BS in AT Program
The BS in AT program accepted its last class of students in May of 2016. Following the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) mandate that all accredited athletic training programs transition to a professional Master's degree by 2022, EKU was approved for a substantive change of degree in August of 2016. All interested students in athletic training at EKU will need to complete the required pre-requisites and application for the MS in AT Program.
EKU offers a BS in Physical Education: Pre-Athletic Training/Pre-Physical Therapy concentration that includes all pre-requisites for our program that can be used to prepare students for application to the MS in AT Program.
EKU-BS in AT Program Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Eastern Kentucky University AT Program is to educate each student about the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to work effectively with the physiological and biomechanical aspects of injury and illness with regard to patients.
EKU-BS in AT Program Vision Statement
Students will be presented with the didactic and clinical experiences that will lead them to being able to exercise sound ethical judgment, achieve satisfying careers, and make positive contributions to their communities and the athletic training profession.
Student learning outcomes for the EKU BS in AT Program include the following:
- Development of critical thinking skills that will guide future clinical practice and foster commitment to lifelong continuing education.
- Provision of classroom instruction that emphasizes scientific foundations for clinical theories and evidence based clinical decision-making as they relate to entry level competencies.
- Provision of clinical education experiences that develop entry level clinical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s) in AT.
- Cultivation of a strong commitment to a high standard of ethical conduct and professional excellence.
- Promotion of student professionalism in appearance, demeanor and clinical practice.
- Development of the ability to effectively communicate with both written and oral presentations.
- Development of the ability to effectively utilize technology in athletic training for injury surveillance.
- Facilitation of student understanding of the athletic trainer’s evolving role within the U.S. health care delivery system.
- Empowerment of students to assume leadership roles while in the program to develop future athletic training professionals who are involved professional in the leadership of the profession.