Christopher Schmidt, Ph.D., ATC

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5194
Fax: (626) 815-5084
Office Location: Building Two, 810B
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Christopher Schmidt, Ph.D., ATC, joined the APU faculty in August 2000. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at APU, Schmidt is a site visitor and member of the Review Committee for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and a member of the Education Advancement Committee and Board of Athletic Training Specialties for 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, and discovering the best practices for graduate-level professional education in athletic training. Chris, his wife, Julie, and their dog, Daisy, reside in Claremont, California.


  • Ph.D., Human Performance (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 for the Professional Rescuer/AED Instructor

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Kinesiology


  • Athletic Training Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Styles

Courses Taught

  • AT 511 – Foundations of Athletic Training
  • AT 521 – Orthopedic Assessment and Diagnosis I
  • AT 523 – Therapeutic Modalities
  • AT 532 – Orthopedic Assessment and Diagnosis II
  • AT 545 – Topics in Athletic Training
  • AT 549 – Applied Research I
  • AT 551 – Medical Conditions and Pharmacology
  • AT 559 – Applied Research II
  • AT 562 – Health Care Administration
  • AT 569 – Research Capstone