About the Program

 

Vision

 

In cooperation with the Department of Sports Medicine, the Athletic Training Program (AT Program) at Bethel University will provide an excellent academic and clinical education for Athletic Training majors; promote the highest educational, professional and ethical standards; and be recognized as a premier entry-level program that prepares students to be exceptional individuals who exercise sound judgment, uphold Christian principles, achieve fulfillment in their personal and professional lives, and make positive contributions to their communities and the athletic training profession.

 

Mission

 

The mission of the Athletic Training Program (AT Program) at Bethel University is to provide students a dynamic learning environment grounded in scientific knowledge, evidence-based practice and clinical experiences in the field of athletic training that are necessary to provide quality patient care. By fostering open dialog and active learning in the classroom and clinical settings, the AT Program cultivates Athletic Training Students who aspire to be highly skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate health care professionals.

The AT Program supports the overall mission of the institution to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons—intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically—in a Christian environment. Additionally, the AT Program faculty, staff, and students strive for professional excellence and adhere to all legal and ethical standards of practice in service to the community.

“Work with enthusiasm, as through you were working for the Lord rather than people”

-Ephesians 6:7 NLT

Goals

- The AT Program will provide high-quality didactic and clinical instruction and learning opportunities for students in a rigorous curriculum, based in the liberal arts, that integrates Christian faith with clinical practice.

- Athletic Training Students will demonstrate competency and clinical proficiency in the five domains of athletic training, which include: (1) injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, (2) clinical evaluation and diagnosis, (3) immediate and emergency care, (4) treatment and rehabilitation, and (5) organizational and professional health and well-being.

- Athletic Training Students will thoroughly examine current literature and clinical competencies to assess “best practices” in athletic training and other allied health professions.

- Athletic Training Students will be able to think critically, communicate effectively, and apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.

- Athletic Training Students will demonstrate adherence to the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice for athletic trainers.

- Students who successfully complete the program will be adequately prepared to: challenge the BOC® exam, secure employment in athletic training or a related field, and/or gain admission to a graduate program.

Objectives

- The AT Program will annually evaluate both didactic and clinical education to provide students, professors, and preceptors with quality feedback and learning opportunities.

- Athletic Training Students will demonstrate effective clinical application of the athletic training skills learned in didactic coursework.

- Athletic Training Students will demonstrate their ability to provide care to diverse patient populations through experiences in a variety of clinical settings, with various healthcare professionals.

- The AT Program will demonstrate professional responsibility through adherence to accreditation and certification guidelines (CAATE, BOC®) and involvement in athletic training organizations (TATS, SEATA, and NATA).

- The AT Program will retain students in the major and prepare them as lifelong learners for a career in the athletic training profession.