|Athletic Training Admissions|
Students interested in the AT Program must go through an observation and application process. Admittance to the program occurs at the conclusion of the fall semester. Students must enroll in AT 180: Fundamentals of Athletic Training and BI 101: Introduction to Biology I, and complete a 75-hour observation period prior to making their application for the AT Program. All observation hours must be completed prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The observation period is divided into a series of six major rotations. Students are assigned to each of the six staff Approved Clinical Instructors (ACIs). They will have the opportunity to shadow each ACI through various clinical and sport assignments. Each rotation will last approximately two weeks and students are required to observe ten hours with their assigned ACI. Labs and approved athletic training functions count towards observation hours. Students can expect to be given a schedule of their rotations after they have communicated their intentions to apply to the AT Program to the Program Director (PD). Following each rotation, students will be evaluated by their assigned ACI. These evaluations count towards the weighted criteria for admission to the AT Program.
After the completion of the approximately 12-week rotation period and the accumulation of 75 observation hours, students are eligible to make their application to the AT Program. In order to apply, students must obtain an application from the PD and submit a letter of intent stating why they desire an Athletic Training Major along with three letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation should be non-familial and from three different sources. All observation hours and applications are due prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday. After the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Athletic Training Staff will interview prospective ATSs. In addition, students must have a medical history and physical examination, provide a copy of their immunization record, and show proof that they have begun the Hepatitis-B vaccination series.
The number of applicants accepted and enrolled in the AT Program is limited by the 8:1 student/faculty ratio as recommended by CAATE, and by the highly individualized, “hands-on” nature of this program. The number of applicants chosen will be based on the number of empty slots in the program. Students that are not accepted in the AT Program are welcome to reapply the following fall semester.
Admission to the AT Program is competitive. For more information about the specific objective criteria that is involved in Admissions Requirements for the AT Program, please refer to the ATS Handbook.
Admission into the AT Program is based on the following criteria:
Admission to the AT Program is competitive and objective criteria must be established to justify the selection of qualified applicants into the program. Upon declaring intent to go through the application and observation period, students are provided with a checklist that states the criteria that must be successfully completed in order for the student to be considered for the program.
The final determination of students who will be admitted to the AT Program is based on the following criteria: cumulative GPA (25%), Freshman Rotation Evaluations (50%), and Interview (25%). Percentages will be calculated on each student. In the event that the number of slots is limited, these percentages will determine who is admitted. Fulfillment of the stated requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the AT Program.
Transfer students who desire an Athletic Training Major must go through the initial observation and application process outlined above. Their academic coursework and clinical education experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine the appropriate level at which the student should begin coursework within the AT Program. The AT Program does not accept Athletic Training courses from institutions that are not accredited by CAATE. For more information about Transfer Students, please refer to the ATS Handbook.
The AT Program at Limestone College is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. The technical standards set forth by the AT Program establish essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the program to achieve knowledge, clinical skills, and physical demands of an entry-level Athletic Trainer and to meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (CAATE). Students that apply to the AT Program must demonstrate a minimum level of physical and cognitive ability and fulfill the program's technical standards. All technical standards are in accordance with Limestone College's policies and procedures. For more information about Technical Standards, please refer to the ATS Handbook.
Costs Associated with the Athletic Training Major
For more information about the additional costs that are associated with the Athletic Training Major, please refer to the ATS Handbook.
Student-athletes are eligible to apply for admission to the AT Program; however, it is imperative that student-athletes and coaches understand that the clinical education component of the program will at times conflict with sports. ATSs participate in a structured sequence of academic and clinical education courses and in order to be successful in the program, they must be aware of the following requirements: