Skip to Content
Apply Request

Athletic Training Major (No Longer Offered)

Increasing demands within the athletic training profession are leading to a need for a higher level of education. To prepare students for this change, APU’s undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is no longer accepting students, and the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) will replace the undergraduate program in 2015. The MSAT is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) at this time, but will be seeking accreditation from CAATE during the 2015–16 academic year.

The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6836 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 250, Austin, TX 78731-3193, (512) 733-9700, caate.net. The requirements of the major are consistent with the standards established by CAATE. Upon completion of the ATEP, and university requirements, students may be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification, Inc. examination to become a certified athletic trainer.

National Certification Exam
and BOC Pass Rates

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 table shows 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).

Year Number of Graduates Number of Graduates Taking BOC Exam Number and Percent of Graduates Passing (First Attempt) Number and Percent of Graduates Passing (Regardless of Attempts)
2013–14 6 6 4 (67%) 6 (100%)
2012–13 4 4 3 (75%) 3 (75%)
2011–12 11 11 11 (100%) 11 (100%)
3-Year Aggregate 21 21 18 (85.7%)* 20 (95.2%)

* Programs must meet or exceed a three-year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC exam as required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE, caate.net).

Resources for ATEP Students

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.