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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.

  • Course Prerequisites: Applicants must pass (C grade or better) these courses or their equivalents* to be considered for admission.
    • GE B1: any Chemistry or Physics from GE B1
    • PSYC 101: Introductory Psychology (GE D1)
    • HESC 101: Personal Health (GE E)
    • KNES 200: Foundations of Athletic Training
    • KNES 191A: Int Human Anatomy & Physiology or BIOL 361: Human Anatomy

* For information on equivalent transfer courses from CSU, UC, and CCC systems, go to assist.org.

  • Grade Prerequisites: Each applicant must have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.50 (4.0 scale), as well as minimal grades (C or better) for the above prerequisite courses.
  • Unit Prerequisite: All Applicants must complete at least 30 semester units of college credit (academic sophomore) at the start of their CSUF clinical rotations.
  • Clinical Prerequisite: All Applicants must complete at least 100 hours of clinical experience with a certified AT.
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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.

Objectives:

  • 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:

  • NATA student membership (~$100 annually)
  • an annual TB test (~$20).
  • reliable transportation to and from their clinical experiences.
  • some additional clothing may be required, depending on clinical site.
  • some rotations may require background checks and other expenses.

 

What are the AT major Academic Standards?

  • AT majors must abide by CSUF Student Conduct and Academic Integrity policies.
  • AT majors must be full-time (12+ units) CSUF undergraduate students.
  • AT majors must maintain the following GPA standards (4.0 scale):
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • AT Core GPA of 3.0 (no grade below C)
    • AT Foundation GPA of 2.5
    • Semester GPA of 2.0

What are the ATP Clinical Standards?

 

What are the ATP Professional Standards?

  • AT majors must abide by the CSUF Professional Standards and the NATA Code of Ethics
  • AT majors must:
    • maintain ECC (CPR) certification (meet BOC standards)
    • be MMR and Hepatitis B compliant (CSUF standards)
    • demonstrate an ongoing professional affect and/or demeanor
    • maintain patient confidentiality
    • provide positive leadership, direction and guidance
    • always communicate positively & professionally
    • respect and value the property, opinions, and actions of others
    • regularly dress/appear professional

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:

    • the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and be able to distinguish abnormal deviations.
    • sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
    • the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand, write, and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
    • the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
    • the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
    • the perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the ATP as outlined and sequenced.
    • flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
    • affective skills and appropriate demeanor that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

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)

  • BIOL 191B Int. Human Anat. & Phys. (4) or BIOL 310 Human Phys. (3)*
  • ENGL 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
  • HESC 349 Measurement & Statistics in Health Science (3)*
  • HESC 350 Nutrition (3)* or KNES 470 Nutrition / Exercise & Perform. (3)
  • KNES 348 Physiology of Exercise (3)
  • KNES 348L Physiology of Exercise Lab (1)
  • KNES 360 Movement Anatomy (3)
  • KNES 361 Principles of Human Movement (3)
  • KNES 351 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
  • KNES 371 Human Motor Control and Learning (3)
  • KNES 383 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (3)

Athletic Training Core (40 units)

  • KNES 200 Foundations of Athletic Training (3)
  • KNES 365 Pathologies in Sport/Exercise (3)
  • KNES 367 Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training I (2)
  • KNES 368 Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training II (2)
  • KNES 369 Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training III (2)
  • KNES 373 Clinical Diagnosis of Lower Ext & Lumbar Pathologies (3)
  • KNES 374 Clinical Diagnosis of Upper Ext & Cervicothoracic Pathologies (3)
  • KNES 375 Management of Athletic/Exercise Emergencies (3)
  • KNES 377 Therapeutic Exercise in Rehabilitation (3)
  • KNES 378 Therapeutic Modalities in Rehabilitation (3)
  • KNES 451 Sports Medicine (3)
  • KNES 463 Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury (3)
  • KNES 465 Administration and Leadership in Athletic Training (3)
  • KNES 468 Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training IV (2)
  • KNES 469 Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training V (2)

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?

Athletic Training Program

800 N. State College Blvd, KHS-121,
Fullerton, California 92834
Phone: (657) 278-3430
Fax: (657) 278-5317
Email: ATProgram@fullerton.edu