The Athletic Training Education Program at UNCP was accredited by CAATE (The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) in July 2007.
The ATEP provides the educational and clinical foundation to prepare students to successfully challenge the entry-level certification exam for the profession of athletic training and to serve as active leaders in the profession. The program provides students with the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to work with all aspects of athletic injury, illness, and performance. The program is designed for those students who want to meet the course work and clinical hour requirements established by the Board of Certification (BOC). In addition to course work, students must complete five semester-length clinical rotations under the direct supervision of an ACI (Approved Clinical Instructor) or a CI (Clinical Instructor).
As part of the application process, students are required to observe a certified athletic trainer (ATC) for 50 hours. The purpose of this observation is to give the student an understanding of what an athletic trainer does. Students may complete their observations on or off-campus. If an observation is completed off-campus, the student is required to obtain a photocopy of the ATC’s certification card. Students apply for acceptance into the ATEP during the fall of their sophomore year. Once accepted into the program, students begin clinical rotations in the spring semester that introduce them to the profession of athletic training. During the junior and senior years, students are assigned to a variety of athletic teams to assure that they are exposed to upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries, equipment intensive sports, contact and non-contact sports, etc. Students also have clinical rotations that expose them to a variety of allied healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses. Student athletes enrolled in the program need to be aware of the clinical hour requirement and plan accordingly. Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Athletic Training should maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.
It is the mission of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to develop competent entry-level athletic trainers capable of addressing the health-care needs of the physically active. This development will take place through the implementation of comprehensive knowledge (didactic), mastery of clinical proficiencies, and real-life application of learned skills. The mission of the ATEP is aligned with the overall mission of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
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