Athletic Training Degree

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.  In order to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam, students must graduate from a CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program.  Once a student passes the BOC exam and graduates from the CAATE-accredited ATP, he/she will hold the credential of certified athletic trainer (AT).  The ATP provides the educational clinical foundation to prepare students to successfully challenge the BOC exam; however, successful completion of the program does not guarantee that a student will pass the BOC exam.  The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with all aspects of injury, illness, and performance associated with physically active populations.

Students apply for acceptance into the ATP during the spring of their freshmen year.  Once accepted into the program, students begin the professional phase of the program.  Students are required to be in the professional phase of the program for a minimum of two academic years and may begin prior to or extend beyond the institution’s academic calendar.

Each semester students take a clinical education course which includes clinical rotations either on- or off-campus.  Rotations are assigned to ensure that each student is exposed to a variety of pathologies and populations (i.e., upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries, equipment intensive sports, contact, non-contact sports, adolescents, general population, etc.).

Many students elect to pursue graduate studies after graduation from the program.  It is recommended that students wishing to pursue graduate studies maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Students are responsible for determining what pre-requisites are needed for a given graduate program and should understand that those course would be considered university-wide electives.  Furthermore, elective courses/labs cannot conflict with required clinical rotations or courses.  As a result, an additional semester(s) and/or summer school may be needed to complete electives after completion of the ATP.

Athletic Training Education Program

The Averett University Athletic training Education Program (ATEP) is an bachelor of Science degree accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). After successfully completing the plan of study, which includes a minimum of 800 supervised clinical hours in the major, students sit for the Board for Certification (BOC) exam to become nationally certified athletic trainers.

The Averett University Athletic Training Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to voluntarily withdraw its Athletic Training accreditation effective May 31, 2021. The program is currently on probation by CAATE, and will remain as such with continued accreditation until the withdrawal is effective and the program is closed. 

This decision to withdraw is in line with many other small, private schools. In 2015, the Strategic Alliance made a formal recommendation that all undergraduate programs transition to a master’s-level professional Athletic Training program, and since, many Athletic Training programs in the country have withdrawn/expressed plans to withdraw due to the new industry requirements.

Current students already enrolled and attending classes in the Athletic Training program before May 2018 are not affected. The program will teach these students through the existing Athletic Training curriculum to their graduation – the final in May 2021 – at which time they will still earn their Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree and may qualify to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination upon completion of their graduation requirements. 

For prospective students interested in the field, a very similar option is available within the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Science major. The Sports Medicine concentration will prepare students for healthcare fields such as athletic training, physical therapy and occupational therapy. For more information, click here or contact Athletic Training Program Director Dr. Melanie Lewis at (434) 791-5091 or

We are also affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association, the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association, and the National Athletic Training Association.

Classes for the Athletic Training Program

Students in the Athletic Training major develop skills in the following areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Biology, anatomy, and physiology
  • Sports psychology
  • Kinesiology
  • Therapeutic modalities, including exercise and pharmacology
  • First aid and acute injury care
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Administrative skills for athletic training programs

For a breakdown of average costs associated with the program, click here. For a full list of courses related to this major, click here. To read admissions requirements for the Athletic Training degree, please click here.

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