University of Oregon

Department of Human Physiology Graduate Studies in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

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Perceived Professional Preparation of Newly Certified Athletic Trainers

Craig Switzler MS, ATC

To evaluate the satisfaction that new ATCs perceived with their academic preparation for employment.

Design and Setting:
We developed an online survey questionnaire based on the domains and proficiencies of Athletic Training. The questions used a Likert scale to rate satisfaction with academic preparation.

We surveyed 277 ATCs that had been certified less than 18 months.

New ATCs’ satisfaction rates of perceived academic preparation for employment based on domains and proficiencies of Athletic Training.

Highest satisfaction in acute care, assessment & evaluation, and risk management proficiencies, lowest satisfaction in pharmacology, nutritional aspects of injury & illness, and psychosocial intervention & referral. Compared to a previous study1 there was a slightly higher but comparable satisfaction in the domains except clinical evaluation domain.

There were unequal satisfaction rates within proficiencies and a trend of similar satisfaction responses with domains when compared to an earlier study1, with the exception of clinical evaluation domain.

Key Words:
education, survey research, employment preparation, student satisfaction, education program