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2019 - 2020 Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Training Major

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Faculty: Currie (Clinical Education Coordinator), Dennison, Johnson Krug (Chair), Welch

Degree Type(s): Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Special Note: Fall 2017 was the last starting freshman class for the undergraduate Athletic Training major. In the future, Athletic Training will become a master’s level program, in alignment with changing professional standards and accreditation requirements.

The Athletic Training Program at the University of Mary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training– Education Program (CAATE). More information on CAATE can be found at www.caate.net. By graduating from an accredited curriculum program, students become eligible candidates to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

The athletic training student’s professional preparation is directed toward the development of specific competencies in the following domains: prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning, organization and administration, and professional development; in the following content areas: evidence-based practice; prevention and health promotion; clinical examination and diagnosis; acute care of injury and illness; therapeutic interventions; psychosocial strategies and referral; healthcare administration; professional development and responsibility. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and clinical experience, the athletic training student is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific healthcare skills and knowledge in each domain during assigned hours of supervised clinical experience.

The athletic training major is a Bachelor of Science degree.


The mission of the University of Mary Athletic Training Program is to prepare students to become professionals who serve the needs of the active population of all ages and abilities. The program strives to develop transformational leaders in the athletic training profession who possess excellent communication and critical thinking skills, and are ethical healthcare professionals. We encourage understanding and respect for social, physical, and cultural diversity.

Outcomes and Goals

  1. Students will use knowledge from evidence based research and science methodology to interpret research related to athletic training to answer clinical questions and to guide clinical practice.
    1. Demonstrate a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses sustained by the active population.
    2. Develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for injuries and illnesses sustained by the active population.
    3. Develop a plan for delivering health care information and counseling patients, parents, and coaches on matters pertaining to the physical, psychological and emotional health and well-being of the patient.
    4. Design a comprehensive research project
  2. Students will develop their critical thinking, reflection, analysis and communication skills.
    1. Demonstrate successful completion of athletic training competencies.
    2. Demonstrate personal and professional ability effectively reflect on educational and clinical abilities. Practice self-reflection in order to enhance their personal and professional abilities.
    3. Analyze available research to determine effectiveness, relevance and its use in evidence based practice in health care
    4. Develop a plan for delivering effective health care communication and consultation between patients, families, and coaches on matters pertaining to the physical, psychological and emotional health and well-being of the patient.
  3. Students will become effective and ethical healthcare professionals
    1. Embrace the responsibility for continuing education based on personal strengths and also challenges within the athletic training profession.
    2. Complete a professional development plan based on self-assessments in order to promote personal and professional growth.
    3. Develop ethical health practices as outlined by the NATA Code of Ethics
  4. Students will demonstrate servant leadership based on the Benedictine Values to serve those around them.
    1. Completion of service learning experience for the surrounding community.
    2. Apply transformational leadership abilities in order to effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment.
    3. Demonstrate Benedictine Values in everyday life.
  5. Complete a comprehensive assessment plan that evaluates all aspect of the clinical education program.
    1. Complete clinical site evaluation completed on a yearly basis to ensure quality.
    2. Provide preceptor evaluations on a yearly basis to ensure quality of preceptor.
    3. Increase knowledge of the preceptors to engage the students in education.
    4. Clinical education placement is equitable and non-discriminatory with varied populations.
  6. Students will be prepared for post-graduate education or professional experience.
    1. Demonstrate ability to integrate into a post graduate professional setting.
    2. Validate they are prepared to work as a professional.
    3. Completion of graduating student exit evaluations; alumni placement rates and report.

Criteria for Acceptance of Student’s Application

  1. Application materials are distributed to the student enrolled in ATH 121  and ATH 243 . Applications for admission are submitted by October 1 of the fall semester. All prerequisites are strictly enforced. Student-athletes at the University are considered for admittance into the professional level of the ATP with the same criteria as other prospective students.
  2. Application materials include: a letter of application, application for athletic training admissions, three recommendation forms, proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care and First Aid certification, medical history and health evaluation, documentation of completed HBV series, a copy of student’s immunization certification, and a signed and dated copy of the Technical Standards for Admission to the Major.
  3. The Athletic Training Program (ATP) Admissions Committee reviews all applications for completeness, and the applicant is informed of any deficiency. The applicant has the opportunity for immediate remediation of the deficiency to allow for continuation in the application process. Applicants with completed application materials are notified of their provisional acceptance into the ATP. A non-remediated deficiency affects the applicant’s continuation in the admission process.
  4. The applicant will be interviewed by the Athletic Training Admissions Committee during the fall semester when the student is enrolled in ATH 243 . The admissions committee includes but is not limited to the athletic training program director, clinical education coordinator, and a minimum of one University faculty member, one preceptor, and one athletic training student.

Major Requirements

Grade of “B” or higher required on all ATH/ KIN prefixed courses. Grade of “C-” or higher required in all other pre-admission and professional courses. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher required.

Required Professional Courses:

Total: 124 Semester Credits

Program length: 4 academic years / 128 weeks

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