability to interact and effectively communicate with athletic and medical personnel.
  • Goal #4:The AT Program at Emporia State University prepares athletic training students who demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and behavior.
      • Outcome 4.1: Adhere to the NATA Code of Ethics for all athletic training professionals.

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