Athletic Training Program Mission
Prepare individuals to become highly competent and independent clinicians who will enhance the quality of patient health care and advance the profession of athletic training through the application of evidence-based practice and translational research. Our MAT program instills critical thinking, problem solving, ethical reasoning abilities and interpersonal skills promoting lifelong learning and an enrichment in the quality of lives for individuals in diverse settings.
The charge of the Oklahoma State athletic training curriculum is to provide a comprehensive, multifaceted education coupled with a clinical foundation to prepare future health care professionals for a career in athletic training. The program emphasizes evidence-based practice and the application of best practices that can transform health care. Graduates of the program possess an understanding of the research process and recognize the importance of applying evidence-based research to clinical practice. Our goals are to prepare graduates to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the following domains: Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection; Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis; Immediate and Emergency Care; Treatment and Rehabilitation; Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being.
Expected Student Outcomes
1) Apply the common values of the athletic training profession including:
- Privacy of patients
- Teamed approach to practice
- Legal practice
- Ethical practice
- Advancing knowledge
- Cultural competence
2) Demonstrate knowledge of the practice of athletic training, to think critically about the practices involved in athletic training, including the ability to integrate knowledge , skill and behavior, and to assume professional responsibility, the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess an understanding of the following in relation to the practice of Athletic Training:
- Evidence-based practice
- Prevention and health promotion
- Clinical examination and diagnosis
- Acute care of injuries/illnesses
- Therapeutic interventions
- Psychosocial strategies
- Healthcare administration
- Professional development
3) Demonstrate mastery of all clinical proficiencies outlined in the most current edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies
4) Be proficient in all domains, tasks, knowledge and skills statements outlined in the most
current Board of Certification Role Delineation Study
- Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
- Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
- Immediate and Emergency Care
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
- Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being
- Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection – Students will learn to identify injury, illness, and risk factors associated with participation in sport/physical activity and implement all components of a comprehensive wellness protection plan and injury prevention program.
- Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis - Students will be able to conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the athlete/physically active individual and formulate an initial diagnosis of the injury and or illness for the primary purposes of administering care or making appropriate referrals to physicians for further diagnosis and medical treatment.
- Immediate and Emergency Care - Students will learn to provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute injures according to accepted standards and procedures, including effective communication for appropriate and efficient referral, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow up care.
- Treatment and Rehabilitation – Students will be able to plan and implement a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses, including long and short-term goals, for optimal performance and function.
- Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being - Students will be able to plan, coordinate and supervise the administrative components of the provision of care by an athletic trainer, comply with the most current BOC practice standards and state/federal regulations, and develop a commitment to life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice.