Undergraduate Admission

Selective/Limited Admission Policies

Students apply to the School of Education and the Athletic Training Program concurrently. Students are selected for admission once a year. Submit an online application by February 4 and submit an application packet by May 1for fall semester admission. Students may be admitted on a provisional basis pending completion of any remaining prerequisite course work. The number of openings depends on the ratio of students to clinical instructors and may vary depending on current enrollment. If the number of applicants exceeds available openings, applicants are ranked by cumulative grade-point average (2.5 minimum), final grades in HSES 250 (exception for transfers), supervisor evaluations from HSES 251 (exception for transfers), recommendations from 3 former supervisors/mentors/teachers, and outcome of on-campus staff interview.  Selection begins with the highest ranking until all positions are filled.

Technical Standards for Admission

Athletic training is a rigorous and intense program that prepares graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals. The program’s technical standards establish the qualities necessary for students to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of entry-level athletic trainers. Students who cannot meet these standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, are not admitted. Students must comply with these standards to complete the program. Compliance with the technical standards and completion of this degree do not guarantee eligibility for the Board of Certification examination. Candidates must demonstrate

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, solve problems, formulate assessments and therapeutic judgments, and distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. Sufficient ability to perform appropriate accepted techniques of psychomotor skills and clinical proficiencies in athletic training.
  3. Sufficient ability to use equipment and materials accurately, safely, and efficiently during assessment and treatment of patients.
  4. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues including those from different cultural and social backgrounds.
  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  6. The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the program.
  7. Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and good patient care.
  9. The ability to record physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  10. Physical and mental health that permits meeting established technical standards (determined by physical examination).

Candidates must verify that they understand and meet these standards or that they can meet them with certain accommodations.

Transfer Student Policy

KU welcomes transfer students to the athletic training program if the following criteria are met:

  • Follow the university’s policy on transfer of credit.
  • Meet School of Education admission requirements and be accepted into the school.
  • Meet athletic training program admission requirements.
  • Be available for an on-campus interview in May.
  • Have previous experience of at least one semester working under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer, who serves as one of the three references for the application.
  • Complete HSES 351 during the first spring semester on campus.
  • Space must be available for additional students due to the program’s limited and selective admissions policy (if space is not available, the transfer student must apply during the next enrollment period).
  • Complete 800 hours of clinical experience while at KU to meet state of Kansas athletic training registration requirements.

Due to the structure and sequence of the athletic training program, transfer students who meet these requirements are admitted and placed in the sophomore (Level I) class. The only core AT course that may be transferred is HSES 250 or its equivalent. Program authorities reserve the right to accept or deny transfer of credit for athletic training courses.

Prerequisites for Admission

In addition to School of Education admission requirements, prospective students also must complete the following prerequisites for admission:

  1. Complete the following course work before admission, with no grade lower than a C in HSES, ENGL, MATH, and social science or arts/humanities elective, and a grade no lower than B– (80 percent) in
    HSES 250 and HSES 251
    ENGL 101 Composition (3)
    ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing (3)
    Social sciences or arts/humanities elective (3)
    MATH 101 Algebra (3) or a MATH course higher than MATH 101 excluding MATH 109 or MATH 110)
    BIOL 100 Principles of Biology (3)
    BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory (1)
    BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3)
    HSES 250 Introduction to Athletic Training (3)
    HSES 251 Introduction to Athletic Training Practicum (1) (transfer students complete this course in their first spring semester)
    HSES 260 Personal and Community Health (3)
    HSES 269 Introduction to Exercise Science (3)
  2. Admission to the School of Education must be granted. Conditional admission to the AT program pending admission to School of Education is possible. Contact the AT faculty to discuss specifics and options.
  3. Complete an application form for the athletic training education program.
  4. Submit copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or KU DPR form).
  5. Submit a letter of intent describing career goals and why the prospective student wishes to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (answer questions provided in the application packet).
  6. Submit completed recommendation forms from three professional references (past instructor, athletic trainer, physical therapist, doctor, etc.).
  7. Complete an on-campus interview.
  8. Provide proof of physical examination by a licensed physician (Use the form provided in the application packet; see Technical Standards for Admission and the Communicable Disease Policy in the Athletic Training Student Handbook. Physical exam must establish that the student meets the technical standards for admission.
  9. Provide official verification of immunization history including Hepatitis B vaccination series (first vaccination required), measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. Immunizations are available at Watkins Memorial Health Center
  10. Provide proof of tuberculosis skin test (available at Watkins Memorial Health Center).
  11. Provide proof of current American Red Cross CPR and First Aid certification.
  12. Adhere to technical standards for admission and complete the agreement form. Information on technical standards can be found in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.

Upon formal admission to the program, all students must provide proof of student membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and proof of student malpractice liability insurance. Proof of malpractice liability insurance is required before students begin the first clinical rotation.

Application packets for the athletic training program can be found in the Athletic Training Student Handbook or obtained in 161 Robinson Center, 785-864-5552. Applications are due no later than May 1.

The athletic training education program is nondiscriminatory with respect to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed, and veteran status.

Contact Info

Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences

Robinson Center
1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 104
Lawrence, KS 66045-7520
Joseph Weir, Chair
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