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Tuition and Fees

U.S. News and World Report has called UNCP one of the most affordable universities in America for tuition and fees. In addition, UNCP is THE most affordable accredited Athletic Training Education Program in North Carolina.

UNCP is also a great value. We emphasize the quality of teaching and student learning over everything we do. All upper level athletic training courses have a small class size which allows great student/faculty interaction.

Associated program fees

The student is responsible for the following additional costs associated with the Athletic Training Education Program:

1. Liability Insurance ($37/year)

2. Transportation to off-campus rotation sites

3. Uniform items (khaki or black pants and shorts; white, black, or gray polo with or without UNCP logo; appropriate dress clothes for indoor sports events)

4. NATA Membership ($80/year)

5. UNC Pembroke Athletic Training Student Association dues ($10/semester)

The ATEP provides students with the other necessary supplies.


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Immunization Record Rerification Requirement

Each student who applies to the AT Program must complete an Immunization Record Verification Form. This form documents that the student has a completed UNC Pembroke Immunization form on file in the Student Health Center. It further verifies if the student has completed the ATEP required immunizations, which include the Hepatitis B series and the Tuberculin skin test within the past 12 months.

Students who have not completed the Hepatitis B series are strongly encouraged to do so. If the student elects not to have this series of shots done, then he/she is required to complete a Hepatitis B Waiver form.

The Immunization Record Verification form is available from the Program Director as part of the Admissions Packet.


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Admission Requirements

Admission to the ATEP is competitive. The number of applicants accepted and enrolled into the Athletic Training Education Program is limited and is based on the applicant's predicted ability to succeed in the strenuous professional program.

Depending on the number of applicants, it is possible that not all those who meet the minimum requirements will be admitted. Consistent with university policy, the ATEP offers admission to applicants whose credentials present the best qualifications among those who meet the minimum requirements.

Students who meet the minimum requirements may apply for acceptance to the ATEP in the fall of their sophomore year. The next application deadline is Friday, November 13, 2015 at 1 pm. Transfer students should contact the Program Director as soon as possible prior to transferring for information on the application process. Applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements as well as submit a completed Athletic Training Education Program application packet.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher in all college course work;
  • Successful completion (C or better) of the following pre-requisite courses:
    • Biology 1000 OR 1030 (Gen Ed course)
    • MAT 1070 College Algebra (Gen Ed course)
    • ATH 1040 Intro to Athletic Training
    • HLTH 1060 Safety and First Aid
    • PED 2060 Nutrition
    • PED 3480 Kinesiology
    • PED 3490 Anatomy and Physiology
    • PED 4120 Exercise Physiology
  • Completion of a formal letter of application addressed to Mrs. Susan Edkins, Program Director. Applicants should indicate their reasons for applying to the ATEP and include a statement of their employment goals upon completion of the B.S. in Athletic Training degree.
  • Completion of the ATEP Application
  • Completed physical examination with a signed copy of the Technical Standards
  • Completed immunization verification form
  • Completed recommendation forms from two UNCP faculty members, ATs, other allied health care professionals or other appropriate individuals.
  • A formal interview with the Athletic Training Admissions Committee;
  • Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of observation with a certified athletic trainer

Students who are formally accepted into the program will be notified by email and will begin coursework in the major in the spring semester of the sophomore year.

NOTE: The admission process is non-discriminatory with respect to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, disabling conditions (handicaps), and national origin.

For more information on the athletic training program, contact Susan Edkins at 910.521.6480 or email susan.edkins@uncp.edu.


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The Athletic Training Student Association

UNC Pembroke officially incorporated the Athletic Training Student Association in the spring of 2006. The purpose of this student-led organization is three-fold:

  • to promote the health and wellness of UNCP student-athletes
  • to educate the campus on the fields of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, and
  • to enhance athletic training student education.

The ATSA is involved in many activities throughout the year. They have participated in the Health Fair at the Pembroke Day celebration and served as "Santa's Helpers" (pictured to the right) by offering a giftwrapping service to faculty, staff and students as a fundraiser. The ATSA is also involved in the community in events such as Relay for Life.

Students who are interested in applying for the Athletic Training Education Program are also invited to join the ATSA. The ATSA meets every other Tuesday at 7:15 pm. Contact Ms. Justice at beverly.justice@uncp.edu for more information.


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Program Outcomes

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Clinical Instructors

  • Susan Edkins, CIE, Program Director
  • Beverly Justice, CIE, Clinical Coordinator
  • Michael Blackburn--Football, Wrestling
  • Rose Bussey--Women's Soccer, Women's Basketball and Tennis
  • Ashley Ausborn--Wrestling, Softball, Men's and Women's Golf
  • Joey Tamburo--Men's Soccer, Men's Basketball, and spring Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Kelsey Frazier--Volleyball, Men's and Women's Track and Field
  • Michael Musselwhite--Football
  • Danny Leja--Baseball
  • Faith Johnson, South Robeson High School
  • Sashah Davis, Purnell Swett High School
  • Chris Green, St. Pauls High School
  • Dr. James McLeod, Medical Director of AT Program, Dr. Arthur J. Robinson Medical Clinic, Lumberton, NC
  • Dr. Dennis Stuart, Dr. Arthur J. Robinson Medical Clinic, Lumberton, NC
  • Dr. Christopher Barnes, Fayetteville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Fayetteville, NC
  • Lori Leineke, DPT, Fayetteville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Fayetteville, NC

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Athletic Training Faculty

Susan EdkinsSusan Edkins, MS, LAT, ATC

Senior Lecturer/Athletic Training Education Program Director
Web Information Coordinator
Email: susan.edkins@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6480
Location: 1227 Jones Building
Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-3:00, and by appointment

Mrs. Edkins is in her 24th year at UNCP. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department and has served as the Program Director for the Athletic Training Education Program since October 2004. Prior to becoming the Program Director, Edkins served as the Clinical Coordinator.  Her primary teaching responsibilities include: Therapeutic Modalites, General Medical Conditions, Pharmacology, Organization and Administration of Athletic Training, Clinical Education II and Clinical Education V.  Edkins previously served several positions within the Athletic Department, including Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance Officer, and Senior Woman Administrator.

