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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletic Training Program (UTC-GATP) is to prepare students to provide evidence-based and patient-centered clinical services that will optimize the quality of health care received by physically active people of any age.



  1. Critical Thinking Skills: Development of critical thinking skills that will guide future clinical practice and foster commitment to lifelong continuing education.
  2. Evidence-based Learning: Provision of classroom instruction that emphasizes scientific foundations for clinical theories and evidence-based clinical decision-making as they relate to entry level competencies.
  3. Quality Clinical Education: Provision of clinical education experiences that develop clinical proficiencies in AT.
  4. Diverse Clinical Opportunities: Expand opportunities for students to obtain clinical experience in industrial worksites and corporate health promotion programs.
  5. Evidence-based Practice: Integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and circumstances to make decisions about the care of individual patients.
  6. Communication Skills: Development of the ability to effectively communicate with both written and oral presentations.
  7.  Technology/Health Care Informatics: The use of information technology to manage clinical data and access the most recent evidence pertaining to optimum patient care.
  8.  Health Care Delivery and Finance: Facilitation of student understanding of the athletic trainer’s evolving role within the U.S. health care delivery system.
  9.  Continuous Quality Improvement: Recognition of the need for constant self-evaluation and life-long learning, including the ability to identify a quality improvement objective, specify changes that are expected to produce an improvement, and quantitatively confirm that an improvement resulted from implementation of the change.
  10.  Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Provide opportunities for interaction with students from different disciplines that will promote development of problem-solving skills.
  11.  Applied Research: Development of the ability to assist, interpret, and report research that will advance the practice of athletic training.
  12.  Professional Conduct: Cultivation of a strong commitment to a high standard of ethical conduct and professional excellence. Personal qualities of honesty, reliability, accountability, patience, modesty, and self-control. Exhibited through ethical behavior, a respectful demeanor toward all persons, compassion, a willingness to serve others, sensitivity to the concerns of diverse patient populations, a conscientious approach to performance of duties, a commitment to continuing education, contributions to the body of knowledge in the discipline, appropriate dress, and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
  13.  Leadership: Empowerment of students to assume leadership roles in future professional endeavors.
  14.  Professional Opportunities: Promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship to foster expansion of professional opportunities within the athletic training field.