Why should I major in Athletic Training at Cal State Fullerton?
Cal State Fullerton, through its nationally accredited program, offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training for qualified undergraduate students. Athletic trainers (AT) are professionals who collaborate with physicians to specialize in the health care of their sport/exercise-related patients. AT services include prevention, clinical diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of activity-related injuries or illnesses. To become an athletic trainer, students must graduate from an accredited Athletic Training Program (ATP) and then pass the national board exam, as well as any required state board exams.
As one of over 300 accredited undergraduate AT degree programs, Cal State Fullerton provides an outstanding opportunity for high-quality students who are passionate about health care for active individuals. AT majors complete intense didactic and clinical experiences during five semesters of clinical rotations involving both on- and off- campus affiliations. To learn more about athletic training, visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association web site.
The AT major at Cal State Fullerton offers:
Highly-Qualified Faculty: Students admitted to the athletic training major at CSUF learn from a faculty of nationally known teachers, clinicians and scholars. Our AT majors also learn from and interact with a group of experienced health care providers throughout their undergraduate education. With 13 full-time and numerous part-time AT employed at CSUF, our limited-enrollment program allows for an outstanding student-to-faculty ratio. Our AT students regularly interrelate with some of Southern California’s best sports health care professionals.
Outstanding Resources: AT majors experience state-of-the-art labs with the latest technologies in clinical health care and research. Our students gain experience in numerous labs including the Wellness Center, as well as the Fitness, Human Performance, Movement Analysis, Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology, and Athletic Training labs. Additionally, they learn in the Titan AT Clinic, our Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation Center, our physicians’ offices, as well as our local high school and community college AT clinics.
Reputation for Excellence: The first Titan AT student graduated in 1978 and the strong tradition continues through today. With over 250 alumni, Cal State Fullerton does not graduate a large volume of sports health care professionals, but continues to prepare high-quality, professional, and dedicated athletic trainers. The University and ATEP commits to excellence and focusing on quality rather than quantity.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the admission requirements for the Athletic Training major?
CSUF entrance does not guarantee admission to the AT major. Admission to the BS in Athletic Training is a competitive process that considers: academic history, athletic training experiences, professional recommendations and communication skills. Minimal Academic, Clinical, Professional and Technical standards are required to enter and remain in the major. Ongoing assessments determine appropriateness for completion, retention, probation or dismissal.
* For information on equivalent transfer courses from CSU, UC, and CCC systems, go to assist.org.
What is the Mission of the AT Program at Cal State Fullerton?
The California State University, Fullerton Athletic Training Program mentors students to become exceptional evidence-based healthcare professionals and distinguished athletic trainers.
What are the Goals and Objectives of the AT Program?
Goal 1- Instructional Quality: Recruit, enlist, and support diverse faculty and preceptors who, through their clinical experiences and educational training, provide quality instruction and mentorship.
- Integrate current evidence and high-impact practices into the ATP instruction.
- Incorporate assorted instructional methods across the ATP curriculum.
- Promote ATP instruction within faculty specialty or interest areas.
Goal 2 – Student Learning: Demonstrate AT student proficiency by emphasizing the use of problem-solving skills necessary to translate didactic knowledge to contemporary patient-centered clinical practice.
Objective: Demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills, and temperament for success as autonomous athletic trainers.
Goal 3 – Program Effectiveness: Produce athletic trainers for healthcare careers, who make valuable professional and/or community contributions.
Objective: Recruit, educate, mentor, and graduate individuals prepared for careers as healthcare professionals and exceptional athletic trainers.
What should I expect with regard to the costs as an Athletic Training major?
The University provides liability insurance for AT students when they are engaged in official program duties, but they are welcome to purchase their own personal iability insurance as they see fit. The most current information regarding general student costs can be found on the CSUF Office of Financial Aid website. AT majors usually incur additional expenditures related to their clinical responsibilities, including:
What are the AT major Academic Standards?
What are the ATP Clinical Standards?
What are the ATP Professional Standards?
What are the ATP Technical Standards?
The CSUF – ATP is a rigorous program that places specific demands on the Athletic Training Students (ATS). The ATP prepares graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The CSUF – ATP Technical Standards establish the essential qualities considered necessary for ATS admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (CAATE). All CSUF - ATP students must meet the following abilities and expectations. If a student is unable to fulfill these Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be successfully advanced through the CSUF – ATP.
Each candidate must demonstrate the following ATP Technical Standards:
Each candidate must demonstrate the following ATP Technical Standards:
CSUF will evaluate each student who states he/she could meet ATP’s Technical Standards with accommodations who confirms that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws (as verified by Disability Support Services. If a student states he/she can meet the Technical Standards with accommodations, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodations. This includes a review a whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodations would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.It should be noted that compliance with CSUF – ATP Technical Standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.
What career opportunities are available in Athletic Training?
AT provide health care in many settings. Scores of secondary schools, colleges, universities, and professional sports teams employ Titan graduates to care for their student-athletes. Many CSUF graduates practice their profession in sports medicine clinics, working alongside physicians and others to assist their patients. Lesser known, but rapidly growing worksites for athletic trainers include military and law enforcement settings, industrial or commercial sites, and the performing arts. Over 250 Titan graduates are currently employed in these and other settings.
What courses are required for the Athletic Training major?
The Bachelor of Science in AT includes educational requirements needed to take the BOC exam to become a certified athletic trainer and pursue a career in the profession. The AT degree includes 120 units, with 71-72 units in the major (31-32 AT Foundation and 40 AT Core). Many of the major courses also apply to General Education* requirements: B1 (Chemistry or Physics), B5 (HESC 349 & BIOL 310), D1 (PSYC 101), and E (HESC 101 & 350). Click HERE for the AT major curricular plan.
Athletic Training Foundation (31-32 units)
Athletic Training Core (40 units)
What courses will transfer from my community college?
Many community college courses transfer to CSUF as General Education classes. Specific G.E. classes to be taken as prerequisites by transfer students might include Chemistry or Physics (G.E. B1), Introductory Psychology (G.E. D1), and Personal Health (G.E. E). Generally community college courses do not transfer for a 300 or higher-level course. The B.S. in Athletic Training degree minimally requires six or more units of human anatomy and human physiology. These courses can be taken as distinct classes or as integrated classes (combined anatomy and physiology). For specific information about transferring specific courses, visit assist.org.
Who should I contact for advisement?
Academic advising is available through the university and the department:
Athletic Training faculty are available to assist students seeking specific information on the major or the profession. Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with the ATP Director, or an Athletic Training faculty in person, but can seek advice by calling 657-278-3430 or via e-mail at ATProgram@fullerton.edu.
What else should I know about the Titan AT major?
To successfully complete the Bachelor of Science in AT (BSAT) degree and be eligible to take national and/or state board exams, students must complete all requirements and meet all Standards as described, including Academic, Clinical, Professional and Technical. Failure to meet any of requirements or Standards may result in probation and/or dismissal from the major. Completion of the degree program does NOT guarantee success with any state and/or national regulatory exams.
How can I learn more about the AT profession and the Cal State Fullerton AT major?