Mission

The Mercyhurst University Athletic Training Education Program:
The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Mercyhurst University is to provide the student with the necessary didactic and psychomotor competencies, clinical proficiencies, and experiences required to sit for the BOC examination. In the spirit of the core values of Mercyhurst University, athletic training students shall achieve this by becoming well rounded, educated, professional, and ethical athletic trainers prepared to enter the allied health field.

Outcome #1:
The AT student will engage in a culturally diverse, merciful, and ethical environment of learning

Objectives:
1.1 Adherence to the NATA Code of Ethics
1.2 Engagement in community service experiences with a variety of cultures, values, and beliefs.
1.3 Identification of ethical issues and societal responsibilities in the allied health profession.
1.4 Engagement in the University’s core curriculum, with a goal to develop learned and spiritually mature persons for lives of service.

Outcome #2:
The AT student will develop as competent and professional athletic trainers prepared for entering employment settings in the field.

Objectives:
2.1 Encourage students to become members of professional organizations and attend meetings.
2.2 Engage in the preparation and completion of the Board of Certification Exam.
2.3 Engage in professional behavior development.
2.4 Experience evidence based didactic and clinical experiences throughout the ATEP curriculum.
2.5 Understand the role of the athletic trainer in the allied health field.
2.6 Implement evidence based practice into clinical decision making.
2.7 Abide by the BOC and State Professional Standards of Practice Acts

Outcome # 3:
The AT student will advance their knowledge of the allied health field and applied research.

Objectives:
3.1 Demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and clinical proficiency in core athletic training content areas as defined by the NATA Education Council in accordance with CaATe.
3.2 Experience various pedagogical styles in the curriculum including dynamic hands-on learning, traditional lectures, interactive role playing simulations, case reports, research exploration and capstone courses.
3.3 Complete a baccalaureate research project prior to graduation.
3.4 Examine current issues in the allied health realm rationally and logically.
3.5 Apply evidence based practice into the clinical decision making process.

Outcome #4:
The athletic training student will be effective communicators to ensure the ability to read, write, speak, and listen and to use these processes effectively to acquire, develop, and convey ideas and information.

Objectives:
4.1 Engage in reflective writing on athletic training experiences.
4.2 Incorporate technology into specific written and oral presentations.
4.3 Design and communicate oral presentations for peers, faculty, and the community.
4.4 Conduct literature reviews, research writing, and various explorative writing assignments.
4.5 Communicate professionally with peers, faculty, preceptors, and the public

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