An athletic trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems of the physically active. The Athletic Training Education program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in athletic training. Successful completion of this program provides eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. In addition to the university general education requirements, the following professional preparation courses must be taken: PE 1010, 1800, 2400, 2500, 2700, 4010, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4630, 4930, 4940, 4960, 4990, HPER 3090, PSYC 1010, and 19 hours of electives approved by the advisor. International applicants are required to have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher (80 for the iBT). Accreditation standards require formal admission to this program. Students must be formally admitted to the program to register for the athletic training core courses (PE 2700, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4960, 4990)
Applications for the Athletic Training Education program are accepted once per year. Students may obtain application materials from the HPER office, or online at the athletic training webpage. A grade of “C” or higher in PE 1010, 2400, 2500, and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 are required to apply. Applications must be submitted by February 28th for fall semester admission. Acceptance will be based on the completeness and quality of the application, the number of openings available, GPA, academic performance in PE 1010 and PE 2400, 2500, previous athletic training experience, and an interview with the selection committee. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Contact the School of HPER for admission requirements, acceptance criteria, and technical standards.
Once admitted to the Athletic Training Education program, the student will obtain clinical experience hours as part of course requirements. Those experiences involve some nights, weekends, and travel. Students are expected to obtain an average of 20 hours of clinical experience per week. Clinical experiences will vary by semester and student needs. Criteria for successful completion of each semester’s clinical experience are provided in course syllabi.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5, earn no grade lower than a “C in the athletic training core courses (PE 2700, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4960, 4990), and must successfully complete all clinical experiences, to remain in good standing with the program and be recommended for graduation. Specific retention policies can be found in the Athletic Training Education program Student Handbook, which can be accessed at the athletic training webpage.