2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Athletic Training, B.S.

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About the Program

“Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronicinjuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.” [source, 02/2018]

Athletic Training Requirements (69 credits)


All majors in the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance must complete twenty-seven (27) credits of courses specified below. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the Major Core area is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

Students applying to the Athletic Training major should expect the following to be considered for acceptance into the program:

  • Students must be enrolled in the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance as an Athletic Training major.
  • Only students formally accepted into the Athletic Training Program (ATP) may serve as Athletic Training students and be considered for clinical experience in an athletic training setting.
  • The number of students accepted each year varies in accordance with retention and graduation rates.
  • The ATP is a commitment of a minimum of 7 credits per semester, therefore, students are encouraged to apply during their first year.
  • On-campus and off-campus clinical experiences are required, in addition to academic requirements.
  • Admission into the program is competitive and is based on the following eligibility requirements:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.30
    • Combined GPA of 2.70 in the following two courses (minimum B- in both):
    • Documentation of a current physical examination, including records of immunizations, must be on file with WSU Health Services.
    • All students must complete an application to the Athletic Training Program, and complete Medical History, Demands Analysis, Technical Standards, and Student Expectations forms. These requirements will be available to Athletic Training students enrolled in MOVP 0102 .

Application Materials

There are two ways for a student to apply to the Athletic Training Program:

  1. Enroll in the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance, and then apply into the Athletic Training Program, or
  2. Apply directly to the Athletic Training program.

Such students will be considered First Year Athletic Training students. First Year Athletic Training students must meet the above requirements (minimum overall GPA of 2.3 and combined GPA of 2.7 in MOVP 0102  and BIOL 0237 ) to progress to Level I status as a Second Year Athletic Training student.

Athletic Training Core Requirements (27 credits)

Evidence-Based Practice (6 credits)

Professional Development Procedures

In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

Intermediate Standing

Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors are as follows:

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the Major Core area (27 credits)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses required within the chosen concentration (Physical Education requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 within the concentration)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • First Aid / CPR Certification
  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Earn a minimum of 16 Professional Development Points across four different areas (Academic, Clinical, Professional, Social Justice; four in each area)
  • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department

Additional requirements for Physical Education students can be found on the Physical Education concentration page .

Additional information can be found in the SMHP Department manual.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements  and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

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