Admission & Retention Standards


Admission to the Pre-Professional Phase of the program follows the general undergraduate admissions criteria.  See Undergraduate Admissions for details concerning these requirements.

The following criteria must be met for a student to be eligible for admission into the pre-professional phase of the athletic training program:

  1. A high school diploma or the equivalent with a better-than-average achievement record in a college preparatory program including: chemistry (must include laboratory); biology (must include laboratory); mathematics (two mathematics courses - algebra required, geometry preferred); English (three years required - four years preferred).
  2. Academic transcripts must reflect an overall high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, in addition to a GPA of 2.5 in all science and math courses.
  3. Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) scores must be submitted.
  4. A health record must be submitted which indicates specific findings regarding applicant's complete physical exam.
  5. Complete the Common Application.

The Athletic Training Program employs a competitive secondary admissions process at the end of the third year (pre-professional/undergraduate phase).   Athletic training accreditation standards mandate that admission to the professional/graduate phase of the program be criteria-based. Therefore, meeting the coursework requirements does not guarantee a student admission into the professional/graduate phase of the program. The number of students admitted to the professional phase of the program on an annual basis is dictated by the number of available field experience sites and may vary slightly from year to year.  Please contact the program director for additional information

The following criteria must be met for a student to be eligible for admission into the professional (graduate) phase of the athletic training program:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Minimum classification of second-semester junior in good academic standing (internal candidates).
  3. External candidates must demonstrate completion of the following courses with a C or better: Human Anatomy & Physiology w/lab (8 cr), Exercise Physiology (3 cr), Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3 cr), Pathophysiology (3 cr), General Chemistry w/lab (4 cr), and General Physics w/lab (4 cr).
  4. Completion of a minimum of 40 observational hours under the supervision of an approved Clinical Preceptor (Athletic Trainer) in a traditional setting (i.e., high school or college).
  5. Successful completion of yearly OSHA-required blood borne pathogens safety training.
  6. Completion of the Professional Phase Application and formal interview with program faculty.
  7. Proof of full compliance with Westbrook College of Health Professions' Immunization Requirements.
  8. Proof of full compliance with the AT Program Technical Standards.
  9. Proof of current certification in Emergency Cardiac Care* that includes a minimum of the following:
    • Adult & Pediatric CPR
    • AED
    • 2nd Rescuer CPR
    • Airways Obstruction
    • Barrier Devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask)
    • *Courses that meet the minimum requirement include, but are not limited to, American Heart Association ACLS, American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider, and American Red Cross CPR/AED for the professional rescuer.
  10. Proof of current certification in Basic First Aid** that includes a minimum of the following:
    • Burns & Wounds
    • Splinting & Bone/Joint Injuries
    • Sudden Illness
    • Shock
    • Controlling Bleeding
    • Head/Neck/Back Injuries
    • Heat/Cold Emergencies
      ** Courses that meet the minimum requirement include, but are not limited to, American Red Cross First Aid Basics.
  11. All students transferring into the AT Program must meet all admissions requirements and complete the entire professional phase of the program.

See Undergraduate Admissions for details concerning first year admissions requirements.

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