The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) embraces the principle of "Learning Over Time." Students are provided multiple opportunities to practice, develop, and refine the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to successfully function as high caliber healthcare professionals.
The undergraduate athletic training program at George Mason University is in the process of voluntarily withdrawing their CAATE accreditation and is no longer admitting students. The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in May 2022.
Our Clinical Education Philosophy
The union of classroom instruction and clinical education is a vital part of the preparation of the athletic training professional. The goal of clinical education in the George Mason University ATEP is to facilitate understanding through practice and application of classroom knowledge and clinical skills in an array of practice settings.
During the professional phase, students are required to complete a sequence of consecutive practicum clinical education experiences. Clinical experiences are designed to provide students with opportunities to engage with diverse patient populations in a variety of athletic training health care settings under the direct supervision of a preceptor.
Click here to see a Map of ATEP practicum clinical education settings throughout Northern Virginia Metropolitan.
Practicum clinical experiences are assigned and scheduled by ATEP faculty based upon consultations with students and preceptors. All clinical experiences are paired with concurrent didactic and clinical education courses (see Degree Requirements). Over the course of their academic career, students obtain several supervised clinical experiences exposing them to diverse patient populations, injuries, and conditions.