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Course Requirements

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.

Requirements for the Athletic Training Major73 units
Foundation Courses17 units
AT 102
Foundations of Athletic Training and Applied Exercise Science (F, S)
AT 160
Acute Care of Injury and Illness (F, S)
AT 220
Risk Management for the Physically Active (F, S)
AT 240
Observation in Athletic Training (F)
BIOL 250
Human Anatomy
Select one of the following:
BIOL 101
Fundamentals of Biology
BIOL 151
General Biology I*
Core Courses56 units
AES 360
Nutrition for Exercise and Sport Science
AES 363
Physiology of Exercise
AES 364
AT 242
Practicum in Wrapping, Taping, and Bracing (S)
AT 270
Orthopedic Assessment (S)
AT 340
Practicum in Orthopedic Assessment (F)
AT 342
Practicum in Therapeutic Modalities, Strength, and Flexibility (S)
AT 351
Therapeutic Modalities (F)
AT 352
Therapeutic Exercise (S)
AT 355
Medical Conditions and Disabilities (S)
AT 440
Practicum in Therapeutic Exercise and Medical Conditions (F)
AT 442
Senior Capstone Practicum (S)
AT 452
Current Concepts in Treatment and Rehabilitation (F)
AT 465
Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers (F)
AT 469
Health Care Administration (S)
AT 490
Research Methods (F)**
BIOL 251
Human Physiology
PE 240
Health Education (F, S)+
PSYC 110
General Psychology*
PSYC 385
Health Psychology

*Meets a General Education core requirement.
**Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
+Meets a University Skills requirement.

Additional Information

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.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the Athletic Training Education Program at APU, the following must be met:

  1. Complete all Athletic Training Major requirements
    1. Complete all Athletic Training Major coursework
    2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    3. 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.
    4. Complete all practicum courses (AT 242, 340, 342, 440, 442) with no course grade below a B
  2. Complete all Clinical Education requirements
    1. Complete all clinical observation experiences for pre-athletic training (AT 240)
    2. 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)
    3. Complete a clinical field experience in each of the following categories: upper extremity, lower extremity, equipment intensive, general medical, and clinic/rehabilitative service.
    4. Complete all pre-athletic training, Level I, II, and III psychomotor competencies and clinical proficiencies.
  3. 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.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.