Christopher Schmidt, PhD, ATC

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5194
Fax: (626) 815-5084
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Christopher Schmidt, PhD, ATC, joined the APU faculty in August 2000. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at APU, Dr. Schmidt is a peer reviewer and Chair of the Review Committee for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). His professional service also includes current and prior membership on a number of committees for the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He has been a certified athletic trainer since 1994, and his clinical athletic training experience includes two years as a secondary-school athletic trainer and more than 10 years at a variety of collegiate, university, and international-level positions. His current research interests include examining the injuries and conditions resulting from youth sport experiences, student learning styles, curriculum development and design, interprofessional education, and discovering the best practices for graduate-level professional education in athletic training.


  • PhD, 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 (Emphasis in Athletic Training), Whittier College


  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Certified First Aid/CPR/Basic Life Support/AED Instructor

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Kinesiology


  • Athletic Training Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Styles
  • Outcomes Assessment and Accreditation

Courses Taught

  • AT 518 – Foundations of Examination and Diagnosis: Lower Extremity
  • AT 522 – Foundations of Therapeutic Interventions: Lower Extremity
  • AT 531 – Examination, Diagnosis, and Interventions: Upper Extremity
  • AT 542 – Examination, Diagnosis, and Interventions: Spine and Core
  • AT 545 – Topics in Athletic Training
  • AT 552 – Examination, Diagnosis, and Interventions: Medical Conditions
  • AT 562 – Health Care Administration