About the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)
The Athletic Training Education Program at Charleston Southern is an accredited undergraduate degree program within the Department of Kinesiology. The CSU ATEP is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation Education (www.caate.net) to prepare entry-level athletic trainers for the Board of Certification examination (www.bocatc.org).
The mission of the Charleston Southern Athletic Training Education Program is to provide an educational setting and opportunities that demonstrate dedication to the preparation of servant leaders who excel in the field of athletic training. The program encourages the academic and personal development of its students to prepare them for a career in which biblical truths guide their thoughts and actions as a medical professional.
The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training contains 71 credit hours of specific coursework in athletic training. The ATEP is designed in two distinct phases, preprofessional and professional. During the preprofessional phase, students are required to complete prerequisite courses and submit an application to be considered a candidate for the professional phase of the program. Formal acceptance into the ATEP is required to graduate from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Athletic Training.
The professional phase of the program involves six semesters of coursework including both formal classroom instruction and structured clinical education. The ATEP prepares students in the areas of: prevention and health promotion, acute care, clinical examination and diagnosis, and treatment interventions of injuries and illnesses suffered by active individuals. Students are also instructed in the area of health care administration, evidence-based practice, and health care referral strategies. In addition, students are required to complete six semesters of structured clinical education experiences with a minimum of 1,080 clock-hours. The clinical education portion of the program is completed under the direct supervision of athletic trainers and other health care providers at various locations including CSU, high schools, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, physician’s offices, and professional sports. This ATEP is designed to ensure knowledge and skill development consistent with that of an entry-level, certified athletic trainer.
The CSU ATEP does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, or disability in the administration of admission and educational policies.
Students who transfer, or participate in intercollegiate athletics, or whose time may be limited for other reasons, should anticipate additional academic time necessary to complete the major.
NATA Board of Certification Exam - First-Time Passing Rate
Class of 2012 - 100%
Class of 2011 - 80%
Class of 2010 - 100%