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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the prerequisites for the Stony Brook ATP?
  2. How many credits do I need before entering the program?
  3. How do I apply to the ATP?
  4. Which year is it best to apply: sophomore, junior, or senior?
  5. How many students are accepted into the program each year?
  6. If I’m not accepted to the ATP, can I reapply the following year?
  7. Can I apply to the program even if I haven’t completed all of the prerequisites?
  8. Why are observation hours a requirement for admittance into the ATP; can they be completed off-campus?
  9. Can I transfer from another school with a similar program?
  10. Can I do my prerequisites at another school?
  11. Is the program accredited?
  12. What is the student to teacher ratio in the program?
  13. When can I change my major to athletic training?
  14. What are the required courses when majoring in Athletic Training?
  15. Will I be able to take other classes in addition to the major’s required courses?
  16. Can I minor in athletic training?
  17. Is there a minimum GPA that must be maintained while in the program?
  18. Is tutoring available for the program courses?
  19. Is it possible to fail and get kicked out of your program?
  20. Are there scholarship opportunities if I get into the program?
  21. What is better about this program compared to other similar programs?
  22. Can I transfer to another school with a similar program?
  23. How demanding is the program and roughly how much time would I have to devote weekly to the program in and out of class?
  24. How much clinical time would students be expected to complete each week?
  25. Would I complete all my clinical work at Stony Brook?
  26. Do students in the program travel with teams while completing their clinical experience?
  27. Can I choose which sport I’d like to work with for clinical experience?
  28. Can I continue to be an athlete while in the program?
  29. Will I have time to work while I am in the program?
  30. Can I be involved in studying abroad while in the program?
  31. Is housing provided for the program's summer classes?
  32. What makes Stony Brook a good school to choose for ATP?
  33. Who should I contact if I am interested in the Athletic Training Program and want to learn more about it?
  34. What are the requirements for becoming a certified athletic trainer?
  35. What can I do when I graduate, and what employment settings are available for athletic trainers?
  36. What are graduates of the ATP doing now?
  37. Is there a placement service for graduates?
  38. Do I have to go to graduate school?
  39. Does Athletic Training have a graduate program?
  40. Can I use my Athletic Training degree toward a master’s degree in another field?
  41. What is an athletic trainer?
  42. After graduating from the ATP, can I immediately enter a position as a certified athletic trainer?
  43. What is the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam?
  44. Once certified, do I ever have to renew my certification?
  45. What are some common misconceptions about the role of a certified athletic trainer?
  46. What’s the difference between an athletic trainer and a physical therapist?
  47. What’s the difference between an athletic trainer and a personal trainer?
  48. Do athletic trainers only treat athletes?
  49. What is the average starting salary for an ATC?
  50. How do I find the Athletic Training Office?

Question #1: What are the prerequisites for the Stony Brook ATP?
Answer: The prerequisite courses for application to the Stony Brook ATP can be found on our website at the following link: Requirements
Question #2: How many credits do I need before entering the program?
Answer: A total of 57 credits are required to apply for admission into Stony Brook ATP.
Question #3: How do I apply for to the ATP?
Answer: There is an online application process for acceptance into the Stony Brook ATP. The link for Apply Online can be found here: (https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=sunysb-shm). The deadline for application is March 15 of each year.
Question #4: Which year is it best to apply: sophomore, junior, or senior?
Answer: The Stony Brook ATP is structured so that the application process is completed during the spring semester of sophomore year, however a junior or senior-level student may apply when the required prerequisite coursework is completed.
Question #5: How many students are accepted into the program each year?
Answer: 20 students can be accepted each year.
Question #6: If I’m not accepted to the ATP, can I reapply the following year?
Answer: Yes. As long as all the prerequisite coursework is complete, an applicant can reapply to the Stony Brook ATP.
Question #7: Can I apply to the program even if I haven’t completed all of the prerequisites?
Answer: The online application process allows for the student to monitor their prerequisite course completion.  Acceptance into the program is not granted without completion of the prerequisite coursework.  However, in some cases conditional admittance may be granted contingent upon completion within a program stated time-line. .
Question #8: Why are observation hours a requirement for admittance into the ATP; can they be completed off-campus?
Answer: The observation hours, completed as part of the coursework for HAL 205, Introduction to Athletic Training, give the prospective applicant a “hands on” impression of the daily activities of athletic trainers and allow him or her to experience the profession while learning about it in class. All observation hours are completed on-campus.
Question #9: Can I transfer from another school with a similar program?
Answer: Acceptance of a transfer student from another CAATE accredited ATP is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All of the completed coursework of the transfer candidate must be reviewed and submitted for approval before a decision can be made.
Question #10: Can I do my prerequisites at another school?
Answer: The ability to transfer credit for coursework completed at other institutions is reviewed on a case-by-case basis through the office of undergraduate admissions. The prerequisite courses HAL 205 (Introduction to Athletic Training), HAL 210 (Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries), and HAL 300 (Kinesiology) must be completed on-campus at SBU.
Question #11: Is the program accredited?
