Athletic Training Program

Grand Canyon University's Athletic Training Program is an undergraduate major and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our athletic training program focuses on your application of skills as seen by our numerous laboratory classes and clinical rotations in Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Facilities. You'll have opportunities to participate in the Athletic Training Student Club and professional healthcare organizations, which helps promote lifelong learning and friendships in a Christian environment.
The athletic training degree program helps prepare you for the Board of Certification Examination. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are qualified to work in high schools, universities, professional sports, clinics and other areas as an integral part of a health care team. You will receive education in prevention, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, reconditioning, organization and professional responsibility related to the management of athletic-related injuries and illnesses.

The Bachelors in Athletic Training degree program includes topics such as: anatomy and physiology; the care, treatment and prevention of athletic injuries; emergency care for acute injuries; taping and bracing; recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries; physiology of exercise; health and wellness plans; therapeutic modalities; theory of prescribing exercise; rehabilitation plans; management in athletic training, strength, conditioning and pharmacology.

The athletic training education requires 750 hours of clinical rotations on- and off-campus before graduation. You must provide your own transportation to clinical rotations, and are required to complete a number of tasks prior to your clinical coursework, including but not limited to, a physical exam, CPR certification, and signing a technical standards agreement to ensure the ability to complete tasks and requirements associated with the position.

At Grand Canyon University, our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping our students attain a balance in their spiritual, academic and personal lives.

What is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)?

A certified athletic trainer (ATC) is a qualified allied health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sports participation. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other athletic health care settings.

Domains of an Athletic Trainer

Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection  

Educating participants and managing risk for safe performance and function.

Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis

Implementing standard evaluation techniques and formulating a clinical impression for the determination of a course of action

Immediate and Emergency Care

Employing standard care procedures and communicating outcomes for efficient and appropriate care of the injured.

Treatment and Rehabilitation

Reconditioning participants for optimal performance and function

Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being

Understanding and adhering to approved organizational and professional practices and guidelines to ensure individual and organizational well-being.

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