The Graduate ATP at Concord University prepares students for entry into the athletic training profession. Upon completion of the ATP, the student will be eligible to sit for the BOC Examination.
The primary mission of the Concord University Graduate ATP is to educate each of its students about the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to work effectively with the physical, physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects of injury, illness, and performance regarding physically active individuals. Students are presented with the didactic, psychomotor, and affective experiences that will lead them to be able to exercise sound ethical judgment and critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to assist them in achieving satisfying careers and making positive contributions to their profession and communities. In addition, the ATP guides the student on the journey to become a lifelong learner through obligatory professional continuing education.
Goals & Outcomes
Student Goal 1 (Health & Wellness Promotion & Injury & Illness Prevention):
Students will effectively promote healthy lifestyle behaviors with effective education and communication to enhance wellness and minimize the risk of injury and illness.
Student Goal 2 (Clinical Assessment, Evaluation, & Diagnosis):
- Outcome I:A – Demonstrate the ability to design wellness and prevention programs for physically active populations.
- Outcome I:B – Demonstrate the ability to administer pre-participation screening for physical activity.
- Outcome I:C – Demonstrate the ability to administer routine preventative care during daily patient interactions.
- Outcome I:D – Demonstrate the ability to educate patients, participants, parents, general population, and appropriate personnel with the intent of preventing activity related injuries and conditions.
Students will effectively implement systematic, evidence-based examinations, and assessments to formulate valid clinical diagnoses and determine patients’ plan of care and appropriate referral.
Student Goal 4 (Therapeutic Interventions):
- Outcome II:A – Demonstrate the ability to conduct a comprehensive individual history, though observation, and relevant review of medical records.
- Outcome II:B – Demonstrate the ability to correctly identify and diagnosis orthopedic injuries and medical conditions related to or effecting physical activity.
- Outcome II:C – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately educate patients, and appropriate individuals, regarding clinical findings and outcome prognoses.
- Outcome II:D – Understand how to effectively and efficiently conduct evidence-based practice (EBP) and research. Student Goal 3 (Emergency Care): Students will effectively integrate best practices in immediate and emergency care for optimal outcomes.
- Outcome III:A – Demonstrate the ability to design and implement Emergency Action Plans.
- Outcome III:B – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately triage and determine if conditions, injuries, and/or illness are life-threatening.
- Outcome III:C – Demonstrate the ability to implement appropriate referral strategies for the emergency transfer of a patient.
Students will effectively rehabilitate and recondition injuries, illnesses, and general medical conditions with the goal of achieving optimal activity levels based on evidence-based core concepts using therapeutic interventions.
Student Goal 5 (Organizational, Administrative, & Professional Responsibilities):
- Outcome IV:A – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately develop, evaluate, and modify therapeutic care to optimize patients’ outcomes.
- Outcome IV:B – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and correctly administer therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, and manual techniques to patients in order to optimize recovery and function.
- Outcome IV:C – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and correctly administer therapeutic interventions for general medical conditions or illnesses in order to optimize recovery and function.
- Outcome IV:D – Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and correctly evaluate patients’ functional return to participation in order to optimize recovery and minimize the risk of further damage, re-injury, or re-aggravation.
- Outcome IV:E – Demonstrate knowledge of various and appropriate equipment, and its maintenance, for the purpose of administering therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, manual techniques, functional assessments, and therapeutic interventions.
Students will effectively integrate best practices in policy construction and implementation, documentation, basic business practices, and professionalism to promote optimal patient care and professional well-being.
Program Goal (Programmatic Delivery, Design, & Results):
- Outcome V:A – Demonstrate the ability to develop policies, procedures, and strategies to address risks and organizational needs.
- Outcome V:B – Demonstrate an understanding of the need to have knowledge of and practice within local, state, and national regulations, guidelines, recommendations, and professional standards.
- Outcome V:C – Demonstrate knowledge of topics and components of all of the NATA Position Statements and Consensus Statements.
- Outcome V:D – Demonstrate knowledge of the process for completing the BOC required continuing education requirements.
The Graduate Athletic Training Program will continuously produce quality students to transition to practice as competent professionals in accordance with all professional standards, responsibilities, and guidelines set forth by the CAATE, BOC, NATA, local, state, and federal governance and within the mission of Concord University.
- VI:A – The program will grow and maintain a number of students within the professional phase of the ATP to justify the continued offering of the athletic training major and degree at CU.
- VI:B – The ATP will demonstrate the ability to produce competent health care professionals in athletic training.
- VI:C – The ATP will provide an a safe and motivational learning environment for students.