Vision

The vision of the Huntingdon College Master of Athletic Training (HCMAT) Program is to prepare highly qualified health care professionals who are grounded in the institution’s core values of faith, wisdom, and service. HCMAT graduates are recognized for excellence in the field of athletic training in a growing and changing health care environment. 

Mission

The mission of the Huntingdon College Master of Athletic Training (HCMAT) Program is to graduate highly prepared health care professionals through a variety of instructional methods, including quality didactic coursework and diverse clinical experiences. Students have opportunities to engage in interprofessional activities, while learning to appreciate the importance of patient-centered care and evidence-based practice.

Program Goals

Overall Program Effectiveness

Goal 1: The Master of Athletic Training Program at Huntingdon College (HC MAT) will prepare students who are highly skilled health care providers and are ready to enter the field of athletic training upon graduation. 

Outcome 1A. HC MAT students will pass the BOC exam on first attempt 80% of the time.  

Outcome 1B: Students will demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skill acquisition prior to entering the profession of athletic training, as evidenced by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher and rated as competent on all clinical proficiencies.  

Outcome 1C: Students will demonstrate a high level of clinical competence as evidenced by obtaining mastery level on all required clinical proficiencies.

Goal 2: HC MAT program will retain and graduate students from the program in a timely manner. 

Outcome 2A: HC MAT program will maintain 80% or higher yearly student retention rate.  

Outcome 2B: HC MAT students will achieve 80% graduation rate within six semesters of beginning the program.

Goal 3:  HC MAT program will assist students in gaining employment in health care settings upon graduation from the HC MAT program. 

Outcome 3A: HC MAT students will be employed within six months of graduation from the program 80% of the time.

Goal 4: HC MAT program will prepare students to display excellent levels of professionalism, interprofessional communication skills, and lifelong learning in order to seamlessly integrate into a diverse healthcare environment. 

Outcome 4A: HC MAT students will display appropriate professionalism by scoring at the proficient level on clinical proficiencies related to professionalism by the time they complete their third clinical rotation. 

Outcome 4B: HC MAT students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with patients/athletes, coaches, administrators, family members, and other healthcare providers by scoring at the proficient level on clinical proficiencies related to interprofessional communication by the end of their fourth clinical rotation as well as scoring at the proficient level on course assignments related to interprofessional communication. 

Outcome 4C: HC MAT students will value the importance of interprofessional communication as evidenced by scoring at the mastery proficient level on course assignments related to interprofessional communication.

Outcome 4D: Students will evaluate the importance of lifelong learning as they transition into practice, as evidenced by scoring 80% or higher on the Professional Portfolio Rubric.

Goal 5:  HC MAT program will provide opportunities for students and faculty to evaluate and create research in order to appreciate the importance of evidence-based practice in the field of athletic training and utilize these principles to make appropriate changes in their practice. 

Outcome 5A: HC MAT students will design a Capstone project/presentation where they will develop a research question and determine the impact of their research on the practice of athletic training.

Outcome 5B: HC MAT faculty will serve on Capstone research committees and will contribute integrally to the development and dissemination of evidence-based practice in athletic training.  

Goal 6: The HC MAT program will provide students and faculty opportunities to participate in service activities that impact their community and profession. 

Outcome 6A: HC MAT students will complete a faith, wisdom, service program, earning a minimum of seven (7) continuing education units every six months throughout the duration of the program.

Outcome 6B: HC MAT faculty will value and complete the faith, wisdom, service program, earning a minimum of seven (7) continuing education units every six months.

Measures of Student Learning

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate with and gather a brief history for a patient by the end of their first semester in the program.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate an orthopedic injury and perform basic injury prevention techniques by the end of their third semester in the program in order to successfully complete Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).  

Goal 3: Students will score 70% or higher on questions related to student learning outcomes 1 (Health Promotion, Injury Prevention, and Wellness) and 2 (Examination, Assessment of Injuries) on the Board Of Certification (BOC)  practice test after their third semester in the program.

Goal 4: Students will score 80% or higher on questions related to student learning outcomes 3 (Acute and Emergency Care), 4 (Therapeutic Interventions), and 5 (Administration/Management and Professional Responsibility) on Board Of Certification practice tests during Spring 2 as they complete the BOC prep course.

Goal 5: Students will analyze patient signs and symptoms in an acute/emergency situation to determine the most appropriate patient management in order to complete Objective Clinical Structured Examination (OSCE) 3 successfully.

Goal 6: Students will construct an effective therapeutic interventions program for a patient with an injury or illness.

Goal 7: Students will construct an athletic training business model, including athletic training facility design, budgeting, and emergency action plan formulation.

Goal 8: Students will devise a personal professional development portfolio, outlining professional goals, plans, and core values as they enter into the profession of athletic training.

Goal 9: Students will score 80% or higher on all Clinical Proficiencies by the time they finish the Immersive Clinical Experience in Athletic Training.

Quality of Instruction

Goal 1: All Core and Associated Faculty will undergo observations by a peer core faculty within the Master of Athletic Training Program at least once per academic year, with a rating average of at least 4/5 overall.

Goal 2: All Core and Associated Faculty will undergo observations from administrative faculty or Full Professor outside of the Master of Athletic Training Program at least once per academic year with a rating average of at least 4/5 overall.

Goal 3: All Core and Associated Faculty will score a minimum of 4/5 on 5-point questions and 2/3 on 3-point questions on end-of-year student course evaluations. Results are used to inform professional growth during annual evaluation conferences with faculty.

