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Mission Statement

  • The Gannon University Athletic Training Program is dedicated to the professional preparation of knowledgeable, confident, skilled, compassionate, and reflective entry-level athletic trainers.  Through comprehensive didactic, clinical education, and student-faculty interactions, the MAT program will provide a foundation to promote critical thinking, foster foundational behaviors, develop interprofessional collaboration, life-long learning, and ethical practice in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.  The program is built upon fostering social responsibility within the athletic training community, and to serve as an advocate to meet the future needs of professional health and wellness of the patients and society.

    Program Goals

    The Master of Athletic Training Program will:

    1. Promote and support excellence and in academic and clinical teaching and learning.
    2. Prepare students to become certified athletic trainers who will be recognized as excellent entry-level professionals.
    3. Provide support and promote the field of athletic training in the community.
    4. Promote, support and participate in interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Program graduates will possess the necessary skills in cognitive, behavioral (psychosocial) and clinical skills for successful practice as a health care practitioner.
      • Learning Objective 1.1: Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in clinical decision-making, evaluation techniques, injury and illness prevention and therapeutic interventions.
      • Learning Objective 1.2: Students will be proficient in psychosocial techniques and promotion of health and wellness in a healthcare and community setting.
      • Learning Objective 1.3: Students will demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written communication as a competent health care provider.
    2. Develop health care practitioners that practice evidence based medicine and life-long learning skills in the health professions.
      • Learning Objective 2.1: Students will demonstrate the use of research to make informed clinical decision making.
      • Learning Objective 2.2: Students will demonstrate proficiency in developing, researching, and analyzing focused clinical questions for development of original scholarship.
      • Learning Objective 2.3: Students will demonstrate understanding of continuing professional development throughout the lifespan of a career.
    3. Students will engage in activities that promote a transition to practice with other health professions across a variety of patient populations and various employment opportunities.
      • Learning Objective 3.1: Clinical education will prepare students with learning experiences that prepare students to practice in a professional setting.
      • Learning Objective 3.2: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate with preceptors, parents, peers, and collaboration with other health care providers.
      • Learning Objective 3.3: Students will develop competence in practicing with a diverse patient population.
    4. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work within an interdisciplinary health care fi promoting leadership, teamwork, ethical behavior and the administrative functions of a healthcare provider.
      • Learning Objective 4.1: After completion of the program students examine various administrative models to incorporate into clinical practice.
      • Learning Objective 4.2: After completion of the program students will demonstrate ethical responsibility as it relates to ethical practices and professionalism within, national, state and institutional policies.
      • Learning Objective 4.3: Upon completion of the program, students will be able to describe the values associated with leadership, service, respect, compassion and empathy in a clinical and community environment.