A Unique Curriculum
The Bachelor of Science in athletic training degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The purpose of CAATE is to maintain the quality of entry-level athletic training education programs. The curriculum is rooted in basic sciences, emergency care, orthopedic injury assessment and diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions while offering advanced coursework in applied neuromuscular and biomechanical concepts. The learning experience is enhanced through the use of high fidelity patient simulators, concussion assessment technology and comprehensive clinical exams.
The athletic training curriculum is comprised of three core components: 1) didactic courses for knowledge acquisition; 2) laboratory courses for psychomotor acquisition; and 3) extensive supervised field experiences (experiential learning) for the integration of didactic knowledge and psychomotor skill in the context of patient-athlete care. These three elements provide the student an opportunity to progressively build knowledge and skills over time in a logical and thematic manner. Students accepted into the program must make a sizeable and time-consuming commitment to clinical education experiences. The strength of the major is the individualized instruction and the practical experience that is gained in the university’s athletic training facilities, our Division I intercollegiate athletic program and off-campus affiliate education sites.
Points of Distinction
The Department of Athletic Training offers unique undergraduate research experiences by working collaboratively with athletic training faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy’s Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility allows students the opportunity to use cutting edge technology to analyze human movement patterns that may lead to athletic-related injuries. Students involved in undergraduate research experiences have presented their projects at major national conferences of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. As a result, HPU graduates have been accepted into top graduate programs in athletic training.
Through an innovative inter-professional education model that emphasizes evidence-based clinical decision making, utilizes state-of-the-art technology and provides unique clinical experiences, the High Point University athletic training program prepares exceptional athletic trainers who are uniquely qualified professionals within a dynamic healthcare system. The program provides quality didactic and clinical educational experiences consistent with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Standards for the Accreditation of Entry-Level Athletic Training Education Programs and the BOC (Board of Certification) Role Delineation Study. Students will receive a quality education centered upon the holistic integration of prevention, recognition, assessment, management and rehabilitation of injuries to physically active populations. The program seeks to foster a collaborative learning environment with faculty, staff and peers to impart knowledge, critical thinking and clinical problem-solving skills in preparation for becoming an athletic training professional.
The High Point University Department of Athletic Training will be nationally recognized as an exemplary model for developing compassionate athletic training clinicians and scholars who are leaders in the delivery and advancement of evidence -based healthcare for the physically active population across the lifespan.
Through an innovative inter-professional education, research, and clinical practice model the High Point University Department of Athletic Training develops exceptional athletic trainers who are uniquely qualified to excel within a dynamic healthcare system. The Department of Athletic Training emphasizes evidence-based decision making and applied research, utilizes state of the art technology and novel teaching strategies, and provides unique clinical experiences to cultivate professionals who embody sound clinical reasoning, professional ethics, honesty, compassion, primacy of the patient, and are advocates for the profession of athletic training.
The High Point University Department of Athletic Training believes in value-centered education. The values we hold in high regard are:
- Community engagement
- Evidence-based practice
- Holistic approach to healthcare
- Intellectual inquiry
- Leadership development
- Learner-centered education
- Life-long learning
- Patient values
- Professional advocacy