APU’s athletic training major prepares students to prevent, treat, and rehabilitate injuries resulting from physical activity. Athletic training students complete coursework in the areas of first aid and CPR, risk management, orthopedic assessment, therapeutic modalities and exercise, pharmacology, general medical conditions, and health care administration and research.
In addition, students gain extensive clinical experience with a diverse population of patients at multiple clinical sites, which provide the opportunity to put learned skills and knowledge into practice. Athletic training majors leave APU with the tools they need to help recovering patients meet their full potential.
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re an athletic training major if you:
- Enjoy sports.
- Are fascinated by the functions of the human body.
- Enjoy personal interaction and helping people.
- Approach problems with patience and perseverance.
- Want to feel like you’re making a difference.
National Certification Exam
The national certification examination for entry-level athletic trainers (ATs) is administered numerous times during the year by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC-certified ATs. The BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the U.S. Additional information regarding the BOC and the certification examination can be found at bocatc.org.
Throughout the history of APU’s athletic training program, students have successfully passed the BOC examination with a first-time pass rate at or above the national average. The following provides results for APU candidates over the last three BOC exam years. This data is available publicly in compliance with accreditation standards as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
BOC Pass Rate Data (PDF)
NOTE: The undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) will transition to an entry-level master’s (ELM) graduate program by 2016. This transition is being made in response to changes within the athletic training profession and in order to maintain a high-quality educational experience for athletic training students. Applications to the undergraduate ATEP will continue to be accepted in fall 2012 and fall 2013 (see Admission Requirements). The last cohort of students admitted to the undergraduate ATEP during the fall 2013 application period must complete the program by spring 2016 to be eligible to take the national Board of Certification, Inc. examination for athletic trainers. There will be no exceptions. If students do not complete the undergraduate ATEP by spring 2016, they have the following options to attain certification exam eligibility: transfer to an accredited program at a different university, or seek admission to the new ELM program at APU. For further information, please contact the program director of athletic training education.