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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 Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 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 acquainted 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.


First Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
MLRS 003 Medical Terminology 2
ENGS 001 Written Expression 3
MATH 009 or higher 3
CHEM 023 4
NH 050 First Year Seminar 1
EDPE 023 Amer Red Cross Emergency Response 3
AT 157 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
AT 158 Directed Observation in Athletic Training 2
HLTH 015 Personal Power in Health 3
PHYS 096 How Things Work 3
NFS 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
PEAC Elective 1
Total 16 15
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
Humanities Elective (PHIL,POLS,HST) 3
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
SOC 019 Race Relation in the U.S 3
NFS 163 Sports Nutrition 3
Total 16 16
Junior Year
Fall Spring
AT 161 Practicum in Athletic Training III 2
PT 244 Therapeutic Modalities 3
AT 195 Special Topics in Athletic Training 3
STAT 111 Elements of Statistics 3
PT 213 Movement Science I 3
PEAC Electives 1
AT 162 Practicum in Athletic Training IV 2
EXMS 251 Exercise in Health and Disease 3
AT 187 Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training 3
AT 188 Administration in Athletic Training 2
PT 220 Research I 3
Diversity Elective(PHIL, POLS, HIST) 3
Total 15 16
Senior Year
Fall Spring
AT 190 Internship in Athletic Training 12
HLTH 120 Health Care Ethics 3
EXMS 295 3
EDPE 267 Science Strength Training&Condtng 3
AT 190 Interntship in Athletic Training
(or minimum 6 credits free electives)
EXMS 280 Senior Research Seminar 1-4
Humanities Elective (PHIL, POLS, HIST) 3
Total 18 13-18