1. What is the accreditation status of the ATEP?
The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at CBU received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) (http://www.caate.net/) in August 2009.
2. What are the prerequisites for the ATEP?
Prerequisite Courses: Completed with a C grade or better within the past eight years.
Human Anatomy & Human Physiology with Lab (1 year)
Health and Wellness
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries with Lab
CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification
Clinical Observation – 150 documented hours in an Athletic Training setting supervised by a Certified Athletic Trainer (to ensure applicants have a true understanding of the athletic training profession.)
3. How do I apply for the ATEP?
Applications are accepted and reviewed in an ongoing fashion. Applications are available either online or by visiting the Office of Graduate Admissions on the campus of California Baptist University. Completed applications must be submitted by February 1, along with all required materials (letters of recommendation, volunteer/observation verification, transcripts, essay, etc). Complete applications are then reviewed by the ATEP Admissions Committee and qualified applicants are invited for an on-campus or telephone interview. At the completion of the interview process successful applicants are notified of their selection for admission into the ATEP beginning the following semester.
4. How many students are accepted each year?
CBU's ATEP will accept up to a maximum of 20 students each year.
5. What if I am an out-of-state student?
Equal consideration is given to in-state, out-of-state, and international students.
6. Where is the ATEP housed?
CBU is a multi-campus system. Currently, the Athletic Training program is housed on the main Riverside campus only. All students admitted to the ATEP will attend classes in Riverside, CA.
7. When do classes start?
Classes begin in the second week of July each year.
8. What should I get my Bachelor’s degree in if I want to apply to the CBU Master of Athletic Training Program?
Your degree can be in any discipline as long as you meet the prerequisite coursework. Common choices are kinesiology, health science, human performance, exercise science, and biology. We strongly suggest that students consider obtaining a teaching credential as most of the high school athletic training positions require a credential for employment as a teacher as well as an athletic trainer.
9. What type of patients do students work with during the program?
Each student completes a minimum of eight clinical experiences while in the ATEP. Each experience will provide exposure to a different athletic training setting. Students will experience high school, collegiate, clinic, and general medical environments through a variety of sites in the Inland Empire area. These assignments are categorized based on exposure to general medical experiences, varying levels of risk, a variety of different populations including genders, and protective equipment.
10. Where do ATEP graduates find employment?
ATEP graduates find employment in the following settings:
Professional sport (NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS)
Olympic sport (USOC, Olympic Training Centers)
Collegiate sport (NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA)
High Schools and Clinics across the United States
Sales (athletic training related equipment, surgical supplies, etc.)
Military settings (training centers)
11. Can I work while completing the program?
Students may consider working a part-time job, but should remember that this is a full-time, rigorous degree program.
12. Is the GRE required for admission?
GRE scores are not required for application or admission to the ATEP unless students do not meet the minimum 2.75 GPA requirements.
13. What is the typical schedule during a given semester?
Typically, students attend classes in the morning and spend the afternoons and some weekends at their clinical sites. The time commitment and schedule for clinical experiences will vary depending on the site and clinical instructor assigned to the student in a given semester.
14. How much does it cost per semester? What is the average tuition rate?
Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year for both in and out-of-state students is $535 per unit plus a $500 Athletic Training fee per semester. The approximate cost of the program is $32-34,000, not including health insurance, room, or books.
15. What courses will I be taking?
Course Requirements: (53-56 units)
Fall Year I- 11 units
ATR 500 Foundations of Athletic Training Education (3)
ATR 501 Athletic Training Clinical Education I – Modalities & Equipment* (3)
ATR 506 Practicum in Athletic Training I (2)
ATR 510 Therapeutic Modalities & Pharmacology (3)
Spring Year I- 11 units
ATR 502 Athletic Training Clinical Education II – Lower Extremity* (3)
ATR 507 Practicum in Athletic Training II (2)
ATR 515 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation (3)
ATR 525 Assessment of Lower Extremity Athletic Injury (3)
Summer Year I- 6-9 units
KIN 550 Legal Aspects of Sport (3)
KIN 570 Research Methods in Sport (3)
ATR 505 Athletic Training Internship** (1-3)
Fall Year II- 11 units
ATR 503 Athletic Training Clinical Education III – Upper Extremity* (3)
ATR 508 Practicum in Athletic Training III (2)
ATR 530 Assessment of Upper Extremity Athletic Injury (3)
ATR 540 Pathology of Athletic Injury and Illness (3)
Spring Year II- 11 units
ATR 504 Athletic Training Clinical Education IV – General Medicine* (3)
ATR 509 Practicum in Athletic Training IV (2)
ATR 535 Sports Nutrition (3)
ATR 545 Management & Professional Issues in Athletic Training (3)
* The cumulative total for all Athletic Training Clinical Education courses must be at least 900 hours.
16. What do you look for in applicants or those accepted into the program?
The ATEP is committed to admitting the most qualified incoming students each year. The primary focus is to find students who will succeed academically, and who have a strong understanding of and a commitment to the profession of athletic training. While applicants will have a variety of backgrounds and experience levels in Athletic Training, all qualified applicants will have an accurate understanding of what it means to be an athletic trainer. Fulfillment of the basic admissions requirements does not guarantee admission. Acceptance into the ATEP is based on a scoring system calculated from grade point average (cumulative and prerequisite courses), completion of all prerequisite courses, completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, athletic training observation experience, resume, essay with career goals and understanding of the AT profession, letters of recommendation, and interview scores.
17. Is the admissions process very competitive?
The admissions process is competitive. Qualified applicants not admitted to the program may be put on an alternate list for consideration if spots become available prior to the beginning of each summer semester.
18. Where can I find additional information?
Additional information can be found online at http://www.calbaptist.edu/AT. The Office of Graduate Admissions can provide you with printed brochures, applications, and other program materials. You may contact the ATEP Program Director, Dr. Nicole MacDonald, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 951.343.4379.