B.S. Degree Requirements
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Students earning an Athletic Training degree are highly educated and skilled allied healthcare professional who cares for physically active individuals in schools, colleges, sports medicine clinics, sport industry & hospitals.
The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training major is earned after completion of a prescribed 123-credit program of studies. This includes George Mason University’s General Education requirements (38 credits), electives (6 credits), and the specific courses (79 credits) listed below in the recommended 4-year academic program plan:
Mason Core (38 credits)
For current list of approved courses: See Mason Core
- Oral Communication (3)
- Written Communication (Lower Level) (3)
- Written Communication (ENG 302 - Nat. Sci. section) (3)
Prerequisites: 45 credits: C or better in Gen. Ed. comp. and lit.
- Information Technology (3)
- Quantitative Reasoning (STAT 250) (3)
Prerequisites: High School Algebra
- Arts (3)
- Global Understanding (3)
- Literature (3)
- Natural Science (BIOL 124 and 125) (8)
Prerequisites: Must be taken in sequence
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (HEAL 230) (3)
- Western Civilization (3)
- Synthesis/Capstone, satisfied by major requirement
NOTE: Since BIO 124, BIO 125, and HEAL 230 are also Professional Concentration requirements the subtotal is 27 credit hours.
Pre-Professional Phase (23 credits)
Students begin the pre-professional phase upon admission to Mason by enrolling in the twelve required prerequisite courses below. Upon successful completion of all pre-professional coursework with a grade of C or higher and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, students may advance into the professional phase (two levels) of the program. The following required pre-professional courses satisfy (and are listed with) Mason Core requirements: HEAL 230, BIOL 124, BIOL 125, and STAT 250 are not included in the total pre-professional credit count.
First Year Fall Semester
- ATEP 150: Introduction to Athletic Training and Preventative Care Techniques (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 201: Medical and Scientific Terminology (3 credit hours)
First Year Spring Semester
- HEAL 230: Introduction to Health Behavior (3 credit hours)
- BIOL 124: Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credit hours)
Second Year Fall Semester
- ATEP 300: Functional Anatomy (3 credit hours)
- BIOL 125: Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credit hours)
- STAT 250: Introductory Statistics I (3 credit hours)
Second Year Spring Semester
- ATEP 120: First Aid and Emergency Care (2 credit hours)
- ATEP 325: Athletic Training Foundations (3 credit hours)
- KINE 320: Principles of Human Nutrition (3 credit hours)
Professional Phase Level (62 credits)
Professional phase levels I-II require concurrent enrollment in didactic, clinical techniques, and practicum clinical education courses. The professional phase requires satisfactory completion of prerequisites, attainment of a grade of C or higher in all ATEP required course work, a minimum cumulative within-major GPA of 3.0, and maintenance of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) and First Aid certifications.
Note: All courses must be taken concurrently in the semester they are offered. Practicum courses require a clinical education field experience component.
Professional Courses (Level I) (38 credits)
Second Year Summer Semester
- ATEP 310: Advanced Functional Anatomy (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 320: Therapeutic Interventions Foundations (3 credit hours)
Third Year Fall Semester
- ATEP 330: Emergency Procedures for Athletic Trainers (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 340: Lower Body Physical Assessment (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 345: Athletic Training Clinical Techniques 1 (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 351: Lower Body Therapeutic Interventions (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 354: Athletic Training Clinical Techniques 2 (3 credit hours)
Third Year Spring Semester
- ATEP 361: Upper Body Therapeutic Interventions (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 365: Athletic Training Clinical Techniques 4 (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 367: Athletic Training Practicum 1 (2 credit hours)
- ATEP 370: Upper Body Physical Assessment (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 375: Athletic Training Clinical Techniques 3 (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 400: Pathopharmacology (3 credit hours)
Professional Courses (Level II) (24 credits)
Third Year Summer Session I
- ATEP 450: Administration and Management in Athletic Training (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 457: Athletic Training Practicum 2 (1 credit hour)
Third Year Summer Session II
- ATEP 466: Athletic Training Practicum 3 (2 credit hours)
Fourth Year Fall Semester
- ATEP 460: Pediatric Sports Medicine (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 470: Post Rehabilitative Therapeutic Interventions (2 credit hours)
- ATEP 476: Athletic Training Practicum 4 (4 credit hours)
Fourth Year Spring Semester
- ATEP 480: Athletic Training Research (3 credit hours)
- ATEP 486: Athletic Training Practicum 5 (6 credit hours)
Total: 123 credits
To remain in Good Academic Standing within the ATEP students are required to maintain a minimum within-major cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and earn a minimum grade of C in all within-major courses.
