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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 accredited 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 Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of the ATP our students will:

Goal 1.  To be prepared to pass the Board of Certification examination


     Provide didactic coursework that addresses current content areas identified by the NATA Athletic Training Education Compentencies.

     Provide laboratory exercises that develop psychomotor skills consistent with the NATA Athletic Training Education Compentencies.

     Provide clinical experiences that allow the student to apply content mastered in the didactic and laboratory settings.

Goal 2.  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).


     Incorporate foundational behaviors in clinical practice

     Provide students opportunities for regular feedback of foundational behavior skill integration to enhance and promote their professional development.

Goal 3.  to prepare students for graduate studies and entry into the Athletic Training workforce in any chosen clinical setting


     Provide didactic coursework that addresses current content areas identified by the NATA Athletic Training Compentencies.

     Provide laboratory exercises that develop psychomotor skills consistent with the NATA Athletic Training Education Competencies.

     Provide clinical experiences that allow the student to apply content mastered in the didactic and laboratory settings.

     Provide students with exposures to a variety of different settings where athletic trainers are employed including emerging settings.

Goal 4.  Be prepared to be a lifelong learner in both the professional and personal realm.


     Provide students with the opportunity to identify, read, and design relevent research in the discipline

     Provide students with the necessary tools to conduct effective research.

     Provide students with the structure and framework to utilize an evidence-based practice model in the profession of Athletic Training.

     Provide students with the opportunity to write effectively as allied health professionals.

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, ATHT 170, HLTH 200, PSYC 101, HLSC 101, HLSC 110, 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.

Program Fees

Students who are accepted into the formal program are assessed a $100/semester fee.  This feel covers program expenses including, but not limited to, NATA membership, CPR training, program apparel, and expenses related to supplies used in certain courses.  In addition, during the course of the major, other expenses will be incurred.  These include required apparel, transportation costs to clinical sites, and optional attendance at professional meetings.  The program estimates these expenses to be on average $140 per year.

Important Information

Technical Standards

Communicable Disease Policy