Admission to Professional Program
Pre-Admission to the Athletic Training Major
Students may apply to the athletic training major as part of their application for admission to the University. Formal application for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program occurs during the first semester of the student's sophomore year. The athletic training education program is a structured program in which the student must be making normal progress in the required prerequisite courses and pre-clinical experiences.
All incoming freshman will meet with an adviser from the School of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center to select fall courses. Students will then be assigned an Athletic Training faculty advisor for the remainder of their academic careers.
Pre-athletic training students should consult with their assigned faculty advisor from the academic program to insure that curriculum requirements are selected at the appropriate time and to monitor normal progress toward formal admission to the professional program.
Students who fail to pass prerequisite courses and/or fails to be accepted into the professional program during the first semester sophomore year will jeopardize their status within the clinical aspect of the program. Those students who are not admitted at the scheduled time (second semester sophomore year) should meet with the Athletic Training Program Director to discuss and plan their future within the Athletic Training Education Program. Candidates who fail to meet the GPA requirement needed for application to the professional program for two consecutive semesters after completing EXS 217 will no longer be allowed to apply to the athletic training professional program. Students who receive academic advisement from individuals other than their assigned ATEP faculty advisors may also jeopardize their standing within the program.
Athletic Training Education Program Curriculum
Length and Structure of Program
The Athletic Training Education Program is a four-year academic program that leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. The curriculum consists of 120 credits with 74 credits in the athletic training major. Of the 74 credits, 59 credits are lecture course and 15 credits are skill and practicum courses. The UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG provides the athletic training students with the course descriptions, prerequisites, as well as the admission and retentions policies.\
The ATEP CURRICULUM PLANNED PROGRAM sheet clearly documents the four-year planned program for the athletic training student. The ACADEMIC MAP should be utilized by the student to monitor: “Checkpoints” - the ideal time to complete a particular requirement; “Warnings”- milestone soon approaching that if missed could delay graduation; and “Milestones” – a program or degree requirement must be completed by this specific time in order to graduate in 4 years and/or continue in the Athletic Training Education Program.
The Office of the Registrar’s website will provide you with all the information you need to track your progress towards degree completion, apply for graduation, and plan for the commencement ceremony. Degree Planning & Graduation Information Link. A degree evaluation is a report that shows a student's progress towards their degree. It shows requirements for the degree, pointing out which requirements have been met and which requirements still need to be met. Students can also monitor their GPA by using the GPA CALCULATOR to ensure that their major GPA is 2.70 or better and university GPA is 2.50 or better.
Admission to the Athletic Training Education Professional Program
Undergraduate applicants seeking admission to the athletic training education program are required to submit a file of materials for review by the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance PE&HP). Candidates should apply in the semester corresponding with enrollment in EXS 217. The applicant's completed file should be submitted prior to September 10 for fall candidates and February 10 for spring candidates. Applications for admission may be obtained in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, Kaiser Hall, Room 0180. An on-line APPLICATION TO THE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM is available on CCSU’s athletic training website.
Requirements for Admission
- Completion of application to the professional program for Athletic Training.
- Successful completion of 50-80 hours of observation in the athletic training facility and sport coverage at Central.
- Completion of 30 credits of which a minimum of 15 credits have been earned at Central.
- Successful completion of 4 credits of Human Anatomy & Physiology I (C- or better grade in lecture and lab).
- Successful completion of EXS 112 and EXS 217 at Central (C- or higher grade in both courses).
- Successful completion of BMS 380: EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN course or verification of equivalent course. Note: EMT-B certification (State of CT or National Registry) is required prior to registration for EXS 315.
- University Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50
- Departmental Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.70.
- Two letters of recommendation: one from a CCSU Faculty Preceptor and the second from a Department of PE&HP faculty member using the required forms.
- The presentation of an essay demonstrating command of the English language, citing reasons for wanting to enroll in the program, personal qualities that would make you a good candidate, and emphasizing experiences related to athletic training (500-750 words).
- An interview with the Screening Committee of the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, including at least one core ATEP faculty member.
Once admitted to the professional program, the following requirements must be maintained in order to remain in "Good Standing" within the Athletic Training Education Program the student must:
- Maintain a University cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50.
- Maintain a Departmental grade point average (GPA) of 2.70.
- Demonstrate required clinical skill proficiencies in EXS 218, EXS 240, EXS 315, EXS 317, EXS 316, EXS 319, & EXS 445.
- Valid State of CT or National Registry EMT-B Certification or higher throughout EXS 315, EXS 317, EXS 316, EXS 319, & EXS 445.
Candidates who drop below the required GPA levels; and/or fails to complete the skill proficiencies; and/or fails to maintain EMT Certification, may be denied enrollment to professional program courses, practicum courses and internship assignments until the GPA and/or competencies reach the appropriate level; and/or EMT certification is valid.
Candidates who fail to meet the GPA requirement needed for application to the professional program for two consecutive semesters after completing EXS 217 will no longer be allowed to apply to the athletic training professional program.
Please Note: Revisions to the athletic training education program may occur in order to maintain compliance with national accreditation standards. Students should check with the program director and/or the CCSU athletic training education website regarding the possibility of new requirements.
Transfer students must meet the same course requirements and application procedures. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits “in residence” at Central prior to applying to the professional program. The 15 “in-resident” credits for transfer students may be in General Education and/or within the Athletic Training Education Program and must include EXS 112 and EXS 217 at Central.
Currently, all requests for transfer into the Athletic Training Education Program either by students from other universities or by Central students looking to change majors are handled on a case-by-case basis. The number of students accepted in this manner depends on the number of openings available in that year. For acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program, transfer students must complete the required (minimal) 50-80 clinical observation hours necessary for acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program at Central Connecticut State University.