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    Athletic Training

CAATE Seal Aquinas College is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731 3101. This accreditation is indicated by the accompanying CAATE seal. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective in August of 2020. All enrolled students must complete their degree by May of 2020.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training program at Aquinas College is to develop, through a planned curriculum of instructional and clinical components, qualified health care professionals. Aquinas College is dedicated to providing an educational experience which prepares Athletic Training students to sit for the Board of Certification exam, provide patient centered care based on evidence and confidently enter the profession of Athletic Training with a focus on leadership and service to others.

Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives of the Athletic Training program are to:

  • Incorporate in the student's educational experience, through a logical chain of progression, the skills and knowledge needed for an entry level Athletic Trainer. The dissemination of this knowledge is practiced through formal instruction, laboratory and clinical experiences.
  • Clinical education which follows a logical progression and strives to hone critical thinking and clinical decision making skills as well as justification skills utilizing an evidenced based practice approach.
  • Provide the students with a qualified and experienced faculty, clinical (preceptor) and administrative team.
  • Impart to the student skills that will enable the Athletic Training student (ATS) to react in a meaningful manner to a patient'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 patients, coaches, parents, and fellow health care professionals.
  • Introduce students to activities which promote lifelong learning, an interest in research as well as promotion and service to the profession of athletic training.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Attain a passing score on the athletic training BOC (Board of Certification Examination).
  • Employ the skills in which they have been found to be proficient in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of injuries of the physically active individual.
  • Utilize evidence based practice by: - the selection of effective clinical practice skills. - reflecting on tools used to examine the quality of patient care.
  • Observe the NATA Code of Ethics, the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, any State laws governing the practice of athletic training, and all integrity statement of any institution.

Outcome Assessment of the Athletic Training Program

Each year the Athletic Training program completes a through assessment plan to evaluate the students/programs successes, strengths and weaknesses based on the goals and SLO stated above. Tools utilized in this process include but are not limited to: First-time passing rate on the BOC (Board of Certification) exam, student retention and academic success, variety of surveys (course instructor survey, clinical instructor survey, senior exit interview, alumni and employer surveys, and rate of employment in the field for recent graduates. Check our programs achievement record for the last three years, by clicking the link below.

Download: (pdf)
>Achievement Record (includes pass rates)
>Employment Record


Major Requirements

>Major Checklist (pdf)
>Four year plan (pdf)

 For more information, fill out our online form or contact JoAnne at goranjoa@aquinas.edu or (616) 632-2899.