Missions & Goals
University of the Pacific's Athletic Training Program (AT Program) is committed to providing a quality education and a diverse clinical experience for undergraduate athletic training students. The aspiration of the AT Program is to prepare students to become clinically and educationally proficient certified athletic trainers in a continually changing healthcare environment. These individuals will also contribute to the growth and public awareness of the Athletic Training profession.
The mission of University of the Pacific Athletic Training Program (AT Program) is to provide a student-centered learning environment that effectively links didactic and clinical education offering best professional practices to prospective and current Athletic Training students. The AT Program promotes professional and ethical conduct, encourages professional leadership and prepares students for the BOC examination. Additionally, our goal is to produce clinically and educationally proficient Athletic Trainers for employment in educational, clinical, and professional settings or advanced scientific study.
Program Goals and Objectives:
- Educate students on the five domains of Athletic Training, which include injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, organization and professional wellness and well-being.
- Provide high quality instruction in both didactic and clinical settings that will allow students to:
- Define, explain, describe, and apply evidence based practice and its role in the clinical decision making process
- Identify, interpret, and discuss relevant epidemiological data on injury, illnesses, and diseases that may be encountered by patients involved in physical activity
- Understand the physiological responses of human growth and development and the progression of injuries, illnesses, and diseases
- Recognize, evaluate, clinically diagnose, and treat injuries to and illnesses of patients involved in physical activity and provide appropriate care and medical referral
- Be aware of indications, contraindications, precautions, and interactions of medications relevant to the treatment of injuries, illnesses, and diseases of patients involved in physical activity
- Plan, implement, document, and evaluate the evidence and efficacy of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of injuries to and illnesses of patients involved in physical activity
- Plan, implement, document, and evaluate the evidence and efficacy of therapeutic exercise programs for the rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries to and illnesses of patients involved in physical activity
- Recognize, evaluate, treat, and refer, when appropriate, the general medical conditions and disabilities of patients involved in physical activity
- Understand and recognize the nutritional aspects of athletes and the physically activity and refer, when appropriate
- Recognize, intervene, and refer, when appropriate, the socio-cultural, mental, emotional, and physical behaviors of patients involved in physical activity
- Develop, administer, and manage a healthcare facility and associated venues that provide healthcare to patients involved in physical activity
- Understand professional responsibilities, avenues of professional development, and national and state regulatory agencies and standards
3. Prepare students to pass the BOC examination.
4. Produce high quality, entry-level Athletic Trainers for employment in venues that provide healthcare to physically active individuals.
5. Provide students an optimum environment to become educated, practice and perfect skills, and share in providing a high standard of health care to the active population.
6. Promote the concept of professional leadership by encouraging attendance at professional and educational meetings and conferences.
7. Provide students a foundation for pursuing advanced degrees and research opportunities.
EVALUATION OF MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
Ongoing evaluation of the AT Program by students and stakeholder allows for assessment of the effectiveness of the program in design, content, and structure and achievement of the program mission and goals. Students who have completed the program often assign high marks to the mission statement components of the exit survey, and have pursued various avenues for advanced degrees or study. Placement examples for recent graduates of the program include:
Athletic Training graduate assistantships -
- California State University, Chico
- Carson-Newman University
- Clemson University
- Eastern Washington University
- Montclair State University
- Murray State University
- New Mexico Highlands University
- University of Idaho
- University of Redlands
- Upper Iowa University
- University of Montana
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Utah State University
- University of Arizona
Other educational and professional programs -
- California teaching credential programs
- Physical Therapy School
- Nursing School
- Medical school
Recent graduates have also obtained employment opportunities with California high schools, Division I College Athletics, community colleges, performing arts, and professional teams (MLB, NBA, NFL, etc.). See the Program Director for the most recent placement statistics.
Dr. Christopher M. Ludwig, EdD, ATC
Athletic Training, Program Director