Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Athletic Training Program Mission Statement, Goals, and Objectives


The mission of the University of Southern Maine’s Athletic Training Program is to deliver a comprehensive learning experience that will prepare students to excel as entry-level athletic trainers and productive professionals. The Athletic Training Program integrates a competency based educational model that emphasizes professionalism, community involvement, knowledge and skill acquisition, and workforce preparation. The program achieves this through a variety of teaching methods including high fidelity simulation, hands-on laboratory experiences, interprofessional activities, online and blended learning modalities. We assess student and program outcomes to track and inform programmatic change.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Students will be prepared for certification and transition into professional practice upon graduation.
    • All students successfully completing the program will be prepared for the BOC exam.
    • Students will be gainfully employed or enrolled in an advanced academic program in athletic training or related field.
    • Students will be prepared to integrate clinical reasoning and reflection into practice.

  2. Students and faculty will be active and contributing members of their communities.
    • Students and faculty will engage with the medical, athletic training and local communities.
    • Students and faculty will contribute to their communities through impactful service and quality scholarship.

  3. The program will provide high quality athletic training education.
    • Contemporary didactic and laboratory education will be delivered by qualified faculty.
    • Clinical education will include diverse settings and experiences, supervised by trained preceptors with a variety of expertise.
    • The program will include interprofessional practice and education that will focus on collaboration and improving health outcomes.

  4. The program will cultivate professional behaviors, ethical practice and a culture of inquiry.
    • The program will teach students skills and foundational behaviors to successfully transition to practice.
    • Students will exemplify life-long learning by engaging in ongoing education.
    • Students will demonstrate ethical behavior
    • Students will provide quality care to all patients
    • The program will integrate diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the curriculum