Athletic Training Major
The Athletic Training Education Program is based on the National Athletic Trainers' Associations Athletic Training Educational Competencies.
It is the mission of the Saint Joseph's College Athletic Training Education Program to foster an academically and spiritually enriched education while nurturing student success and academic excellence. Developing life-long learners, the program combines didactic and clinical knowledge on the foundation of scientifically proven, evidence-based principles. It is the commitment of the faculty and staff of this program to provide an exceptional education and worthwhile experiences.
The goals of the athletic training education program are to:
- Prepare students in an academically and spiritually enriched environment while nurturing success and academic excellence
- Provide cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills in didactic and clinical settings that affords the foundation for becoming successful
Upon completion of this program the students will:
- Master educational clinical competencies and clinical proficiencies
- Utilize evidenced-based models through the application of theoretical concepts and skills while engaging in clinical education experiences
- Demonstrate professional and ethical practices during classroom and clinical experiences
- Prepared to work within a variety of settings
- Have an appreciation for life-long learning and value professional development
- Have the ability to communicate with allied health professionals
- Demonstrate the ability to utilize current technologies and techniques to provide appropriate care.
The athletic training major is divided into two phases. Phase I is the pre-professional program which facilitates the foundational process of athletic training and lasts for two semesters. During the second semester of the pre-professional phase, the student will complete the application process for admission into the professional phase. Phase II, the professional phase, is a six semester program that will allow the students to gain the knowledge and skills. See the athletic training student handbook for academic requirements for program admission.
In order to be eligible for graduation, the student must complete the courses that are required by Saint Joseph's College and both phases of the athletic training major.
*Saint Joseph's College is in the process of pursuing accreditation for this program. By Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) policy, there can be no accreditation site visit until all courses have been offered or in the process of being taught; which is anticipated to be during the spring of 2015. This is the earliest date by which the program can be accredited. Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation status and students should be aware that they must graduate from a CAATE-accredited program to be eligible for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination in order to pursue a career as an athletic trainer. Questions or concerns regarding accreditation status can be addressed by the Program Director.