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Mission & Goals

training-group.jpgThe Athletic Training Major is designed to prepare students for the exciting profession of Athletic Training. Athletic Trainers are the front-line professionals dealing specifically with a physically active population.

The program consists of various academic and clinical experiences. Not only will athletic training students be exposed to numerous academic challenges, but, as a part of the clinical program, they will also be involved in the daily delivery of athletic health care to the intercollegiate athletes at Catawba College.

This hands-on experience will better enable the students to complete clinical proficiencies and give them the opportunity to expand the concepts learned in the classroom. These experiences include practice and game coverage, injury evaluation and treatment, implementing injury prevention techniques, as well as designing and implementing long-term rehabilitation and conditioning programs. The athletic training education program also has clinical affiliations with local doctor offices and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

Mission Statement

The mission of Catawba College Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program/Major is to prepare students for the multi-skilled career in athletic training. Exposure to the comprehensive entry-level educational and clinical competencies of this program and the liberal arts core requirements of Catawba College, will ensure that each student will develop proficiencies in:

  • Prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and illnesses
  • Administration and organization of athletic health care facilities
  • Education and counseling of student athletes/patients on the injury or illness
  • Written and oral communication, along with information technology skills
  • Problem-solving skills

This preparation, along with successfully passing the Board of Certification (BOC) exam, will qualify the student for an entry-level position in athletic training. This program will continue its superior academic and clinical standards of past years. Catawba College is committed to continual evaluation and upgrade of the required resources needed to accomplish the goals of the Athletic Training Program.

Education Goals

  1. Promote critical thinking, problem solving, and clinical skill acquisition in our students.
  2. Prepare athletic training students for their future roles in the health care of the physically active.
  3. Prepare athletic training students to be successful members of the athletic training profession or allied health profession.
  4. Prepare students to utilize Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in their decision making and clinical skill use.
  5. Instill a sense of responsibility for students to follow the NATA Code of Ethics and professional standards.
  6. Develop a positive working relationship and network within the allied health community.
  7. A first time passing rate on the BOC Exam of 75%
  8. An overall passing rate on the BOC Exam of 100%