Vision, Mission, Values, and Profile
Mercer University’s Master of Athletic Training Program will be recognized for improving healthcare for athletes and others through excellence in education, scholarship, leadership, and service.
The mission of Mercer University’s Master of Athletic Training Program is to prepare patient-centered athletic trainers who are devoted to improving healthcare for athletes and the greater community, and who are committed to professional development, leadership, and advocacy for the profession.
The core values of Mercer University's Master of Athletic Training Program are collaboration, compassion, ethical practice, excellence, integrity, and professionalism.
The Master of Athletic Training Program will:
- Recruit and admit highly qualified applicants who are committed to a career in athletic training (entering undergrad GPA, prerequisite GPA, and GRE scores; graduation rate).
- Support faculty development and engagement in teaching, scholarship, and service (instructor evaluations, scholarly publications, scholarly presentations, service on university, professional and community-based committees).
- Deliver a curriculum that provides students with knowledge, skills and clinical abilities included in the curricular content areas defined by CAATE: foundational knowledge; core competencies; patient/client care; prevention, health promotion, and wellness; and healthcare administration.
Provide clinical education experiences that are varied and interprofessional (clinical assignment tables showing the following clinical experiences: throughout the lifespan [for example, pediatric, adult, elderly], of different sexes, with different socioeconomic statuses, of varying levels of activity and athletic ability [for example, competitive and recreational, individual and team activities, high- and low-intensity activities], who participate in nonsport activities [for example, participants in military, industrial, occupational, leisure activities, performing arts]).
The Mercer University Athletic Training Graduate will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities that will prepare her/him for entry-level practice as an athletic trainer.
- Use patient/client values and circumstances, clinical expertise, and research to guide clinical-decision making.
- Adhere to professional and ethical standards of conduct in compliance with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and to the laws and guidelines that regulate the practice of athletic training.
- Collaborate effectively as a member and leader of an interprofessional healthcare team to provide evidence-based and patient-centered care.
- Pursue professional development through continuing education and active involvement with the NATA.