Students may apply only once per year for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program Professional Preparation Phase. Students in their sophomore year, transfer students, and second degree students can apply in November for spring admission. All students must meet the admission criteria below by the end of the fall semester in which they are applying in order to be considered as a candidate for acceptance to the Professional Preparation Phase. The deadline for application will be announced in ATEP 2400 Prevention and Care of Illness and Injury in Athletic Training class and noted on the website application. The application is reviewed by the Athletic Training Program Admissions and Retention Committee. Details regarding the application procedure and application forms (application, standard physical examination, and technical standards) are available from the Program Director and can be downloaded from the program website: www.wpunj.edu/atep.
In order to be a candidate for admission to the Professional Preparation Phase, students must meet the following criteria:
(1) submit the completed application by the deadline to the Program Director,
(2) successfully complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework,
(3) earn a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at WPUNJ,
(4) complete a minimum of 100 hours of observation in WPUNJ’s athletic training rooms and athletic venues,
(5) earn a C- or better in BIO 118 Anatomy and Physiology I,
(6) earn a C- or better in BIO 119 Anatomy and Physiology II,
(7) earn a C- or better in ATEP 1500 Introduction to Athletic Training,
(8) successfully complete ATEP 2000 Sports Emergency Care,
(9) successfully complete ATEP 2400 Prevention and Care of Injury and Illness in Athletic Training taken at WPUNJ in the fall semester of application,
(10) submit a copy of current Professional Rescuer CPR with AED certification,
(11) submit a copy of and Advanced First Aid or equivalent certification,
(12) meet the required technical standards,
(13) successfully pass the standard physical examination,
(14) submit a completed Student-Athlete/Athletic Training Student Policy form (if applicable),
(15) submit the NATA student membership number to the Program Director before the first day of spring semester classes.
All students applying for admission to the Professional Preparation Phase must demonstrate evidence of clinical observation at WPUNJ before being considered for admission. This clinical observation consists of 100 hours of observation through the WPUNJ Athetic Training Education Program. The observation hours must include observation in the athletic training rooms and at athletic practices and competitions. Prior to beginning the observation hours, the student must complete a Bloodborne Pathogen Orientation (students must see the Coordinator for Clinical Education for details). In order to complete the observation requirement, the observation hours should begin no later than the second week of the fall semester in the candidate’s sophomore year. Clinical observation hours do not count toward the 1000 hour clinical education experience requirement. Clinical observation hours from other institutions or organizations will not be accepted.
Candidates who meet the entrance requirements will be accepted into the Professional Preparation Phase as per program student availability. All candidates must meet the same criteria for admission. In the event that there are more applicants than program students availability, the candidates will be interviewed by the Athletic Training Education Program Admissions and Retention Committee. Admission to the Professional Preparation Phase will be limited to those eligible candidates possessing the highest GPA and greatest potential to succeed as athletic trainers as determined by the Athletic Training Education Program Admissions and Retention Committee after the committee reviews each candidate’s application and clinical observation experience. Candidates not accepted into the Professional Preparation Phase are encouraged to reapply the following year.
After acceptance to the Professional Preparation Phase, students must become a NATA student member and provide the membership number to the Program Director prior to the first day of classes in the spring semester. Students must be a NATA student member in order to begin their ATEP 2500 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I course.
Student-Athlete/Athletic Training Student Policies
Student-Athletes who are interested pursuing an athletic training education will most likely ask “Can I play a sport and be an athletic training student at the same time?”
Although very difficult and time consuming, it is possible for student-athletes to be an athletic training student (ATS); however, the following Athletic Training Education Program policies exist:
- The student-athlete cannot participate on more than one intercollegiate team while in the Professional Preparation Phase . If the student-athlete participates on more than one intercollegiate team, he/she cannot apply for entry to the Professional Preparation Phase until his/her eligibility has expired.
- Prior to being accepted into the Professional Preparation Phase, the student-athlete must state his/her intention to continue to participate in a sport while completing the program requirements. Also at this time, the student-athlete and his/her head coach must read and sign the Athletic Training Education Program Student-Athlete Policy Form.
- Once admitted to the Professional Preparation Phase, the ATS/student-athlete cannot take Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III and Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV classes while in season. The ATS/student-athlete must take these courses when he/she is no longer participating in their sport. Course sequencing will not be changed to accommodate the ATS/student-athlete due to the course content progression requirements. Consequently, the ATS/student-athlete must expect to stay at the University to complete the Athletic Training Education Program a minimum of one additional year, possibly longer depending on the sport played and the course sequence.
- During the non-traditional season, the ATS/student-athlete must make the program requirements a priority over his/her sport activities when conflicts arise.
- The ATS/student-athlete will not be assigned his/her sport for any of his/her Clinical Experience classes. Likewise, the ATS/student-athlete cannot take on the role of an ATS for their teammates at any time.
- ATS/student-athletes who are found to be participating in a sport while registered for Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III and IV will be removed from the course(s).
- Student-athletes are bound by the same academic and clinical policies and procedures as their non-student-athlete classmates.
- Student-athletes with questions or concerns regarding this policy are encouraged to speak with the Program Director.