Mission, Vision, and Goals


The Master of Athletic Training Program is committed to educating highly qualified allied health professionals who make a difference in the world by being productive, responsible, and engaged athletic trainers in a multicultural and rapidly changing world. This will be accomplished by emphasizing a personalized, diverse, and dynamic learning environment that stimulates engagement with technology, ideas, and other health professionals.


To be recognized as one of the premier graduate level athletic training programs in Illinois and throughout the Midwest by providing students with an extensive, dynamic, and individualized education promoting collaboration, leadership and professionalism.


The following goals illustrate how the philosophy upon which the Master of Athletic Training Program guides the education of the Athletic Training Student. Upon completion of the Master of Athletic Training Program the student will be able to:

  • communicate effectively to a variety of populations utilizing various media
  • prevent, evaluate, treat, rehabilitate, and recondition musculoskeletal injuries appropriately as an athletic training professional
  • evaluate and manage medical conditions appropriately as an athletic training professional
  • organize and administer athletic training services in a variety of settings
  • apply evidence-based practices in the rapidly changing healthcare environment
  • foster the caring side of athletic training by incorporating psychosocial aspects into all domains
  • create collaborative environments with healthcare professionals to develop, administer, and utilize effective clinical skill management, communication, scholarship, and professional development
  • demonstrate the importance of professional development through an appreciation of life-long learning, professional membership, and service to the profession and community
  • successfully pass standardized test(s) required in order to practice athletic training at the state or national level
  • practice in an inclusive manner with knowledge of and respect for all individuals regardless of cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, sex, gender identity, religious, educational, and/or political differences or biases.