Answer: Yes, the Stony Brook ATP received a 10 year re-accreditation through 2021.
Question #12: What is the student to teacher ratio in the program?
Answer: With a class of 20, the student to full-time faculty ratio is 4:1.
Question #13: When can I change my major to athletic training?
Answer: Upon acceptance into the ATP, students are officially athletic training majors.
Question #14: What are the required courses when majoring in Athletic Training?
Answer: The list of courses taken as an athletic training major can be seen at the following link: (Curriculum)
Question #15: Will I be able to take other classes in addition to the major’s required courses?
Answer: Additional coursework is not required once a student is accepted into the ATP, although previous courses may be retaken to achieve a higher grade. Any courses that a student is interested in enrolling in must be discussed with the student’s assigned advisor to ensure it will not conflict with any of the classroom or clinical requirements of the ATP.
Question #16: Can I minor in athletic training?
Answer: No, Stony Brook does not offer a minor in athletic training.
Question #17: Is there a minimum GPA that must be maintained while in the program?
Answer: The minimum GPA requirement for acceptance into the ATP is 2.5. Once accepted into the ATP, all athletic training professional courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher and may only be repeated once. Inability to achieve the grade of C or higher on the second attempt may result in the student being dismissed from the program. A student receiving less than a grade of C in any practicum course may result in the student being subject to termination from the program.
Question #18: Is tutoring available for the program courses?
Answer: While there is no formal tutoring program, students are encouraged to ask for assistance from instructors and students who have experience in the subject matter. Also, the Sport Medicine-Athletic Training (SMAT) Club has provided study sessions to younger students throughout the year.
Question #19: Is it possible to fail and get kicked out of your program?
Answer: Athletic training professional courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher and may only be repeated once. Inability to achieve the grade of C or higher on the second attempt may result in the student being dismissed from the program. A student receiving less than a grade of C in any practicum course may result in the student being subject to termination from the program.
Question #20: Are there scholarship opportunities if I get into the program?
Answer: Scholarships are available to qualified students from various professional organizations, including NYSATA, EATA, and NATA.
Question #21: What is better about this program compared to other similar programs?
Answer: While all CAATE-accredited programs meet the same minimum requirements, the Stony Brook ATP can offer a strong affiliation with the HSC and University Hospital, and undergraduate research and teaching opportunities.
Question #22: Can I transfer to another school with a similar program?
Answer: The ability to transfer into another CAATE-accredited ATP can only be determined by that college or university.
Question #23: How demanding is the program and roughly how much time would I have to devote weekly to the program in and out of class?
Answer: While there is no clear-cut answer, the didactic and clinical coursework require both time and time management skills from the student. The amount of time spent outside of class and clinical hours for studying and coursework completion can be determined only by the student’s schedule and habits.
Question #24: How much clinical time would students be expected to complete each week?
Answer: Students are required to attend clinical experience a minimum of 5 days per week with one of those days being on the weekend. Credit allotment for the Practicum courses are based on the time devoted to fulfilling the requirements of the clinical experience.
Question #25: Would I complete all my clinical work at Stony Brook?
Answer: All students will be assigned an off-campus clinical assignment a minimum of once per semester during the course of the program.
Question #26: Do students in the program travel with teams while completing their clinical experience?
Answer: There is the opportunity to travel with teams to away contests. Travel is determined by budget concerns and can vary from team to team. During the course of the clinical experience, it is expected that the student will travel for a minimum of one day trip and one overnight trip with an assigned Preceptor.
Question #27: Can I choose which sport I’d like to work with for clinical experience?
Answer: Students are assigned to a Preceptor for their clinical experience, not to a particular sport. The students’ clinical assignments are determined by the Clinical Coordinator and must meet the requirements of accreditation.
Question #28: Can I continue to be an athlete while in the program?
Answer: Yes. Students in this situation must realize that a dual commitment must be made and yearly progress towards completing the clinical requirements for graduation must be demonstrated. The student will not be eligible to receive credit for athletic training experience covering teams on which they are currently participating.
Question #29: Will I have time to work while I am in the program?
Answer: While outside employment is not prohibited, the student should use good judgment when deciding to work. The clinical experience must be the first priority outside of coursework.
Question #30: Can I be involved in studying abroad while in the program?
Answer: Students interested in this must understand yearly progress towards completing the clinical and didactic requirements for graduation must be demonstrated. Therefore, studying abroad may not allow the student to complete all requirements for graduation in a two-year period.
Question #31: Is housing provided for the program's summer classes?
Answer: Yes, students are able to live on-campus through Campus Residences. Information regarding summer housing can be found at: https://www.studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/SummerHousing/
Question #32: What makes Stony Brook a good school to choose for ATP?
Answer: While all CAATE-accredited programs meet the same minimum requirements, the Stony Brook ATP offers a 4:1 student to faculty ratio, a strong affiliation with the HSC and University Medical Center, variety of clinical experiences (NCAA Division 1, Division 2, high school, outpatient rehabilitation, general medicine) and undergraduate research/teaching opportunities.
