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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 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. Professional Liability Insurance ($38/year)

2. NATA Membership ($58/year for new members and $78/year for returning members)

3. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen ($66/year)

4. Transportation to off-campus rotation sites

5. 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)

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

7. Cost associated with taking the Board of Certification Exam (one time application fee for NATA members is $35 and $300 to take the exam)

8. Any costs associated with moving into campus housing early during pre-season clinical rotations.

The AT Program provides students with the other necessary supplies.


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Immunization Record Verification 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 ATP 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 AT Program is competitive. The number of applicants accepted and enrolled into the Athletic Training 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 ATP 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 ATP in the fall of their sophomore year. The next application deadline is Tuesday, November 15, 2016 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 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:
    • ENG 1050 Composition I (Gen Ed course)
    • ENG 1060 Composition II (Gen Ed course)
    • Biology 1000 OR 1030 (Gen Ed course)
    • MAT 1070 College Algebra (Gen Ed course)
    • MAT 2100 Intro to Statistics (Gen Ed elective)
    • 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 career goals upon completion of the B.S. in Athletic Training degree.
  • Completion of the AT Program Application available from the Program Director
  • Signed copy of the Technical Standards
  • Completed physical examination to be completed at Student Health Services (form available from Program Director)
  • Verification of immunizations to be completed by Student Health Services (immunization verification form)
  • Completed Academic and Clinical Evaluation forms
  • A formal interview with the Athletic Training Admissions Committee;
  • Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of clinical observation and the Pre-Professional Observation assignments with a certified athletic trainer on-campus

Students who are formally accepted into the program will be notified by email over the holiday break 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 Results





3 year


# of Graduates


 3  5  11

Students taking

the BOC exam





Passing BOC on

first attempt









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  • Michael Blackburn--Football
  • Rose Bussey--Women's Soccer, Women's Basketball
  • Ashley Ausborn--Wrestling, Women's Golf
  • Joey Tamburo--Men's Soccer, Men's Basketball
  • Kelsey Frazier--Volleyball, Softball
  • Dawn Brown--Men's and Women's Cross-Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
  • Michael Musselwhite--Football, Spirit Squad
  • Kara Broughman--Fall Softball and Baseball, Spring Baseball
  • Sashah Davis, Purnell Swett High School
  • Chris Green, St. Pauls High School
  • Brendon Jonsson--Red Springs High School
  • Dr. Richard Alexander, Medical Director of AT Program, OrthoCarolina Laurinburg PA, Laurinburg, NC
  • Dr. Eric Breitbart, Southeastern Orthopedics
  • Caroline Taylor, Southeastern Orthopedics
  • Bob Hollingsworth, PA, Southeastern Medical Center--Red Springs, Red Springs, 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
Fall 2016 Office Hours:  Monday 1:00-3:00, Tuesday/Thursday 11-12, Friday 10:00-11:00 and by appointment

Mrs. Edkins is in her 27th 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 Program since October 2004. Prior to becoming the Program Director, Edkins served as the Clinical Education Coordinator.  Her primary teaching responsibilities include: Nutrition, Exercise and Nutrition Prescription, Organization and Administration of Athletic Training, BOC Prep I/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 Scotland High School in Laurinburg, 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
Fall 2016 Office Hours:  TR 1:00-2:00, WF 1:30-3:00 and by appointment

Ms. Justice is in her 23rd year at UNC Pembroke and has served as the Athletic Training Program's Clinical Coordinator since November 2004. As Clinical Education Coordinator, Justice is responsible for overseeing the clinical education component of the Athletic Training Program as well as coordinating all of the clinical rotations the ATP'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, Clinical Education I, and Exercise Physiology.

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.


Head Shot for Caroline TaylorCaroline Taylor, MA, LAT, ATC

Email: caroline.taylor@uncp.edu
Phone: TBA
Location: Jones Building
Fall 2016 Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:00, Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00 and by appointment

Caroline Taylor joins the Department of Health and Human Performance full-time as a Lecturer in the Athletic Training Program after previously teaching adjunct.  She also served as a graduate assistant and then a full-time faculty member and Assistant Athletic Trainer for several years.  She comes to UNCP from Southeastern Health where she served as the Athletic Training Supervisor overseeing the 6 certified athletic trainers who serve the Public Schools of Robeson County and she also worked in the clinic with Dr. Eric Breitbart at Southeastern Orthopedics.   Caroline is a native of Bladen County and a 2002 gradaute of East Carolina University.  She completed her Master of Arts degree in Physical Education at UNCP in 2006 while serving as a gradaute assistant athletic trainer with women's soccer and women's basketball.   She is teaching Therapeutic Modalities and the lab, Emergency Procedures, Therapeutic Exercise and the lab, Clinical Education II, III and IV.  Caroline and her husband Brad reside in Dublin, NC with their three children. 



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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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