Anyone with a bachelor’s degree who meets the prerequisites listed below is eligible to apply for admission to the professional AT degree program. Students in the final year of their bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply prior to graduation with formal admittance to the program dependent on the successful completion of the bachelor’s degree. The Athletic Training program supports and abides by the University’s mission and vision for equity, inclusion, and diversity. The admission criteria and prerequisite coursework are outlined below.


Application Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree program from an accredited university prior to beginning the program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the undergraduate degree
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a certified athletic trainer (ATC)
  • Personal statement
  • Meet program technical standards (pdf) with or without accommodations as required by the CAATE accreditation standards 64 and 65
  • Minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteering and/or observation under an AT within 2 years prior to program application. Documentation of clinical hours must be verifiable on the official program application
    • Please note that hours obtained under the supervision of a physical therapist do NOT count unless the individual is dual credentialed as an ATC/PT
    • Applicants may use the MATRN Observation Hours Template (doc) to document clinical hours.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years
  • Satisfactory completion (C- or better) of the following prerequisite coursework (course syllabi must be submitted to the Program Director with the application):


Prerequisite Coursework

Biological Science | 12 quarter hours

  • Human Anatomy
    Minimum content requirements: Human anatomy with study of skeletons and models.
  • Human Physiology
    Minimum content requirement: Human physiology with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms

Exercise Science | 12 quarter hours

  • Exercise Physiology
    Minimum content requirement: Understanding of factors affecting the physiological function of the body related to exercise and physical performance.
  • Biomechanics/Anatomical Kinesiology
    Minimum content requirement: Anatomical and mechanical bases of physical activity with emphasis on the analysis of sport and exercise skills.
  • Nutrition
    Minimum content requirement: Basic principles of human nutrition with emphasis on the nutrients and factors that affect their utilization in the human body.

Chemical Science | 12 quarter hours

  • General Chemistry
    Minimum content requirements: Completion of introductory general chemistry series.


Criteria for Admission

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full or April 1, 2019, whichever comes first. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application by January 15, 2019 as there are a limited number of spots available in each cohort. Students interested in applying to the program should visit OSU Office of Admissions

A review board consisting of the Athletic Training Program Director, Clinical Education Coordinator, AT faculty, and preceptors will evaluate each application to the professional program. Formal notification of admission to the AT program will be made by the AT Program Director via email correspondence. The OSU Graduate School will also notify the student of their admission to the Graduate School.  In addition, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences Manager of Graduate Admissions, Applications and Recruitment will contact each applicant regarding the process of admissions and the application status throughout the progression.

Applicants who are not admitted to the program will receive notification of this decision. Students may be wait listed and if a vacancy should become available prior to commencement of the program in the summer, these students will be informed of the opportunity to join the program.