Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training Program

Pre-Professional Program
The pre-professional program is open to any student wishing to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. This phase of the program is designed to help the student understand the roles and responsibilities of the Athletic Trainer; as well as, lay the foundation of skills and knowledge needed for successful advancement through the professional phase of the AT 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  Athletic Training Program (ATP) should seek advisement from the AT Program faculty .

The pre-professional curriculum consists of a minimum of 7 hours including the following courses:
ATRN 1073     Care and Prevention
BIOL 1134      Anatomy and Physiology I

*It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that students complete the following courses as part of the pre-professional curriculum:
BIOL  1234     Anatomy and Physiology II
ATRN 1203    Health & Wellness

Please click the "course schedule" link above for the suggested course sequence for athletic training majors.

Clinical Observation Prerequisites

Documentation of the following requirements is mandatory before a student can begin clinical observation:

1. Completion of blood borne pathogen training.
2. Proof of immunization against measles, rubella, diphtheria, varicella, tetanus, tuberculosis, hepatitis B*, and bacterial meningitis**.

* The hepatitis B (HBV) series of immunizations can be started upon arrival to MSU. The series requires 3 shots: one initially, a second one month later, and a third six months later. Documentation of the first shot is required before placement in the clinical setting.

** Texas Legislature passed SB 1107, effective January 1, 2012, requiring all students under the age of 30 entering an institution of higher education in Texas to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria to decline the vaccination before the first day of the semester.

Selection into the AT Program is competitive and completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the professional program. Applicants not formally accepted into the professional program may not enroll in ATRN upper level courses and are not eligible to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training. These applicants may reapply for entrance into the professional program for the following academic year.

Requirements for Admission into the Professional Program 
 
1. Have completed the minimum pre-professsional curriculum including a "C" or better in the following
    course by the end of the semester of application:
     ATRN 1073 Care and Prevention
     BIOL 1134 Anatomy and Physiology I
    
2. Have documented a minimum of 100 hours of clinical observations under the supervision of
    a Certified Athletic Trainer.

3. Immunizations are complete.

4. Proof of CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification and First Aid certification
 
5. Submit the following items to the AT Program director:
     - AT Program application
     - Three letters of recommendation
     - Documentation of meeting technical standards for admission to the AT Program

6.  Complete an AT Program admissions interview with the Program Director, Clinical Coordinator,   
     Head Athletic Trainer, one Assistant Athletic Trainer, and a Preceptor, or Department Faculty Member.

The deadline for application is March 3 for the following Fall.

Due to the competitiveness of the program, not all applicants meeting the criteria will be selected for admission to the AT Program. Selection into the AT program will be based on the following criteria:

1. Pre-requisite GPA              Yes/No
2. Hours of Observation            Yes/No
3. Completed File                   Yes/No

***Any 'No' categories will not be considered for an interview and not able to continue in the admissions process.

4. Cumulative GPA^^^              33%
5. Interview                             33%
6. Average of ACI/CI Evals       33%

^^^If a student has attempted a course multiple times at other institutions, the Athletic Training Program will consider only the highest grade. The lower grade will not be considered in Cumulative GPA.


Admissions Timeline

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

Application Deadline - March 3, 2014

Grade Check Due - March 14, 2014

Interview - March 24-April 18, 2014

Admission Decision - May 1, 2014

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


Admissions Categories

Following the Interview Committee decision, every applicant will receive a letter indicating their status. While midterm grades were a temporary indicator, the end of semester grades will be the final determinant for admission. Thus, if a student was receiving a passing grade in BIOL 1234 at mid-semester and was temporarily accepted, the student may be dismissed from the program in mid-May if the final grade did not meet the admission policy requirements. Each student will fall into one of the following categories:

Accepted: Student has been accepted into the Professional Phase pending final grades in all courses.

Probation: Student has been accepted into the Professional Phase pending final grade in all courses. The committee is aware of a deficiency that needs to be resolved through a growth plan. An individual growth plan will be prepared by the AT Program faculty, which the student MUST agree to and sign before the start of Level 2.

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 dismissal letter.


Retention

Once admitted into the AT Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and must receive no lower than a “C” in all major and associated courses (listed in student handbook). Students who do not maintain a 2.5 GPA will be placed on probation for a semester. If after one semester they have not achieved a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5, they 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 AT Program Director and the chair of the Department of ATP.  Students who receive a grade lower than a “C” in 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 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 their second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the AT Program.  Students receiving below a “C” in associated coursework (listed in student handbook) will be on probation for a 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 they have not replaced the grade, they 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 AT Program Director/Chair of the Department of Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology.