Are you interested in becoming a highly qualified, multi-skilled health-care professional who collaborates with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients? Would you like a challenging and exciting career behind the scenes helping active people stay active?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. ECU's athletic training program covers orthopedic assessment, pharmacology, evidence-based medicine, rehabilitative and therapeutic modalities as well as medical conditions affecting the active population. Additionally, majors have a clinical class each semester that is based on problem-solving and differential diagnoses. Each class builds on the material previously learned and continually challenges students to diagnose medical conditions and return-to-play decisions in the best interest of the athlete. The challenging program also requires 200 clinical hours each semester supervised by certified and licensed athletic trainers. Skills learned in the classroom and reinforced in lab can be practiced on athletes while under the supervision of preceptors at local high schools and with ECU Pirate athletics.

Admission to the ECU athletic training program is highly competitive. The program has a strict code of conduct and admits only responsible, mature, and dedicated students. Our program has a very active student club that gives back to the community, fosters scholarly presentations and active participation in our professional organization.

ECU Advantage

Established in 1971, ECU's athletic training program is one of the oldest and most established in the country. Graduates of our program have a national board pass rate of 95 percent. (The national average is 47 percent.) All of our faculty have stellar reputations as educators, practitioners, and researchers. In addition to the four full-time faculty and eight full time athletic training staff, there are 12 extra preceptors who guide students through their clinical experiences on campus and in the Greenville area. There is really no other NCAA Division I program in the country where the athletic training faculty and athletic staff are as intertwined as they are at ECU.

Our graduates have outstanding local and national reputations and are active in the profession. They are award winning clinical, high school, college and professional athletic trainers who love keeping active people active and keeping the courts, fields and workplace safe.

What You Will Study

Note: The last freshman class eligible to graduate with a bachelor of science in athletic training will enter in the fall of 2017. The last cohort to graduate with the Athletic Training, BS are students accepted into Tier 1 (the candidacy period) by August 1, 2018. This cohort includes the 2017 ECU freshmen intended athletic training majors who met the Tier 1 criteria, as well as transfer students who meet the Tier 1 (Candidate) criteria.

Program Coordinator: Kathleen Flanagan (247 Ward Sports Medicine Building; 252-737-4561; flanagank@ecu.edu)

The athletic training degree 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 be eligible to work in the health care filed 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-clinical instructor ratio.

Students who desire to enter the ATEP major must undergo a two-tier admittance procedure. They must first apply to the ATEP Program 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 the following courses: BIOL 2140 and 2141, CHEM 1150 and 1151, ENGL 1100, KINE 2850, HLTH 1000 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 ECU'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 upon assessments of the applicant'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 current 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. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
  • HLTH 1000 - Health in Modern Society
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • PHYS 1250 - General Physics I
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
2. Core - 55 s.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 Rehabilitation I
  • ATEP 3202 - Therapeutic Rehabilitation I Laboratory
  • ATEP 3250 - Therapeutic Modalities
  • ATEP 3251 - Therapeutic Modalities Laboratory
  • 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 Laboratory
  • ATEP 3300 - Clinical Integration I
  • ATEP 3350 - Concepts in Pharmacology
  • 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
3. Cognates - 28 s.h.
  • BIOL 2140 - Human Physiology and Anatomy I
  • BIOL 2141 - Human Physiology and Anatomy I Laboratory
  • BIOL 2150 - Human Physiology and Anatomy II
  • BIOL 2151 - Human Physiology and Anatomy II Laboratory
  • HLTH 3020 - Health Disparities
  • KINE 2850 - Structural Kinesiology
  • KINE 3800 - Measurement of Physical Activity and Fitness
  • KINE 3801 - Measurement of Physical Activity and Fitness Laboratory
  • KINE 3805 - Physiology of Exercise
  • KINE 3850 - Introduction to Biomechanics
  • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers
  • NUTR 2105 - Nutrition Science
  • PHYS 1251 - General Physics Laboratory I
4. Electives - 3 s.h.
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Athletic Training/Trainer
    • Health and Human Services
    • Athletic Training/Trainer

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.