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Application Process 

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Acceptance into the ATP is competitive and dictated by clinical site availability. Students interested in majoring in athletic training must meet the outlined criteria for admittance and must receive confirmation of acceptance prior to registering for professional courses. Students completing the athletic training education program must be enrolled for a minimum of two academic years following formal admittance the program. 

Minimum Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training Program:

  1. Completion of 12 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  2. Documentation of 30 hours of directed observation under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer.
  3. Documentation of a physical examination within the past 12 months completed by an MD, DO, NP or PA.
  4. Acceptance of the Athletic Training Program Technical Standards for Admission.
  5. Completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” or higher. Prerequisite coursework includes: AT 144 Foundations of Athletic Training, PSY 190 General Psychology and a biology course with lab.

Students who meet the minimum requirements for admission to the ATP will submit an application packet to the Director of Athletic Training Education. The application packet will consist of the following:

  • ATP Application Form
  • Letter of application stating the student’s qualifications for admittance, aspirations for becoming an athletic trainer, and short- and long-term career goals.
  • Current resume
  • Three recommendation forms from sources that can verify the student’s ability to complete a rigorous academic program, communicate and act in a professional manner, and work in an allied healthcare setting
  • Physical examination documentation
  • Signed Technical Standards for Admission form

Students with completed applications will be scheduled for a formal interview with a panel consisting of the Director of Athletic Training Education, the Clinical Education Coordinator, and members of the athletic training staff. Applicants with incomplete applications will not be granted an interview. Students will be notified of acceptance into the ATP prior to the opening of the registration window for the fall semester. 

Directed Observation Hours

As part of the application process, prospective athletic training students will need to complete 30 hours of observation under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer. These directed observation hours will be coordinated through the Clinical Education Coordinator with supervision provided by program approved preceptors. Applicants will document their hours using the ATrack database.

 

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