Pre-Professional Phase

The Athletic Training program‘s substantive level of degree change was approved in February 2020 by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). We are now offering a Master of Science in Athletic Training, which is a professional program specializing in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. Therefore, our program is no longer accepting students into the professional phase of the undergraduate program, and the program will be taught out until May 2023.

Students must be enrolled as full-time students during both the Pre-Professional and Professional Phases of the program. In the Pre-professional Phase, the student completes a directed observation year. The Professional Phase begins after formal admission into the ATP and includes clinical courses and clinical educational experiences under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.

Acceptance into the Professional Phase of the ATP is selective and is limited. Limited admission will ensure that an appropriate student to clinical instructor ratio (approximately 8:1) is maintained.

Advancement to the Professional Phase is controlled through the first practicum course (ATTR 15092). In order to be eligible for this course, students must have the following:

  • Complete required coursework as outline on the ATTR Roadmap. Includes courses ATTR 15001, ATTR 15011, ATTR 25036, ATTR 25057. Students must also receive a C or higher in these courses to be considered for acceptance into the program.

  • Make formal Application to the professional phase of the program

  • Provide 3 Letters of Recommendation (professional letters of reference)

  • Complete 120 hours of directed observation experiences under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer

  • Secure Professional Rescuer Certification

  • Successfully complete a written and practical exam that will be administered in ATTR 15011

  • Secure staff evaluations and complete a self-administered evaluation

  • Complete an interview with the professional athletic training staff

After these requirements have been fulfilled, students may be selected for advancement into the Professional Phase of the program based upon their competitive rank using their major GPA (15%), evaluation scores (40%), interview scores (20%) and ATTR 15011 written (10%) and oral (15%) exam scores. Those selected may enroll in ATTR 15092 during the following semester.

Students who are not accepted into the Professional Phase may reapply the following year by completing another Pre-professional year. Due to the extensive clinical component associated with this program, students may reapply only once. Students who are not selected for the Professional Phase of this program will work with the Program Coordinator to identify alternate academic programs to pursue.

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Documents Needed to Begin Pre-Professional Phase

The following documents need to be turned in within the first few weeks of the semester that you begin the Pre-professional Phase (either in the Fall or Spring semester) in the Athletic Training Program: