The mission of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Graduate 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. 


Objectives Explanation
Critical Thinking Skills Development of critical thinking skills that will guide future clinical practice and foster commitment to lifelong continuing education
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
Quality Clinical Education Provision of clinical education experiences that develop clinical proficiencies in AT
Diverse Clinical Opportunities Expand opportunities for students to obtain clinical experience in industrial worksites and corporate health promotion programs
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
Communication Skills Development of the ability to effectively communicate with both written and oral presentations
Technology/Health Care Informatics The use of information technology to manage clinical data and access the most recent evidence pertaining to optimum patient care
Health Care Delivery and Finance Facilitation of student understanding of the athletic trainer’s evolving role within the U.S. health care delivery system
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
Interdisciplinary Collaboration Provide opportunities for interaction with students from different disciplines that will promote development of problem-solving skills
Applied Research Development of the ability to assist, interpret, and report research that will advance the practice of athletic training
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
Leadership Empowerment of students to assume leadership roles in future professional endeavors
Professional Opportunities Promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship to foster expansion of professional opportunities within the athletic training field