College of Health Professions

Department of Kinesiology

Athletic Training Major

Criteria for Admission

Seven criteria are evaluated as part of the admission process in accepting students into the Athletic Training Education Program:

1. Overall GPA – Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in their college courses to be able to apply to the ATEP.

2. Prerequisite Courses GPA – Six classes (KNES 291, KNES 235,BIOL 190, HLTH 103, HLTH 101 and PSYC 101) are used to calculate the prerequisite courses GPA.

3. Observation Hours – Students are assigned by the ATEP coordinator or clinical coordinator of education to a variety of clinical settings at Towson University, which include athletic training rooms, athletic practices and competitive events, to gain valuable directed observation hours.

4. Letters of Recommendation – Students seeking admission into the ATEP will be asked to secure two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their personality, academic success, intellectual abilities and clinical abilities.

5. Interview – Candidates seeking admission to the ATEP are given a formal interview conducted by the Athletic Training Admission Committee.

6. Essay – Applicants will submit a one-page essay explaining their reasons for pursuing the major in Athletic Training.

7. Clinical Skills Worksheet – Students are expected to complete the clinical skills worksheet during the course of the academic year (September - March). The worksheet will consist of skills that each student should be proficient in performing (i.e. making an ice bag, taping an ankle, wrapping a thigh)

In addition to the evaluation criteria, the following must be completed and turned in to the program coordinator prior to beginning clinical hours:

  1. Program application
  2. Acceptance of technical standards
  3. Verification of health status form

Acceptance into the program is based upon the stated criteria and the number of available openings in the program. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Offers of admission into the ATEP are presented on a competitive basis to those individuals who are most qualified. Students must apply for admission to the program by the second Friday of May in the spring term. Candidates will be notified of acceptance/rejection in the first week of June by mail.

Appeal Procedures

Students who are not admitted into the program can re-apply three times, but it will still take six terms to complete the required class and clinical workload. If the student does not maintain an overall GPA of 2.00, a C or better in all didactic athletic training courses, and a grade of satisfactory in all clinical courses, the student will be placed on probation for one year. If the student does not rectify the stated deficiency within the one-year period the student will be dropped from the program.


Department of Kinesiology
Burdick Hall, Room 120
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Telephone: 410-704-2376
Fax: 410-704-3912




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