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Mission, Goals, and Objectives: Athletic Training Education


Piedmont College dedicates itself to the transformative power of education through reciprocal learning, the development of compassionate leaders, and the stewardship of our local and global communities.


The R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Piedmont College shall be recognized as an exemplary professional academic program.  The arts & sciences are the foundation upon which the students’ intellectual endeavors are built, contributing to the provision of holistic care to clients that includes physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and environmental care. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is dedicated to respect for diversity and to community outreach.


The athletic training program seeks to prepare students to pass the National Board of Certification Exam by providing exemplary classroom and clinical education in the five domains of athletic training set forth by the NATA.  Furthermore, the program is dedicated to respecting individual diversity and engaging the community by exposing students to a variety of healthcare settings, practitioners, and patient populations.

2019-20 Assessment Report
Program Retention and Graduation Statistics
Program BOC Pass Rate
Program Post-Graduation Employment Statistics


1. PROGRAM VIABILITY: The Program is committed to recruiting eight quality students into each cohort, retaining 80% of students each year, and graduating two years after program admission.

a. Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 8.  Piedmont College will provide students the resources to achieve their academic goals in a timely fashion and meet learning outcomes expected in their degree programs.
b. Outcome (non-student learning): The number of students who matriculate into each cohort and persist. 

2. FOUNDATION KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR CLIENT CARE: The Program seeks to have an 80% passing rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.  We will also conduct level-appropriate Competency Exams on campus to gauge student progress (the goal is that 80% of students will score 70% or higher on each section and 70% overall).

  • Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 4. Piedmont College will offer traditional and innovative academic programs that are rigorous in content and flexible in real-world application.
  • SLO 1: Students will integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to engage in critical and creative dialogue through discovery, analysis, and communication.

1.1    Propose and apply methods of injury prevention and risk reduction for both healthy and at-risk individuals.
1.2    Design treatment plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals.
1.3    Demonstrate oral, written, and visual communication strategies that are organized, coherent, accurate, and professionally prepared and delivered.
1.4    Critically evaluate research findings to develop differential diagnoses for injuries and illnesses.
1.5    Develop promotional strategies for healthy living and injury/disease prevention.

3. PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: The Program seeks to provide high quality instruction that integrates cognitive and psychomotor skills into active problem solving abilities that will culminate in 90% of students with post-graduate placements (employment or graduate school) within three months of graduation.

  • Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 1. Piedmont College will attract and retain students, faculty, and staff, and engage alumni and friends, by providing experiences with the College that inspire in them a lifelong affinity with the institution.
  • SLO 2: Students will work collaboratively through interprofessional teams to provide or accommodate quality care to clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings, while respecting  the diversity of individuals, groups, and communities.  

2.1    Apply clinical reasoning skills throughout the physical examination process in order to assimilate data, select the appropriate assessment tests, formulate a differential diagnosis, provide care, and make appropriate referrals.
2.2    Use psychosocial techniques to enhance patient care and determine when abnormal behaviors require referral. 
2.3    Adapt therapeutic interventions using clinician– and patient-oriented outcomes with consideration to the stage of healing and goals to maximize patient participation and quality of life. 
2.4    Implement, evaluate, and modify treatment plans for both healthy and at-risk individuals that meet their performance or wellness goals through collaboration with allied healthcare providers.
2.5    Create, evaluate, and modify an environment conducive to safe activity participation.
2.6    Demonstrate cultural competence in the care of clients from diverse backgrounds.

4. PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT: The Program is committed to providing quality clinical sites for experiential learning and seeks to have 100% of students experience a minimum of three types of clinical education settings prior to graduation (i.e. high school, college, medical office, emergency medical services, physical therapy, and community medicine).

  • Piedmont Goal Reference:  GOAL 6. Piedmont College will educate the whole student through co-curricular programs, extra-curricular activities, and experiential learning endeavors.
  • SLO 3:  Through civic engagement, personal growth, and ethical reasoning, students will demonstrate responsible, global citizenship by upholding high professional standards. 

3.1    Identify state and national regulations and demonstrate professional, moral and ethical judgment when delivering patient-centered care.
3.2    Adapt evidence-based practice concepts when making clinical decisions and critically examining athletic training practice.
3.3    Develop and evaluate facility design and management strategies in the context of a healthcare system (i.e. risk management, healthcare delivery mechanisms, insurance and reimbursement documentation, patient privacy, and general facility management).
3.4    Use effective documentation to develop, participate in, and lead patient-centered care.
3.5    Use appropriate professional guidelines to develop, implement, evaluate, and modify emergency care strategies.
3.6    Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development. 

*Updated February 26, 2020

Summary of assessments on target for each Student Learning Outcome (goal ≥ 75%)