Athletic Training

Admissions Process

NOTE: To provide the student with the most current academic curriculum and to meet accreditation standards, the programs within the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions use the degree plan and catalog requirements on the date in which the student is admitted to the program and/or major, not the university matriculation date. Students who leave the program and/or major and are re-admitted must follow the degree plan and catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.

All students who plan a program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) must first be accepted for admission to the University. Applicants then apply to the program. Program enrollment is limited by the availability of faculty and clinical field experiences, therefore admission is competitive.

The program uses a multiple tier admission process: Tier I: "Admission into the Program" and Tier II: "Admission into the Professional Practice Cohort". Tier 1: "Admission to the Program" allows the student to start foundational didactic and laboratory coursework needed to have successful clinical field experiences. Tier II: "Admission into a Professional Practice Cohort" allows the student to start clinical field experiences needed as part of the professional program. The student must successfully complete both to be eligible for credentials as an athletic trainer.

All applications and materials should be submitted to the program director by the specified deadlines. Deliver to the program director office location (Nursing Building 225) or mail it to Director of Athletic Training Program, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway – CPO 472, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

Tier I: Admission into the Program

Applicants will apply for admission into the program during the semester in which they prerequisites and administrative requirements will be completed. Applications to the program are due to the program director by August 15th (Fall Admission) and January 1st (Spring Admission). Applicants work with an assigned advisor and are required to submit a completed application form. As part of the application process, the student must submit the following to be considered for admission into the program:

    • A completed application form with the following support materials
    • Acknowledgment of program Technical Standards
    • Completion of favorable criminal background screening
    • Health and Immunization Packet (includes health history form, immunizations form, and physical examination for completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Current Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid certifications

Further information about the above requirements and forms can be found on the program requirements section of the web page.

Selection Criteria for Admission into Program:

To be considered for admission into the program the student must meet the following criteria:

    • Completed application with all support components present
    • Completion of 32 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Competition of any academic literacy requirements, if required
      • ENGL 1311L English Composition I
      • MATH 0318 Intro to Algebra, Geometry, Probability & Statistics OR MATH 0319 Intro to Algebra

Tier II: Admission into the Professional Practice Cohort

The Professional Practice Cohort requires the student to complete clinical field experiences with an assigned preceptor. The student should prepare to complete an average of 20 hours of clinical field experiences a week. These hours are assigned by the clinical preceptor and some of the hours and experiences occur outside the traditional academic calendar and during weekends. External employment is discouraged, if needed the employment must be flexible and work around time required for clinical field experiences.

Applicants will apply for admission into the professional practice cohort the semester in which the following prerequisites and administrative requirements will be completed. Applications to the professional practice and all support materials are due to the program director by March 1st (Fall Cohort) or October 1st (Spring Cohort). The Professional Behaviors orientation module is available thru the program director, completion is due by the application deadline. The Professional Practice Committee will set interviews the first week of March (Fall Cohort) and first week of October (Spring Cohort). As part of the application process, the student must submit the following to be considered for entry into the professional practice cohort:

    • A completed application form
    • Membership in National Athletic Trainers Association
    • Completion of Professional Behaviors orientation
    • Completion of at least 75 hours of field observation under a certified athletic trainer
    • Two letters of recommendation (one from an athletic trainer)
    • Interview with the Professional Practice Committee

Further information about the above requirements and forms can be found on the program requirements section of the web page.

Selection Criteria for Admission into the Professional Practice Cohort:

To be considered for admission the student must meet the following criteria:

    • Completed application, NATA membership, and Professional Behaviors orientation
    • Completion of at least 75 hours of observation with an athletic trainer
    • Two letters of recommendation (one from an athletic trainer)
    • Favorable interview with the Professional Practice committee
    • 48 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Completion with a C or better of current enrollment in the following coursework: ATHP 1310, ATHP 2305, ATHP 2310, ATHP 1110, BIOL 2321/2121, and BIOL 2322/2122

Other Requirements after Acceptance

Annually after admission, the student must also complete the following requirements. Students that fail to complete the following may be removed from the program:

    • Proof of Occupational Exposure "Needle Stick" Insurance
    • Completion of HIPAA/FERPA Confidentiality Training
    • Completion of Blood-borne Pathogen, OSHA, and/or Universal Precautions Training
    • Completion of Annual Program Orientation and Clinical Site and/or Preceptor Orientation
    • Update of Health and Immunization Packet (as needed)

Further information about the above requirements and forms can be found on the program requirements section of the web page.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Athletic Training Education Program follows the guidelines and policies from the student and faculty handbooks related to non-discrimination. The program does not engage in discrimination against an individual because of race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, non-disqualifying disability, or age, to comply with all federal and state non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmation action laws and regulations. Students should be aware that they must meet the technical standards for the program and profession.

Transfer Students

Students that are considering application for admission into the Athletic Training Program from another university or college must first be admitted into the University. Along with the application, transfer students must submit TWO copies of transcripts from all colleges attended. Send one set to the UIW Admissions Office and send the second set to the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, Attention: Athletic Training Program Director, 4301 Broadway-CPO 472, San Antonio, TX 78209.

Students transferring from another baccalaureate Athletic Training Program must satisfy the same prerequisite and major course work, as do all other applicants. All athletic training course work will be evaluated for equivalency with the UIW curriculum. Students should be prepared to present a syllabus from previous institutions and have documented proof of completion of competencies and clinical proficiencies. The decision for admissions, transfer credit for previous athletic training courses and placement in the program will be considered on an individual basis.


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