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Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the limited-enrollment professional program requires the completion of 120 semester hours as specified below and leads to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) degree. Students must be accepted into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program (AT Program) to complete the degree. For application to the professional phase of the AT Program a student must fulfill the following requirements:  

  • complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher

  • maintain a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average (28 hours)

  • be evaluated by AT Preceptors*

  • submit a formal AT Program application & essay*

  • provide proof of current CPR training that includes AED use, 2 rescuer techniques and care for infants & children*

  • submit three standardized recommendation forms*

  • submit an official transcript from The University of Alabama*

  • take a clinical skills practical examination with the AT Program Selection Committee*

  • complete a personal interview with AT Program Selection Committee*

  • undergo a comprehensive evaluation by the AT Program Selection Committee*

*These steps will be addressed in ATR 258, Clinical Fundamentals, which must be taken at The University of Alabama during the semester of application to the professional program.
 

On average, 28 students are admitted to the professional program each year. Selections are made at the end of the spring semester. Students must also meet specific written technical standards prior to admission to the professional phase of the program. A copy of these standards is available from the office of the program director. Selection into the professional phase of the AT Program is competitive and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. An individual may request information concerning summative data on the most recent professional program admissions from the program director. Following selection, completion of the professional program requires a minimum of six consecutive semesters or three academic years. All ATR courses must be taken in sequence and students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all major courses. Students enrolled in the professional program must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.

Admitted students are required to undergo blood-borne pathogen training, TB testing and a physical examination annually and must maintain current First Aid and professional rescuer-level CPR certification. Professional program students also have access to the Hepatitis B vaccination at no charge. An annual criminal background check and drug screening are also required of admitted students. 

The undergraduate catalog is published at one-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated much more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most current information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheet, available from the AT Program office and the HES Student Services Office in 101 Doster Hall.

Office: 480 Russell Hall

students must earn a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite and professional program coursesMore Information

Hours
PREREQUISITE COURSES
ATR 257Intro to Athletic Training3
ATR 258Clinical Fundamentals1
ATR 272First Aid, Safety & CPR2
BSC 114
BSC 115
Principles Of Biology I
and Laboratory Biology I
4
EN 101English Composition3
EN 102English Composition3
HHE 270Personal Health3
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
Select one of the following:3
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus Trigonometry
Precalc Algebra & Trig
Calculus I
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 28
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM COURSES
ATR 300Foundations in Athl. Training3
ATR 310Clinical Skills I1
ATR 320Clinical Skills II1
ATR 357Clinical Eval & Diagnosis I3
ATR 358Clinical Eval & Diagnosis II3
ATR 360Clinical Eval & Diagnosis III3
ATR 410Clinical Skills III1
ATR 420Clinical Skills IV1
ATR 430Clinical Skills V1
ATR 453Appl Clin Res Skills3
ATR 454Org. Ad. Athletic Training3
ATR 455Pharm Path Athl Training3
ATR 456Principles of Rehab & Recon3
ATR 457Therapeutic Modalities3
ATR 458Seminar in Athl. Training3
BSC 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BSC 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
KIN 365Applied Biomechanics3
KIN 492Physiology of Exercise3
NHM 315Nutrition For Performance3
PH 101General Physics I4
Electives (variable)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 56
Total Hours84

Certified Athletic Trainer.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Recent graduates are now athletic training graduate assistants, fellows or interns at Arizona State University, University of Iowa, North Carolina State University, University of Toledo and Mercer University. Other alumni work as athletic trainers with Andrews Sports Medicine, Encore Rehabilitation, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Champion Sports Medicine, Real Salt Lake, Tulane University and the University of Georgia.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Experienced alumni serve in capacities such as school athletic trainer, collegiate athletic trainer, professional sports athletic trainer, performing arts athletic trainer, director of sports medicine, outpatient physical therapy clinic director.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center