Goal 4: All Core and Associated Faculty will perform at least one Critical Incident Questionnaire (CIQ) per course and utilize feedback to address student concerns.

Goal 5: Alumni of the Master of Athletic Training Program will rate the program at least 4/5 in all areas on completer surveys.

Quality of Clinical Education

Goal 1: Students will evaluate all clinical sites at a minimum of 80% in all areas.

Goal 2: Students will evaluate all preceptors at a minimum of 80% in all areas.

Goal 3: Preceptors will evaluate the HC MAT program at a minimum of 80% in all areas.

Goal 4: Clinical coordinator will evaluate all clinical sites at a minimum of 80% in all areas.

Student Learning Outcomes (Adapted from the Five Domains of Athletic Training)

Students who graduate from the Master of Athletic Training Program at Huntingdon College will be able to:

  1. Integrate the concepts of health promotion, injury prevention and wellness into the practice of athletic training.
  2. Examine, assess, and develop a plan of care for patients with orthopedic and other medical conditions.
  3. Respond to emergencies and provide acute care appropriately in all situations.
  4. Provide appropriate therapeutic interventions for orthopedic and other medical conditions.
  5. Display an understanding of health care administration and professional responsibility upon entry into the profession.

The following goals are associated with the Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Integrate the concepts of health promotion, injury prevention and wellness into the practice of athletic training.

    Measurement:

    1. Students will score 80% or higher on formative and summative assessments in ATHT513: Community Health Promotion and Injury Prevention in AT,  ATHT528: Nutrition, Perf Enhancement, Strength and Conditioning in AT.
    2. Students will master Clinical Proficiencies related to health promotion, injury prevention, and wellness in ATHT514C Clinical Education in Athletic Training I and ATHT518C Clinical Education in Athletic Training II.
    3. Students will be rated good or higher in all areas of  Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 1 at the end of the first semester in the program.
    4. Students will be rated good or higher in all areas of Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 2  related to health promotion, injury prevention and wellness at the end of the third semester in the program.
      Students will score 70% or higher on questions related to health promotion, injury prevention, and wellness on the Board of Certification (BOC) Practice Exam 1 at the end of the third semester in the program.
  2. Examine, assess, and develop a plan of care for patients with orthopedic and other medical conditions.

    Measurement:

    1. Students will score 80% or higher on Formative and Summative assessments in ATHT515 Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training I and ATHT519 Evaluation and Assessment in Athletic Training II.
    2. Students will master Clinical Proficiencies related to evaluation, assessment, and development of plan of care in ATHT518C Clinical Education in Athletic Training II and ATHT523C Clinical Education in Athletic Training II.
    3. Students will be rated good or higher in all areas related to examination, assessment, and plan of care development on Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 2 at the end of the third semester in the program.
    4. Students will score 70% or higher on questions related to examination, assessment, and plan of care development on the Board of Certification (BOC) practice exam 1 at the end of the third semester in the program.
  3. Integrate best practices in immediate and emergency care for optimal outcomes.

    Measurement:

    1. Students will score 80% or higher on Formative and Summative assessments in ATHT510 Emergency and Acute Care in Athletic Training and ATHT521 Evaluation and Treatment of Medical Conditions in Athletic Training.
    2. Students will master Clinical Proficiencies related to emergency and acute care in ATHT534C Clinical Education in Athletic Training III and  ATHT552C Clinical Education in Athletic Training V.
    3. Students will be rated good or better in areas related to immediate and emergency care on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 3 during the sixth semester in the program.
    4. Students will score 80% or higher on questions related to immediate and emergency care on the Board of Certification (BOC) Practice Test 2 during the sixth semester in the program.
  4. Justify and apply appropriate therapeutic interventions for orthopedic and other medical conditions.

    Measurement:

    1. Students will score 80% or higher on formative and summative assessments in ATHT521 Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training I, ATHT531 Therapeutic Interventions in Athletic Training II, and ATHT560 Advanced Rehabilitation and Manual Therapy Techniques in Athletic Training.
    2. Students will master all Clinical Proficiencies related to knowledge and application of therapeutic interventions in ATHT553C and ATHT564C Immersive Clinical Education in Athletic Training.
    3. Students will be rated good or better in areas related to knowledge and application of therapeutic interventions on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 3 during the sixth semester in the program.
    4. Students will score 80% or better on questions related to therapeutic interventions on the Board of Certification (BOC) Practice Examination 2 during the sixth semester in the program.
  5. Utilize best practices in healthcare administration (policy construction and implementation, documentation, and business practices) and professional responsibility upon entry into the profession.

    Measurement:

    1. Students will score 80% or higher on Formative and Summative Assessments in ATHT550 Organization, Administration and Management in Athletic Training and ATHT563 Professional Preparation and Current Topics in Athletic Training.
    2. Students will master Clinical Proficiencies related to health care administration and professional development in ATHT553C Clinical Education in Athletic Training V and ATHT564C Immersive Clinical Education in Athletic Training.
    3. Students will be rated good or better in areas related to healthcare administration and professional responsibility on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 3 during the sixth semester in the program.
    4. Students will score 80% or higher on questions related to healthcare administration and professional responsibility on the  Board of Certification (BOC) practice examination 2 during the sixth semester in the program.
    5. Students will score 80% or better on the Athletic Training Business Project Rubric in ATHT550 Organization, Administration and Management in Athletic Training. Students will score 80% or better on the Professional Development Portfolio rubric in ATHT537: Professional preparation and current topics in Athletic Training.
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