BS in Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

‌The Department of Exercise Sciences and Physical Education (ESPE) is home to the first Athletic Training Education Bachelor of Science degree program in New Jersey. The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Montclair State University is dedicated to providing a high quality, state of the art educational program consistent with the professional and ethical requirements of the profession of Athletic Training. Students will have the opportunity to learn in a dynamic and challenging professional preparation program geared toward preparing them for certification and practice as certified athletic trainers. The faculty and staff are committed to provide the highest quality professional education in a nurturing environment for a diverse student population.

Athletic trainers are allied health professionals, recognized by the American Medical Association, who are highly educated and skilled in injuries that result from physical activity. The certified athletic trainer works with the physically active to prevent, rehabilitate, and manage athletic injuries and general medical conditions in secondary schools; universities; clinics; professional teams; military; sports medicine clinics and hospitals; performing arts; physician offices; occupational workplaces and industry. The athletic trainer's professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following twelve performance domains which define the profession of athletic training: prevention of athletic injuries (risk management); pathology of injuries and illnesses; assessment and evaluation; acute care of injury and illness; pharmacology; therapeutic modalities; therapeutic exercise; general medical conditions and disabilities; nutritional aspects of injury and illness; psychosocial intervention and referral; health care administration; and professional development and responsibility.

Program of Study

The ATEP is a rigorous, challenging educational program which is designed to prepare students for the allied health profession of Athletic Training. Upon successful completion of the program students should be prepared to take the Board of Certification Examination.

As with all academic programs in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS), the ATEP fosters an appreciation of the diversity among our students and the individuals who utilize athletic training services. The ATEP promotes the values and practices of democratic citizenship and diversity; students from various backgrounds are valued and respected. Coursework provides students an opportunity to develop extensive and comprehensive didactic preparation for clinical practice as well as tools to support critical thinking, lifelong learning, research and professional scholarship. The coursework includes courses in prevention, assessment, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and general medical conditions. Students must complete five clinical education rotations with an optional 15 week internship. In addition to traditional settings, the MSU ATEP faculty encourage students explore their interests by selecting internships with corporations, industry, performing arts, physician offices, non-traditional sports, and professional teams.

To provide students with the means to meet the challenges of the ATEP, the faculty and staff are committed to the following:

  • Fairness and consistency in administration of the policies, procedures and regulations of the university, college, department and ATEP.
  • Establishment of program admissions criteria consistent with program expectations.
  • Periodic assessment and review of student progress in the program with the purpose of providing feedback and direction to the student.
  • Providing opportunities for academic and professional advisement.
  • Orientation of students to accepted ethical and professional standards of practice.
  • Providing opportunities for students to interact with a variety of professionals in the fields of athletic training and sports medicine.
  • To provide students with the resources and educational opportunities to strive for success on the BOC certification examination and professional placement which exceeds national norms.

Accreditation Status

The Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE), establishes and maintain educational standards for accredited athletic training education programs. CAATE is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

In March 2009 we received word that the new program at MSU has received re-accreditation for a period of 10 years. Ten years is the longest award period for ATEP programs. CAATE extended the accreditation status; the program comes up for review again in 2019.

Our preceptors, who supervise clinical education in many clinical settings throughout the area, are excellent clinicians selected for their commitment to the education of outstanding athletic training clinicians. They undergo extensive training, continuing education and evaluation. For the Preceptor Training Module click here.

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Athletic Training Brochure
The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Montclair State University is dedicated to providing a high quality, state of the art educational program consistent with the professional and ethical requirements of the profession of Athletic Training. Athletic trainers are allied health professionals licensed to practice by the Board of Medical Examiners and recognized by the American Medical Association.

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