Admission to Gardner-Webb University does not guaranteed admission to the Athletic Training Program.
The following courses are required with a “C” (2.00) or higher for admission into the Athletic Training 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 Technical Standards
- Verification of Bloodborne Pathogen and Disease Prevention Training
- Verification of Immunization Records
- Verification of the Hepatitis-B vaccination series
Admittance into the AT Program 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 AT PD prior to or during the fall semester to be advised of the necessary requirements.
Observation consists of prospective athletic training students being assigned to preceptors 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 preceptor.
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 AT Program. 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 outside of the AT Program.
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 AT Program
(i.e., CPR, Bloodborne Pathogen, etc.)
Any student wishing to transfer into the AT Program must submit transcripts, syllabi, and course descriptions to the AT PD for all athletic training classes for credit evaluation. All admission requirements contained within ATTR 101 must be met for admission into the AT Program. Classes containing cognitive competencies will be evaluated to see which, if any, fulfill the AT Program 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.
University acceptance to pursue the Exercise Science major does NOT guarantee admission into the Exercise Science major. Formal application to the Exercise Science Major must be completed by the student according to the following procedures:
- It is the student’s responsibility to submit an Application to the Major form to the PEWSS Department Office (Bost 132) in the semester in which s/he is enrolled in 48 credit hours.
- The application must be submitted by October 1st in the Fall and March 1st in the Spring.
- Entering transfers from other universities or GWU students changing their major to Exercise Science with earned credits beyond 48 have a one-semester extension.
- By the beginning of the semester following application, students will receive notification of acceptance or denial to the major according to the following:
- Acceptance – The student has fulfilled all major requirements in the section Prerequisites to the BS Major Core in the Exercise Science Major (see MyWebb Audit), and has an overall and major GPA of 2.5. Once the student has been accepted into the Exercise Science Major, it will take the student at least four semesters to complete the curriculum, plus a six-credit internship.
- First Denial – Not fulfilling the requirements as stated above will result in a first denial. Failure to submit an application will also result in a first denial. Students who are denied for the first time are not permitted to take required upper level courses. Students must reapply for a second time the following semester.
- Second Denial – If students do not meet the requirements again, they are denied the second time. Failure to submit an application will also result in a second denial. In the case of a second denial, students are not retained in the major and their major is changed to Undecided. Students are not permitted to reapply to the Exercise Science Major for one year following a second denial. If after one year the student has an overall and major GPA of 2.5, s/he may reapply and repeat the application process as stated previously.