In April of 2010 the athletic training major received re-accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CaATe) through 2019/2020. With this accreditation firmly in place the program will prepare you for a variety of entry-level positions in athletic training or to seek advanced degrees in the allied health sciences. In addition to academic course work and vast clinical experiences it will help you develop your ability to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively and become a complete well rounded clinician and contributing member of society. After completing this program, you’ll be eligible to take the Board of Certification examination to become a certified athletic trainer.
Credit requirements: The degree requires a minimum of 131 credits. Each course in the specified curriculum (or transfer equivalent) must be included in this total.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): A GPA of 2.65 must be attained by the end of your freshman year and maintained for graduation. A thorough review board process will be conducted at the end of the freshman year to gain acceptance into the program.
Coursework: The curriculum includes a strong foundation in the basic sciences plus applied scientific knowledge in health care and athletic training. It also includes coursework that will help you develop your ability to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively.
Clinical experience: The clinical education sequence begins first term freshman year with the pre-clinical experience. During the freshman year students accumulate 100 hours of direct observation of affiliated athletic trainers. Starting first term sophomore year, student engage in six hands-on clinical experiences and one senior capstone experience involving patients of both genders across 15 diverse clinical settings including high schools, clinics, colleges & universities, professional athletic teams and hospitals. Clinical experiences are progressive in nature and correspond with the curriculum.
Technical Guidelines: Because athletic training is a physically, intellectually and psychologically demanding profession, degree candidates must meet minimum standards in certain skills and abilities. Read more about the technical standards.