Athletic Trianing class

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the time commitment for the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)?
    The ATEP requires an average of 20 clinical hours per week throughout the 4 semesters in the program. There are expectations during summer, winter, and spring breaks that fluctuate depending on the clinical site assignment.

  • What is the Future Athletic Trainers’ Society (FATS)?
    The Future Athletic Training Society is a student run organization geared towards educating students and the public about the profession of athletic training, assisting community organizations through athletic training volunteer programs, and providing a platform for athletic training students to enhance their educational opportunities through club involvement.

  • What is the time commitment for FATS?
    FATS commitment depends on how involved, you as a member would like to be. FATS has 1 monthly meeting along with multiple events throughout the year that members are encouraged to participate in.

  • Is having a car required?
    No, but it is highly recommended. The city of San Diego is supplied with public transportation to a majority of the clinical sites we work with, however, we have found that the time burden on students is great and may interfere with the student’s ability to manage time effectively and be successful in the program.

  • Am I able to have a job while in the program?
    Having a job outside the program is highly discouraged. Jobs that allow for minimal hours and flexible schedules may be workable, however, keep in mind that the ATEP is the top priority and work will need to be planned around your academic and clinical schedule.

  • How much are the dues and expenses?
    As an athletic training student (ATS) you are required to be a National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) member ($125/year), a Future Athletic Trainer’s Society (FATS) member ($20/year), and have professional liability insurance ($20-30/year). Fees may vary among the different organizations, but are a one time annual fee. In addition, upon acceptance into the ATEP you are required to obtain a physical examination ($0-$40 & up- one-time fee- depends upon your health insurance coverage).

  • I am applying to the program next year, what can I do to help my application?
    Grades are one of the most important criteria. Committing to your studies and doing well academically is important. You can also volunteer at almost any community college or high school that has an ATC to gain experience and exposure to the profession.

  • What organization is the SDSU ATEP regulated by?
    Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

  • What are the responsibilities of an ATC?
    The certified athletic trainer is involved in the daily, prevention, recognition, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries as well as health care administration.

  • How long, after I enroll as a freshman, before I can apply to the ATEP?
    You may apply to the ATEP in the spring of any year as long as the prerequisite classes for the program have been completed or are in progress. Should you be a successful candidate, you would be admitted to the program beginning in the fall of the next academic year. I.e. if you apply in the spring 2012 semester and are accepted, you would start the professional phase of the program in the fall 2012 semester.

  • What is the BOC exam?
    Upon completion of the academic degree requirements and the clinical experience requirements students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. Those students passing this national exam are recognized as certified athletic trainers and may use the credential ATC.




2019-20 Events

  • Nov 11: Veterans Day
  • Nov 27-29: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 11: Last day of class
  • Dec 12-18: Finals
  • Jan 22: First day of class for Spring semester
  • Feb 1: Athletic Training Supplemental Application DUE

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