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Emergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate

Get Emergency and Primary Care Training as a Practicing AT.
For Athletic Trainers | Based on Updated CAATE Educational Standards | Online
Academic Credits

Program Highlights

Stay Up-To-Date with Changes in AT Education

Within the most recent AT Practice Analysis and the updated CAATE Education Standards for athletic trainers, there are some important changes. Our EPCAT certificate keeps you up-to-date with the changes within the profession. Advance your knowledge and skills as an athletic trainer as you dive into learning more about emergency and primary care, biomedical testing and imaging, and, orthopedic applications and procedures.

Earn BOC Continuing Education Units

Our EPCAT certificate is a great way to earn BOC Continuing Education Units. Earn the CEUs and receive the continuing education that you need. BOC CEUs are provided for athletic trainers that complete our EPCAT certificate.

Transfer Credits Into Our PhD Program

Take the first step toward earning your doctorate degree. Credits transfer directly from our Emergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate to our PhD in Health Science program.

Designed for the Working Athletic Trainer

Our EPCAT certificate is designed for working athletic trainers. It is designed to provide the certified athletic trainer with a streamlined, evidence-based approach to the most current emergency/primary care skills, techniques, and literature, allowing athletic trainers to succeed in a dynamic healthcare society. Learning takes place during collaborative team assignments with practicing athletic trainers from across the country, increasing your professional networking opportunities. Concepts and skills learned in this program will be frequently used in your clinical practice.


Our curriculum is designed to offer the needed continuing education you need as an athletic trainer. Stay up-to-date with changes in AT Practice and educational standards while earning academic credits and BOC CEUs.

Changes in AT Practice

With the recent changes within the CAATE Educational Standards for athletic trainers and the most recent AT Practice Analysis, you need to match the skills of younger ATs entering the field with more training in emergency and primary care. Our certificate focuses on the changes in AT practice. You’ll take the following courses in the EPCAT program: Preventative Practices, Orthopedic Applications & Procedures, Emergency Procedures & Care, and, Biomedical Testing & Imaging.

Evidence-Based Emphasis

At RMU we believe in evidence-based practice and care. Our EPCAT certificate program is based on evidence; in each course you will learn the best, evidence-based techniques and procedures so that you can advance your practice as an AT. Our EPCAT certificate focuses on evidence-based, patient-centered care and advanced management.





This course will expose students to cutting-edge topics in rehabilitation clinical practice to develop an integrative approach to selecting appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions. Emphasis will be placed on the therapeutic management of mild traumatic brain injury, cardiac conditions, and orthopedic injury. Students will analyze current research to examine evidence-based techniques, indications and contraindications, preventative measures, and operational protocols for interventions relative to progressing through healing and restoring normal function and a highly competitive state for physically active individuals. Treatment effectiveness, patient satisfaction, return to activity decision-making, and critical assessment of evidence concerning patient care will be emphasized.

Delivery Method: Online
Offered Winter Semester

This course is designed to provide an intensive study of emergency care skills in ambulatory medicine with exposure to triaging and managing urgent and emergent medical procedures in catastrophic settings. Proper techniques for complex fractures and joint dislocations, application of specialty casting and splinting techniques, and interventions used during immobilization to address movement dysfunctions are addressed. The focus is on planning for, examining, and managing immediate, emergent, and acute situations, particularly for physically active individuals.

Delivery Method: Online
Offered Summer Semester

This is an advanced course for students to take a deeper dive into common and uncommon diseases, disorders, illnesses, and other general medical conditions affecting the health of physically active individuals across the lifespan. Students will learn to recognize signs, symptoms, and predisposing factors of pathology along with appropriate interventions and establishing referral criteria. The focus is on appraising evidence on patient care, refining primary care clinical examination techniques, establishing evidence-based preventative measures, and optimizing appropriate referral decision-making.

Delivery Method: Online
Offered Fall Semester

Semester Dates

Fall 2024



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Winter 2025



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Summer 2025



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Admission Requirements

Current BOC certification or AT licensure

Clinical Rotation Requirements including required vaccinations: Admitted students to Rocky Mountain University who will be completing a clinical rotation will receive vaccination forms regarding required vaccinations. Not all vaccinations or proof of immunity are required at the beginning of the program but will be prior to the first clinical rotation. The University allows for vaccination exemptions and more information about the University’s position on vaccination can be reviewed at

RMU requires the following items prior to starting any clinical rotations (these are subject to change depending upon public health concerns and specific clinic requirements):

  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB
  • Tdap
  • Annual Influenza
  • COVID 19
  • HIPAA certification
  • OSHA certification
  • CPR certification


Jennifer Austin


Program Director, EPCAT Certificate Program

Tuition & Fees



Cost per Credit
Total Credits
Total Tuition Cost
*Other Program Fees
*University Resource Fee
$39 per Credit (Up to 15 credits per semester)
Tuition is due 2 weeks after the start of each semester
*Fees may be subject to change.

This program is not eligible for Federal Student Loans. Private Loan options are available.
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This program is not eligible for Federal Student Loans. Private loan options are available.