The ATEP is designed to be completed in four years, which includes three semesters of pre-professional coursework and clinical observation and five semesters of professional coursework and clinical experiences. Students who transfer, or participate in intercollegiate athletics, or whose time may be limited for other reasons, should anticipate additional academic time necessary to complete the major.
The requirements of the major are consistent with the recommended standards established by CAATE. In order to be retained in the major, all athletic training students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA with no grade lower than C in classes with an AT prefix. 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.
*Meets a General Education core requirement.
**Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
+Meets a University Skills requirement.
CPR and Blood Borne Pathogen Training: Athletic training students admitted to the ATEP must complete CPR and blood borne pathogen training prior to the first day of clinical practicum. Returning students must renew annually prior to the first day of clinical practicum.
Transportation: Certain clinical experiences in the ATEP may require that the student have a valid diver’s license, an automobile for personal use, and evidence of public liability insurance. ATEP students must provide their own transportation to and from clinical facilities or activities.
Other policies and procedures: For current academic and clinical requirements, please refer to the current edition of the ATEP Handbook.
In order to graduate from the Athletic Training Education Program at APU, the following must be met:
- Complete all Athletic Training Major requirements
- Complete all Athletic Training Major coursework
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Maintain a minimum AT major GPA of 2.7 (B-) (AES 360 , 363 , 364 ; AT 102 , 160 , 220 , 240 , 270 , 351 , 352 , 355 , 452 , 465 , 469 , 490 ; BIOL 101 or 151 , 250 /251 ; PE 240 ; PSYC 110 , 385 ) with no course grade below a C.
- Complete all practicum courses (AT 242 , 340 , 342 , 440 , 442 ) with no course grade below a B
- Complete all Clinical Education requirements
- Complete all clinical observation experiences for pre-athletic training (AT 240 )
- Complete 40 clinical credits for Level I-III students of clinical field experience under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor (AT 242 , 340 , 342 , 440 , 442 )
- Complete a clinical field experience in each of the following categories: upper extremity, lower extremity, equipment intensive, general medical, and clinic/rehabilitative service.
- Complete all pre-athletic training, Level I, II, and III psychomotor competencies and clinical proficiencies.
- Complete all other university requirements for graduation
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 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.