Freshmen students entering in the Fall of 2019/Spring 2020 will be the last students to enter into the Athletic Training bachelor's degree program. Beginning in Fall 2020, the Athletic Training program is moving to a Master's degree (M.S.A.T.) which will be required soon. Attached is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the program.

The Athletic Training (AT) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This degree provides professional preparation for students aspiring to be BOC certified athletic trainers (ATC). All students must meet specific program Selection Criteria and Technical Standards in order to pursue this degree. See the athletic training major for the requirements for selection to the athletic training program.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30-42 hours)

Foundational Sciences (17 hours)

​Elementary concepts in chemistry. For students on curricula needing minimal chemical background or students who need additional preparation for CHM 131. This course provides suitable preparation for the successful completion of the laboratory courses, CHM 112 or CHM 127. Cannot be counted on a Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Chemistry minor. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 105. (University Program II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science) 

Credits 4(4-0) 

Contact Hours (4-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Elementary laboratory experiments which parallel the syllabus for CHM 120. Recommended for students in dietetics, sports medicine, health education, and elementary/middle school education. No credit toward chemistry or biochemistry major or minor. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science) 

Credits 1(0-2) 

Contact Hours (0-2) 

Course Syllabus

Principles of normal nutrition as related to the health of all age groups. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Covers basic structure and function of the human body. Prepares non- science majors and health profession students to take advanced human anatomy and physiology courses. Recommended: Successful completion of a college level science course or a strong background in basic sciences, i.e. high school biology or chemistry. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Functional aspects of human anatomy and application to physical activity, exercise, and human performance. Prerequisites: HSC 211 or 214. 

Credits 3(3-1) 

Contact Hours (3-1) 

Course Syllabus

​Lectures on basic principles of physiology of exercise. The basics of exercise, performance conditioning, and the human organism response to these conditions. Prerequisites: HSC 211; or HSC 214, 215. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Quantitative Literacy and Critical Thinking (9 hours)

​Introduction to methods of planning, evaluating and conducting research in athletic training. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: ATR 390, 430. Co-requisite: ATR 441. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Designed to help the student think clearly, evaluate arguments, and develop a sensitivity to language. Emphasis is on the development of skills rather than theories. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression. Course does not count on major, minor in mathematics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Behavioral Science and Culture Perspective (6 hours)

This course covers diversity issues in order to help students become effective, multiculturally competent health practitioners. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisites: ATR 383 or HSC 317; or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus 

​Survey of concepts, methods, and fields of psychology. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group III- A: Behavioral Sciences) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Integrative Learning Experience: Requirement I (1 hour)

​Preparation for the AT internship experience; Application process for AT certification and state credentials; Final preparation for the prospective entry-level AT professional. Prerequisites: ATR 390, 430. Co-requisite: ATR 478. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Integrative Learning Experience: Requirement II (3-12 hours)

A capstone experience applying athletic training didactic knowledge and clinical skills in a practical 'on the job' environment concurrently with student teaching. Prerequisite: ATR 441. Co-requisite: EDU 458. 

Credits 3(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​A capstone experience applying athletic training didactic knowledge and clinical skills in a practical 'on-the-job' environment. Prerequisite: ATR 441. 

Credits 12(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec)

Specialized Studies - Athletic Training Major (44 hours)

​Introduction to the profession of athletic training. Exploration of the professional practice for athletic trainers and performance domains. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Functional human anatomy focusing on surface anatomy, palpation of anatomical landmarks, and the fundamental principles of human movement for the athletic trainer. Pre/Co-requisite: ATR 100. Recommended: HSC 211. 

Credits 3(2-3) 

Contact Hours (2-3) 

Course Syllabus

​Content related to the selection process for the Athletic Training major. Student will be assigned a clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor. CR/NC Only. Prerequisites: ATR 200; 24 credits; Submission of Athletic Training Application. 

Credits 3(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

First of four clinical courses. Introduction to the clinical education environment and clinical decision-making. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor is required. CR/NC Only. Prerequisite: Selection into the Athletic Training major. Co-requisites: ATR 380, 382. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​Evidence combined with theoretical application and appropriate selection of preventative devices, which includes various taping, wrapping, and bracing techniques as well as protective equipment. Prerequisite: Selection to the Athletic Training Major. Co-requisites: ATR 310, 380, 382. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Second of four clinical courses integrating didactic learning and patient care. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor is required. CR/NC Only. Prerequisites: ATR 310, 380, 382. Co- requisites: ATR 381, 383.

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a clinical examination, recognize signs/ symptoms and formulate a clinical diagnosis. Focus primarily on the lower extremity musculoskeletal injury. Prerequisites: Selection into the Athletic Training major. Co-requisites: ATR 310, 382. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Application of therapeutic techniques with primary emphasis on therapeutic modalities. Other topics include tissue healing and pain management. Prerequisite: ATR 380, 382. Co-requisite: ATR 320, 383. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Companion course with Assessment I. Knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a clinical examination, recognize signs/symptoms and formulate a clinical diagnosis. Focus primarily on the upper extremity musculoskeletal injury. Prerequisite: Selection to the Athletic Training major. Co-requisites: ATR 310, 380. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Application of therapeutic techniques with primary emphasis on therapeutic exercise. Other topics include goal writing, goniometry, and girth. Prerequisites: ATR 380, 382. Co- requisites: ATR 320, 381. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Etiology, evaluation and recognition of illnesses and general medical conditions. Prerequisites: ATR 320, 380, 382. Co-requisites: ATR 390, 394, 430. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Application of manual therapy techniques. Prerequisite: ATR 383. 

Credits 3(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

Course Syllabus

Exploration of topics in athletic training using evidence-based concepts and principles. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ATR 320. Co-requisites: ATR 384, 394, 430. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Basic pharmacological principles of common medications used in the treatment of illness and injury encountered in the practice of athletic training. Prerequisites: CHM 120, 127 or 131; ATR 320. Co-requisite: ATR 384. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Application and implementation of advanced strength and reconditioning principles for the purpose of injury prevention in athletic training. Prerequisite: ATR 384, 390, 430. Co-requisites: ATR 440, 480. 

Credits 1(1-0) 

Contact Hours (1-0) 

Course Syllabus

Third of four clinical course integrating didactic learning and patient care. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a clinical preceptor is required. Prerequisites: ATR 320, 381, 382. Co-requisites: ATR 384, 390, 394.

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​Fourth of four clinical education course integrating didactic learning, clinical decision-making and patient care. A clinical field experience under the supervision of a preceptor is required. Prerequisites: ATR 430, 384, 394. Co-requisite: ATR 480. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Prepares athletic training students to administer programs and manage facilities that provide health care services to athletes and other individuals. Prerequisites: ATR 384, 394, 430. Co-requisite: ATR 440. 

Credits 3(3-0 ) 

Contact Hours (3-0 ) 

Course Syllabus

Focus is upon sports nutrition for athletes and individuals in recreation. Analysis of the interaction among energy expenditure, fuel needs and utilization, and all nutrients. Prerequisites: FNS 370. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Electives

The number of elective hours will vary depending upon the hours needed to complete the general education program and degree requirements.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 120 hours

  • To graduate from CMU you must complete a minimum of 120 hours, at least 40 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Please note: the combination of some majors and minors may require more than 120 hours for graduation. 
  • Not all major/minor combinations are allowed.  Please consult with a university advisor to confirm your choice.
  • No more than a total of 27 hours may be taken from the College of Business Administration and counted towards graduation. 
  • You should read the Requirements for Graduation in the Bulletin for a complete description.