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
|Course #||Credit Hours||Course Name|
|_____||BIOL 210||4||General Biology*|
|_____||BIOL 270||4||Anatomy and Physiology I|
|_____||BIOL 271||4||Anatomy and Physiology II|
|_____||HSCI 100||2||Health Care Terminology|
|_____||HSCI 261||1||Strength Training and Conditioning|
|_____||PSYC 190||3||General Psychology*|
|_____||PSYC 220||3||Human Development|
|_____||PSYC 260||3||Statistics and Data Analysis*|
|_____||PHED 315||3||Physiology of Exercise|
|_____||PHED 335||2||Safety Education and First Aid|
|_____||ATHL 150||1||Athletic Taping and Bracing|
|_____||ATHL 221||1||Clinical Practicum I|
|_____||ATHL 222||2||Clinical Practicum II|
|_____||ATHL 250||4||Orthopedic Evaluation of the Lower Extremity|
|_____||ATHL 260||4||Orthopedic Evaluation of the Upper Extremity|
|_____||ATHL 270||3||Athletic Injury Control and Management|
|_____||ATHL 323||3||Clinical Practicum III|
|_____||ATHL 324||3||Clinical Practicum IV|
|_____||ATHL 340||4||Sports Injuries and Therapeutic Modalities|
|_____||ATHL 370||4||Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries|
|_____||ATHL 400||4||Sports Medicine|
|_____||ATHL 401||1||Research in Athletic Training|
|_____||ATHL 405||3||Administration in Athletic Training|
|_____||ATHL 410||1||Test Taking Strategies for the BOC Examination|
|_____||ATHL 425||3||Clinical Practicum V|
|_____||ATHL 426||3||Clinical Practicum VI|
Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.
* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements
IMPORTANT: CHECK YOUR STATE REQUIREMENTS TO PRACTICE AS AN ATHLETIC TRAINER.