UVM athletic training students are part of a learning community that includes small class size and clinical experience that begins in the first year.
The job: Certified athletic trainers are highly trained medical professionals qualified to work in a number of settings in order to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity. Working closely with physicians and other health care professionals, their expertise includes the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by the physically active.
The education: 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. In addition to required coursework, students complete clinical experiences under the direct supervision of certified athletic trainers at on-campus and off-campus sites. Graduates of the UVM athletic training education program earn a bachelor's of science degree (B.S.) in athletic training. For more information regarding student rights and responsibilities in the UVM ATEP, please consult the ATEP Student Handbook.
Accreditation: The educational program in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE), 2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, TX 78664; Phone: (512) 733.9700; e-mail: email@example.com.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.
In addition to the fulfilling the requirements for all undergraduate degree students (see UVM undergraduate Admissions Criteria for details), students must apply to the clinical portion of the athletic training education program at the end of their first year.
Selectivity and transfers into program: The clinical portion of 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. Applications for the program and criteria for the advanced placement application are available through the program director, Alan Maynard, via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional fees: There are costs associated with being enrolled in the UVM ATEP. These include but are not limited to: lab fees, personal liability insurance, immunization maintenance, apparel to adhere to dress code(s), and travel to and from off-campus clinical assignments and internships. We also provide a detailed breakdown of these costs (pdf).
Once students are enrolled, they are evaluated at regular intervals and must demonstrate mastery of educational competencies and a GPA of 2.5 or better to continue with the next assignment and to remain in good standing.
Click here for link to official UVM course descriptions.
|MLRS 003||Medical Terminology||2|
|CHEM 023||Outline of General Chemistry||4|
|ENG 001||Written Expression||3|
|MATH 009 or higher||3|
|EDPE 023||Advanced First Aid & Emer Care||3|
|NH 50||First Year Seminar||1|
|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|
|ANPS 19||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 20||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|AT 160||Practicum in Athletic Training II||2|
|AT 185||Evaluation and Recognition of Athletic Injuries II||4|
|NFS 163||Sports Nutrition||3|
|SOC 19||Race Relations in the U.S.||3|
|AT 161||Practicum in Athletic Training III||2|
|PT 213||Movement Science I||3|
|PT 244||Patient Management: Therapeutic Modalities||3|
|AT 195||Special Topics in Athletic Training||3|
|STAT 111||Elements of Statistics||3|
|AT 162||Practicum in Athletic Training IV||2|
|AT 187||Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training||3|
|RMS 188||Organiz & Leadership in AT and Exer Sci||2|
|RMS 220||Research Methods||3|
|RMS 251||Exercise in Health & Disease||3|
|EDPE 166||Kinesiology (if grade in ANPS 19 <B);
or Diversity Elective
|AT 190||Senior Clinical Experience I||6-12|
|NH 120||Health Care Ethics||3|
|AT 192||Senior Clinical Experience II (or Elective)||6-12|
|EXMS 242||Exercise & Sport Psychology||3|
|EDPE 267||Science of Strength Training, Conditioning
|RMS 280||Senior Research Experience (Elective)||1-4|
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 and takes a minimum of five semesters to complete.
Introductory period: First-year students are required to participate in an introductory period of directed observation consisting of at least 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 training room, and basic athletic training skills.
Assigned clinical instructors: Once admitted to the clinical portion of 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 conducting research, internships, observing in surgery, and more.
In addition to the requirements of the university, students must complete 124 credits and 800 clinical hours. Clinical experiences must occur over a minimum of five semesters.
For more information about the Athletic Training Education Program, please contact:Sylvie Frisbie