The Professional Practice Program (PPP) in Athletic Training is intended to enable the undergraduate student the opportunity to demonstrate entry-level competency as an athletic trainer while exhibiting scholarship and competency among specific areas in the health care community.
The mission of the Professional Practice Program is to prepare undergraduate students as competent entry-level athletic trainers and scholarly practitioners in the athletic training profession. Furthermore, a student-focused learning environment that offers educational challenges and unique clinical opportunities are afforded to the future athletic trainer.
Outcome expectations of students and degree completion:
Upon completion of the didactic and clinical requirements of the Athletic Training Program, the student will:
- Demonstrate a sound evidence-based approach/understanding to (1) injury prevention and health promotion, (2) psychosocial strategies and (3) healthcare administration principles for best practice.
- Demonstrate a sound evidence-based approach/understanding to (1) orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis, (2) acute care of injuries and illnesses, and (3) therapeutic interventions for best practice.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional and ethical behavior in relation to the NATA Code of Ethics, BOC® Standards of Professional Practice and state regulations and statutes.
- Demonstrate, through a variety of clinical education experiences, athletic training knowledge, skills and clinical abilities that progress the student towards autonomous practice.
- Complete the eligibility requirements for the Board of Certification (BOC®) for Athletic Trainers.
- Demonstrate preparedness to become competent, marketable and highly effective health care providers who practice in the athletic training profession.
A primary outcome of the Professional Practice Program is to prepare the student to challenge credentialing as an athletic trainer through the Board of Certification (BOC®) and appropriate state regulatory bodies.
The East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Program (CaATe) through May of 2015. The next accreditation review including a comprehensive self-study and site visitation will occur during the 2014-15 academic year.