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Bachelor of Arts: Athletic Training

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the organization that oversees accredited athletic training programs, announced a new policy establishing the entry level degree for the preparation of Athletic Training professionals at the graduate level. To meet accreditation compliance, the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) will transition the Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) to offer the Master of Science in Athletic Training in the Fall 2020.

To prepare for the transition, the last undergraduate ATEP cohort will be admitted in Spring 2018.  Students entering UNCW Fall 2018 or later who are interested in Athletic Training are encouraged to explore and consider other UNCW majors for preparation to the field of Athletic Training, including the majors of Public Health Studies and Exercise Science. For specific questions regarding the Athletic Training program transition, please reach out to Dr. Kirk Brown, Associate Professor and Athletic Training Coordinator at or Ms. Lindsey Schroeder, Assistant Professor and Athletic Training Clinical Coordinator at

Since receiving national accreditation in 2002, the mission of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) has been to provide a quality didactic and clinical education experience for students to become entry-level Certified Athletic Trainers. The curriculum is designed to successfully prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam and fosters a powerful learning environment which facilitates collaboration between students, faculty and clinical staff through classroom instruction and supervised clinical experiences. Students will gain clinical skills and experience through a rich community engagement in a variety of clinical settings.

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