You are about to start an amazing journey in didactic and clinical education in the field of Athletic Training. Always keep in mind that this is an academic program that has a clinical component. It will not be an easy journey, but, if you follow the prescribed path with diligence, it will be a very rewarding journey. The rewards are in the form of education, clinical experience, and companionship with your fellow athletic training students, preparation for the BOC Exam, preparation for graduate study, and preparation to take your place in the profession of Athletic Training.
Your education will take place in the classroom and in clinical experiences. You will follow the paths of Learning over Time and Seamless (Integrated) Learning. Those terms will mean virtually nothing to you as you start the program, but will become ingrained in your mind as you proceed through the program. You will begin by listening and watching and progress to listening and hands-on experience with increasing responsibility under the direct supervision of a Preceptor. You will also learn from each other, which may be one of the most important aspects of your athletic training education.
The program is demanding. Historically, athletic training students have succeeded in direct proportion to what they are willing to put into the program. You will have ample opportunities to make the most of your education through ATS blogs, clinical experience journals, the Athletic Training Student Society and special events such as the ACES Workshops, SEATA Student Symposia, Hall of Fame Lecture Series, presentations by the ATEP Medical Director, and coverage of special events like the First Light Marathon, AFL spring training, summer camp positions working with Certified Athletic Trainers, and the opportunity to do remote Senior Clinical Experiences.
Strive to be your absolute best and you will become an integral part of the best. The faculty and staff of UMobile ATEP are here to help you. One of the biggest advantage of a small university is the individual attention it affords. Take advantage of it.