The mission of the University of Tennessee at 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. 


GATP Goals GATP Objectives
Guidance of Clinical Decision Making
  • Develop critical thinking skills that will guide future clinical practice and foster commitment to lifelong continuing education
  • Provide opportunities for interaction with students from different disciplines that will promote development of problem-solving skills
  • Develop the ability to assist, interpret, and report research that will advance the practice of athletic training
Research Evidence Interpretation
  • Provide classroom instruction that emphasizes scientific foundations for clinical theories and evidence-based clinical decision-making as they relate to entry level competencies
  • Integrate the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and circumstances to make decisions about the care of individual patients
Development of Clinical Proficiency
  • Provide clinical education experiences that develop clinical proficiencies in athletic training
  • Expand opportunities for students to obtain clinical experience in industrial worksites and corporate health promotion programs
  • Recognize 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
  • Develop the ability to effectively communicate with both written and oral presentations
Development of Administrative Proficiency
  • Facilitate the use of information technology to manage clinical data and access the most recent evidence pertaining to optimum patient care
  • Promote student understanding of the athletic trainer’s evolving role within the U.S. health care delivery system
Development of Professionalism
  • Cultivate a strong commitment to a high standard of ethical conduct and professional excellence.
    • Enculturate the 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
  • Empower students to assume leadership roles in future professional endeavors
  • Promote innovation and entrepreneurship to foster expansion of professional opportunities within athletic training