Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an Athletic Trainer?
- Is an Athletic Trainer the same thing as a Personal Trainer or Strength & Conditioning Coach?
- What specifically do the athletic training students at UTC do as part of their athletic training education?
- Do I have to have a Bachelor's Degree in a certain area or major in order to be accepted into the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Program?
- Do you offer a Post-Certification/Post-Professional/Advanced Master's degree program?
- Is the program accredited?
- What degree will I receive?
- What can I do with a degree in Athletic Training?
- What are the educational requirements for the program?
- Where can I find more information about the program?
- Are there any pre-requisite courses for your program?
- When do you begin accepting applications for the program?
- How many students are accepted into the program each year?
- What are my chances of being accepted into the program?
- What is involved in the On-campus Recruiting Weekends?
- When does the program start?
- Do most of the applicants for the program come from the state of TN or from out of state?
- Are there any extra commitments we must fulfill in addition to our class requirements?
- What expenses will I be responsible for?
- How much does it cost to attend UTC?
- What financial aid options are there?
- Where can I find out more information about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?
- Are scholarships offered to Entry Level students?
- Can I teach undergraduate courses as an adjunct instructor?
- How can I get in touch with current students in the GATP to ask them questions?
- What is the weather in Chattanooga like?
- Where is Chattanooga located?
- What time zone is Chattanooga located in?
- What apartments are available in Chattanooga?
ATHLETIC TRAINING STUDENTS HAVING FUN WITH AN 80's PARTY
AT THE END OF PRE-SEASON CAMPS
What many people think of as Sports Medicine is actually Athletic Training. In 2010, US News & World Reports named Athletic Training as one of the best careers and one of the fastest growing profession in the country. The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC®) works with physicians and other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents, guardians, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care delivery systems. Athletic trainers are integral members of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, corporate /industrial, and other health care settings. The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is based on the development of specified educational competencies and clinical proficiencies. Through a combination of formal classroom and clinical instruction and clinical experience, the athletic trainer is prepared to provide health care within each of the following content areas:
- Risk management and injury prevention
- Pathology of injuries and illnesses
- Clinical examination and diagnosis
- Acute care of injury and illness
- Therapeutic modalities
- Therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise
- General medical conditions and disabilities
- Nutritional aspects of injury and illness
- Psychosocial intervention and referral
- Health care administration
- Professional development and responsibilities
The National Athletic Trainers' Association has a very nice web page that summarizes and explains what athletic training is all about.
NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!! The name of our profession is sometimes confusing because Athletic Trainers don't "train" athletes. Instead, Athletic Trainers are healthcare providers who provide care for both athletes and non-athletes alike! In most states Athletic Trainers must obtain a license to practice and the nationally recognized ATC® credential requires at least a bachelors degree from an accredited program, extensive clinical practice time under the supervision of credentialed professional, repeated demonstration of proficiency in over 680 clinical skills, and passing a very rigorous national certification examination. Personal trainers, on the other hand, are fitness professionals and NOT healthcare professionals. There is little or no regulation of their professional practice and there are very few requirements to obtain a personal training credential (some of which can be obtained with as little as a weekend course). The only similarity between Athletic Trainers and personal trainers is that both work with athletes, but we do VERY different jobs. If you are interested in becoming a personal trainer, you should consider majoring in exercise science. Click HERE for a comparison between an Athletic Trainer and Personal Trainers.
What specifically do the athletic training students at UTC do as part of their athletic training education?
The UTC athletic training students engage in a variety of tasks related to the specific domains of athletic training. Click on the specific domains to see our students in action participating in the specific domain.
Prevention of Athletic Injuries/Illness
Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
Therapeutic Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
Organization and Administration
Education & Counseling
In addition to educating our students, they also enjoy being friends and being part of something special here at UTC. See examples of these areas below.
Do I have to have a Bachelor's Degree in a certain area or major in order to be accepted into the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Program?
No. In fact, our students have come to our program from a variety of majors. These include athletic training related fields such as health, physical education, exercise science, exercise physiology, movement sciences, pre-physical therapy, pre-med, biology, chemistry and biochemistry. We have also had a number of individuals come to our with other "non-related" majors such finance, marketing, English, math, social sciences and history. The important part is that you have a Bachelor's Degree and that you full-fill the pre-requisites. (See below for specifics on pre-requisites.)
Do you offer a Post-Certification/Post-Professional/Advanced Master's degree program?
UTC only offers an Entry Level Mater's Degree program. For a listing of Post-Certification/Post Professional/Advanced Athletic Training Education Programs, please visit the NATA Education Council's website.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, the UTC ATEP is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). We had a successful site visit in October and anticipate continual accreditation by CAATE.
Students who complete the Athletic Training Major are eligible to sit for the Athletic Trainer Certification Exam offered by the Board of Certification, Inc. The exam is typically taken in the final semester of the second year in the UTC GATEP. Students who pass this exam and complete their degree are awarded the professional credential ATC®. ATC is the entry-level credential for practicing Athletic Training. In 47 states (and counting), Athletic Trainers are regulated by the state (typically requirieng a license to practice). In order to practice in Tennessee, you must obtain a license. Licensure information in Tennessee is available from the Tennessee Department of Health: Board of Athletic Trainers
There are a variety of work settings where Athletic Trainers are employed and providing care for both athletes and non-athletes alike. Most of our program graduates enter the workplace after completing their masters degree, the most common settings nationwide are outpatient clinics with high school coverage, intercollegiate and professional athletics. Emerging employment settings where certified athletic trainers are working include the industrial/occupational settings, the military, performing arts, law enforcement, public safety, and as physician extenders. UTC GATEP graduates general are employed in the setting of their first choice. Through the 2011 graduating class, UTC GATEP has a 100% placement rate. More information about where Athletic Trainers work is available from the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
What are the educational requirements for the program?
