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 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 students is 87%, which exceeds the national average.
The mission of the Athletic Training Program of East Carolina University is to prepare students for successful professional careers as Board of Certification athletic trainers.
The program is dedicated to developing highly respected professionals who are competent in diverse situations. Graduates from the East Carolina University Athletic Training Program are well-prepared for the rigors of the profession, have a high commitment to service and are dedicated to providing superior quality of health care.
The program fosters a strong sense of professional pride and good citizenship. Athletic training students from East Carolina University appreciate the importance of professional development, maintain positive working relationships with a variety of dynamic individuals, and successfully balance academic and clinical demands. The Athletic Training Program staff lead athletic training students in community involvement through volunteer activities. The staff further encourages student research and scholarly activity. The philosophy of the Athletic Training Program at East Carolina University, "See-One, Do-One, Teach-One," promulgates life long learning and growth through research, community service, and interaction with other allied health professionals. The graduate is prepared to be a confident, contributing, and successful member of the athletic training profession.