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Athletic Training Education (Bachelor of Science)


The purpose of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is to provide students the knowledge and practical skills to enter the profession of athletic training. Athletic Training is an academic major at UVM and provides students with an all-encompassing education fitting of a medical profession. The undergraduate program at the University of Vermont has been approved by the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) since 1979 and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is designed to provide the undergraduate student with professional preparation and eligibility to sit for the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination. Certified athletic trainers are highly trained medical professionals qualified to work in a number of settings to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity. Working closely with physicians and other allied health professionals, their expertise includes the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by the physically active.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

In addition to coursework, students are required to complete a minimum of 800 hours of clinical experience under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers on campus and at local off-campus affiliate sites.

The required 800 clinical experience hours is based upon three years in the program (second through fourth). First year students are required to participate in an introductory period of directed observation experience of 60 hours. During this time, the student becomes aquainted with the various daily duties and routines of the staff and athletic training students, the operations of the training room and basic athletic training skills. Once admitted to the ATEP, students are assigned to Approved Clinical Instructors. These assignments include team practice and game coverage, team travel, and sports therapy clinic coverage. Students also have the option of a number of other practical experiences during their final year including observing in surgery or emergency room, orthopedic research, emergency rescue squad runs, etc. Each student is evaluated at regular intervals and must demonstrate mastery of educational competencies to continue with the next assignment.

Admission to the program is contingent upon successful completion of 60 hours of directed observation, pre-admission coursework, overall GPA, and an interview with the program faculty. Students are also required to submit a formal application to the program director. In addition, students must meet technical standards consistent with the practice of Athletic Training as a profession. These standards are published in the Athletic Training Education Program Policies and Procedures Manual. Due to accreditation standards, the program is selective and space limited. A competitive review of applicants takes place at the end of each academic year by the Athletic Training Education Committee. Advanced Placement in the ATEP is available to transfer students with prior experience and coursework relative to Athletic Training. Guidelines for the advanced placement application are available through the program director.


First Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
MLRS 003 Medical Terminology 1
ENGS 001 Written Expression 3
MATH 009 or higher 3
PHYS 011 Elementary Physics I 4
PHYS 021 Introductory Lab 1
EDPE 023 Amer Red Cross Emergency Response 3
PEAC 028 Conditioning 1
EDPE 157 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
EDPE 158 Directed Observation in Athletic Training 2
EDHE 046 Personal Health 3
PHYS 012 Elementary Physics II 4
PHYS 022 Introductory Lab 1
NFC 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
PEAC Elective 1
Total 16 17
Sophomore Year
Fall Spring
ANPS 019 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
AT 159 Practicum in Athletic Training I 2
AT 184 Evaluation and Recognition of Athletic Injuries I 4
PSYC 001 General Psychology 3
CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry 4
ANPS 020 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
AT 160 Practicum in Athletic Training II 2
AT 185 Evaluation and Recognition of Athletic Injuries II 4
EDPE 166 Kinesiology 3
SOC 019 Race Relation in the U.S 3
Total 17 16
Junior Year
Fall Spring
AT 161 Practicum in Athletic Training III 2
AT 186 Therapeutic Modalities 3
AT 195 Special Topics in Athletic Training 3
EDPE 167 Exercise Physiology 4
EDPE 168 Test and Measurement in Exercise and Sport Science 3
AT 162 Practicum in Athletic Training IV 2
AT 187 Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training 3
AT 188 Administration in Athletic Training 2
NFS 163 Sports Nutrition 3
EDPE 265 Seminar in Exercise and Sport Science 3
Humanities Elective(PHIL, POLS, HIST) 3
Total 15 16
Senior Year
Fall Spring
AT 190 Internship in Athletic Training 6-12
MLRS 120 Health Care Ethics 3
EDPE 197 Readings and Research (required) 3
EDPE 241 Sport Psychology 3
AT 190 Interntship in Athletic Training
(or minimum 6 credits free electives)
Humanities Elective (PHIL, POLS, HIST) 3
EDPE 267 Science of Strength Training, Conditioning, and Biomechanics 3
Total 15-21 12-18