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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 healthcare profession. The undergraduate program at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The ATEP is designed to provide the undergraduate student with professional preparation and eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Certified athletic trainers are highly trained healthcare 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 health professionals, their expertise includes the prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred due to physical activity.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

First year students are required to participate in an introductory period of directed observation experience of 50 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 athletic training room and basic athletic training skills. At the end of the first year students must apply to enter the clinical portion of the ATEP. Admission requirements for the clinical portion of the ATEP are located on the ATEP web site at: A select group of students are admitted to the clinical portion of the ATEP, and 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. The required 800 clinical experience hours are completed within a minimum of 5 semesters. Each student is evaluated at regular intervals and must demonstrate mastery of educational competencies to continue with the next assignment. A typical, but not all-inclusive, program outline follows:


First Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
MLRS 003 Medical Terminology 2
ENGS 001 - 099 3
MATH 009 or higher 3
CHEM 023 4
NH 050 Challenges for New Health Stdt 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
NH 015 Personal Power in Health 3
PHYS 096 How Things Work 3
NFS 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
Total 16 14
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
Diversity Elective 3
NFS 163 Sports Nutrition 3
Total 16 16
Junior Year
Fall Spring
AT 161 Practicum in Athletic Training III 2
RMS 213 Movement Science I 3
RMS 244 Therapeutic Modalities 2
AT 195 Special Topics in Athletic Training 3
STAT 111 Elements of Statistics 3
RMS 251 Exercise in Hlth. & Disease 3
AT 162 Practicum in Athletic Training IV 2
AT 187 Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training 3
EXMS 242 Exercise and Sport Psychology 3
RMS 220 Research I 3
D2 - Diversity Elective 3
Total 13 17
Senior Year
Fall Spring
AT 190 Senior Clinical Experience 6-12
AT 192 Senior Clinical Experience II 6-12
NH 120 Health Care Ethics 3
Suggested or Free Electives 6-12
RMS 280 Senior Research Experience 1-4
EDPE 267 Science of Training and Conditioning 3
Humanities Elective (PHIL, POLS, HIST) 3
Total 12-18 10-16