Students not meeting the minimum academic standards required to remain in Good Academic Standing within the ATEP will be placed on Academic Warning. To regain Good Academic Standing within the ATEP students must improve their within-major GPA to greater than 3.0 and earn a minimum grade of C in all within-major course work during the following semester.
Students failing to demonstrate significant improvement of their within-major GPA, (> 3.0) and meet all minimum within-major academic requirements by the conclusion of the semester in which they are placed on ATEP Academic Warning will be placed on ATEP Academic Probation. Students placed on ATEP Academic Probation will have one semester to raise their minimum within-major GPA to 3.0 or greater. Failure to meet minimum within-major academic standards after one semester on ATEP Academic Probation will result in the student being placed on ATEP Academic Suspension.
Students placed on ATEP Academic Suspension will be removed from the clinical education portion of the Professional Phase of the ATEP and will not be permitted to register in higher-level ATEP clinical courses or participate in clinical experiences. Students will be required to repeat the within-major course work in which they received a grade of C or below and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be reinstated to the clinical education portion within the Professional Phase of the ATEP.
Fees: The following ATEP courses will assess an additional fee through student accounts when paying tuition. For more information on the need for these fees please see the Student Accounts website under College of Education and Human Development. http://studentaccounts.gmu.edu/tuition-fees/
Health Insurance: All students will be required to show proof of health insurance for acceptance into the professional phase of the program. Professional phase ATEP students will be required to maintain health insurance during the entire professional phase of the ATEP. Students choosing to not provide proof of health insurance will be required to sign a Health Insurance Declination Form.
Travel: Once a student has been formally accepted into the professional phase of the ATEP, the clinical education experiences can be located on campus or off campus. Students should anticipate spending a minimum of two semesters gaining clinical experience at an off-campus site. Though several clinical sites are accessible via public transportation, travel to some clinical sites may require access to a vehicle. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the clinical education site.
After admission to the pre-professional phase, students must submit a Technical Standards Certification Statement indicating that they have read, understand, and can meet the Technical Standards for Athletic Training Students either with or without accommodation. These standards outline the essential functional tasks that students must be able to perform in order to enroll in and complete the program. Students requiring special accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services.
Athletic training students are required to obtain a physical health exam and provide immunization records before entering the professional phase of the program. Students must provide evidence of completion of Hepatitis B immunization and may be required to provide proof of tuberculosis screening. Students choosing not to complete Hepatitis B Immunizations will be required to sign a declination waiver. All professional phase students must complete annual blood borne pathogens training and may be required to submit to a criminal background check. All students must have Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR, AED) certifications before entering their first clinical experience and maintain these certifications through the remainder of the ATEP. Emergency Cardiac Care Certification must include the following: adult & pediatric CPR, airway obstruction, 2nd rescuer CPR, AED and barrier devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask). The following courses are examples of acceptable courses:
- CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer-American Red Cross
- BLS for Healthcare Providers-American Heart Association
- CPR for Professionals-American Safety & Health Institute
- Professional Rescuer CPR-National Safety Council
- First Responder CPR/AED-American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Basic Life Support for Professionals-Medic First Aid
- ACLS-American Heart Association
- Health care Provider CPR/AED-Emergency Response Institute