Welcome to the Athletic Training Program page. As a new program at Thomas More College, the Athletic Training Program is in the initial phase of pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The purpose of CAATE is to maintain the quality of entry-level athletic training education programs. The athletic training curriculum is comprised of three core components: 1) didactic courses for knowledge acquisition; 2) laboratory courses for psychomotor acquisition; and 3) extensive supervised field experiences (experiential learning) for the integration of didactic knowledge and psychomotor skill in the context of patient-athlete care. These three elements provide the student an opportunity to progressively build knowledge and skills over time in a logical and thematic manner. Students accepted into the program must make a sizeable and time-consuming commitment to clinical education experiences. The strength of the major is the individualized instruction and the practical experience that is gained in the university’s athletic training facilities, our Division III intercollegiate athletic program and off-campus affiliate education sites.
Prospective students should inquire about the BS/MS in Athletic Training Dual Degree (currently being developed). The BS/MS in Athletic Training dual degree program is intended for entering freshmen, transfer students or students who change majors early in their undergraduate education. The first two years of this program are classified as the "pre-professional" phase. Each student will complete the program prerequisites and bachelor’s degree requirements for a major in Athletic Training. Upon acceptance to the graduate program, the “professional” phase will begin in the fall semester of the student’s third year. At the end of the student’s fourth year, he or she will receive a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. At the end of the fifth year, each student will earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree.
Through an innovative interdisciplinary education and clinical practice model, the Athletic Training program at Thomas More College prepares students to provide evidence-based and patient-centered clinical services that will optimize the quality of health care received by physically active people of any age. The Athletic Training program utilizes state of the art technology and modern teaching strategies. It provides unique clinical experiences to cultivate professionals who embody sound clinical reasoning, professional ethics, honesty, compassion, primacy of the patient, and who are advocates for the profession of athletic training.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- To prepare students to pass the BOC examination on their first attempt.
- To provide students the opportunity to demonstrate problem solving and clinical reasoning skills.
- To produce high quality athletic trainers for employment in various athletic training settings.
- To promote interdisciplinary healthcare education that utilizes evidence based concepts
- To promote professional and ethical conduct at all times.
- To provide students opportunity to develop their skills in the classroom and in clinical settings.
- To continually update the curricular offerings to provide current knowledge in the field.
- To provide innovative and high quality instruction in the didactic and clinical settings.
- To promote the concept of establishing professional contacts by attending professional and educational meetings and seminars.
- To foster an appreciation of athletic training as a contribution to the healthcare system.
- To foster the foundational behaviors of professional practice.