Athletic Training Major (B.S.)

The Department of Exercise Sciences and Physical Education (ESPE) is home to the first Athletic Training Education Bachelor of Science degree program in New Jersey. The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Montclair State University prepares students for careers as certified athletic trainers and culminates in a B.S. in athletic training. Athletic trainers are allied health professionals, recognized by the American Medical Association, who are highly educated and skilled in injuries that result from physical activity. The certified athletic trainer works with the physically active to prevent, rehabilitate, and manage athletic injuries and general medical conditions in secondary schools; universities; clinics; professional teams; military; sports medicine clinics and hospitals; performing arts; physician offices; occupational workplaces and industry. The athletic trainer's professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following twelve performance domains which define the profession of athletic training:

  • prevention of athletic injuries (risk management);
  • pathology of injuries and illnesses;
  • assessment and evaluation;
  • acute care of injury and illness;
  • pharmacology;
  • therapeutic modalities;
  • therapeutic exercise;
  • general medical conditions and disabilities;
  • nutritional aspects of injury and illness;
  • psychosocial intervention and referral;
  • health care administration; and
  • professional development and responsibility.

Coursework

As with all academic programs in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS), the ATEP fosters an appreciation of the diversity among our students and the individuals who utilize athletic training services. The ATEP promotes the values and practices of democratic citizenship and diversity; students from various backgrounds are valued and respected. Coursework provides students an opportunity to develop extensive and comprehensive didactic preparation for clinical practice as well as tools to support critical thinking, lifelong learning, research and professional scholarship. The coursework includes courses in prevention, assessment, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and general medical conditions. Students must complete five clinical education rotations with an optional 15 week internship. In addition to traditional settings, the MSU ATEP faculty encourage students explore their interests by selecting internships with corporations, industry, performing arts, physician offices, non-traditional sports, and professional teams.

Accreditation Status

The Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE), establishes and maintain educational standards for accredited athletic training education programs. CAATE is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

In March 2009 we received word that the new program at Montclair State University has received re-accreditation for a period of 10 years. Ten years is the longest award period for ATEP programs. CAATE extended the accreditation status; the program comes up for review again in 2019.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Required Theory Courses
ATTR 150Emergency Care in Athletic Training3
ATTR 360Clinical Measurement and Instrumentation in Athletic Training and Exercise Science3
ATTR 310General Medical Issues in Athletic Training3
PEMJ 320Physiology of Exercise4
PEMJ 321Kinesiology3
PEMJ 324Basic Motor Learning3
ATTR 320Mental Health and Crisis Intervention in Athletic Training3
Required Professional Sequence
ATTR 199Orientation to Athletic Training1
ATTR 101Principles of Athletic Training3
ATTR 201Pathology of Illness and Injury3
ATTR 211Assessment of Athletic Injuries I - Lower Body3
ATTR 212Assessment of Athletic Injuries II - Upper Body3
ATTR 240Clinical Anatomy3
ATTR 311Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training3
ATTR 312Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training3
ATTR 411Administration of Athletic Training Programs3
ATTR 495Seminar in Athletic Training3
Professional Clinical Sequence
ATTR 251Clinical Education in Athletic Training I3
ATTR 252Clinical Education in Athletic Training II3
ATTR 351Clinical Education in Athletic Training III3
ATTR 352Clinical Education in Athletic Training IV3
ATTR 451Clinical Education in Athletic Training V3
Required Collaterals
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
NUFD 182Nutrition3
BIOL 244Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 245Anatomy and Physiology II4
Total Credits79