Athletic Training Program Assessment

Competencies and Proficiencies

 The Athletic Training Program at Winona State University is based upon assessing outcomes. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association has developed academic competencies and clinical proficiencies for accredited AT Program’s (Athletic Training Educational Competencies – 5th Edition). Individual course syllabi contain the competencies and proficiencies that are instructed and evaluated in each course.

Clinical education proficiencies are instructed and evaluated the first time in the laboratory portion of each athletic training course.  Second assessments of proficiencies are ideally evaluated during a student's clinical education experiences.  When necessary, mock scenarios will be used to assess competency in certain areas.  Students and preceptors may track proficiencies by logging into the A-Track software. 

Evaluation of Student Clinical Experiences by Preceptor

Athletic Training Student (ATS) will be evaluated by the preceptor he/she is assigned to on a monthly basis. This form is completed on-line using the A-Track software and then the preceptor shares his/her assessment with the student at the end of each rotation.  Students will then have access to their completed evaluations at any time when logged into A-Track.  An example of the evaluation form  is available for current students.

Students are also evaluated annually by the AT Program faculty and WSU's preceptors. This is an opportunity for students to complete a self-assessment and compare that data to the faculty and staff evaluations. This meetings focus is on identifying the student's strengths as well as areas for improvement and developing a strategy for change.

Evaluation of Preceptors and Clinical Sites by Students

ATS's will have the opportunity to evaluate the preceptor and the clinical site following each clinical rotation. Evaluations on preceptors and site are completed within the A-Track software.  Reminders to complete these evaluations will be sent to students by the Clinical Coordinator.

Assessment Day

WSU sponsors an annual university "Assessment Day".  Students will complete a BOC style examination and an oral practical examination that is NOT reflected on their course grades or clinical education.  Remediation will be available for students that perform below average.  Those students may have an opportunity to retest.  These experiences give the student an idea of their progress toward BOC certification as well as giving the AT Program a measure for assessing program goals.

WSU Athletic Training Student performing an evaluation on the sidelines.