If you’re interested in sports, learning about the human body, and studying injuries, and if you want a hands-on, exciting career in a growing field, Immaculata encourages you to look into its Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).
Combining scientific inquiry, theoretical knowledge, and clinical practice, Immaculata’s Athletic Training Education Program trains students in evidence-based practices to prevent, diagnose, and treat neuromuscular conditions in physically active individuals. Grounded in the mission of Immaculata University, students will receive an education rooted in Christian core values, academic rigor, and ethical integrity.
You will begin your freshman year in the pre-professional phase of the Athletic Training program, taking courses in anatomy and physiology as well as a foundational athletic training course. Upon successfully completing the pre-professional phase, you may apply for admission to the professional phase of the program.
In the professional phase, you will take courses in kinesiology, exercise assessment and programming, extremity evaluation, therapeutic rehabilitation, and athletic training administration and research. You will work closely with faculty and preceptors as you complete a capstone research project and five clinical rotations.
Clinical Education Experiences:
You will complete five clinical education experiences, totaling at least 800 hours, in local high schools, colleges, and medical facilities. Prior to starting a clinical experience, you will be required to get a child abuse clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police criminal background check, and drug screening.
You should be aware that these things may have associated fees. You will also need to pay fees for liability insurance, appropriate athletic training attire, and travel to clinical education sites.
Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase significantly over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to athletic trainers’ role in preventing injuries and reducing health care costs. Athletic trainers are also in demand because their skills can be employed in a variety of contexts:
- Professional sports
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Performing arts
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved Immaculata to offer this new Athletic Training Education Program, and the Department of Human Movement Sciences will be applying for accreditation this year, with a potential site visit in spring 2014. Once the program is accredited, you will be eligible to take the Board of Certification examination to become a certified athletic trainer.
To enter the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), you must complete a formal application process. Applications will be reviewed at the end of each semester. All applicants (freshmen, transfers, and upperclassmen) must have:
- Completed a minimum of 30 college credits
- Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above
Achieved a “C” or better in the following courses:
- BIOL 209 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIOL 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- ATEP 201 Foundations in Athletic Training
As part of the application process, you must submit the following items to the Athletic Training Education Program Director.
- Athletic Training Education Program Application (available from the Program Director or online)
Recommendation Forms filled out by two of the following individuals:
- High school or college faculty member
- High school or college athletic director or coach
- Certified Athletic Trainer
- Supervisor of a previous volunteer experience in the health care field
- Personal essay answering the question “Why do you want to enter the field of athletic training?”
- Copy of current physical examination on file in the Student Health Center*
- Copy of current immunization on file in the Student Health Center*
- Copy of current certification in standard first aid and in CPR/AED for health care providers*
- A record showing that you have completed annual blood-borne pathogen training*
- Signed copy of technical standards document
* Once you enroll in the program, you will need to undergo annual blood-borne pathogen training and annual certification in standard first aid and CPR/AED. Receiving this training may require you to pay additional fees, which are not covered by the cost of tuition and course-related fees.
If you meet the eligibility requirements and submit the required application materials, you will complete an interview process. Admission to the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education Program will be based on your academic qualifications, your application materials, and your interview.
Program Completion Requirements
To remain in the program, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and achieve a C or better in all coursework required by the athletic training major (all ATEP courses, BIOL 209/210; EXS 201, 302, 303, 304, 305; FNU 208, 317; and PSY 101, 208, 250 or 357).
For more information, please see the Athletic Training Education Program Student Handbook.