She is a 1989 graduate from UNC Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A in Biology and a B.S. in Physcial Education. Edkins earned her M.S. in Physical Education and Human Movement Studies from the University of Oregon in 1991, while serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Ducks' athletic program.  She is married to Brian Edkins, a former UNCP soccer standout, who is the Principal at South View Senior High School in Hope Mills, NC. The couple resides in Lumberton and are the parents of three boys.


Beverly JusticeBeverly Justice, MS, LAT, ATC

Senior Lecturer/ATEP Clinical Coordinator
Email:  beverly.justice@uncp.edu
Phone:  (910) 521-6273
Location:  1224 Jones Building
Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-3:00, Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:00 and by appointment

Ms. Justice is in her 21st year at UNC Pembroke and has served as the Athletic Training Education Program's Clinical Coordinator since November 2004. As Clinical Coordinator, Justice is responsible for overseeing the clinical education component of the Athletic Training Education Program as well as coordinating all of the clinical rotations the ATEP's students perform, both on- and off-campus. In addition, she serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department.

Her primary teaching responsibilities include Lower Extremity Assessment and lab, Upper Extremity Assessment and lab, Evidence Based Practice, and Clinical Education IV.

Justice previously served as the Head Volleyball Coach at UNC Pemborke for seven seasons and the Assistant Athletic Trainer for 11 years. She also served as the assistant volleyball coach and assistant women's basketball coach during her tenure at UNC Pembroke.

The Whiteville, NC native graduated from UNC Pembroke (then Pembroke State University) in 1992 with a BS in Health, Physical Education and Recreation: Athletic Training. She then became a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Western Michigan University where she earned her masters degree in Physical Education.


Michael BlackburnMichael Blackburn, MA, LAT, ATC

Lecturer/Head Athletic Trainer
Email:  michael.blackburn@uncp.edu
Phone: (910) 522-5728


Micheal Blackburn joined UNCP in August 2009 as the Head Athletic Trainer. He serves as a peceptor for the Athletic Training Education Program in his primary sport assignments of football and wrestling. His primary teaching assignments are Clinical Education I and Anatomy and Physiology.


Ashley AusbornAshley Ausborn, MS, LAT, ATC

Lecturer/Assistant Athletic Trainer
Email: ashley.ausborn@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.775.4100
Location: 1223 Jones Building
Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-12:00 and by appointment

Ashley Ausborn joined the ATEP faculty in August 2013. She is a graduate of George Mason University where she served as a graduate assistant for the past two years. She currently serves as a preceptor with her primary sport assignments of wrestling and softball. Her primary teaching assignments are Therapeutic Exercise and the lab and Clinical Education III.


Joey TamburoJoey Tamburo , MS, LAT, ATC

Lecturer/Assistant Athletic Trainer
Email: joseph.tamburo@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.775.4106
Location: 1225 Jones Building
Office Hours:  Monday, Friday 8:00-10:30 am and by appointment

Joey Tamburo returned to UNCP as a member of the ATEP faculty in August 2013. He is a 2011 graduate of the UNCP ATEP. He competed his masters degree at California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and worked in a clinic/outreach position at a high school in Pittsburg last year. He serves as a preceptor with his primary sport assignments of men's soccer and basketball. His primary teaching assignments are Emergency Procedures, Therapeutic Modalities and the lab and the two BOC Preparation courses.


Rose BusseyRose Bussey, MS, LAT, ATC

Lecturer/Assistant Athletic Trainer 
Office:  1222A Jones Building
Office Hours:  Monday 9:00-10:00 am, Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-10:00 am and by appointment

 Rose Bussey served as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer at UNCP for two years prior to joining the ATEP faculty in August 2014.  She received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her master's degree in EXSS from UNC Pembroke.  She serves as a preceptor with her primary sport assignments of women's soccer, women's basketball and tennis.  Her primary teaching assignment is Intro to Athletic Training for potential Athletic Training majors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between an athletic trainer and a personal trainer?


A: An athletic trainer is a healthcare provider who has passed the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and is licensed in the state in which they are practicing. A personal trainer is a person who prescribes, monitors and changes an individual's exercise program in a fitness or sports setting.


Q: Do ATs only work at high schools and colleges/universities?


A: No, athletic trainers work in many different settings. ATs work in physician offices as physician extenders, sports medicine and cardiac rehab clinics, fitness centers, with youth sports organizations, in occupational health departments, with police and fire departments, for governmental agencies and branches of the military.


Q: Why would someone hire an AT?


A: ATs improve patient functional and physical outcomes and they specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury, which reduces rehabilitative and otehr health care costs. Studies have shown that hiring ATs saves money for employers and improves the quality of life for patients.


Q: How do I become an AT?


A: First you must graduate from a CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program. Then you must pass the BOC exam. Once you have passed the BOC, you will need to apply for licensure in whichever state in which you chose to work.




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