Dear Prospective Athletic Training Major, [ top ]
Thank you for looking into East Carolina University's outstanding academic Athletic Training Education program. We are one of the oldest and most established accredited athletic training education programs in the country, as we were first recognized in 1971. Our program is a CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) accredited athletic training curriculum. We prepare undergraduate students to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) National exam upon graduation, and work as certified athletic trainers. Students pursuing the athletic training degree will earn a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training within the Department of Health Education and Promotion. This major requires a minimum of 126 semester hours (sh) including 42 hours of foundations curriculum (FC) courses, 72 s.h. in the major area, and elective hours that can result in an approved minor or a dual degree with School Health Education.
The Athletic Training program requires separate admission (in addition to ECU) to the required Candidacy Period. Typically, first year students to ECU apply to the Candidacy Period immediately following high school graduation, prior to their first year at ECU. Candidacy Period has limited enrollment and occurs for one full academic year, beginning every Fall semester. In May, following the Fall-Spring Candidacy Period, qualified students are eligible for the Athletic Training major. Screening of the applications for the Candidacy Period begins every July 1, and only completed application packets on or before the August 1 deadline will be considered for that Fall semester. The applicant pool may fill prior to the August 1 deadline, and prospective students are encouraged to submit completed packets immediately following the July 1 screening date. All applicants will be notified via their personal ECU Email address by August 3.
The program has a strong clinical aspect in addition to rigorous course work. A minimum of 800 practical, supervised hours under BOC certified and state-licensed athletic trainers are required for graduation. Admission to East Carolina University does not guarantee admission into the athletic training major. This major is restricted by student-to-clinical instructor ratio, and admission is competitive. Our program begins with a one-year candidacy period, in which students shadow in the athletic training field, and take specific preparatory courses; followed by formal and competitive admission to the athletic training major. There are also written technical standards for admission that can be found in the ECU Athletic Training Student handbook and the program web site: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/hlth/athletictr/athletetr.cfm
We do not offer direct financial aid to Candidate athletic training students. Students who have been active in the major for at least one year, and are Juniors or Seniors, may apply for the Ronnie Barnes or Athletic Training Alumni Scholarships.
Thank you for your interest in our program. If I may be of further assistance, please feel free to get in touch with me. Go, Pirates!
Dr. Katie Walsh, LAT, ATC
Director of Athletic Training Education Programs