Athletic Training

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The Alderson Broaddus University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students graduating from the ATEP are immediately eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

Athletic trainers work closely with a wide variety of clients from all walks of life to enhance the quality of health care through education and research in prevention evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries.

This new field has developed in response to the increasing emphasis on physical activity in the American lifestyle, and athletic trainers are such an important factor in the welfare and well being of sport participants, that a number of different states have made the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer a legal requirement in their high school athletic programs.

Once accepted into the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), you will learn the basic principles of exercise related to injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation, as well as the pathophysiology of other exercise-induced problems.

Clinical experiences will be an important part of your education. You will apply what you learn in the classroom and laboratory through a series of scheduled, supervised experiences in area high schools, sports medicine clinics, colleges, and physician's offices. You will also be a vital part of AB's athletic training staff working in the athletic training room, and with the intercollegiate athletic teams.

The athletic training faculty are dedicated to helping students prepare for the BOC Examination, as well as enhancing the students professionalism, medical ethics, and standards.

At ABU you will have a broad base of liberal studies courses to help you develop as a well-educated professional. You will be able to add minors or even earn a double major to expand your career opportunities. In the regular four-year program you could add one or more minors such as computer science, health administration, strength and conditioning, or business. With only one extra year of study you can meet requirements for a second major in education (K-12) or physical education (K-12).

Athletic Training is a rapidly emerging and expanding career. Job opportunities exist in high schools, college academics and athletics, sports medicine clinics and outreach programs, in large industrial companies, professional sports, fitness centers, and in business fields such as the sales and marketing of pharmaceuticals, and sports and fitness equipment.

The 2012-2013 academic year saw a change in policy whereas students no longer had to attempt the BOC exam as part of their graduation requirement.  This change allowed students who were accepted into graduate programs in other fields (such as physical therapy) or who chose to pursue professions outside of athletic training to forgo the examination.  Therefore, of the six students who graduated from the ATEP in 2012-2013 only four chose to attempt the BOC examination, three of which passed on their initial attempt for a 75% first time pass rate.  The change in policy was made after BOC exam scores showed a high number of students who were required to attempt the test to graduate but who did not intend to remain in the field.  Over the past three years we have had 18 students take the examination, five of which passed on their first attempt (27.8%).  Nine of those students would eventually pass the exam (50%).  Of the other nine, seven of those students did not attempt the exam a second time suggesting that either their initial attempt at the exam was to fulfill the graduation requirement, or they chose to pursue a different profession.