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Athletic Training Program

Program Overview

The University of New Mexico Undergraduate Athletic Training program is no longer accepting applicants. The program is transitioning to a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree starting in July 2022. UNM’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval. For more information about the MSAT program, click here. For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Sara Nottingham, at

If you are interested in pursuing the MSAT program, we recommend completing the undergraduate Exercise Science degree at UNM because it includes all pre-requisite courses. More information about the B.S. in Exercise Science can be found here:

Mission Statement

The mission is to provide exceptional education and prepare critical thinking professionals for a career in athletic training. Emphasis is placed upon developing skills in assessment, management, and scholarship to become life-long learners and effective healthcare providers. Graduates will provide leadership and service in society and deliver optimal healthcare.

The University of New Mexico Athletic Training Program is dedicated to creating and maintaining an educational program that meets the standards and guidelines set forth by the following governing bodies: Board of Certification (BOC), Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), National Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Committee for Education (ECE).

The University of New Mexico (UNM) grants a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training upon completion of the Athletic Training Program.  Successful completion of the program is achieved through the content as described below:

The BOC Role Delineation / Practice Analysis 7th Edition (2016) divides the profession into five major domains:

  • Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
  • Examination, Assessment, and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility

Athletic Training Educational Competencies 5th Edition (2011) categorized the educational curricula into eight content areas which include:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
  • Acute Care of Injury and Illnesses
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility
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Athletic Training Program Goals

The Athletic Training Program is dedicated to graduating students who are prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate preparedness to enter the workforce as qualified healthcare providers.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to provide optimal healthcare to diverse patient populations.
  3. Demonstrate positive leadership and professional skills with an adherence to ethical professional standards.
  4. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding and application of scholarship to enhance patient care.
  5. Demonstrate fundamental clinical skills and utilize best practices in patient care.
  6. Utilize self-assessment as a life-long learning tool to enhance professional development.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to service in the community.

Athletic Training Program Outcomes

The program curricular outcomes are aligned with the eight (8) content areas as designated by the 5th Edition NATA Educational Competencies. Eleven (11) student learning outcomes (SLOs) have been identified as key curricular assessments, they are:

  1. Identify emergency situations / conditions and demonstrate appropriate care.
  2. Demonstrate a full evaluation and provide a diagnosis for athletic injuries.
  3. Fit appropriate equipment / braces and apply prophylactic tapings.
  4. Select appropriate therapeutic modalities to affect and treat athletic injuries.
  5. Create rehabilitation / reconditioning plan(s) for the injured patient athlete.
  6. Document injuries / illnesses, treatments and rehabilitations for patient / athlete.
  7. Create and implement an Emergency Action Plan.
  8. Complete a literature review.
  9. Present a research topic to peers and other professionals.
  10. Differentiate between musculoskeletal injuries / conditions.
  11. Design and implement medical personnel coverage protocols for athletic events.