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MS in Athletic Training Purpose, Goals, and Student Outcomes

Mission of Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University educates students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.

Mission Statement of the MSAT Program

The Waynesburg University MSAT program seeks to prepare Athletic Training Students (ATSs) for successful careers by instilling a Christian identity with an in-depth study of Athletic Training. The program provides opportunities for students to achieve a balance between academic scholarship and the acquisition of skills necessary for careers in athletic training and health care. The curriculum design provides opportunities for the development, synthesis, and demonstration of cognitive competency and professional behavior. The curriculum is guided by the 2020 Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) along with the Christian principles on which the University was founded. The BOC Standards of Professional Practice and applicable institutional/organizational, local, state, and federal laws, regulations, rules, and guidelines guide our efforts to provide the means, inspiration, and values that will enable our students to pursue successful, productive, and compassionate lives of service.

The purpose of the MSAT program at Waynesburg University is to prepare students for a career in Athletic Training that leads to fulfilling a path of life, leadership, and service within the Christian Faith.

The goals of the MSAT program are to:

  1. Provide an educational program for students desiring to obtain Board of Certification (BOC) certification.
  2. Develop competent and confident students entering the profession of Athletic Training as healthcare providers.
  3. Provide students the ability to practice their knowledge, skills, and abilities with diverse populations (learned in the didactic education) in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of qualified healthcare Preceptors.
  4. Incorporate leadership abilities through the Christian faith by fully engaging students in their clinical experiences and community service opportunities.
  5. Provide opportunities for students to participate in the advancement of the Athletic Training profession.
  6. Allow students to compete for awards, scholarships, and/or grants.

Program/Student Learning Outcomes
The students, upon completion of the MSAT program, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competence in the five (5) domains of athletic training.
  2. Integrate communication skills, both written and oral, as a healthcare provider within the larger context of the healthcare system to be able to work collectively with other healthcare providers.
  3. Construct and assess appropriate ethical, moral, and legal behavior as an Athletic Trainer.
  4. Manage patient care (based on the development of knowledge, clinical experience, critical thinking, and evidence-based decision-making) to integrate current technological and contemporary approaches to effectively practice with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings, and with various healthcare professionals.
  5. Integrate the Christian tradition/mission to incorporate faith, leadership, and service with and among others.
  6. Analyze and generate research to enhance the quality of care within the athletic training field.