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Program Overview

The University of New Mexico Athletic Training Education Program (UNM-ATEP) 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 UNM-ATEP.  Successful completion of the UNM-ATEP 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

University of New Mexico Athletic Training Education Program (UNM-ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


UNM ATEP Board of Certification Examination Pass Rates

The University of New Mexico Athletic Training Education students taking the National Athletic Training Board of Certification Examination data as follows for the following three years: 

Graduates Performance on the National Board Examination
Academic Year# of Graduates# of Graduates that took BOC Exam# of Graduates Passing on First AttemptUniversity of New Mexico First Attempt Pass Rate on BOC ExamNational First Attempt Pass Rate on BOC Exam*University of New Mexico pass rate regardless of # attempts
2017-18109889%81%89% (8/9)
2016-1712111091%83%100% (11/11)
2015-16101010100%82%100% (10/10)
Current 3-Year Aggregate32302893%82%97% (29/30)
*Information obtained from the Board of Certification Exam Reports.

3-Year Graduation & Retention Rates
Academic Year# of Graduates# of Students Admitted# of Graduates Passing on First Attempt
2017-1810983% (10/12)
2016-17121186% (12/14)
2015-16101091% (10/11)
Current 3-Year Aggregate323091% (32/35)

3-Year Employment / Placement Rates
Academic Year# of GraduatesEmployed as Athletic TrainerEmployed as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree programEnrolled in another degree program (Not Employed)Employed other than as an Athletic TrainerNot EmployedDo Not Know
2017-18104 (40%)0 (0%)1 (10%)0 (0%)2 (20%)3 (30%)
2016-17123 (25%)2 (17%)4 (33%)1 (8%)0 (0%)2 (17%)
2015-16103 (30%)5 (50%)2 (20%)1 (10%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
Current 3-Year Aggregate326 (19%)7 (22%)8 (25%)3 (9%)0 (0%)8 (25%)
*Information obtained from the Board of Certification Exam Reports.

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.

Athletic Training Education Program Goals

UNM-ATEP 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 Education Program Outcomes

The UNM-ATEP 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.


UNM-ATEP: Athletic Training Student Handbook 2017-2018 (PDF)

Dr. Susan McGowen
Athletic Training Education Program Coordinator
Johnson Center, Room 1130