CHHS Student Success Center

FAQs: B.A. Athletic Training

If you have any other questions, please email Dr. Kirk Brown at

General Questions

1) Am I a competitive student?

  • Admission to the ATR program is very competitive. The program selects 14 applicants per year out of an applicant pool of typically 35-40 students. If interested in the ATR program, you should set up an appointment with the Program Director, Dr. Kirk Brown, to discuss your career goals and go over your degree audit to see what prerequisite courses you may still need in order to apply to the ATEP. Talk with other athletic training students that are in the major and see what their experiences have been while in the ATEP. During your observation experience, try not to be too shy and let us know who you are. Be professional at all times, follow the dress code, speak appropriately, and maintain a professional relationship with the athletes.

2) I was accepted to UNCW, does that mean I will get accepted to the ATR program?

  • No, acceptance to UNCW does not guarantee admittance to the ATR program.

3) What can I do with an ATR degree?

  • A certified athletic trainer (ATC) is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. For more facts about Athletic Trainers, please see the following site:

4) How employable will I be?

  • Traditionally, certified athletic trainers have worked with high school, college and professional athletic teams. However, today, athletic trainers can be found working almost anywhere people are physically active. This includes sports medicine clinics, hospitals, the military, industrial and commercial industries, the performing arts, auto racing, rodeo, and the traditional settings listed above. For further information please read the following Salary Survey article featured in the NATA News:

5) Are online courses available in the ATR program?

  • No.

6) Is there a specific course sequence I must follow in the ATR program?

7) Once I am in the ATR program, can I take ATR courses in the summer?

  • No. All of the athletic training courses have to follow a course sequence which is only during the fall and spring semesters. Secondly, our clinical courses are all tied to a clinical experience and during the summer we do not have any athletic teams participating at that time.

8) How many hours are required to complete the ATEP and how many hours are students expected to complete per week?

  • Clinical experience hours are linked to the clinical education courses in the athletic training curriculum. Once a student has been accepted into the ATEP they will begin acquiring their formal clinical experience hours during the following fall semester and are identified as a Level I athletic training students. A Level I athletic training students will be required to obtain approximately 10-12 clinical experience hours each week during their first year in the ATEP; A Level II athletic training student will be required to obtain approximately 12-14 clinical experience hours each week during their second year in the ATEP; A Level III athletic training students will be required to obtain approximately 14-16 clinical experience hours each week during their third year in the ATEP.

9) Is the UNCW Athletic Training Education Program accredited?

  • Yes, the ATEP was recently re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) for undergraduate programs. The next comprehensive review, including a self study and on-site review, is scheduled to occur during the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

10) Can I take Athletic Training classes without being accepted into the ATEP?

  • No. The core athletic training courses which have a prefix of ATR can only be taken if you're an athletic training major. However there are basic study courses throughout the athletic training curriculum that can be taken any time.

11) Are scholarships available for athletic training?

  • There are some scholarships for those athletic training students that have been formally admitted into the ATEP and have been a member of the NATA for one year. Please see the following site for further information regarding the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association Scholarship program:

Transfer Student Questions

12) I am transferring from an ATR program at another school into UNCW. How do I know what will transfer?

  • Transfer students are welcomed to apply to the ATEP. However, transfer students must meet the same standards as other perspective athletic training students, including 40 hours of clinical observation at UNCW and satisfying the prerequisites to be accepted into the ATEP. Prior Athletic Training classes will not satisfy our ATR major degree requirements however those courses and credit hours will be brought in as general electives. Students considering transferring are encouraged to contact the Program Director for specific information. Transfer credit equivalents for University Studies courses can be found at

13) Can I transfer into UNCW for the Spring semester?

  • UNCW does not always take transfer students for the Spring semester. This is generally decided in September. Our advice is to plan on transferring to UNCW in the Fall semester.

Application/Admissions Questions

Most questions can be answered by reviewing the ATR homepage link: and the ATR FAQ website:

14) When should I apply to the ATR program?

  • As a freshman or transfer student you will apply to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) during the spring semester. You must have completed the prerequisite course of BIO 201 before the spring semester. PSY 105 is a corequisite course and can be taken during the spring semester along with ATR 210. The application process will be explained in detail while the student is enrolled in the ATR 210: Introduction to Athletic Training course. Please contact Dr. Kirk Brown, Director of the ATEP for further information and dates.

15) What are the prerequisites for admission?

16) What are the Pre-ATR course requirements?

17) What if I do not get accepted into the ATEP the first time I apply?

  • In most cases, you may reapply. The Program Director will assist you in identifying any of your deficiencies and help you make corrections. The Program Director will let you know if you should consider pursing another major/profession. Most of the time, those that do not get into the ATEP have poor grades, do not display a full awareness of our ATEP or the athletic training profession, or have demonstrated poor interpersonal skills or professionalism.