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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 program requires students to have access to ATrack online tracking software for clinical experience documentation.  While students can pay for access without joining any organizations, it is offered for free to members of the NATA (a more economical option).  Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to join and maintain membership with the NATA.

The Athletic Training Program is no longer accepting new students; instead we are encouraging those interested to enroll in the Athletic Training concentration of the Exercise Science Major. While maintaining good standing with the CAATE, the Athletic Training Program will be voluntarily withdrawing accreditation in the summer of 2018.

Off-Campus Clinical Sites:  Belington Medical Clinic – Total Therapy Center (Broaddus Hospital) – Affiliated Physical Therapy

Required Courses:

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
_____BIOL 2104General Biology*
_____BIOL 2704Anatomy and Physiology I
_____BIOL 2714Anatomy and Physiology II
_____HSCI 1002Health Care Terminology
_____HSCI 2603Nutrition
_____HSCI 2611Strength Training and Conditioning
_____PSYC 1903General Psychology*
_____PSYC 2203Human Development
_____PSYC 2603Statistics and Data Analysis*
_____PHED 3053Kinesiology/Biomechanics
_____PHED 3153Physiology of Exercise
_____PHED 3352Safety Education and First Aid
_____ATHL 1501Athletic Taping and Bracing
_____ATHL 2211Clinical Practicum I
_____ATHL 2222Clinical Practicum II
_____ATHL 2504Orthopedic Evaluation of the Lower Extremity
_____ATHL 2604Orthopedic Evaluation of the Upper Extremity
_____ATHL 2703Athletic Injury Control and Management
_____ATHL 3233Clinical Practicum III
_____ATHL 3243Clinical Practicum IV
_____ATHL 3404Sports Injuries and Therapeutic Modalities
_____ATHL 3704Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries
_____ATHL 4004Sports Medicine
_____ATHL 4011Research in Athletic Training
_____ATHL 4053Administration in Athletic Training
_____ATHL 4101Test Taking Strategies for the BOC Examination
_____ATHL 4253Clinical Practicum V
_____ATHL 4263Clinical Practicum VI

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.

* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements


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