Athletic Training

Facts and Questions


How do you become a certified athletic trainer?
To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) you must receive a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university with a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)via the Joint Review Committee-Athletic Training (JRC-AT). 

Once the candidate receives their degree they must then pass the national certification examination conducted by the Board of Certification (BOC). This certification examination is based on the Athletic Training Education Competencies and is the minimal standard of care required to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Depending on the state you will practice Athletic Training you may be required to receive a state licensure. You will need to check your current state requirements.

What kinds of jobs do students get after they graduate from the Neumann University Athletic Training Program?
Athletic Trainers are employed in various work settings and provide care to a varied population. These settings include:



*Colleges and Universities
*Hospitals and Clinics
*Occupational health
*Military and Law Enforcement
*Performing Arts
*Physician Extender
*Professional Sports
*Public Safety
*Secondary Schools


What are Practicum (clinical) rotations? 
The term "clinical rotations" refers to the clinical education portion of the NU ATR curriculum where students are assigned to a specific location by the Clinical Education Coordinator and perform a Practicum or Internship under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer or other Allied Health Professional. 

To complete the ATR program, students must complete a minimum of 750 hours over six semesters of clinical education courses. ATR 288 and ATR 289 are done in the 2nd year; ATR 388 and ATR 389 in the third year; and ATR 498 and ATR 499 are completed in the senior year. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in each course to be eligible for the next Practicum or Internship.  

The ATR Program has existing Educational Affiliation Agreements with many local high schools, Division 1 and 3 colleges and universities, PT clinics and Physician offices as well as with local professional sports teams to provide students with a wide variety of experiences. 

Available Practicum sites are always changing and placement at a particular site cannot be guaranteed. A partial listing of previously available sites include:

Archmere Academy

Brandywine H.S.


Cabrini College


Chichester H.S.


Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports


Drexel University


Dynamic Physical Therapy


Gwynedd-Mercy College


Immaculata University


Malvern Prep. School


Neumann University


Optimum PT


Penncrest H.S.


Philadelphia Flyers


Philadelphia Soul


Rothman Institute


Salesianum H.S.


Springfield H.S.


St. Joseph’s University


Strath Haven H.S


Sun Valley H.S.


Tancredi Chiropractic


US Coast Guard


Upper Darby H.S.


Villanova University


Westtown School


Widener University


Williamson Trade School


Wilmington Blue Rocks


Can I play a varsity sport or work while I am in the Athletic Training Program? 
The ATR faculty members understand the importance and value of extra-curricular involvement and participation at the collegiate level, athletics are just one example of the extra-curricular activities available at NU. 

To address student participation in such activities, the NU ATR program developed the Extra-Curricular Activity Participation Guideline:



During their freshman year students are free to participate in any endeavors they choose. However once clinical practicum rotations begin during the sophomore year students are expected to limit their participation to the in-season or primary involvement semester only.  The student’s clinical education rotations will be scheduled by the Clinical Coordinator. Reasonable attempts will be made to schedule a Practicum site that will avoid conflicting with the in-season or primary involvement semester, but cannot be guaranteed.  Students are expected to meet the same clinical requirements as their classmates. In order to achieve successful fulfillment of the clinical education requirements students participating in extra-curricular activities it is suggested to begin their assigned practicum prior to the start of the designated semester, such as in early August for the Fall semester or in early January for the Spring semester. Additionally, junior and senior level students are encouraged to plan to register for a Practicum during the summer though such placements are limited and will involve a significant time commitment at program approved sites. Students must weigh these possibilities when deciding whether or not to pursue an extra-curricular activity, such as a varsity sport and should consult their adviser or the Clinical Education Coordinator for more information.


What happens if I don’t hand in all of the required paperwork but I have the required GPA to be accepted into the program? 
It is the students responsibility to complete all the required Admission criteria prior to receiving acceptance into the ATR major and cannot be assigned to a clinical education site until they have submitted and achieved all criteria listed in the Admissions requirements (include link admission requirement here). Students will have the opportunity to complete many of the requirements while enrolled in classes such as ATR 220 and ATR 189, some of the criteria require extra fees. 

Are there any Service Learning opportunities in the Program?  
There are several opportunities for Service Learning at Neumann University. In the capstone course, ATR 475, all athletic training students complete a service learning project of their choice. Other opportunities specific to the major include activities completed by the Neumann University Student Athletic Training Association.