Prospective Athletic Training Students

ATEP Overview

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited undergraduate program. Upon completion of this degree, students will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam, and eligible to work in the health care field with a physically active population. There is a strong clinical aspect of the program involving a minimum of 800 supervised hours under a certified athletic trainer. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the athletic training degree, as it is restricted by an imposed student-to-preceptor ratio.

In addition to other required classes, once in the major, students will enroll in clinical classes each semester and log a minimum of 200 supervised hours under a certified and licensed athletic trainer.


Students who desire to enter the ATEP major must undergo a two-tier admittance procedure. When applying to ECU, interested students should indicate athletic training as their intended major, so they are assigned an advisor that will help them stay on track for the degree. After the first year of college, students qualified for the athletic training degree must apply for admission into the one-year Candidacy Period. The application and supporting materials can be found on the program website.

Tier 1: To be considered for the Candidacy Period, students must have 24 credits of college course work, possess a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA, and have completed BIOL 2140 and 2141, CHEM 1150 and 1151, ENGL 1100, HLTH 1000, KINE 2850, and PSYC 1000; each with a C (2.0) or better. Additionally students must provide evidence of 75 observation hours with a nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainer outside of ECU. A completed application packet (also including current first aid and adult, child and infant CPR certifications from an approved provider, two letters of character reference, signed ATEP Technical Standards, official transcripts from all college work, and verification of upholding ECUâ€,s Student Code of Conduct, and Academic Integrity Code) is due no later than August 1 annually.

Tier 2: Involves formal acceptance to the major, and occurs at the end of the one-year Candidacy Period (Tier 1) (typically, the end of the sophomore year). Applicants to Tier 2 must finish the Candidacy Period, complete a health screening, log 75 observation hours within the ECU ATEP, possess a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA and have completed the following courses: ATEP 1800, 2800, 2810, 2811, BIOL 2150, 2151, NUTR 2105 and PHYS 1250, 1251; each with a C (2.0) or better. Qualified Candidates will have an interview with Program faculty and staff. Competitive admission is based June 2015 1 upon assessments of the applicantâ€,s academic abilities, knowledge, dedication to the profession, and commitment to the health care of others. Transfer students are not admitted directly into the major, but those accepted into the University will have their transcripts reviewed by University Admissions, and may apply to the Candidacy Period if they meet the Tier 1 courses, GPA, observation and conduct requirements. No ATEP transfer courses will be accepted.


Athletic training students are required to earn a minimum course grade of C (2.0) in all athletic training courses. A minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be sustained throughout the program. All students in the degree are required to maintain TB status, varicella immunization, hepatitis B immunization (or waiver), and liability insurance for the duration of their involvement in the curriculum. Specific requirements are stated in the Athletic Training Student Handbook, and on the program website. The athletic training degree requires a minimum of 200 practical, supervised clinical hours each semester under the direction of a certified athletic trainer. The candidacy period does not count toward the total hours required.

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    • CHEM 1150 General Chemistry
    • CHEM 1151 General Chemistry Lab
    • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking or COMM 2420 - Business and Professional Communication
    • HLTH 1000 - Health in Modern Society
    • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
    • PHYS 1250 - General Physics
    • PHYS 1251 - General Physics Laboratory
    • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  2. Core - 81s.h.
    • ATEP 1800 - Orientation to Athletic Training
    • ATEP 2800 - Medical Nomenclature for Human Performance
    • ATEP 2810 - Principles of Athletic Training
    • ATEP 2811 - Principles of Athletic Training Lab
    • ATEP 3000 - Evidence-Based Medicine for the Health Care Professional
    • ATEP 3201 - Therapeutic Techniques I
    • ATEP 3202 - Therapeutic Techniques I Lab
    • ATEP 3250 - Therapeutic Modalities
    • ATEP 3251 - Therapeutic Modalities Lab
    • ATEP 3270 - Pathology and General Medicine in Sport
    • ATEP 3271 - Clinical Experience in Medicine
    • ATEP 3272 - Clinical Skills in Health Assessment
    • ATEP 3280 - Therapeutic Rehabilitation II
    • ATEP 3281 - Therapeutic Rehabilitation II Lab
    • ATEP 3350 - Concepts in Pharmacology
    • ATEP 3300 - Clinical Integration I
    • ATEP 3400 - Clinical Experience in an Equipment Intensive Sport
    • ATEP 3500 - Clinical Experience in Medical Readiness for Sport
    • ATEP 3810 - Orthopedic Evaluation of the Trunk and Upper Extremity
    • ATEP 3811 - Orthopedic Evaluation of Upper Extremity Lab
    • ATEP 3820 - Orthopedic Evaluation of Lower Extremity
    • ATEP 3821 - Orthopedic Evaluation of Lower Extremity Lab
    • ATEP 3860 - Clinical Experience In Emergency Management
    • ATEP 4320 - Leadership and Management
    • ATEP 4860 - Clinical Integration II
    • BIOL 2140 - Human Physiology and Anatomy
    • BIOL 2141 - Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory
    • BIOL 2150 - Human Physiology and Anatomy
    • BIOL 2151 - Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory
    • KINE 2850 - Structural Kinesiology
    • KINE 3800 - Measurement Of Physical Activity And Fitness
    • KINE 3801 - Measurement Of Physical Activity And Fitness Lab
    • KINE 3805 - Physiology of Exercise
    • KINE 3850 - Introduction to Biomechanics
    • HLTH 3020 - Health Disparities
    • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers
    • NUTR 2105 - Nutrition Science