The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Bridgewater State University has as its foundation, a strong educational program rooted in theoretical knowledge and the clinical application of current procedures and techniques in sport injury management. As athletic training students (ATSs) gain this knowledge and expertise through required course work and clinical experience, they will be prepared to make successful contributions to the athletic training profession.
The Program combines classroom education and clinical experiences in a process that culminates in the ATS graduating with eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Students who graduate from this Program and subsequently pass the BOC examination, will be qualified to be employed as an athletic trainer in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional athletic teams, sports medicine clinics, or in industrial medical clinics. In addition, students who complete the prerequisite class requirements may pursue post-graduate education in athletic training, exercise physiology, physical therapy, or other related fields. Once certified, you will be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts, which is required to practice athletic training in the Commonwealth.
The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Bridgewater State University provides a quality education program that meets or exceeds the standards and guidelines delineated by the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This philosophy balances the content knowledge with prescribed psychomotor and cognitive skills. In addition, we want to develop competent athletic trainers who can effectively provide quality health care to physically active individuals, and in doing so, improve the quality of life for these individuals.
Inherent in these outcomes is an understanding of how individuals develop and learn; a congruency between theory and practice, the value of diversity in society, as well as professionalism and ethical behavior in the workplace and society.
To attain these outcomes, the ATEP should provide leaning experiences to athletic training students to:
1. Provide students an opportunity to obtain an appropriate degree in Athletic Training.
2. Comply with the Standards as established by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
3. Provide students with the necessary background to successful pass the Board of Certification (BOC) national examination.
4. Provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position as a Certified Athletic Trainer.
5. Promote acceptable standards of ethical conduct and professionalism.
Last Modified: October 24, 2012