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Athletic Training Profession

Athletic Training is an allied health profession recognized by the American Medical Association and dedicated to the evaluation, acute management, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries or illnesses related to the participation in sports, exercise, and physical activity. It is a challenging and competitive profession which requires a great deal of dedication.

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A certified athletic trainer is a qualified allied health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sports participation. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and industrial settings.

IUP’s Athletic Training Education Program (IUP-ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The primary objective is to provide undergraduate students a high quality, comprehensive, challenging, and diverse academic and clinical education in athletic training. Along with the program’s academic curriculum, students must also complete a comprehensive clinical education and experience component. This component entails a series of eight sequential laboratory courses and a minimum of four semesters of supervised field experience at a variety of professional locations (university, sports medicine clinic, physician’s office, hospital, and high school). Upon completion of the program, students will have the necessary education and clinical skills to take the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification for the athletic trainer and enter the profession of athletic training.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the program is competitive, and fulfillment of the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Each year, the program will select a predetermined number of students from the eligible candidate pool based on demonstrated academic achievement and other evaluation criteria. The number of candidates admitted each year may vary with the quality of the candidate pool, available clinical experience sites, and available supervision. Students not admitted initially may reapply the following year.

The minimum standards for eligibility are:

  • Completion of a minimum of 36 credits. Transfer students must complete one semester (12 credits minimum) at IUP to establish a GPA and complete prerequisite course work as well as directed observation.
  • A minimum of 2.7 cumulative GPA and no less than a C grade in the following prerequisite courses: HPED 175 Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active, HPED 221 Human Structure and Function, HPED 345 Athletic Training I, and HPED 346 Athletic Training I Laboratory.
  • Minimum of one semester of directed observation. This observation should coincide with the student’s enrollment in HPED 345 and 346.
  • Completed admission application. All applications must include a most recent transcript, an essay, and signed Technical Standards form in order to be considered complete. Application materials can be obtained from the Athletic Training curriculum coordinator or the HPED office. The deadline for submission of the completed application shall be announced at the beginning of each Fall semester (students should file application during the Fall semester of their sophomore year while enrolled in HPED 345 and HPED 346).

Official admission is also contingent upon obtaining liability insurance, medical clearances, Acts 34 and 151 clearances, and the completion of a technical standards form, all of which are needed for field experience placement. Once admitted, students must continue to demonstrate above-average academic performance and acceptable clinical performance in order to remain in good standing (specific program retention and completion guidelines will apply and are described in informational/admissions packet available from the department). Interested individuals can obtain an informational/admissions packet from the department for full details.

Complete Athletic Training Curriculum 

Liberal Studies Requirements

As is the case with all educational programs at IUP, each student will be required to complete course work in the university’s liberal studies program. Due to specific accreditation guidelines, the following liberal studies courses are required for Athletic Training:

  • PYSC 101, General Psychology
  • MATH 217, Probability and Statistics
  • HPED 143, Health and Wellness
  • COSC 101, Micro-Based Computer Literacy

Required Health and Physical Education Core Courses

  • HPED 142, Foundations of Health and Physical Education
  • HPED 175, Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active
  • HPED 209, Motor Behavior
  • HPED 221, Human Structure and Function
  • HPED 341, Evaluations in Health and Physical Education
  • HPED 343, Physiology of Exercise, and the department’s two culminating courses
  • HPED 441, Psychosocial Implications of Health and Physical Education

B.S. in Athletic Training

Required Athletic Training Courses

Specific courses in Athletic Training include five lab-based courses, each designed to teach specific professional skills and allow the student an opportunity to practice psychomotor skills. These courses include:

  • HPED 345, Athletic Training I and HPED 346
  • HPED 385, General Medical Conditions in the Athlete
  • HPED 477, Therapeutic Exercise for Athletic Injury Management
  • HPED 380, Seminar in Sports Medicine
  • BIOL 151, Human Physiology
  • PHYS 151, Medical Physics
  • HPED 315, Biomechanics
  • HPED 344, Adapted Physical Activity and Sport
  • HPED 375, Physiological Basis of Strength Training
  • HPED 411, Physical Fitness Appraisal
  • Choose One:
    • FDNT 245, Sports Nutrition
    • HPED 410, Exercise Prescription
    • HPED 492, Health Fitness Instruction
    • SAFE 347, Ergonomics

Practicum Requirements

B.S. in Athletic Training 

The final area of the Athletic Training Education Program combines the testing of all practical skills and the implementation of these skills into the professional environment. In order to successfully complete this program, students will enroll in four practicum courses in which they will be evaluated on their ability to master psychomotor skills related to the professional competencies. Supervised clinical field experiences will be assigned to coincide with each practicum course. Clinical field experiences include rotations through area high schools, outpatient physical therapy clinics, physicians’ offices, and IUP Sports Medicine Center and Varsity Athletics.

  • HPED 376, Athletic Training Clinical Practicum I
  • HPED 377, Athletic Training Clinical Practicum II
  • HPED 476, Athletic Training Clinical Practicum III
  • HPED 477, Athletic Training Clinical Practicum IV

For more information on courses please see the undergraduate catalog

Board of Certification Examination Pass Rates

Fields 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 3-yr Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 8 6 6 17 11 34
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 8 6 6 17 9
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 1 2 4 11 7
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 12.50 33.33 66.67 64.71 77.78 68.75
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 7 4 5 16 8 29
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 87.50 66.67 83.33 94.12 88.89 90.62

For information related to professional standards, job opportunities, salary surveys, and certification, please contact:

  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.