Admission Requirements and Policies

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.

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 1120 (1180) Anatomy and Physiology I,
(6) earn a C- or better in BIO 1130 (1190) 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.

Effective Fall 2015, all new students (first-year and transfer) in the ATEP program will need to meet the following requirement:

 To be accepted into or be retained in  the Professional Preparation Phase students must earn no more than 3 grades of C or below (including a combination of C, C-, D+, D, and F grades) or 2 grades below C- (including a combination of D+, D, and F grades) in BIO 1120 (1180), BIO 1130 (1190) and ATEP alpha courses. 

 Included in this policy are the following:

  • Transferred grades of courses equivalent to BIO 1120 (1180), BIO 1130 (1190), and ATEP alpha courses.
  • The original course grade of a course that the student has retaken (C- or below).
  • Grades of C or below in BIO 1120 (1180), BIO 1130 (1190), and ATEP 1500, even though the minimum requirement for admission to the Professional Preparation Phase is a C-in these courses.

If a student applying for admission to the Professional Preparation Phase does not meet this requirement, he/she will not be accepted to the Professional Preparation Phase and will be dismissed from the athletic training major.

 If a Professional Preparation Phase student does not meet this requirement, he/she will be dismissed from the Professional Preparation Phase and the athletic training major.

Students who started at WPU prior to fall 2015 (including transfer students) will not be held accountable to these new requirements. University practice states that students are held accountable to the policies and standards that are in place at the time they first begin at the university, and any changes to those policies and standards that take place during a student’s time at the university will not be applied retroactively.

Current students should be aware that the new requirements were put in place after reviewing student performance on the BOC exam. Students who do not perform at the minimum level of these new requirements are less likely to be able to pass the BOC exam; therefore, current students should strive to meet the new requirements. Failure to meet these new requirements is an indicator that a student is likely to encounter significant difficulty in passing the BOC exam. Consequently, such students are advised to consider alternate educational programs.

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 in ATEP 2400 Prevention and Care of Injury and Illness in Athletic Training. 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.  Students must submit a copy of current Professional Rescuer CPR with AED certification and a copy of and Advanced First Aid or equivalent certification with the application, unless they are currently enrolled in ATEP 2000 Sports Emergency Care. Students who do not submit these documents with their application will not be considered for acceptance to the Professional Preparation Phase.

Candidates who meet the entrance requirements will be accepted into the Professional Preparation Phase as program space allows. All candidates must meet the same criteria for admission.  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.  In the event that there are more applicants than program space allows, the candidates may be interviewed by the Athletic Training Education Program Admissions and Retention Committee. Candidates not accepted into the Professional Preparation Phase are encouraged to reapply the following year.    

After acceptance to the Professional Preparation Phase, the students must become NATA student members and provide their membership numbers to the Program Director prior to the first day of classes in the spring semester.  Students must be NATA student members 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:

1) Once admitted to the ATEP Professional Preparation Phase, it is recommended that the ATS/student-athlete does not take Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III and Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV classes while in season. The ATS/student-athlete should 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.

2) If the student chooses to participate in their sport while taking Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III and/or Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV, the ATEP faculty will work with the ATS/student-athlete as much as possible to assist the student to graduate on time. However, ultimately the ATS/student-athlete must take responsibility for meeting all ATEP academic requirements. ATEP program requirements are always a priority over the student’s sport activities when conflicts arise.

3) During the non-traditional season, the ATS/student-athlete must continue to make the ATEP program requirements a priority over his/her sport activities when conflicts arise.

4) The ATS/student-athlete will not be assigned his/her sport for any of his/her Clinical Experience in Athletic Training classes. Likewise, the ATS/student-athlete cannot take on the role of an ATS for their teammates at any time.

5) Student-athletes are bound by the same ATEP 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 ATEP Director.

Fall 2017