Athletic trainers are health care professionals who provide care for patients in the areas of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician and are recognized by the American Medical Association.
The athletic training program at Upper Iowa uses a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experiences to develop mastery of professional competencies. Athletic training students are educated to provide patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being.
Clinical skills are developed and assessed within the program during clinical experiences. The clinical experience provides students with hands-on opportunities to develop skills and professional behaviors while immersed with actual patient care. During clinical rotations, athletic training students will have experiences with a variety of patient populations including individual and team sports, protective equipment-intensive sports, diverse genders, non-sport populations, and patients with non-orthopedic conditions.
Students in the athletic training program will receive formal instruction in the following subject matter areas:
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Prevention and Health Promotion
- Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
- Acute Care of Injury and Illness
- Therapeutic Interventions
- Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
- Health care Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibility
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