An overview of what is required of an athletic training educational program is provide at this link. Click here to read the overview of athletic training education.
Where can I find more information about the program?
The program website, www.utc.edu/gatp is where you will find all of the information about the program. It contains the most current program information as well as important announcements during the admission period.
Are there any pre-requisite courses for your program?
Yes. They are listed on this page. Click the name of the course and you can see the specific content information that it will be evaluated on.
When do you begin accepting applications for the program?
We begin accepting applications in mid-August/early September. Candidates are not accepted to the GATEP until after a campus visit. Campus visitation/interview weekends will be held in the mid to late fall and again in the winter and early spring. Invitations for these weekends go out about 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled visit.
What are my chances of being accepted into the program?
Admission into the program is VERY competitive. Routinely there are anywhere between 120-160 applicants. Of these applicants, 60-80 applicants will be invited to campus for one of our On-campus Recruiting Weekends, or roughly 1 out of every 2 applicants that apply to the program are invited to campus for a Recruiting Weekend. Of those 20-80 applicants, recommendations for admission will be made to roughly 25 applicants where 15-20 students will accept the offers. In other words, 1 out of every 6 or 1 out of every 8 all applicants will be recommended for admission into the Graduate Athletic Training Program.
Each visit will start on a Friday afternoon at 1:30-2:00 PM in McKenzie Arena room 217. We will spend some time touring the facilities and campus, and you will rotate around and meet with each faculty member as well as the athletic training staff in a series of short interviews. Some of our students will be available to share their experiences in the program in an open forum environment. We usually end around 5:30 PM with pizza and snacks and some time to meet other students in the program. That evening the students plan some sort of social activity for everybody to relax and get to know each other.
We reconvene on Saturday morning at 9:00 or 10:00 AM at "The House" which is in the basement of a church across the street from UTC. We serve a continental breakfast and enjoy a much more relaxed atmosphere than in a classroom environment. We will discuss specific application information, an overview of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at UTC and discuss several other topics such as housing information, job opportunities, research requirements, financial concerns, financial aid, etc. We usually finish between 12:00 noon 1:00 PM on Saturday.
When does the program start?
First year students are asked to report a couple of days before the start of the Summer AM III semester. This is traditionally the last week of June or first week of July.
Do most of the applicants for the program come from the state of TN or from out of state?
Since 1999 there have been 229 students in the UTC Athletic Training Education Program. Of those students only 43 (18.8%) of our students have come from Tennesseee. We proudly boast having grads from 38 other states from all regions. We believe that this diversity of backgrounds has made for a very strong and vibrant program. For greater details on where our alumni come from go HERE and see a breakdown.
What expenses will I be responsible for?
Students are responsible for the following expenditure: Tuition, fees, on-campus parking, textbooks, ID fee, clinical and liability health requirements (criminal background check, needed immunization updates, student liability insurance). You are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office to determine what all of the costs of attending UTC might be for you and in your situation. Completing all of the necassary paperwork is vital to determining the financial aid you might qualify for.
Where can I find out more information about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?
The university's department of Planning Evaluation & Institutional Research has put together a very thorough collection of statistics as the university's factbook.
Are scholarships offered to Entry Level students?
Yes, scholarships are offered to students based on academic and clinical performance. You can apply for scholarships after the first full semester in the program. A limited number of partial graduate assistant positions are available to second year students as well.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, it costs an in-state, TN graduate student $8,350 for the fall and spring semesters. For an out-of-state student that cost is $22,696. The TN State System of Higher Education has asked for over 10% increases each of the last 3 years. The state legistlature has granted them 7-9% increases. So if you use 10% as the high end, you can get an idea of what you will pay during your 2 years here at UTC. (Note these costs do not reflect the cost of the 1st summer session. Please go to the Bursar's web page to see a fee schedule.
Several options are available, yet also highly individualized depending on numerous circumstances. The UTC Financial Aid office can provide considerable assistance. Another location that may be of some assistance is at a web site called "FastWeb." This site can provide you with a list of options that may fit your circumstances.
Can I teach undergraduate courses as an adjunct instructor?
Due to the time demands placed on students in the ATEP, these requests are handled on an individual basis, with grades and clinical performance strongly considered.
How can I get in touch with current students in the GATP to ask them questions?
Go to the Current Students section of the webpage and click on their name to email them.
What is the weather in Chattanooga like?
January, the coldest month has average high of 49° and low of 30° (USA Today)
July, the warmest month has average high of 90° and low of 69° (USA Today)
Chattanooga Weather History from CityRating.com
Where is Chattanooga located?
Chattanooga is located in Southeastern Tennessee on the Northwest Georgia border. Driving distances to surrounding cities are: Atlanta, GA 120 miles, Birmingham, AL 148 miles, Huntsville, AL 100 miles, Knoxville, TN 115 miles, and Nashville, TN 135 miles.
What apartments are available in Chattanooga?
Once you are accepted we will provide a listing of apartments and other information that are the most convenient. You can also check www.chattanoogaapartmentguide.com for a detailed listing.