The University of New Mexico Athletic Training Education Program (UNM-ATEP) is dedicated to maintaining an educational program that meets the standards and guidelines set forth by the following governing bodies: National Athletic Trainers’ Association – Education Council (NATA-EC), Board of Certification (BOC); and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Currently, the UNM-ATEP is accredited by CAATE.
The UNM-ATEP includes both didactic (classroom) and clinical components. The clinical education allows the athletic training student (ATS) to apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom. The clinical education includes clinical hours with a variety of athletic teams at the high school, intercollegiate, clinical and professional levels. These experiences are invaluable in preparing the ATS for future employment opportunities.
Assignments to various clinical settings are designed to expose ATS to the various aspects of athletic training. While completing their clinical education, the ATS must be directly supervised by a Preceptor. Alternative clinical education settings may be utilized and may include sports medicine clinics, physical therapy clinics, college or university health centers, hospital emergency rooms, physician’s offices, or other health care settings.
A minimum of four semesters of clinical course work are required in the University of New Mexico Athletic Training Education Program. Each ATS will have the opportunity to gain experience in four major areas: gender, varying levels of risk, protective equipment, and medical experiences.
Evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness. Their clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers are often one of the first heath care providers on the scene when injuries occur, and therefore must be able to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for almost all jobs as an athletic trainer. A bachelor’s degree with a major in athletic training from an accredited program is part of the requirement for becoming certified by the Board of Certification (BOC). Athletic trainers may need a master’s or higher degree to be eligible for some positions, especially those in colleges and universities, and to increase their advancement opportunities. Because some positions in high schools involve teaching along with athletic trainer responsibilities, a teaching certificate or license could be required.