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The Athletic Training Major is designed to prepare students in the art of applying scientific techniques to prevent, recognize, manage, and rehabilitate injuries to the active population. The program is specifically designed to provide the theoretical and practical learning experience requisite to certification by the Board of Certification (BOC). Students who select the Athletic Training Major must complete a series of courses within the department, adjunct courses from the natural sciences, and four semesters of clinical education. 

During the clinical education portion of the program, athletic training students must accumulate a minimum of 800 hours (200 hours/semester) of experience under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) or other allied health care professional. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in entry-level athletic training skills in the presence of a Clinical Preceptor. Students are required to meet pre-requisite criteria and submit application materials before beginning the clinical education program. A limited number of students will be admitted into the program each fall semester. Please visit the Admissions Requirements page (link here) on the program's website for more specific information about admission criteria, technical standards, and application materials. 

University Academic Requirements:
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I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

    • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
    • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
    • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship 

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002. 

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
    • or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science 

Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.  

II. Fundamental Skills

    • Demonstrate competence in:
      • Reading
      • Writing
      • Quantitative analysis 

Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog. 

III. Breadth Requirement:

Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.) 

IV. Major Requirements
Minimum 68 units, including:

  • BIOL 061 - Principles of Biology
  • BIOL 071 - Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 081 - Human Physiology
  • HESP 089b - Practicum: Athletic Training-I
  • HESP 089k - Practicum: Athletic Training-II
  • HESP 100 - Introduction to Research
  • HESP 129 - Principles of Exercise Physiology
  • HESP 133 - Kinesiology
  • HESP 139 - Exercise Psychology
  • HESP 143 - Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • HESP 145 - Therapeutic Modalities
  • HESP 146 - Health, Disease, and Pharmacology
  • HESP 149 - Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis-I
  • HESP 150 - Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis-II
  • HESP 163 - Therapeutic Exercise
  • HESP 173 - HealthCare Mgmt. & Prof. Dev.
  • HESP 189b - Practicum: Athletic Training-III
  • HESP 189k - Practicum: Athletic Training-V
  • One of the following courses:
    • HESP 045 - Science of Nutrition
    • HESP 135 - Sports Nutrition 

Academic Plan of Study: For a sequential plan of study please read this document:   

Pacific Student
Transfer Student