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Mission and Goals

Vision and Mission Statement

The vision of the University of Connecticut Professional Athletic Training Program is to provide the student a dynamic and engaging learning environment that supports the growth and professional development necessary to excel within the field of athletic training.


The mission of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Connecticut is to provide our students with a high-quality education that incorporates inter-professional learning opportunities, exposure to evidence-based practice and high-quality research, and diverse educational experiences. We will inspire our students to be advocates for the profession and to be life-long learners committed to the delivery of quality patient-centered care.

Athletic Training Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Prepare athletic training students for success as a health care provider by:
    1. Providing clinical education experiences in a variety of settings, including high schools, universities, hospitals, and rehabilitation clinics, with patients of diverse demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds, and with preceptors who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and learning while serving as role models for professional development.
      1. Preceptor evaluations completed by the students will demonstrate a high quality of instruction and support in learning.
      2. Exit interviews will demonstrate satisfaction with clinical education and preceptor interactions.
    2. Consistently providing challenging evidence-based course work, as well as research and teaching opportunities.
      1. Course evaluations will demonstrate that students are satisfied with the delivery of content in their courses.
      2. Exit interviews will highlight overall satisfaction with coursework, and with experiences related to research and teaching.
    3. Exposing the athletic training student to other health care professionals both in the classroom and in clinical settings.
      1. Exit interviews will demonstrate satisfaction with opportunities to develop their knowledge and interact with other members of the healthcare team.
      2. Prior to graduation students must earn a minimum mark of “good” or “outstanding” in the areas of Professional Responsibilities and Interpersonal Skills on their Preceptor Evaluation of Student Performance.
      3. Students must earn a C or better in all clinical courses and successfully complete KINS 3115 Sports Medicine Experience {Rehabilitation Clinic}.
      4. Students will participate in various interdisciplinary experiences including attending Grand Rounds sessions and completing general medical experiences as part of KINS 3170.
  2. Providing an opportunity for students to develop optimal skills in the prevention, recognition, evaluation, immediate care, rehabilitation & reconditioning of athletic-related injuries and conditions; health care administration; professional development & responsibility.
    1. Exit interviews will demonstrate satisfaction with overall experiences related to professional development and opportunities to develop as a practitioner.
    2. Board of certification examination results will demonstrate 100% first time pass rate, as well as scores that reflect a strong comparison to the national examination scores.
    3. Students will consistently earn grades of “C” or better on all athletic training-related coursework and on all practical examinations.
    4. Students must earn a minimum mark of “good” and strive for “outstanding” in the areas of Professional Skills and Injury Evaluations on the Preceptor Evaluation of Student Performance.
    5. Clinical site evaluations will demonstrate that students gain experience with both observing and actual performing skills related to all of the athletic training domains
  3. Placing students in supervised clinical education experiences that encourage appropriate professional and ethical behavior, common sense, evidence-based practice, and rational thinking and problem-solving skills.
    1. Exit interviews will demonstrate students who report satisfaction with clinical education experiences and report high scores for the program.
    2. Student evaluations of the preceptors will report effective clinical education experiences that are supportive, challenging, and allow for professional growth.
    3. Student evaluations of the clinical sites will demonstrate satisfactory scores regarding supervision, interaction, and opportunities for learning.