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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 14, 2014 at 5 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 2.3 or higher in all college course work;
  • Successful completion (C or better) of the following pre-requisite courses:
    • Biology 1000 OR 1030
    • PED 3490 Anatomy and Physiology
    • ATH 1040 Intro to Athletic Training
    • HLTH 1060 Safety and First Aid
    • PED 3480 Kinesiology
    • CHM 1300 and 1100 (Lab) OR CHM 1400 and 1120 (Lab)
  • 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

BOC Exam Results

Fields
10-11 11-12 12-13 3 yr Agg
Number of students graduating 7 6 7 20
# of graduates taking exam 7 6 7 20
# of students passing 1st attempt 4 5 4 13
% of students passing 1st attempt 57.14 83.33 57.14 65.00
# of students passing regardless of number of attempts 5 5 5 15
% of students passing regardless of number of attempts 71.43 83.33 71.43 75.00

Beverly Justice, MS, LAT, ATC, ATEP Clinical Coordinator

Beverly Justice, Cliincal CoordinatorMs. Justice is in her 16th 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, Clinical Education I, 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.

You may contat Ms. Justice at 910.521.6273 or by email at beverly.justice@uncp.edu.

 

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Clinical Instructors

  • Susan Edkins, CIE, Program Director
  • Beverly Justice, CIE, Clinical Coordinator
  • Michael Blackburn--Football, Wrestling
  • Megan Heimerdinger--Volleyball, 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
  • Rose Bussey--Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Track and Field
  • Caleb Strother--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 ATEP, 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

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Athletic Training Faculty

Susan EdkinsSusan Edkins, MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Training Education Program Director/Web Information Coordinator
Email: susan.edkins@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6480
Location: 1227 Jones Building

 

Mrs. Edkins is in her 23rd 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.

If you are interested in more information about the Athletic Training Education Program at UNCP, please contact Mrs. Edkins at 910.521.6480 or susan.edkins@uncp.edu.

 

beverly justice, MS, LAT, ATC, Senior Lecturer/ATEP CLINICAL COORDINATOR

Beverly Justice, Cliincal CoordinatorMs. Justice is in her 20th 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, Research in Athletic Training, Clinical Education I, 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.

You may contat Ms. Justice at 910.521.6273 or by email at beverly.justice@uncp.edu.

 

michael blackburn, Ma, LAT, ATC,
lecturer/head athletic trainer

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 Healthful Living and Anatomy and Physiology.

 

ashley ausborn, ms, LAT, ATC
lecturer/assistant athletic trainer

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 assignment is Introduction to Athletic Training.

megan heimerdinger, MS, LAT, ATC
lecturer/assistant athletic trainer

Megan Heimerdinger joined the ATEP faculty in August 2013. She is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa where she served as a graduate assistant for the past two years. She currently serves as a preceptor with her primary sport assignments of volleyball, women's basketball and tennis. Her primary teaching assignments are Therapeutic Exercise and the lab and Clinical Education III.

Joey tamburo , MS, LAT, ATC
lecturer/assistant athletic trainer

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 Introduction to Athletic Training for prospective athletic training majors and the BOC Preparation course.

 

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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.

 

ATEP GOALS

  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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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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