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Overview

The Graduate Professional Practice (PPP) - Master of Science degree in Athletic Training is to enable the post-baccalaureate 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.

Mission

The mission of the Professional Practice Program is to prepare graduate 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.

Accreditation Status

C A A T E logoThe ESU Athletic Training – Professional Practice Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education through the academic year 2019-2020.

An added measure of program effectiveness is pass rate on the Board of Certification Examination for Athletic Trainers. The following table represents the performance of program graduates on the BOC® Examination

Performance of program graduates on the BOC® Examination
  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 3 Year Aggregrate
Number of students graduating from the ESU Graduate Professional Practice Program 7 6 7 20
Number of students graduating from program who took examination 6 6 7 19
Number of ESU students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt 5 4 7 16
Percentage of ESU students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt 83 67 100 84
Number of ESU students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts 5 5 7 17
Percentage of ESU students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts 83 83 100 89