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The mission of the University of North Florida (UNF) Graduate Athletic Training Program is to develop competent and caring athletic training professionals who are dedicated to life-long learning and are committed to making contributions to their community and the profession. The program aims to provide students with an enriching, quality education which fosters critical thinking skills, professional ethics, and evidence-based practice.


Program Goals:



  1. Provide engaging learning environments in both the didactic and clinical education settings that prepare students for entry-level practice as an athletic trainer. 
  2. Develop health care practitioners who incorporate evidence-based medicine into clinical practice. 
  3. Promote the importance of maintaining a high standard of ethical and professional practice as a health care practitioner. 
  4. Develop students who promote the profession through service to the community and involvement in professional organizations.   

Program Outcomes:

  1. Students will have the foundational knowledge and clinical skills necessary to become a certified athletic trainer. 
  2. Students will demonstrate how to utilize current research, clinical expertise, and patient needs and outcomes to identify best practices in daily athletic training duties. 
  3. Students will promote and demonstrate acceptable standards of ethical conduct for professional practice. 
  4. Students will demonstrate behaviors that consider primacy of the patient and cultural competence. 
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other health care professionals to provide optimal patient care. 
  6. Students will understand the importance of contributing to the community and profession through education, research, and/or collaborative practice.    


Student Learning Outcomes:



  1. The student will demonstrate proper procedures in risk management and injury prevention. 
  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to recognize, treat, and refer orthopedic, general medical and mental health conditions in patients. 
  3. The student will be able to provide appropriate acute care of injuries and illnesses.  
  4. The student will be proficient in clinical examination and diagnosis of injuries/conditions in patients. 
  5. The student will demonstrate the ability to design an appropriate therapeutic intervention to maximize a patient’s health-related quality of life. 
  6. The student will demonstrate the ability to apply evidence-based medicine and critical thinking skills in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients. 
  7. The student will model appropriate professional behavior and ethical conduct as a health care provider.