Athletic Training Education Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at the University of Delaware is to prepare students to become competent, skillful, and compassionate entry-level professionals in the profession of athletic training.

Students involved in the Athletic Training Education Program will complete the university, departmental, and major coursework requirements and satisfy the clinical proficiencies via the Practicum experience and while working in various clinical environments. Upon completion of the Athletic Training Education Program, the student will be eligible to successfully sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination for athletic trainers. Furthermore, the student will be recommended for a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Prepare students for entry-level opportunities in athletic training through the development of specific educational competencies and clinical proficiencies set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  2. Prepare students to become proficient and capable health care professionals in future employment in athletic training or other allied health settings, as well as graduate
  3. Promote acceptable standards of ethical conduct, while closely adhering to the NATA Code of Ethics –
  4. Provide students with opportunities to develop their skills in a variety of clinical settings and with a variety of physically-active individuals.
  5. Expose students to a range of allied health professionals in didactic and clinical environments to enhance their interprofessional experience.
  6. Embrace the university’s commitment to diversity and excellence by engaging our faculty, staff, and students.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Recognize the role of the athletic trainer as a healthcare professional within the sports medicine team and the larger interprofessional community and demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills necessary.
  2. Develop a strong anatomical foundation via a logical course sequence that enables our students to utilize the anatomical knowledge in athletic training practice.
  3. Demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competence across the five domains of athletic training practice: prevention of injury incidence, severity and wellness promotion, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and documentation.
  4. Understand immediate and emergency care required of an athletic trainer in an injury situation.
  5. Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking from previous clinical experience, useful in implementing into everyday practice.
  6. Gain insight and knowledge of the research process and evidence-based practice by framing clinical questions and integrating evidence into clinical practice.
  7. Introduction to general medical conditions related to the physically active population.

If you are interested in the Allied Health profession, majoring in athletic training at the University of Delaware could be your key to an exciting career as an athletic trainer, physical therapist, physician, physician assistant, and/or educator, to name a few.

The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) provides majors with skills in the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits the program recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. Students completing the major requirements are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for athletic trainers. Click here for a summary of outcomes data for UD’s ATEP between 2009-2020 including 1st time pass rates on the BOC examination for athletic trainers, attrition/retention rates, and graduate placement information.

Graduates can use their entry-level skills to work as certified athletic trainers (ATC) in high schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, industrial settings, and professional sports teams. Opportunities for graduate (masters or doctoral) studies in athletic training or other allied health careers are also options for graduates from the Athletic Training Education Program. Others have utilized their undergraduate degrees and continued their education, and currently work as educators in athletic training, teachers, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants and chiropractors throughout the nation.

*Some photos used for website purposes are courtesy of Mark Campbell / UD Athletics