Athletic Training


Athletic Training (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The admission process for the Athletic Training (AT) Program is separate from the application process for admission to the University. Students do not officially apply for admission into the AT Program until they have met all preadmission criteria (typically takes one year to complete). Admission to the AT Program is competitive and not all who apply can be accommodated. Once admitted into the AT Program, students must maintain retention criteria to remain in and process through the program.

Incoming freshmen and current Missouri State students

Incoming freshmen and current Missouri State University students interested in applying for the Athletic Training major are required to complete the AT Program Interest Form. Students are encouraged to initially declare a pre-sports medicine/Athletic Training major or a Sports Medicine minor. Students will make formal application to the Athletic Training major once they have completed the pre-admission requirements for consideration into the Athletic Training program. To complete the Athletic Training major, students must complete the three-year course and clinical sequence after formal admission into the program.

Transfer students

Transfer students need to speak to the AT Program Director regarding their admission into the Athletic Training major. It is in the student's best interest to discuss their options with the Program Director at least one semester prior to transferring into the program. Transfer students are required to complete the AT Program Interest Form.

Preadmission requirements (a.k.a., First-Year Experience)

Before a student can be considered for the Athletic Training major, the following application requirements must be met:

  1. Admission to Missouri State University and/or student in good academic standing at MSU
  2. Successful completion of the following courses: ATC 220(1) and ATC 221(2) ("B" or better); ATC 225(1) ("B" or better);  BMS 110(3) and BMS 111(1) or BIO 121(4) ("C" or better); CHM 116(4) and 117(1) or both CHM 160(4) and CHM 161 ("C" or better is required for each course in both course combinations; and BMS 307 ("C" or better). If offered, a student can take one or more of these courses in the summer session prior to the fall semester they are applying and still be considered for admission to the major (as program spots allow). Preferred courses: GEP 101/UHC110, COM 115ENG 110, MTH 135 or a higher numbered mathematics course listed in the Quantitative Literacy requirement of general education.
  3. Observational hours with a program approved allied health care professional
  4. AT Program Application - completed during spring semester of the first-year experience.

 Selection, progression and retention requirements

  1. Selection Process for the Athletic Training major:
    1. The number of students selected for formal admission to the major each year is limited by the number of students that meet all criteria and the number of clinical placement sites available to the AT Program. Typically up to 20-25 clinical placements are available each year for newly admitted students.
    2. The selection process begins at the end of each spring semester and is finalized during the summer. Consideration will be given to students who are completing preadmission coursework during the summer academic term. Students attempting courses for the first time in the summer due to scheduling issues in the previous fall or spring are given priority over students that are retaking preadmission required courses. Students selected for formal admission into the major will be contacted by the program director.
    3. Requirements for formal admission into the major include the following:
      1. Complete all preadmission required coursework with the necessary grades and grade point averages indicated
      2. Complete the program's application form
      3. Schedule and complete an interview with the AT Program faculty
    4. Applicants not formally admitted may reapply the following year. All applicants who reapply must meet all requirements in effect at the time of application. Students are encouraged to contact the department for current admission requirements.
    5. All students selected for formal admission must provide evidence of being able to meet the technical standards of the program with or without reasonable accommodations. The technical standards for the program are included in the application material.
    6. Upon notification of formal admission into the Athletic Training major, students will be required to initiate and pay for any security checks and drug screenings required for clinical agencies. All admitted students must complete a criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMo or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as an athletic trainer prior to being allowed to begin any clinical rotations.
    7. All students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.
    8. All students will be required to purchase student professional liability insurance.
    9. Students may incur additional cost associated with the program — these costs will be published on the department website and/or in the program handbook.
  2. Progression and Retention Requirements:
    1. After students are selected into the Athletic Training major, retention in the program will be based on the following criteria:
      1. Completion of clinical experience
      2. Maintain a major coursework GPA of 3.00 on all ATC courses
      3. A cumulative University GPA of 2.80 or higher
    2. Students who fail to meet all of the retention requirements may be placed on probation in the Athletic Training major for one semester. If standards are not met by the end of the probationary period, the student may be dismissed from the major. Students who receive a grade of "D" or "F" in an ATC course must repeat that course and receive a grade of "C" or higher to progress in the program and remain in the major. Students who do not meet the retention criteria for required didactic and/or clinical work may follow the program appeal process. Failure to follow the appeal process may result in dismissal from the program.

Athletic Training program requirements

Students selected for the program must complete all required coursework and clinical requirements. Those requirements include the following:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirements:
    1. BIO 121(4) or BMS 110(3) and BMS 111(1)
    2. CHM 116(4) and 117(1) or both CHM 160(4) and CHM 161
    3. MTH 135 or a higher numbered mathematics course listed in the Quantitative Literacy requirement of general education
    4. PSY 121(3)
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Related Requirements: DTN 240(3), DTN 430(3), BMS 307(4), 308(4), 450(3), 567(4); PSY 200(3)
    2. Athletic Training Requirements: ATC 220(1), 221(2), 224(4), 225(1), 240(2), 241(2), 320(3), 324(4), 326(3), 328(4), 329(4), 332(2), 340(2), 341(2), 344(4), 354(4), 420(3), 425(2), 440(2), 441(2)
    3. Upon acceptance into the major, students will be required to fulfill six (6) semesters of clinical experiences. Students must receive a satisfactory clinical evaluation score for each experience. All students will be required to complete the following clinical experiences:
      1. One fall pre-season experience
      2. One fall season of interscholastic or intercollegiate football
      3. At least one (two preferred) semester assigned to University intercollegiate team experiences
      4. At least one (two preferred) semester at an affiliated sports medicine clinic
      5. At least one (two preferred) semester at an affiliated high school
      6. Two semesters of integrated interprofessional health care experiences
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of ATC 320(3).

  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
  4. The AT Program faculty will retain the right to consider mitigating circumstances relative to all program requirements (admissions, retention, course prerequisites, etc.) and may alter one or more of these requirements for admission and program progression. Should a student's academic sequence be interrupted for any reason, that individual must meet with the AT Program faculty to determine the course of action. This decision will be on an individual basis, taking the situation and circumstances into consideration.