Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

BS in Athletic Training

The athletic training program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Athletic training is a recognized allied health care profession by the American Medical Association. A Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) enhances the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity. An athletic trainer is skilled in the prevention, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and related injuries.

Change of Major

Students enrolled in other USM programs of study desiring to enroll in the Athletic Training major through the change of major process must have a 2.50 USM GPA to do so. 

Clinical Education Progression Requirements

Prior to SPM 210, Clinical Athletic Training Principles I, a student must:

  • Complete the pre-requisite coursework as outlined in the course description of the catalog.
  • Sign the published "technical standards" for the athletic training program.
  • Present documentation of receiving the first two of three required Hepatitis B immunization injections. Documentation should include copies of the laboratory reports that the student received the injections. If the student chooses not to be Hepatitis B immunized, he or she must read, complete, and sign the form entitled "Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination Assumption of Risk and Release".
  • Present proof of health insurance coverage equal to or better than the USM Student Health Insurance Plan (basic). Documentation should include a copy of a current health insurance card with the name of an insurance carrier, policy number, etc.
  • Sign the published "communicable disease policy" for the athletic training program.

Prior to enrolling in SPM 270, Athletic Training Clinic I, a student must:

  • Complete the pre-requisite coursework outlined in the course description section of the catalog.
  • Present proof of current American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer certification or Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers through the American Heart Association.

Prior to enrolling in SPM 370, Athletic Training Clinic II, a student must:

  • Complete the pre-requisite coursework as outlined in the course description section of the catalog.
  • Present proof of current American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer certification or Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers through the American Heart Association.
  • Present documentation of receiving the third injection of the Hepatitis B Immunization series.

Prior to enrolling in subsequent clinical (SPM 371, 470), and internship (SPM 495) courses, a student must:

  • Complete the pre-requisite coursework for each course as outlined in the course description section of the catalog.
  • Present proof of current American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer certification or Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers through the American Heart Association.
Didactic Education Progression Requirements

While enrolled in the ATP, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a required course will not be allowed to sequence into post-requisite coursework until the prerequisite deficiency has been rectified.
Probation

Students with less than 60 accumulated credits will be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students failing to rectify the GPA deficiency within a one-year probation period will be removed from their declared major and from their status as a student within the Department. Upon rectifying the GPA deficiency, students can reapply for admission into a Departmental major.

Graduation Requirements

Students will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in athletic training when the following are satisfied.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Completion of all University Core curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of all exercise, health, and sport sciences core required coursework with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Completion of all athletic training major coursework with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Completion of 120 credits.
Degree Requirements

The bachelor of science in athletic training consists of 120 credit hours:  University Core Courses, EHSS Required Core Courses, Athletic Training Major Required Courses, and Athletic Training Electives if needed to complete the 120-minimum credit requirement.

University Core CoursesCr (43-46)
     EYE (entry-year experience)3
     College Writing3 or 4
     Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 120 or PSY 105)3 or 4
     Science Exploration (PHY 101/102 or PHY 111/114)4 or 5
     Creative Expression3
     Cultural Interpretation3
     Socio-cultural Analysis3
     Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship3
     Thematic Cluster3
     Thematic Cluster3
     Thematic Cluster3
     Capstone (SPM 495)3
     International3
     Diversity3
  
EHSS Required Core CoursesCr (33)
     CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences3
          or CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry 
     PHY 101/102 Introduction to Physics and Lab or PHY 111/114 Elements of Physics I  and Lab (credits included in Core Science Exploration requirement)(4 or 5)
     MAT 120 Intro to Statistics or PSY 105 Statistics in Psychology (credits included in Core Quantitative Reasoning requirement)(3 or 4)
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Phys I1.5
     BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
     BIO 212 Practical Human Anatomy and Phys II1.5
     CON 216 Emergency Response3
     CON 252 Human Nutrition3
     CON 352 Nutrition for Physical Performance3
     SPM 100 Introduction to Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences3
     SPM 330 Physiology of Exercise3
     SPM 381 Kinesiology3
     SPM 430 Exercise Testing, Assessment and Prescription3
    
Athletic Training Major Required CoursesCr (39)
     SPM 302 Pharmacology for Athletic Training and Exercise Science3
     CON 321 Health Related Research3
          or SPM 485 Senior Thesis I 
     SPM 210 Clinical Athletic Training Principles I2
     SPM 211 Protective Taping and Wrapping  1
     SPM 230 Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport3
     SPM 265 Therapeutic Modalities3
     SPM 270 Athletic Training Clinic I2
     SPM 310 Athletic Training Principles II3
     SPM 340 Therapeutic Exercise3
     SPM 370  Athletic Training Clinic II2
     SPM 371 Athletic Training Clinic III2
     SPM 410 Athletic Training Principles III3
     SPM 440 Manual Therapy3
     SPM 470 Athletic Training Clinic IV3
     SPM 480 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training3
     SPM 495 Clinical Internship/Co-Op (credits included in Core Capstone)(3)
      
Athletic Training Major Approved Electives 
Consult with your advisor to determine if athletic training electives are needed to complete the120-credit minimum graduation requirement.  Elective courses require advisor approval.

In addition to the requirements established for admission to the University, the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences requires applicants to have successfully completed high school chemistry and biology with labs.

Athletic training accreditation guidelines dictate that only a limited number of students can matriculate into the athletic training program (ATP) at any one time. Please see the curriculum director of the CAATE accredited athletic training program for additional information.

Special note to transfer students: It is highly recommended that students interested in transferring into ATP meet with the ATP director.

Students enrolled in other USM programs of study desiring to enroll in athletic training through the change of major process, must have a 2.50 USM GPA to do so.

Students cannot double major within department offerings.

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