Student practices training on athlete

Mission Statement

Since receiving national accreditation in 2002, the mission of the Athletic Training (AT) program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) has been to provide a quality didactic and clinical education experience for students to become entry-level Certified Athletic Trainers. The curriculum is designed to successfully prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam, which is structured around five professional domains as they relate to the care of physically active individuals: Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection, Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Immediate and Emergency Care, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being. The UNCW AT program seeks to foster a powerful learning environment which facilitates collaboration between students, faculty and clinical staff through classroom instruction and supervised clinical experiences. Students will gain clinical skills and experience through a rich community engagement in a variety of clinical settings such as New Hanover Regional Medical Center, intercollegiate and high school athletics, sports medicine clinics, outpatient surgical and primary care facilities. Additionally, the UNCW AT program seeks to develop students' critical decision making skills and professional behaviors to become successful candidates for entry-level employment and post-graduate studies.