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Athletic Training Program The content below is information specific to this academic department's fields of interest.

About the Department

Muskingum University offers a degree program leading to a BA in Athletic Training.  The Athletic Training Program (ATP)is accepting students who wish to sit for the Board of Certification exam for Athletic Trainers.  The ATP is pursuing accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Athletic Training Program is to provide a quality classroom and clinical experience that prepares students to successfully sit for their Board of Certification exam and take their place as a medical professional all done in the context of a liberal arts education.  In line with the mission of Muskingum University we will help develop whole persons who can think critically, behave ethically, and engage socially so that they may lead vocationally productive, personally satisfying, and socially responsible lives.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the ATP our students will:

  • be prepared to pass the Board of Certification examination
  • to prepare students for professional practice by demonstrating the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice as identified by the 5th edition of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies (Primacy of the Patient, Team Approach to Practice, Legal Practice, Ethical Practice, Advancing Knowledge, Cultural Competence, and Professionalism).
  • to prepare students for graduate studies and entry into the Athletic Training workforce in any chosen clinical setting
  • be prepared to be a lifelong learner in both the professional and personal realm

Entrance requirements

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Athletic Training Program (ATP) enter Muskingum University identified as Pre-Athletic Training students.  Pre-AT students spend their first year at Muskingum fulfilling requirements that allow the student to apply for formal admission.  Applications for admission to the ATP are due by April 1 of each year.

Admission to the ATP is highly competitive.  Admission to Muskingum University and fulfillment of the requirements to apply does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  Depending on the slots available up to 15 students are accepted each year.  Those accepted into the formal ATP complete an intense three year regimen including classroom and laboratory instruction as well as clinical rotations.

Each student who applies is interviewed by a Selection Committee.  Once spring semester grades are posted final decisions are made by the committee.  All applicants are notified of their success during the summer.  If accepted into the program students are required to accomplish specific tasks during the summer in anticipation of beginning the formal part of the program in the fall of their second year.  Failure to complete the tasks may jeopardize the retention of the slot a student has been accepted into.

Requirements for application:

*Course work: 

                  ATHT 110, ATHT 120, HLTH 200, PHED 149, PSYC 101, HLSC 101, ENGL 121

                  First-year GPA at least 2.75

                  No AT major course grade below a C

*Must have mastered all required competencies in courses taken during first year

 *Must pass the Candidate Assessment quiz

*Must complete Directed Observation (shadowing experiences)

                  Required to attend a practice and competition from a list of sports as part of the AT staff

*Completion of technical standards form (see link below)

*Submission of Recommendation Assessment Forms (2 recommendations)

*Interview with Selection Committee (interview granted if only if requirements are met)

*Application submitted to the ATP Director by April 1


Once accepted Athletic Training students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and must not have a grade in the AT major below a “C”.  If this standard is not met the student may not be permitted to progress through the program until progression standards have been achieved.

Students accepted must also arrive each fall having met all program requirements including but not limited to immunizations and current valid CPR training.

Important Information

Technical Standards

Communicable Disease Policy