The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). As part of this program, students are required to complete 800 clinical hours under the direct supervision of a qualified allied health professional. Of those 800 clinical hours, a minimum of 200 clinical hours must be completed in an equipment intensive sport. Students will be rotated through a variety of different clinical settings including but not limited to the following: men's and women's individual sports, men's and women's team sports, clinical work (such as a hospital or rehabilitation clinic), and work in a high school, college or professional sport setting. In addition to the course work, students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in the clinical skills needed for an entry-level Athletic Trainer to complete the major requirements.
The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Aquinas College is to develop, through a planned program of instructional and clinical components, quality students who are capable and competent to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) and enter this challenging allied health care field as an Athletic Trainer.
Goals and Objectives:
The goals and objectives of the Athletic Training Education Program are to:
Provide the student with a thorough learning experience by incorporating classroom and clinical experiences.
Incorporate in the student's educational experience skills and knowledge needed for an entry level Athletic Trainer including, but not limited to, injury evaluation, rehabilitation, prevention, record keeping, and treatment.
Develop critical thinking and clinical decision making skills needed for an entry level Athletic Trainer.
Impart to the student skills that will enable the athletic training student (ATS) to react in a meaningful manner to an athlete's emotional and psychological response to an injury.
Impart to the students a sense of professionalism and to instill in the ATS the NATA Code of Ethics and the importance of adhering to the code.
Assist the student in pursuing the most effective manner of relating and communicating with coaches, athletes and fellow professionals.