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Program Requirements

Applications are due on or before November 30th each year. Applications are only accepted one time each year. Admission to the clinical program occurs in January. Eligibility for admission will be determined by the director of Athletic Training.

Applicants to the Athletic Training major must:

  • Fulfill university requirements up to the time of application to the ATEP Clinical Instruction Practicum
  • Complete of prerequisite coursework with a grade of 'C' or better;
    KNR 181, Anatomy & Physiology
    KNR 188, Introduction to Athletic Training
    KNR 188.01, Introduction to Athletic Training Laboratory - includes 30 directed observation hours
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.70 or better and major GPA of 2.70 or better
  • Complete an application for admittance to the ATEP Clinical Instruction Practicum
  • Meet the technical standards for program admittance as described in the Physical Exam and Technical Standards Form.

Clinical Program

Students successful in the four previous criteria are then considered for acceptance into the clinical portion of the program. Placement is limited. Applicants may be granted full acceptance or be placed on a waiting list.

Highest priority will be given to the most qualified applicants based on the following criteria:

  • overall and major grade point average
  • grades in prerequisite courses
  • completion of required observation hours (this is built into the grade for KNR 188.01)
  • quality of written essay submitted with application
  • performance evaluations from clinical instructors
  • score on an athletic training general knowledge examination
  • two written recommendations from qualified individuals
  • criminal background check
  • completion of an interview with members of the athletic training faculty

Please note, fees in addition to tuition are associated with the clinical program. Associated fees include: a criminal background check, physical examination, CPR certification, and miscellaneous items associated with professional practice (e.g. lab supplies, transportation, and clothing).

Selective Retention for the Program

Once admitted, the student will begin clinical work. Requirements for continued progress in the program include:

  • The student must complete a physical examination from a qualified physician or medical practitioner using the form provided at the time of admission to the program. The student is also required to submit informed consent for blood-borne pathogens, travel, release of information, and approved clinical hours.
  • A cumulative and major GPA of 2.70 or better.
  • Grades of "C" or better must be earned in major courses.
  • Grades of "C" or better must be earned on each clinical instructor evaluation.
  • As a representative of the university, school, and the athletic training education program, the student is responsible for maintaining the standards and expectations established by the program including those published in the ATEP Handbook. Failure to uphold these standards and expectations, after being so notified, will result in dismissal from the program.

Individual Course Competencies and Proficiencies

Each course within the ATEP covers specific NATA Educational Competencies and Clinical Proficiencies. A list of what is instructed and evaluated in each course is available at the links below.

Academic Advisement

Ms. Mindy Kinney (A-K)


(309) 438-5782

Ms. Daphyne Walker (L - Z)


(309) 438-5782


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