During the Pre-AT program, students will need to complete several requirements to
be considered for admission to the ATP. At the completion of the Pre-AT program, students
seeking admission into the athletic training major are required to have completed
the following courses:
BIOL 191 Introductory Biology for the Health Professions (4)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
KNES 235 Individualized Fitness (3)
KNES 291 Introduction to Athletic Training (3)
HLTH 103 EMC, First Aid, and Safety (3)
These courses are used to calculate the Prerequisite Courses Grade Point Average (GPA).
The Pre-AT student will make formal application, which includes all of the materials
stated below, to the coordinator of the ATP no later than the second Friday in May.
- Official transcripts
- Directed observation hours
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Clinical Skills Worksheet
Prospective students must also submit the following materials as part of the screening
- Program application (including personal statement)
- Signed technical standards verifying that, with appropriate accommodation, they meet
the technical standards for an entry-level athletic trainer
- Verification of health status form (signed by the applicant’s health care provider).
Several criteria are evaluated as part of the admission process in accepting students
into the ATP and students must also meet the technical standards set forth by the
ATP for admission to this program.
ATP Admissions Guidelines
Transfer students must submit an official copy of their transcript to show completion
of equivalent course work at their previous institutions. Students transferring to
the Athletic Training Program need to provide documentation that they have satisfied
the clinical competencies and proficiencies addressed in KNES 291. Students need to
provide verification that they have satisfied these required skills at the sending
institution under the direction of a Towson University-approved clinical instructor.
If verification is not available, the student will meet with the Director of the ATP
and work through the checklist. If the student has not been exposed to, and evaluated
in, these proficiencies, the student will need to complete KNES 291 at Towson University.
Students planning to transfer into this program are encouraged to utilize the transfer
planning and course equivalency resources available through the Transfer Student Center. Because appropriate transfer course selection is an important component of timely
degree completion, we highly encourage transfer students to contact the TSC early
in their undergraduate studies. Early transfer planning can help ensure a seamless
transfer experience and reduce the likelihood of delayed graduation.
Athletic Training Coordinator
Dr. Emily Hildebrand
Master of Science in Athletic Training
Information for Freshmen and Transfer Students
To comply with the nationally required professional degree, a Master of Science in
Athletic Training, Towson University will be discontinuing its undergraduate major
and has proposed a graduate program which is presently under review. Information
regarding this nationwide professional degree change can be found HERE.
What degree should you now pursue to become an Athletic Trainer?
The department recommends that students interested in this career field pursue a Bachelor
of Science in Exercise Science. This degree program will allow students interested in a variety of healthcare professions
to complete the prerequisite coursework necessary for entry into a graduate-level
Athletic Training Program.
What does this change mean for you?
When you register for new student orientation, you should select Exercise Science
as your preferred area of study. If you have any questions about this change, please
contact Emily Hildebrand, the Athletic Training Program Coordinator at ehildebrand AT_TOWSON or 410-704-3174.
Prior to the start of coursework for the proposed Master of Science in Athletic Training,
students will be expected to complete the prerequisite coursework listed below. As
part of the application process, students will need to submit transcript(s) as evidence of completing the following 11 courses with a grade of "C" or better.
Biology (100 level) - 4 credits minimum
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) - 4 credits minimum
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab) - 4 credits minimum
Chemistry (with lab) - 4 credits minimum
Physics (with lab; does not have to be calculus based) - 4 credits minimum
Basic Statistics - 3 credits minimum
Nutrition - 3 credits minimum
Human movement (Biomechanics) - 3 credits minimum
Exercise Physiology - 3 credits minimum
Psychology of Exercise or Sport - 3 credits minimum
Public Health - 3 credits minimum