Athletic Training

Program Overview

ATEP goals                                  ATEP mission

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  In order to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam, students must graduate from a CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program.  Once a student passes the BOC exam and graduates from the CAATE-accredited ATEP, he/she will hold the credential of certified athletic trainer (AT).  The ATEP provides the educational and clinical foundation to prepare students to successfully challenge the BOC exam; however, successful completion of the program does not guarantee that a student will pass the BOC exam. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with all aspects of injury, illness, and performance associated with physically active populations.

Students apply for acceptance into the ATEP during the fall of their sophomore year.  Once accepted into the program, students begin the professional phase of the program.  Students are required to be in the professional phase of the program for a minimum of five semesters.     Because the program is structured with required courses only offered in certain semesters and each semester’s content builds on the previous semester(s), students must progress through the program following the designated sequence.

Each semester students take a clinical education course which includes clinical rotations either on- or off-campus.  During the first semester in the program students will complete three five-week rotations. In the remaining four semesters, students are assigned to rotations for a sport season in addition to completing rotations in a physical therapy clinic and physician office.  Rotations are assigned to ensure that each student is exposed to a variety of pathologies and populations (i.e.. upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries, equipment intensive sports, contact, non-contact sports, adolescents, general population, etc.). 

Many students elect to pursue graduate studies after graduation from the program.  It is recommended that students wishing to pursue graduate studies maintain a 3.5 QPA or higher.  Students are responsible for determining what pre-requisites are needed for a given graduate program and should understand that those courses would be considered university-wide electives.  Furthermore, elective courses/labs cannot conflict with required clinical rotations or courses.  As a result, an additional semester(s) and/or summer school may be needed to complete electives after completion of the ATEP.


ATEP mission statement

It is the mission of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to develop competent entry-level athletic trainers capable of addressing the health-care needs of the physically active in a global society. Our distinctly diverse student body and multi-ethnic region prepare our graduates to provide quality healthcare to diverse populations in many different healthcare settings. 

The UNCP ATEP faculty strives to integrate technology in the classroom to encourage active student learning, critical and creative thinking, and public service.   The faculty is committed to personalized teaching in order to promote the intellectual and personal growth of each student.  Our small class size allows for individualized learning where the incorporation of evidence-based medicine creates a foundation for clinical practice.  Spacious modern facilities, unlike any other in the region, provide the clinical setting for student skill development and patient interaction.

This exposure to evidence-based medicine concepts will provide students with the tools needed to become evidence-based practitioners who value research and possess the ability to think critically.  The foundational behaviors of the athletic trainer create a framework for the comprehensive competency-based didactic and clinical education components of the program. The mission of the ATEP is aligned with the overall mission of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.



  1. The student will develop individual responsibility with respect to their education, personal integrity and ethics, and respect for diverse people and cultures.
  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively by both oral and written means with patients, peers, athletic staff and other allied health professionals.
  3. The student will demonstrate active professional development and involvement through membership in professional organizations and foster an appreciation for life-long learning.
  4. The student will demonstrate the ability to perform the psychomotor skills of the competency areas (risk management and injury prevention; pathology of injuries and illnesses; orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis; medical conditions and disabilities; acute care of injuries and illnesses; therapeutic modalities; conditioning and rehabilitative exercise; pharmacology; psychosocial intervention and referral; nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses; health care administration; professional development and responsibility).
  5. The student will demonstrate learning over time by analyzing and synthesizing the didactic and psychomotor knowledge of the content areas to effectively problem-solve and make clinical decisions.


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