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Athletic Training, B.S.

Note: The Fall 2016 freshman class will be the final class allowed to complete the Athletic Training Degree at the undergraduate level at the University of La Verne. The undergraduate program will transition to a Master’s of Science degree  beginning Fall 2019. Students who have matriculated from an undergraduate program in kinesiology or related fields will be excellent candidates for the Master’s of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree, although graduates of other majors are also welcome.

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE accreditation allows graduates of the program to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. The Athletic Training major prepares students for this exam by addressing the required educational competencies and clinical proficiency through a challenging curriculum that integrates classroom studies with clinical application.

The integration of theory with practice has led to a high success rate for our students on the BOC examination.

Due to the specific sequence of courses allowing basic knowledge and skills to progress to advanced clinical levels, it is vital all students interested in pursuing the Athletic Training Major be advised at entrance by a faculty advisor within the ATP.  Students must communicate with that advisor on a regular basis.


Program Mission

The Mission of the University of La Verne Athletic Training Program is to prepare students to successfully enter the profession of athletic training. In pursuit of this mission, the ATP faculty and staff will provide a rich, stimulating, challenging, yet nurturing, environment in which the student can integrate didactic and clinical studies.

Program Goals

  • Ethical Reasoning. The ATP seeks to produce graduates who become allied health care professionals actively supporting the health of the planet and its people. To this end, the ATP encourages student reflection on personal and professional values and utilizes the NATA Code of Ethics and professional experiences as focal and evaluative tools for assessing student professional value development.
  • Diversity and Inclusivity. As part of a highly diverse university community, La Verne’s ATP promotes the goal of cultivating program community within the larger community and the athletic training profession. This can be demonstrated through participation in activities at the university and the athletic training profession that fosters understanding among diverse individuals and communities.
  • Lifelong Learning. As part of a profession that remains viable only through continuing education, the La Verne ATP promotes the goal of lifelong learning though ongoing educational opportunities both internal and external to the University. This can be demonstrated through participation in program in-services, attendance at local and national meetings of the NATA, and the production of a quality senior project.
  • Community and Civic Engagement. As part of a service profession, the La Verne ATP encourages student participation in service activities both personal and professional. This can be demonstrated through participation in service groups and organizations, as well as volunteer activities in service to the athletic training profession and other organizations.

Program Objectives

Graduates will be fully qualified and prepared to pass the Board of Certification Examination.

  • Students will become knowledgeable in the intellectual skills – and competent in the psychomotor skills – of the domains comprising the professional practice of athletic training.
  • Students will be able to successfully select– and proficiently apply – the appropriate athletic training skills when working with physically active populations.
  • Graduates will reflect the positive values delineated in the University Mission Statement, which may be described through the goal statements of Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning, and Community and Civic Engagement.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Athletic Training Program is competitive and highly selective. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements listed below are not guaranteed admission into the program. Applications for admission to the ATP are available in the fall of each year for spring admittance to the program. Final confirmation of acceptance into the program will be made after final fall grades are posted. Transfer students must meet all prerequisites for the ATP, be accepted to La Verne, and meet with the Program Director prior to applying to the ATP. Acceptance into La Verne does not guarantee acceptance into the ATP. The GPA requirement for program retention and graduation with a B.S. in Athletic Training is 2.5 overall.

The following are the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Application cover letter containing statement of professional intent, any previous athletic training experiences, and career goals.
  • Professional resumé.
  • College transcripts (unofficial acceptable) with required courses highlighted: KINE 151, KINE 235, KINE 237, and BIOL 343 (or equivalent as approved by director) with a combined minimum GPA of 3.0 and 2.75 overall GPA. In progress courses will be evaluated based on the mid-term grade check.
  • A mid-term grade check form signed by all of your current professors.
  • Clinical hour logs.
  • All pre-program evaluations of observation hours.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be sealed, addressed to the ATP Oversight Committee on letterhead, and included in your completed application packet.
  • Verification of physical examination, including ability to perform ergonomic tasks.
  • Copy of Immunization Records, including HepB.

If admitted to the Athletic Training Program, additional program costs to the student include the following:

  • Membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association: $105 (annually)
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer: $30 (biannually)