Question #33: Who should I contact if I am interested in the Athletic Training Program and want to learn more about it?

Answer: For information, contact Trish Volz, Program Assistant, at 631-632-ATEP (2837) or via email at Patricia.Volz@stonybrook.edu


Question #34: What are the requirements for becoming a certified athletic trainer?
Answer: A passing score on the Board of Certification (BOC) entry-level examination, current CPR/AED certification, and an undergraduate degree results in the candidate earning the credential of certified athletic trainer (ATC). (http://www.bocatc.org/) Only graduates of CAATE-accredited ATP programs are eligible to take the BOC exam.
Question #35: What can I do when I graduate, and what employment settings are available for athletic trainers?
Answer: Graduate school or employment as an athletic trainer are the most common paths upon successful completion of the ATP. Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active and can work in a variety of settings including: secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional athletic teams, hospitals, the military, private clinics, performing arts, and industrial/commercial settings.
Question #36: What are graduates of the ATP doing now?
Answer: Information regarding graduates of the SBU ATP can be found in the alumni section of our website.
Question #37: Is there a placement service for graduates?
Answer: The NATA provides job placement information to its members for those looking for a position and also for employers with positions available. (http://www.nata.org/career-center)
Question #38: Do I have to go to graduate school?
Answer: No. While further academic study is an option upon graduation, it is not required to begin working as an entry-level AT. As with any profession, job descriptions vary according to the available position.
Question #39: Does Athletic Training have a graduate program?
Answer: Stony Brook University does not offer graduate studies in athletic training, however there are a number of colleges and universities that do.
Question #40: Can I use my Athletic Training degree toward a master’s degree in another field?
Answer: Yes. The BS in athletic training earned at Stony Brook can qualify the graduate for further academic study in a number of areas, including medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and education, to name a few.
Question #41: What is an athletic trainer?
Answer: Athletic trainers are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, immediate care, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities. Athletic training has been recognized by the American Medical Association as a health care profession since 1990. The AMA also recommends employment of certified athletic trainers in every high school to keep America’s youth safe and healthy.
Question #42: After graduating from the ATP, can I immediately enter a position as a certified athletic trainer?
Answer: Graduation from the SBU ATP makes a student eligible to take the BOC exam. Successful application and completion of the BOC exam allows someone to call him or herself a certified athletic trainer.
Question #43: What is the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam?
Answer: The BOC exam is the national entry-level examination for athletic training. Successful completion of the BOC exam, current CPR/AED certification, and an undergraduate degree results in the candidate earning the credential of certified athletic trainer (ATC).
Question #44: Once certified, do I ever have to renew my certification?
Answer: The BOC requires all certified athletic trainers to participate in continuing education activities. There are a number of ways to acquire CEUs (continuing education units), and 75 units are required every three years to maintain certification status. More information regarding continuing education can be found at the BOC website: http://www.bocatc.org
Question #45: What are some common misconceptions about the role of a certified athletic trainer?
Answer: Some common misconceptions of athletic trainers are that they only know how to tape for injuries, don’t know how to perform rehabilitation, are strictly involved with weight training or fitness instruction, and that the educational requirements to become an ATC are easy.
Question #46: What’s the difference between an athletic trainer and a physical therapist?
Answer: Physical therapists are primarily responsible for rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. While physical therapists work with orthopedic patients, they also work closely with a number of patients with medical conditions that athletic trainers don’t traditionally rehabilitate, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury patients. While athletic trainers rehabilitate mostly orthopedic injuries, they are also responsible for the prevention and immediate care of injuries and illnesses, providing a continuum of care. The traditional setting for an athletic trainer is one where he or she is on-site at the time of injury, treats it immediately, and continues throughout the rehabilitation process with the patient.
Question #47: What’s the difference between an athletic trainer and a personal trainer?
Answer: A personal trainer can provide information and education regarding fitness and strength training but is not a medical professional able to provide diagnosis, care, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
Question #48: Do athletic trainers only treat athletes?
Answer: Athletic trainers treat orthopedic injuries and illnesses regardless of a patient’s activity level. Traditionally, athletic trainers work in jobs where organized athletics take place: colleges and universities, professional athletics, and high schools. Less traditional settings include sports medicine/PT clinics, doctors' offices, and the corporate world.
Question #49: What is the average starting salary for an ATC?
Answer: Starting salary will vary depending on work setting and education level, but an entry-level ATC can expect to earn between $35,000 and $45,000 according to the 2011 NATA Athletic Training Salary Survey .
Question #50: How do I find the Athletic Training Office?
Answer:
  1. The ATP is housed in the Sports Complex (G-33) on west campus.
  2. Directions to the ATP Office:
  3. Enter the Sports Complex thru the Pritchard Gym entrance (near Campus Recreation Building).
  4. Stay to your right; Look for Athletic Training on sign over the staircase.
  5. Proceed down the stairs to the ground floor.
  6. When you exit the stairwell make a right
  7. Go through a set of double doors and the Athletic Training Office & Lab (G-33) will be the second door on your right.

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