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First year students will be admitted to the BS in Exercise Science, Pre-AT and MS-Tract according to standard admissions procedures and policies within the institution. The Special Academic Status Policy for B.S. in Exercise Science, Pre-Athletic Training/ M.S. in Athletic Training is as follows, and will be published in both our graduate and undergraduate catalogues, posted on the admissions office web page, and as well on the AT program page within the coming months, as we look to recruit interested students for the FALL 2021-22 Academic year.

Screening Criteria

At the end of the junior year (May, Year 3), students will be screened for transition and retention into the graduate and professional phase of the dual degree program. Students will not be allowed to continue in the program until they have been evaluated as follows. Criteria and requirements to continue into the graduate and professional phase of the program include:

APPLICATION ESSAY ADDRESSING PROFESSIONAL GOALS AND INTENTION TO BECOME AN ATHLETIC TRAINER

  1. All essays will be reviewed by the AT program admissions/retention committee, which will consist of the director, clinical coordinator and 2 clinical faculty members.
  2. Essays will be scored on scale of 0 – 10 for technical presentation, style, formatting, expression and content.
  3. Averaged scores (of 4 reviewers) will represent 15% of each candidate’s application file, entered into a spreadsheet and recorded as part of the overall application.

COMPLETION AND VERIFICATION OF 60 CLINICAL OBSERVATION HOURS

  1. As part of successful completion of EXSS 31200 and 41200 (Pre-Healthcare Clinical Practicum I and II), students will be required to accrue 60 hours of observation in one of our athletic training facilities.
  2. Documentation of this requirement will be required and submitted as part of each student’s application for admission into the professional phase of the program.
  3. Clinical observation hours will count for 10% of each candidate’s application file, entered into a spreadsheet and recorded as part of the overall application.

SATISFACTORY PROFESSIONAL READINESS RATINGS (FROM FACULTY PRECEPTORS)

  1. As part of successful completion of EXSS 31200 and 41200 (Pre-Healthcare Clinical Practicum I and II), students will be evaluated by their supervising athletic trainer after completion of their observation hours (part “b”, above).
  2. Supervising ATs will rank each student they supervise either as “support matriculation into the MS/professional phase” or “cannot support matriculation into the MS/professional phase”, based on their behaviors, performance and attitude. Any AT providing a “cannot support…” ranking for a particular student will be asked to provide objective details and exemplars to support their ranking. Based on what is provided, follow up meetings may be held in order to secure more information or context for any unsatisfactory ratings.
  3. Supervising Athletic Trainer Readiness Ratings will count for 25% of each candidate’s application file, entered into a spreadsheet and recorded as part of the overall application. Candidates rated favorably will receive 25 points, and those rated unacceptable will receive ZERO points for this requirement.

VALID CPR/AED CERTIFICATION (FOR THE PROFESSIONAL RESCUER)

  1. Each student must have a current CPR/AED certification BEFORE staring the professional phase of the MS degree program (year 4). Students without evidence of this requirement during the review (May of junior year) will need to complete this requirement and demonstrate in-writing proof before August 1 of year 4 in order to initiate their clinical education in MSAT 50500 (Practicum in AT I).

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

Submission of signed, current physical examination and immunization records from a licensed medical professional (MD, DO, PA or NP). The program uses a Health Clearance Certificate form that must be signed and completed in full and submitted to the program as part of the admissions process. This includes:

  1. Each student must have current and up to date immunization records and physical examination (within 1 year of initiating clinical education) BEFORE staring the professional/clinical phase of the MS degree program (year 4).  Students without evidence of this requirement during the review (May of junior year) will need to complete this requirement and demonstrate in-writing proof before August 1 of year 4 in order to initiate their clinical education in MSAT 50500 (Practicum in AT I).
  2. Unless waived (submitting a signed waiver), students must submit medical proof of the following:
    • 2-step Tuberculin Skin Test (2 PPDs done in calendar year of application)
    • Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps vaccination
    • Chicken Pox vaccination
    • Physical examination testifying the physical ability to carry out demands of clinical education/practice.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND COURSE GRADES

Overall, cumulative G.P.A. greater than or equal to 3.0. More specifically:

  • Overall, cumulative GPA data will be multiplied by 10 and will count for 25% of each candidate’s application file, entered into a spreadsheet and recorded as part of the overall application.
  • Combined G.P.A. greater than or equal to 3.0 in EXSS 12000, EXSS 12100, EXSS 24600, EXSS 30600, EXSS 31200, EXSS 32100, EXSS 41100, EXSS 41200.
    • Class grade data for these classes will be multiplied by 10 and will count for 25% of each candidate’s application file, entered into a spreadsheet and recorded as part of the overall application.

Earned grades of C- or greater in the following courses: EXSS 12000, EXSS 12100, EXSS 12600, EXSS 22000, EXSS 24600, EXSS 30600, EXSS 31100 EXSS 31200, EXSS 32100, EXSS 37500, EXSS 41100, EXSS 41200, BIO 11900, PHYS 10100, CHEM elective, PSYC 10300, HLTH 21700.

  1. Achieving a grade below C- (D+, or less) will render applicants ineligible for admission into the graduate and professional phase of the program.
  2. Students may be admitted provisionally if they have deficiencies in this aspect of the portfolio but MUST retake the offending course(s) and achieve a grade of C- or better for each BEFORE the start of the year 4, fall semester. A maximum of 2 such courses is allowable for this provisionary status.

Weighting Methodology

  1. Once all required materials are submitted to the program, the weighted items (essay, observation hours, readiness rating, overall GPA, and select GPA) will be converted to points and tallied, based on a perfect score of 100.
  2. Students will then be ranked based on their point totals.
  3. Admission will be offered to the top ranked students, and based on the available number of spots in the program from year to year (maximum 10 or 12 at this time), with 2-3 waiting list candidates identified should accepted candidates defer or decline.

Final admission is based on a space available basis; not all students meeting all criteria are guaranteed a spot in the program.