The East Carolina University's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is a Bachelor of Science degree accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This program prepares undergraduate students for a career in athletic training working under the direction of a licensed physician. After successfully completing the plan of study, which includes a minimum of 200 supervised clinical hours each semester in the major, students sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become nationally certified athletic trainers. The first-time pass rate for this exam for ECU graduates is 87% which exceeds the the 70% 3-year pass rate established by the CAATE.
Program Mission Statement
The mission of East Carolina University's Athletic Training Education Program is to be a nationally recognized leader in developing future certified athletic trainers. Graduates will be confident, prepared to deliver evidence-based healthcare in various settings to the physically active population, and will ascribe to a lifelong "See one, do one, teach one" philosophy.
The primary educational outcome of the East Carolina University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is to develop competent and contributing certified athletic trainers. This outcome is assessed via four primary goals. Students graduating from the ECU ATEP will:
- Pass the Board of Certification examination
- Employ an evidence-based paradigm (integrating research, clinical experience, and patient needs/values) to formulate clinical decisions that optimize patient health care and services
- Exhibit professional behaviors and consistency with the legal and ethical practice of athletic training
- Possess the tools necessary for continued professional growth and participation in activities including scholarship, mentorship, and service