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Whitworth AT Program Mission, Outcomes & Objectives

Health Sciences Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Whitworth Health Sciences Department is to equip its graduates to serve humanity through study of the form and function of the human body and the body's connection to health and wellness. Through a curriculum that integrates theory and practice, graduates will be able to appreciate this relationship both critically and creatively and will learn to apply it to various health-related fields

Athletic Training Program Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Program at Whitworth University is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become proficient and professional entry-level athletic trainers. This is accomplished through high-quality instruction and diverse experiences that model ethical practice, effective communication and compassion. The program utilizes a holistic approach in developing multidimensional healthcare professionals and servant-leaders within the context of Christian higher education.

Program & Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome #1
Whitworth University athletic training students will incorporate spiritual, ethical, moral and legal behavior into the practice of athletic training.

  • 1.1 Objective: Whitworth University athletic training students will appreciate the value and nature of personal faith and worldview in vocational practice.
  • 1.2 Objective: Students will abide by the Standards of Practice established by the Board of Certification as well as the NATA Code of Ethics.

Outcome #2
Whitworth University athletic training students will understand the role of an athletic trainer as a healthcare provider within the larger context of the continually evolving healthcare system.

  • 2.1 Objective: Students will work in collaboration with other healthcare providers.
  • 2.2 Objective: Students will communicate effectively with all those involved in healthcare of the patient, both in oral and written form.

Outcome #3
Whitworth University athletic training students will demonstrate entry-level proficiency through classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences in the five domains of athletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organizational and professional health and well-being.

  • 3.1 Objective: Students will achieve 100% ultimate pass rate on the BOC exam for those who continue to attempt it.
  • 3.2 Objective: Students will be well prepared to meet the challenges of entry-level employment positions.
  • 3.3 Objective: Students will demonstrate contemporary knowledge and skill in the comprehensive examination, assessment, management, treatment and/or rehabilitation of patients with injuries and illnesses as they pertain to an active lifestyle.
  • 3.4 Objective: Students will learn clinical skills under the supervision of high-quality preceptors at quality clinical sites.
  • 3.5 Objective: Students will recognize quality evidence from a variety of sources and incorporate into practice.

Outcome #4 

Whitworth University athletic training students and alumni will demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the athletic training profession and healthcare.

  • 4.1 Objective: Students will invest in the profession of athletic training and develop habits that result in professional development.
  • 4.2 Objective: Whitworth University athletic training students and alumni will support their professional community by assuming a service and/or leadership role in an area that impacts the practice of athletic training.

Board of Certification (BOC) Results

 2015-162016-172017-18Three-Year Aggregate
Number of graduates 3 7 10 20
Number of graduates who took exam 3 7 9 19
Number of students who passed on the first attempt 3 7 9 19
Percentage of students who passed on the first attempt* 100% 100% 100% 100%
Number of students who passed (regardless of number of attempts) 3 7 9 19
Percentage of students who passed (regardless of number of attempts) 100% 100% 100% 100%

*The national first-time-pass rate is approximately 80 percent.

Student Graduation Rate

Segment2015-162016-172017-18Three-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from the program 3 7 10 20
Student graduation rate*  27% 58% 71% 54%

*Percentage includes students who started in the AT cohort and graduated with a degree in athletic training; students transferring to another major would only be included in Whitworth's overall graduation rate.

Retention Rate

 2015-162016-172017-18Three-Year Aggregate
Number of students beginning the program (cohort number) 11 12 14 37
Number (retention rate %) of students returning for subsequent year 2 5 (45%) 9 (75%) 11 (79%) 25 (68%)
Number (retention rate %) of students returning for subsequent year 3 4 (36%) 8 (67%) 10 (71%) 22 (59%)

Student Employment Rate*

 2015-162016-172017-18Three-Year Aggregate
Graduates employed as athletic trainers (% of graduating cohort) 2 (67%) 6 (86%) 9 (90%) 17 (85%)
Graduates employed as other (% of graduating cohort) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (10%) 2 (10%)
Graduates not employed (% of graduating cohort) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%)
         
Students employed as athletic trainers (% of initial cohort) 2 (18%) 6 (50%) 9 (69%) 17 (47%)
Students employed as other (% of initial cohort) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 2 (6%)
Students not employed (% of initial cohort) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)

*Within six months of graduation; does not account for unknown employment status or employment of students who transferred or changed majors.