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Athletic Training

Mission:

The athletic training program will provide students with a superior athletic training education integrated with experiential learning opportunities that will promote and cultivate athletic trainers who are able to critically think, utilize evidence based practice and become leaders in the field of athletic training

Athletic Training Program Goals: 

1. To prepare graduates to become competent and successful athletic trainers working in a dynamic healthcare industry

Outcomes:
1.1
Students will be satisfied with their level of preparation for professional practice
1.2 Students will be satisfied with their level of preparation for success on the BOC examination
1.3 Students, who desire, will gain employment in athletic training within one year after graduation
1.4 Students will demonstrate oral, written and visual communication that is organized, coherent, accurate and professionally prepared and delivered
1.5 Students will develop a specialized vocabulary, which will allow them to engage in intelligent discourse in the field of athletic training
1.6 Students will employ technology to communicate effectively and respectfully to a wide variety of groups and individuals

Benchmark(s):
1. 80% of students will be satisfied with their level of preparation for professional practice
2. 80% of students will pass the BOC examination on the first attempt
3. 80% of students will gain employment within one year of passing the BOC examination
4. 80% of students will be satisfied with their level of advisement at Merrimack College
5. 80% of Employers of Merrimack College athletic training programs graduates will be satisfied with their level of preparation for professional practice
6. 80% students will score 80% or higher on preceptor end of semester evaluations 
7. 80% of students will score 80% or higher on presentations Clinical Decision making courses (ATR 5300, ATR 5301, ATR 6300, ATR 6301, ATR 6302) according to the rubric

2. To provide students with a comprehensive didactic curriculum with a focus on evidence based practice/medicine

Outcomes:
2.1
Students will be satisfied with the quality of didactic coursework and instruction
2.2 Students will understand the importance of the utilization of evidence-based practice in clinical decision-making

Benchmark(s):
1. 80% of students will be satisfied with the quality of didactic coursework and instruction
2. 80% of students will score 80% or higher on Evidence based case studies administered in ATR 5300, ATR 5301, ATR 6300, ATR 6301 and ATR 6302 according to rubric 

3. To provide students with quality clinical education opportunities that will afford inter-professional collaboration and cultural competence in the development of athletic trainers

Outcomes:
3.1 Students will be satisfied with clinical sites
3.2 Students will be satisfied with clinical preceptors
3.3 Students will be satisfied with their level of clinical preparation
3.4 Students will have the opportunity for authentic patient encounters

Benchmark(s):
1. 80% of students will be satisfied with the quality of their clinical site
2. 80% of students will be satisfied with their preceptor
3. 80% of students will be satisfied with the site preparation for skill utilization
4. 80% of students will be satisfied with the clinical site’s ability to allow student’s utilization of clinical skills

4. To prepare graduates to conduct themselves with a sense of integrity, professionalism and ethical understanding by following the NATA Code of Ethics and BOC Standard for Professional Practice

Outcomes:
4.1 Students will practice in a professional manner by internalizing core values of the athletic training profession
4.2 Students will adhere to NATA code of ethics and legal practice standards

Benchmark(s):
1. 80% of students will score a satisfactory rating from preceptors regarding their ability to practice/act in a professional manner 
2. 80% of students will score a 80% or higher on case study projects and presentations ATR 5300, ATR 5301, ATR 6300, ATR 6301, and ATR 6302 according to rubric
3. 80% of students will score a satisfactory rating from preceptor regarding their ability to adhere to ethical and legal standards of practice 

5. To develop athletic trainers who are analytical problem solvers who utilize current research to answer clinical questions, guiding clinical practice

Outcomes:
5.1 Students will invest and promote the profession of athletic training
5.2 Students will participate in activities that promote life-long learning and professional development
5.3 Students will participate in learning activities that are not directly tied to part of a class

Benchmark(s):
1. 80% of students will score an 80% or higher on projects and presentations for Athletic Training month in ATR 6300 and ATR 6302 according to the rubric
2. 80% of students will attend/participate in a seminar/workshop or other professional activity pertaining to athletic training healthcare
3. 100% of students will be active members of the NATA

Take it to the next level - the graduate level - at Merrimack.