The Athletic Training Education Program prepares students for jobs in high schools, colleges, professional sports and other allied health care settings.
The ATEP is a selective and competitive admissions program that is one of only 16 Texas undergraduate programs nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The ATEP at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides 124 credit hours of formal classroom instruction and a wide variety of hands-on experiences, including clinical time with the institution's 14 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports teams. In addition to on-campus experiences, students get hands-on clinical experience at affiliate sites including physical therapy clinics, orthopedic clinics, family practice clinics, and local high schools.
Students successfully completing the program will earn a bachelor of science degree with a major in Athletic Training and will be eligible for Texas state licensure and national certification through the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). Athletic Trainers are currently employed in a variety of settings including: high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals and physician's offices, military and law enforcement, industrial and commercial wellness, performing arts, and other environments were individuals are physically active.
As a student in the program, you will learn to:
- Apply appropriate preventative techniques, bracing, or taping to reduce the frequency or severity of athletic injuries
- Perform a clinical evaluation of an athletic injury, formulate a clinical impression of the diagnosis, and make appropriate referral to physicians or other healthcare professionals as needed to best serve the patient.
- Provide immediate care to athletic injuries, including the use of standard emergency procedures
- Administer a therapeutic treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning program in order to facilitate the recovery, function, and performance of the patient
- Establish and manage policies and procedures for the delivery of healthcare services following accepted guidelines to promote safe participation, timely care, and legal compliance.
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