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Athletic Training Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science during Athletic Training program in the Spring semester; if accepted, they will begin the professional phase of the program the following Fall semester.

Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program are accepted February 1 - March 1.

Pre-Professional Phase

The pre-professional phase is open to any student who wishes to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. This phase of the program is designed to help the student gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Athletic Trainer, and also develop a foundation of skills and knowledge that are necessary for successful advancement through the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program.

The Athletic Training pre-professional curriculum is open to any beginning freshman or transfer student who has been admitted to Midwestern State University. Students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program should seek advisement from the Athletic Training Program faculty.

The pre-professional curriculum consists of the following courses:

  • ATRN 1171- Introduction to Athletic Training Lab
  • ATRN 1173- Introduction to Athletic Training
  • ATRN 2211- Emergency Care and First Aid Lab
  • ATRN 2213- Emergency Care and First Aid
  • BIOL 1134- Anatomy and Physiology I

*It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that students also complete the following courses as part of the pre-professional curriculum:

  • BIOL 1234 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ATRN 1203 Health & Wellness

Please review the recommended course sequence for students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.

 

Clinical Observation Prerequisites for the Pre-professional Student

Documentation of the following IS REQUIRED before a student can begin clinical observation:

  • Completion of Blood Borne Pathogen Training
  • Completion of HIPAA Training
  • Completion of FERPA Training

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program is competitive, and completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the professional program. Applicants who are not formally accepted into the professional phase of the program may not enroll in any Athletic Training (ATRN) upper-level courses, and they are not eligible to earn a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree. These applicants may reapply for admission to the professional phase of the program during the following academic year.

 

Requirements for Admission

  • Detailed program information can be found in the section of the undergraduate catalog related to the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.
  • You must have, or be qualified for, full admission to Midwestern State University. Complete information regarding application deadlines and requirements can be found on the Midwestern State University Admissions page. Admission to Midwestern State University does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program.
  • You must complete the minimum pre-professional curriculum with a grade of "C" or higher in the following courses by the end of the semester in which you apply:
    • ATRN 1171- Introduction to Athletic Training Lab
    • ATRN 1173- Introduction to Athletic Training
    • ATRN 2211- Emergency Care and First Aid Lab
    • ATRN 2213- Emergency Care and First Aid
    • BIOL 1134- Anatomy & Physiology I
  • You must have documentation of a minimum of 100 hours of clinical observation hours under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Admission and Acceptance Process

  • The Midwestern State University and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program applications can be completed online. The application for the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program can be found here.
  • You must provide three letters of recommendation to the Athletic Training program director.
  • If you are chosen to complete an interview, you will meet with the Athletic Training program director, clinical coordinator, head athletic trainer, assistant head athletic trainer, assistant athletic trainer(s), preceptor(s), and students.
  • As the admission process to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program is competitive, not all applicants who meet the aforementioned requirements for admission will be selected for admission to the program. Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program will be based on the following criteria:
    • Prerequisite GPA (2.5 or higher)
    • Hours of Observation (100 hours)
    • Completed File (Program application has been completed, and letters of recommendation have been submitted)
    • Cumulative GPA (2.5 or higher)
    • Interview
    • Average of Preceptor Evaluations

Application and Admission Timeline

Application to the Professional Phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program will follow the following timeline:

  • Application Deadline - March 1, 2018
  • Interview - March 20 - March 31, 2018
  • Admission Decision - May 18, 2018

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program will accept applications until June 30, provided that there are additional openings in the program; these applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

Admissions Categories

Following the Interview Committee decision, every applicant will receive a letter indicating his or her admission status. Each student will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Full Admission: Student has been accepted into the Professional Phase of the program based on grades in prerequisite courses.
  • Probationary Admission: Student has been accepted into the Professional Phase but must meet or exceed certain requirements (e.g., course grades, overall GPA). The Interview Committee is aware of a deficiency that must be resolved before a student may be granted full admission.
  • Failed to Qualify: Student has not been accepted into the Professional Phase due to deficiencies in the Admissions Policy. These deficiencies will be outlined in the denial letter.

Upon Full Admission to the Athletic Training Program, students must complete a mandatory drug test and criminal background check through Castle Branch.

Mandated Immunizations/Regulations

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
    • Requirement:
      • One dose in the last ten years (must have Pertussis component).
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubeola (2 options)
    • You must have 2 doses of measles (rubeola) vaccines, 2 doses of mumps vaccine and 1 dose of rubella vaccine or 2 MMR's or have evidence of immune titers for all three.
      • Option 1- Requirement: Students born on or after January 1, 1957:
        • Two doses of MMR vaccine administered since January 1, 1968, and on or after their first birthday; at least 28 days apart; or
        • Serologic confirmation of immunity to all three or serologic evidence of infection.
      • Option 2- Requirement: Students born before January 1, 1957:
        • One dose of Measles/Mumps/Rubeola vaccine administered on or after first birthday; or
        • Serologic confirmation of immunity for all three or serologic evidence of infection.
  • Varicella
    • Requirement:
      • Two doses of Varicella vaccine, administered on or after their first birthday; if given after 13 years of age; or
      • Serologic confirmation of Varicella immunity.
  • Hepatitis B
    • Requirement:
      • Complete series of Hepatitis B vaccine (prior to the start of direct patient care); or
      • Serologic confirmation of immunity to Hepatitis B virus.
  • Negative T.B./Chest x-ray
    • Requirement:
      • Valid documentation of negative T.B. skin test conducted within the last twelve months.
      • If no TB test has been conducted within the past 12 months, the student will need to have a test conducted within the past 30 days prior to the start of clinical rotation. The TB test should have the date it was applied, date it was read, and result in "mm of induration" - if it was totally negative, it needs to say "0mm induration."
      • If they have had a positive TB test we need the date and measurement and a copy of a negative chest x-ray report within the past 5 years.
      • TB test is required on an annual basis.
Retention

Once a student has been admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program, he or she must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and must receive no grade lower than a “C” in all major and associated courses (listed in student handbook). Students who fail to maintain a 2.5 GPA will be placed on probation for one semester.
  • If after one semester the student has not achieved a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5, he or she may be dismissed from the program, or allowed to continue for a maximum of one additional probationary semester. The latter condition will be granted only with permission from the Athletic Training program director.
  • Students who receive a grade lower than a “C” in Athletic Training (ATRN) courses will be on probation until they are able to repeat that course.
  • Students will not be allowed to progress onto the next semester or level of Athletic Training (ATRN) courses until the course has been repeated and the grade has been replaced with a “C” or better.
  • If a student fails to achieve a “C” or better during his or her second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program.
  • Students who receives a grade below a “C” in associated coursework (listed in student handbook) will be on probation for one semester. The course must be repeated in the following semester and the grade must be replaced with a “C” or better. 
  • If after one semester the student has not replaced the grade, he or she may be dismissed from the program, or allowed to continue for a maximum of one additional probationary semester. The latter condition will be granted only with permission from the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program director.