Goals & Objectives
The Athletic Training Education Program at Longwood is designed to prepare undergraduate students both academically and clinically for entry in to the profession of athletic training.
Theory and practical applications of athletic training principles are distributed through the student's undergraduate career. The student must complete the 41 hours of athletic training professional courses, supporting science courses, and the general education requirement while also gaining clinical experience hours under the supervision of a clinical instructor certified athletic trainer. In addition, students also complete an off-campus clinical internship at a site of their choice during the final semester of the program. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination.
The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Education Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (CAATE). Technical standards for program admission are published in the Athletic Training Curriculum Handbook.
A strong emphasis is placed on practical experience which allows the athletic training student to implement theories and concepts learned in the classroom. Theory classes are intended to provide the student with a basic understanding of injury prevention, injury care, injury mechanics, treatment and management, and injury rehabilitation. Demonstrations, observations, problem solving and skill performance are among the teaching methods utilized in these courses.
Clinical methods courses introduce the student to the skills necessary in the day to day task of caring for athletes. Students work directly with intercollegiate athletes and function as athletic training students under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Athletic training students at Longwood accumulate approximately 800-1000 hours of practical experience prior to the clinical internship experience.
A "pre-curriculum student" in the Longwood Athletic Training Education Program is a student who desires to enter the curriculum. The pre-curriculum student completes 75 hours of directed observation experience in the Longwood athletic training facilities during the first year before making a formal application to the program during the spring semester of the freshman year. The staff will observe the performance of the prospective athletic training student as well as the student's attitude, desire, and dependability. Special consideration for program application will be given to students who transfer Longwood and complete all course requirements during the first semester in residence at Longwood. The course of study for students planning to participate as a member of an intercollegiate athletic team is five years.
Goals & Objectives
The goals/objectives of the Longwood Athletic Training Education Program are:
Goal 1: Actively engage students in a comprehensive educational experience that is enhanced through the interaction of classroom, clinical, and professional educational experiences.
- To provide each student with a thorough knowledge base and a quality education program.
- To provide quality practical experiences in the athletic training facilities and laboratory that compliment the education program.
- To encourage and promote the personal and professional growth and development of each individual student as an emerging professional.
- To develop professionals who abide by high professional and ethical standards who will contribute in a positive manner to the continued development of the profession of athletic training and the Longwood University Athletic Training Education Program.
- To develop professionals who value education and recognize the importance of lifelong learning.
Goal 2: Prepare students to successfully complete the BOC examination.
- To monitor student progress at the entrance, mid-point and completion of the Athletic Training Education Program.
- To ensure the student attainment and mastery of the minimal competencies necessary to successfully complete the BOC examination and to function as an entry-level certified athletic trainer.
Goal 3: Continually strive to exceed the entry-level standards for athletic training education.
- To meet national standards for program accreditation.
- To ensure student mastery of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors in accordance with accreditation standards.
- To actively engage in unique learning experiences beyond the requirements of entry-level athletic training education.