Athletic Training Major

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Athletic training is an allied health profession dealing with the prevention, recognition, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In this role, the athletic trainer can successfully decrease injury time and promote a quick, safe return to competition. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) typically work in a variety of settings including colleges and universities, with professional teams, high schools and sports medicine clinics. Recently, the recognition and demand for ATCs has increased greatly due to the athletic and recreational nature of our society.

The Athletic Training Major at The College at Brockport is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Athletic training is a major within the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education. The program is carefully designed to meet competencies identified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and prepares students to successfully complete the Board Certification (BOC) exam. The program at Brockport is supervised by Certified Athletic Trainers who have teaching and clinical responsibilities.

For the most current information on the athletic training major, please refer to the program web site.

Admission to the Program

Students who pursue the athletic training major can declare their intent to major at admission to the College. Major course requirements listed under A, B and C below are open to intents and other students at the College. The professional and clinical experience phases of the program are open to students who have been formally admitted to the major.

Admission to the athletic training major is competitive and requires formal application (refer to the Athletic Training web site for the current admission criteria). The application process occurs in the fall semester of each academic year. Students may apply to the athletic training major if they are enrolled in or have completed PES 385 Basic Athletic training and BIO 221 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology with grades of "C" or higher. Typically. this would be during the fall semester of the sophomore year.

Application to the athletic training major includes:

  1. Completed application form for admission to the athletic training major.
  2. Copies of all previous transcripts.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation from former or present supervising athletic trainer, team physician, instructor, coach, etc.
  4. Must possess a current GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Must have attained a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for athletic training.
  6. Documentation of fulfillment of Technical Standards for Athletic Training (includes health screening and proof of immunizations.
  7. After completion of the above, interview with athletic training staff. During the interview the athletic training staff will be considering the following factors:
    • Motivation
    • Enthusiasm for athletic training
    • Established professional goals
    • Confidence
    • Good academic ability
    • Good study habits
    • Professional appearance
    • Reliability
    • Understanding of the time commitment to athletic training
    • Initiative

Students who are not admitted to the athletic training major should consider applying their prior course work to other majors, such as Exercise Science and Kinesiology.

Program Requirements

A. Pre-requisites for the Athletic Training Major: (7 credits)

  • BIO221 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
  • PES385 Basic Athletic Training

B. Required General Education Courses: (3 credits)

  • PSH110 Principles of Psychology

C. Academic Core Requirements: (34 credits)

  • BIO321 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO322 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • HLS 311 Nutrition
  • PES325 Kinesiological Bases for Exercise and Sport
  • PES335 Physiological Bases for Exercise and Sport
  • PES439 Motor Learning
  • PES420 Biomechanics
  • PES430 Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • PSH202 Introductory Statistics

D. Required Professional Phase: (22 credits)

  • PES411 Advanced Athletic Training
  • PEP255 Taping for Athletic Training
  • PEP356 Therapeutic Modalities
  • PEP358 Therapeutic Exercise
  • PEP359 Organization and Administration of AT
  • PEP362 Strength and Conditioning for AT
  • PEP412 Athletic Injury Assessment I
  • PEP413 Athletic Injury Assessment II

Note: These courses are restricted to athletic training majors.

E. Required Clinical Experience Courses: (10 credits)

The athletic training major requires that all students in the major complete five semesters of clinical experience under the supervision of a BOC-certified athletic trainer before taking the BOC certification examination. At Brockport, students are supervised by certified athletic trainers and by the team physician. Students acquire their clinical hours through PEP 471-475, Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I-V course work. These Clinical Experience classes are taken over a period of five consecutive semesters after acceptance into the professional portion of the major.
A clinical instruction fee (liability insurance) will be charged to each student enrolled in PEP471- PEP475.

  • PEP 471 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I
  • PEP 472 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II
  • PEP 473 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III
  • PEP 474 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV
  • PEP 475 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training V

Note: These courses are restricted to athletic training majors.

Other Requirements

To be retained in the major once admitted, students must:

  1. Complete all required course work.
  2. Complete required clinical experiences (five consecutive semesters). All clinical proficiencies associated with each semester of clinical experiences must be completed in order to progress to the next clinical experience course.
  3. Complete required competencies and clinical integration proficiencies.
  4. Maintain a minimum grade of "C" in all courses within the curriculum.
  5. Comply with technical standards and immunization requirements (see Athletic Training Web site).
  6. Adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in the Athletic Training Handbook.
  7. Adhere to regulations governing the practice of Athletic Training in New York State (Article 162, Section 8350).
  8. Adhere to National Athletic Trainers' Association Code of Ethics.
  9. Maintain certification in First Aid and CPR/AED.

Failure to comply with the above criteria will result in dismissal from the major.


Athletic trainers are certified by an independent professional organization called the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). As of the publicaiton of the catalog, the requirements for certification include:

  1. Graduate from a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited undergraduate athletic training program.
  2. Complete at least two years of clinical practical experience (four semesters) under the supervision of a BOC, Inc.Certified Athletic Trainer.
  3. Possess current First Aid and CPR/AED (Professional Rescuer) Certification.
  4. Possess a bachelor’s degree, and successfully complete the BOC, Inc. examination.

The major in athltic training is accredited by CAATE. The program is constructed so that students are eligible to sit for the professional certification examination during their last full-time semester at Brockport. However, because BOC, Inc. controls the criteria for eligibility this College and Department cannot be held responsible for changes made by the BOC , Inc. during matriculation and after graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Student will be able to employ injury evaluation and management techniques
  2. Student will be able to employ strengthening, conditioning and rehabilitation techniques in athletic training
  3. Student will demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts of injury etiology and pathology to specific injuries
  4. Student will demonstrate the ability to analyze rehabilitation and conditioning techniques
  5. Student will demonstrate the ability to describe the basic administrative concepts in Athletic Training
  6. Student will demonstrate the ability to apply injury prevention strategies and techniques
  7. Student will perform each of the Clinical Integration Proficiencies in athletic training
  8. Student will be able to apply administrative concepts and practices to their clinical experience and clinical integration proficiencies
  9. Student will successfully complete the BOC, Inc. certification exam