Date of Award

6-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Jordan Utley

Second Advisor

Sue Shapiro

Abstract

As the athletic training profession takes steps towards the next level as an allied health care profession, advocates for the profession are positioning athletic trainers as key players in the interprofessional health care team. Recently, the CAATE has pronounced a move for athletic training education to transition all entry-level education to professional master’s degree programs. CAATE is also requesting that athletic training education programs find means to align with other healthcare profession education programs within their institution and actively engage in planned and continuous interprofessional learning activities. This study explored the gap in knowledge regarding athletic training faculty perceptions on their readiness to implement IPE. Data was collected using an electronic survey administered to athletic training program faculty. The objectives of the study were to explore athletic training educators’ perceptions of knowledge, beliefs, and barriers related to IPE. The results of this study identified that differences exist in faculty perceptions of IPE based on faculty rank or role, years of teaching experience, skill level using IPE, previous experience with using IPE, and geographical location of ATEPs within the institution. Together, the findings suggest that IPE integration should include initiatives that provide administrative support, delineated leadership roles and efforts for bringing allied health disciplines in closer physical proximity on their campuses.

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