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Christopher Schmidt, Ph.D., ATC

Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Program Director, M.S. in Athletic Training
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5194
Fax: (626) 815-5084
Christopher Schmidt, Ph.D., joined the APU faculty in August 2000. In addition to teaching, he serves as the director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program and as associate chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Schmidt also serves the athletic training profession as an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and on committees of the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. His clinical experience includes two years as a secondary school athletic trainer and 10 years at a variety of collegiate, university, and international-level positions. His research interests include injuries and conditions resulting from youth sport experiences, student learning styles, and curriculum development in athletic training education. Chris; his wife, Julie; and their dog, Daisy, reside in Claremont, California.


  • Ph.D., Human Performance and Recreation (Emphasis in Administration and Teaching), University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.S., Exercise and Sport Science (Emphasis in Athletic Training), University of Arizona
  • B.A., Physical Education and Recreation, Whittier College


  • Certified Athletic Trainer (AT). Board of Certification, Inc.
  • Certified First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor. American Red Cross


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Exercise and Sport Science


  • Athletic Training Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Styles

Courses Taught

  • AT 240 – Observation in Athletic Training (F)
  • AT 270 – Orthopedic Assessment (S)
  • AT 351 – Therapeutic Modalities (F)
  • AT 442 – Senior Capstone Practicum (S)
  • AT 465 – Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers (F)
  • AT 469 – Health Care Administration (S)