Admission to Gardner-Webb University does not guaranteed admission to the Athletic Training Educational Program.
The following courses are required with a “C” (2.00) or higher for admission into the Athletic Training Educational Program:
- ATTR 101: Introduction to Athletic Training (1 hr.)
- ATTR 222: First Aid and Management of Acute Injuries and Illnesses (3 hrs.)
- BIOL 101: Human Biology (4 hrs.)
Additional Admission Criteria
- A minimum of 2.37 cumulative GPA
- Completion of an 60-hour observation period
- Submission of an application and an essay on the observation period
- Three letters of recommendation
- An interview with the Athletic Training Faculty and Staff
- Demonstration of those skills and traits (dependability, responsibility, initiative, and communication skills) that are mandatory for an entry level BOC certified athletic trainer
- Sign Athletic Training Student Handbook Agreement
- Verification of Physical Examination
- Verification of Technical Standards
- Verification of Bloodborne Pathogen and Disease Prevention Training
- Verification of Immunization Records
- Verification of the Hepatitis-B vaccination series
Admittance into the ATEP occurs each year at the conclusion of the spring semester. Any prospective athletic training student wishing to pursue a major in athletic training must successfully progress through a 10-week spring semester observation in order to be eligible for admittance into the program. Prospective athletic training students are encouraged to express their interest to the ATEP Director prior to or during the fall semester to be advised of the necessary requirements.
Observation consists of prospective athletic training students being assigned to staff approved clinical instructors allowing each student a wide range of experience while accumulating a minimum of 60 hours of observation. The student can obtain observation hours during morning, afternoons, evenings, or weekends based upon the schedule of the assigned approved clinical instructor.
At the completion of the 10-week observation period and following the accumulation of 60 observation hours, prospective athletic training students are eligible to apply to the ATEP. The process begins with completing an application form that is distributed during ATTR 101. In addition, three letters of recommendation and an essay on the observation experience are required. Lastly, proof of immunizations or a signed declination of vaccination(s) must be provided. Upon receiving all of the required information, an entrance interview will be conducted by the athletic training faculty and staff as well as a member of the Department of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies.
Following the interviews, prospective candidates will be selected and offered admission within the program contingent upon successful completion of required courses with required grades and an overall GPA of 2.37. Students not selected are encouraged to reapply to the program the following spring semester. Students will then begin the admission process from the beginning (ATTR 101).
Due to the competitive admission requirement of the program, the number of prospective athletic training students accepted each year into the program will vary. Total program enrollment is limited to a maximum of 36 students. The number accepted each year will be based upon the number of vacant spots available. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed based upon a student completing the observation period, but rather upon meeting all established criteria for acceptance.
Students accepted into the program continue their athletic training course work and clinical education the following fall semester.
All costs incurred with application and acceptance into the program are the athletic training student's responsibility. These costs include, but are not limited to:
- Uniform costs
- Health Insurance
- Background Checks
- Transportation to and front off-campus sites
- Supplies: fanny pack, scissors, etc
- Membership to athletic training organizations
- Liability/malpractice insurance
- Annual training/recertification fees as required by the ATEP
(i.e., CPR, Bloodborne Pathogen, etc.)
Any student wishing to transfer into the ATEP must submit transcripts, syllabi, and course descriptions to the ATEP Director for all athletic training classes for credit evaluation. All admission requirements contained within ATTR 101 must be met for admission into the ATEP. Classes containing cognitive competencies will be evaluated to see which, if any, fulfill the ATEP requirements. Classes containing psychomotor competencies will require a challenge examination. Course credit will be awarded after a student has taken the challenge examination and demonstrated proficiency of those competencies. The student will have the first semester of enrollment to take the challenge examination and demonstrate proficiency of psychomotor competencies.
For more information, please refer to the Athletic Training Student Manual.