Athletic Training

ATHP Frequently Asked Questions

Athletic Training Observations

  • What are the requirements for students wanting to do athletic training observations? All students placements must be approved by the program director. To ensure compliance with the affiliation agreements with external agencies, the program has established requirements for participation in field observations and/or internships. The follow identifies the academic and administrative requirements for field observations and/or internships. The student must either be either:
      • Enrolled in an course where observations or service learning with identified field observations and/or internship outcomes are expected OR Enrolled in ATHP 1099: Observation
      • Health and Immunization Packet (includes health history form, immunizations form, and physical examination for completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
      • Current Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid certifications
      • Completion of HIPAA/FERPA Confidentiality Training
      • Completion of Blood-borne Pathogen, OSHA, and/or Universal Precautions Training
      • Proof of Occupational Exposure "Needle Stick" Insurance
      • Completion of favorable criminal background screening

Application and Admission Procedures

  • When are applications due? The program uses a multiple tier admission process: Tier I: "Admission into the Program" and Tier II: "Admission into the Professional Practice Cohort". Enrollment in the program is limited by the availability of faculty and clinical field experiences, therefore admission is competitive. Decisions are normally made by April 10th so students and faculty can do appropriate advising and registration
    • Tier 1: "Admission to the Program" allows the student to start foundational didactic and laboratory coursework needed to have successful clinical field experiences. Applications to the program are due to the program director by August 15th (Fall Admission) and January 1st (Spring Admission). 
    • Tier II: "Admission into a Professional Practice Cohort" allows the student to start clinical field experiences needed as part of the professional program. 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).
  • Does the program use a wait list for students not admitted into the program? Yes. The program does use a wait list if enrollment of the program exceeds faculty and clinical placements slots.
  • How often does the program admit students into the program? Students are admitted into the program twice a year. The program has the ability to admit in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Does your program admit students for clinical experiences in their freshman year? Yes, as long as students meet the admission requirements for the program they may be admitted into the program as an incoming freshman. It is possible for individuals to take dual credit or be admitted into early admission into some college and university settings. The program does recommend that students interested in the possibility to contact the program director in the summer between the junior and senior years.
  • Does your program offer scholarships? No. All academic scholarships are handled through the Office of Financial Assistance at the university. Individuals interested in finding out more information about scholarships, grants and loans should go to the Office of Financial Assistance.

About the Program

  • How many clinical sites does your program currently use? The program currently is using two universities, five high schools, and two physician staffed clinics. The program has the possibility to utilize many more if the demand and exposure requires it.
  • What is your normal teacher to student ratio for the classes in the program? The normal student to teacher ratio is roughly 10:1. The professors in the program are able to provide our students with traditional teaching methods, but also provide the student with individual attention for specific learning needs.

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