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BS in Athletic Training

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Why Major in Athletic Training?

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Eastern University focuses on the preparation of competent entry-level Certified Athletic Trainers with regards to the educational competencies and clinical proficiencies developed by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Executive Committee for Education.  The ATP's goal is to educate students in preparation for entry-level careers in athletic training and allied health settings.

Athletic Training students work alongside dedicated faculty in small classroom settings and in the Kinesiology laboratory. Eastern’s ideal location just outside of Philadelphia provides students with an array of athletic training practicum experience(s) with local universities, high schools, hospitals, and private practices.

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) since 2006. The ATP incorporates a liberal arts foundation, introduces and advances evidence-based practices, and promotes professional development of athletic training students. The program prepares students to sit for the Board of Certification Exam in order to be nationally credentialed as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Why Major in Athletic Training at Eastern?

Board of Certification Examination Passing Rate:


# Graduates                     

# Graduates Taking BOC Exam

# Graduates Passing on First Attempt

EU First Attempt Pass Rate on BOC Exam

National First Attempt Pass Rate on BOC Exam

2013-2014 3 3 3 100% 82.85%
2012-2013 5 5 5 100% 80.85%
2011-2012 6 6 6 100% 82.30%
Eastern University Three Year Aggregate First Attempt Pass Rate = 100%

Accreditation: Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (Exercise Science) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (Athletic Training).

Faculty: Dedicated faculty bring integrity, expertise, commitment and Christian faith to the classroom. Faculty research includes obesity, low carbohydrate diets, body image, vascular responses to physiological stress and pathophysiological states, exercise-induced cardioprotection in a model of spontaneous hypertension.

Facilities: State-of-the-art laboratory houses a variety of equipment: Wingate Peak Monarch Cycle Ergometer and software; Cardiac Science Q Stress treadmill; metabolic cart; hydrostatic weighing tank; "BodPod" and a full spectrum of therapeutic modalities.

Curriculum and Practicum Experiences: Each program is enriched by major requirements that intentionally attend to verbal and written discourse in the discipline and research literacy. Students have opportunities to participate in practicum or internship experiences to gain proficiency in the clinical skills of their respective disciplines.

Preparation for Graduate Studies in Occupational and Physical Therapy: Regular, comprehensive, and individualized student advising of all pre-professional students ensures the required course study and timely submission of the graduate application.

Goals and Indicators of the Athletic Training Program

Goal 1. Students will demonstrate basic understanding of foundational knowledge and skills within the athletic training education program [This goal corresponds to Institutional Learning Goal #3]. Indicators:
1.1   describe basic biological systems and processes
1.2   describe the relationship between structure and function at every level of human biological organization and for every body system.
1.3   analyze and describe human movement
1.4   define and relate principles of healthy lifestyle behaviors
1.5   describe body’s physiological responses and adaptation to injury

Goal 2. Students will demonstrate problem-solving skills that will allow them to reason clearly and analytically.  They will be able to identify and evaluate problems, utilize critical thinking skills to find solutions, implement solutions, and evaluate the consequences[This goal corresponds to Institutional Learning Goal #2].  Indicators:
2.1 Evaluate and diagnose injuries and illnesses related to physical activity
2.2 Assess and prescribe exercise and rehabilitation therapies for multiple populations
2.3 Demonstrate critical scholarship that creates new knowledge

Goal 3. Students will communicate effectively and respectfully, with individuals/groups, professionals and society [This goal corresponds to Institutional Learning Goal #2].  Indicators:
3.1 demonstrate oral, written, and visual communication that is organized, coherent, accurate, and professionally prepared and delivered
3.2 develop a specialized vocabulary which will allow them to engage in intelligent discourse in the field of athletic training
3.3 employ technology to communicate effectively and respectfully to a wide variety of groups and individuals

Goal 4. Students will use knowledge of basic science and research methodology to interpret evidence-based research related to athletic training to answer clinical questions and to guide clinical practice [This goal corresponds to Institutional Learning Goal #’s 2 and 5].  Indicators:
4.1 successfully access and accurately interpret a variety of research data in their athletic training
4.2 apply scientific evidence to implement safe and effective clinical practices

Goal 5. Students will demonstrate an integration of a Christian world view in athletic training [This goal corresponds to Institutional Learning Goal #’s 4, 5, 8 and 9].  Indicators:
5.1 articulate an understanding of moral, ethical, and compassionate care for a diverse population
5.2 recognize the impact of contextual factors (political, social, regulatory, prayer source, physical, cultural, and technological) around the tenants of Christian faith, reason and justice on the delivery of care and services

Goal 6. Students will demonstrate clinical competence in clinical practice settings [This goal corresponds to Institutional Learning Goal #3].  Indicators:
6.1 Students will demonstrate an integration of didactic knowledge and skills in a supervised clinical practice setting.
6.2 Students will demonstrate entry level proficiency through the completion of established clinical proficiencies
6.3 Clinical instructors will demonstrate quality clinical instruction

Goal 7. Students will demonstrate post-graduation preparedness [This goal corresponds to Institutional Learning Goal #3].  Indicator:
7.1 Students will demonstrate their ability to integrate themselves into a post graduate professional setting

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