Undergraduate Athletic Training Admissions and Retention Requirements

Admission Requirements (effective Fall 2015)


Admissions Note

Athletic Training Education is moving to master’s level, meaning that individuals wishing to become a certified athletic trainer and sit for the National Board of Certification examination must graduate from an accredited professional Masters program.

Due to the elimination of undergraduate athletic training programs nation-wide, the Spring 2018 Semester will be the last semester that applications will be accepted. Students wishing to graduate with a major in athletic training must be admitted via the selection process outlined below and provided an athletic training cohort code no later than the Spring 2018 semester and must begin the professional phase of the program no later than the Fall of 2018; no deferred applicants will be considered.

Students who plan to become Certified Athletic Trainers and can not meet the above deadlines should plan to apply to an Athletic Training Masters program, WSU offers a program(http://www.weber.edu/athletictraining/graduateprograms.html). Students should elect to major in Athletic Therapy and will be eligible to apply to WSU’s Masters of Science in Athletic Training program.

  1. Before a student can be considered for the program, the following application requirements must be met:
    1. Admission to Weber State University
    2. Minimum 2.7 overall GPA
    3. Submit Athletic Training Program Student Application
    4. Submit Letter of Application
    5. Completion of 5 clinical observation hours (within AT 1500)
    6. Grade of B- or better in AT 1500 Introduction to Athletic Training (First Semester) 
    7. Grade of B- or better in AT 3300 Evaluation and Care of Musculoskeletal Injuries: Lower Extremities 
    8. Grade of B- or better in AT 3301 Evaluation and Care of Musculoskeletal Injuries: Upper Extremities 
    9. Interview with program faculty
    10. Complete Technical Standards form
    11. Submit unofficial transcripts from other colleges/universities attended
    12. Physical examination and proof of immunizations
    13. Current Emergency Response and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer cards
    14. Completion of the following Pre-requisite Courses with a grade of C or better:
    15. For students participating in varsity and club sports, a contract must be signed by both the student/athlete and his/her coach. The contract stipulates that AT students may participate in one sport only, beginning with their first clinical year in the AT Program. More details can be found in the AT Program Student Handbook.

*ZOOL 2100/2200 (Human Anatomy/Physiology may be substituted for HTHS 1110/1111)

Provider Name Course Title
American Heart Association ACLS
American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider
American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
American Safety and Health Institute CPR for Professionals
Emergency Care and Safety Institute Health Care Provider CPR
National Safety Council Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers
  Note: After formal admission to the Athletic Training program, students are required to complete an FBI background check and drug test. The expenses, approximately $75, will be paid for by the student.
  1. Application deadline is the third Wednesday in February for consideration for each spring semester. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision based on cumulative WSU GPA through the fall semester. Applications may be obtained from the AT Program Director within AT 1500 only.
  2. Students interested in transferring from another institution or from another major at Weber State University must meet University and College transfer requirements and complete the same requirements as freshmen in the Athletic Training Program.

Selection Process

  1. All applicants will be ranked using a numerical scale on the following criteria:
    1. Cumulative Overall GPA
      [0-4 weight in selection formula = 20%]
    2. AT 1500 - Introduction to Athletic Training (First Semester) grade
      [0-4 weight in selection formula = 20%]
    3. AT 3300 Evaluation and Care of Musculoskeletal Injuries: Lower Extremities grade [0-4 weight in selection formula = 20%]
    4. Letter of Application [0-4 weight in selection formula = 15%]
    5. Strength of athletic training student’s commitment as reflected in interview responses. [0-4 weight in selection formula = 25%]
  2. Students receiving the highest scores in the rating process will be invited to enter the athletic training major. The selection committee is comprised of the AT Program faculty and Weber State University AT students and/or preceptors. Approximately twenty students can be chosen to enter the major each year, in compliance with accreditation guidelines concerning preceptor-to-student ratios. Selection into the AT Program is competitive and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  3. Applicants not invited to enter the athletic training program may reapply the following year. All applicants who eventually re-apply must meet all requirements in effect at the time of application. Students are encouraged to contact the AT Program Director for current admission requirements.
  4. All students selected for athletic training program must provide evidence of being able to meet the Technical Standards for Admission of the programOnly those students who verify that they can meet those technical standardswith or without reasonable accommodations, will be allowed to enter the program.


Summary of Program Fees


Retention Requirements

  1. After students are selected into the Athletic Training Major, retention in the program will be based on the following criteria:
    1. Grade ‘B-” or better in all athletic training major courses (includes clinical application courses).
    2. Grade “C” or better in all the professional knowledge and support courses.
    3. Students must maintain an overall Weber State University GPA of 2.7.
    4. Students must maintain a semester GPA of 3.0.
    5. Adhere to Athletic Training Policies and Procedures.
    6. Adhere to AT Program AT Student Handbook Policies.
  2. Students who fail to meet the retention criteria will be placed on probation in the Athletic Training major for one semester. If standards are not met by the end of the probationary period, the student may be dismissed from the major at the discretion of the program director. Students who receive any grade below a “B-” in an athletic training major course, or below a “C” in any professional knowledge course, and/or support course must repeat that course and receive the minimum grade or higher to remain in the major. Failure to repeat the course (when offered) will result in dismissal from the program. Athletic Training Policies and Procedures are available in the athletic training student handbook.
  3. Students who fail to earn a minimum grade of “B-” or higher in any clinical application or major required course will not be allowed to progress in the AT Program until they repeat the course and receive a grade of “B-” or higher. Students may only repeat a class once; failure to earn the minimum grade on the second attempt will result in dismissal from the program.
  4. Athletic Training Majors may NOT enroll in the on-line offerings of the athletic training courses. Students WILL NOT receive credit towards the major requirements for on-line AT courses (those which begin with notation “AT”). If a student has taken any on-line AT courses, prior to or following secondary admission to the AT Program, the student must retake those courses in the traditional face-to-face classroom setting. The hands-on skills taught in these classes are vital to the education of athletic training students.