About the Program
Why This Major Is Relevant
At $213 billion and growing, the sports industry is more than twice the size of the U.S. auto industry and seven times bigger than the movie industry. As the industry grows, so do opportunities for the professionals who support it. There is an increasing demand for certified athletic trainers in professional sports teams, sports medicine clinics, educational institutions, intercollegiate sports programs, and private and industrial fitness and wellness centers. APU’s athletic training degree uniquely qualifies professionals to meet this demand.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer examination to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT). The Athletic Training Education Program has also been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) since 2002.
Gain In-depth Learning Experiences
The athletic training curriculum incorporates extensive clinical experience at multiple sites where they complete clinical rotations under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor. As students display competency, they are given increased responsibility in working directly with patients, completing orthopedic injury assessments, administering therapeutic exercise, and assessing medical conditions. Clinical experiences provide professional contacts in the field and ensure that students graduate with significant experience on their résumés.
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 www.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 compared with national 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 Exam Results (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.