Chapman's athletic training program (ATEP) prepares students for careers in sports medicine, physical therapy and athletic training. ATEP is composed of two elements, clinical laboratory coursework and field experience. The clinical education element involves acquisition and practice of sports medicine skills. Field experience provides students with multiple opportunities to apply these clinical skills in various environments working with real patients.
Each student admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program will gain hands-on sports medicine training via three years (6 semesters) of clinical rotations (i.e., field experience) working with certified athletic trainers and other allied healthcare professionals in a variety of settings. Chapman currently utilizes nearly 30 different affiliated clinical sites, including colleges, high schools, physical therapy clinics, physicians' offices, and professional sports teams located in the Orange County and Los Angeles area.
All students will obtain their clinical education from experienced certified athletic trainers and allied health professionals at our numerous affiliated sites (.pdf), as assigned each semester by our Coordinator of Clinical Education.
Chapman’s diverse ATEP faculty members, clinical staff, preceptors, and guest lecturers represent an outstanding breadth and depth of athletic training and health care education, training, and professional practice, which greatly enhances our students' learning and career success.
Jason Bennett, DA, ATC – Program Director, Associate Professor
Michelle Cleary, PhD, ATC, CSCS – Associate Professor
Sara Nottingham, EdD, ATC, CSCS – Assistant Professor
Tricia Kasamatsu, MA, ATC – Full-time Instructor
Jack Bauerle, MS, ATC, CSCS – Adjunct Instructor
Ky Kugler EdD, ATC – Associate Dean, Professor
Pamela Gibbons, MA, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer
Lorena Tarnay, MS, ATC, CSCS – Assistant Athletic Trainer
Trevor Winton, MS, ATC – Assistant Athletic Trainer
Miguel Prietto, MD – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Michael Shepard, MD – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Our program utilizes over 30 different affiliated clinical sites where the highest quality healthcare professionals provide in-depth education, training, and mentoring of our students. Our clinical instructors include certified athletic trainers, physicians, licensed physical therapists, and more.