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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Department: Health Education and Sport Sciences
The Arkansas State University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is designed
to prepare students for the challenges of the expanding health profession of athletic
training. Through the combination of extensive classroom and clinical experiences in athletic
training, graduates of the program achieve the entry-level competencies necessary to
challenge the certification examination offered by the National Athletic Trainers' Association
Board of Certification (BOC) and embark on a career as a certified athletic trainer (ATC®).
The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2021-2022 academic year. Interested students should contact the Athletic Training Program Director at (870) 972-3066 for more information.
All candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training must obtain official admission to the ATEP. Students desiring admission to the ATEP must meet the following criteria:
- Declared major in Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
- Minimum of 30 semester hours and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
- Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better in each: BIO 2201, BIO2203, BIO 2221, BIO 2223, HP 2013, HLTH 2513, AT 2883.
- Completion of one semester of directed clinical observation with 50 hours being accumulated Arkansas State University and completion of all assigned directed observer proficiencies.
- Completion of personal interview with program selection committee upon request.
- Submission of all program application forms to program director.
The number of appointments to the program will vary from year to year depending on space availability, approximately 20 per class. Program application materials must be received by April 1 of each year in order to be considered for Fall entry into the ATP. Candidates will be notified of their admission status after June 1 of each academic year.
Technical standards for admission to the Athletic Training Program can be found on the program's website.
Prior to taking first clinical experience course the student must hold:
- Professional liability insurance (minimum $2,000,000/4,000,000 coverage)
- Acceptable immunization status including TB screening
- Completed physical examination form
A-State ATEP received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletics Training Education through 2021-2022 in 2012.
Career Opportunities & Salary
Students graduating from the A-State ATEP may choose careers in athletic training where the average salary for an athletic trainer holding a bachelor's degree is $46,000. (NATA Salary Survey, 2011). Students may also choose to continue their education by going on to physical therapy programs, occupational therapy programs, and even medical schools.