ATP Admission Requirements

ATP Admission Requirements

Athletic Training Program Admission Requirements

  1. 3.0 Overall GPA
  2. 3.0 Major GPA (Rowan University Pre-Athletic Training Students): No grade lower than a C in any of the Pre-Athletic Training major/pre-requisite courses.
  3. Pre-requisite Courses: Rowan University students will accrue these courses as part of the Pre-Athletic Training Curriculum. No grade lower than a C will be accepted in any of the courses listed below.
    1. Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credits with lab): The Human Anatomy and Physiology requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking BIO10210 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO10212 Anatomy and Physiology II
      1. If Human Anatomy and Physiology are taken as separate courses, then one semester each of Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology with Lab are required.
    2. Biology with Lab (4 sh): THe biology requirement can be fullfilled at Rowan University by taking MCB01101 Foundations Bio 1 and MCB L1101
    3. Chemistry with lab (4 sh): The chemistry requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking CHEM 05100 Essentials of Chemistry
    4. Physics with lab (3-4 sh): The physiology requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking PHYS00150 Physic for Everyday Life or PHYS00210 Physics I – no calc
    5. Introduction to Biomechanics (3 sh): The Introduction to Bioemchanics requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking HES00346 Introduction to Biomechanics
    6. Exercise Physiology with lab (4 sh): The Exercise Physiology requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking HES00345 Exercise Physiology with Lab
    7. Nutrition (3-4 sh): The Nutrition requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking NUT00415 Nutrition for Fitness
    8. Statistics  (3-4 sh) One course to include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics or research design. The statistic requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking STAT02260 Statistic I
    9. General Psychology (3 sh): The General Psychology requirement can be fulfilled at Rowan University by taking PSY0107 Essentials of Psychology
  4. 50 Hours of Athletic Training Clinical Observation Hours
    1. Rowan PreAT students will complete a portion of these hours during the PreAT curriculum courses. All students, including non-PreAT students (those with an undergraduate degree), must complete hours within an Athletic Training Clinic and have hours certified by a Licensed Athletic Trainer in order to be considered for acceptance to Athletic Training Program.
  5. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  6. Interview.  Each student must complete a face-to-face interview with the selection committee. A score of at least 70% is needed to be eligible for entry into the Professional Phase of the program. The grading criteria for the interview are as follows:

All native Rowan University students (freshman & transfers without a Bachelor's Degree) must meet all the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Studies at the time of application and prior to being fully accepted into the Professional Preparation Athletic Training Program. Please see Pre-Athletic Training Program curriculum. All classes in bold are BS in Athletic Training Studies major classes.  The criteria is no grade lower than a C in these courses and the student must have the required 3.0 overall and 3.0 major GPAs.

Technical Standards

The following technical standards are signed as part of the final acceptance to the athletic training program, prior to athletic training students performing any hands-on duties.

The Athletic Training Program at Rowan University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC, Inc exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:

  1. the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  2. sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  3. the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  4. the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  5. the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  6. the perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the Athletic Training Program as outlined and sequenced.
  7. flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  8. affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Final Acceptance Criteria
The RUATP's maximum capacity is 20 students for junior level admission; however the actual number is based on the number of clinical assignments available during a given year. It usually ranges between 18-20 students. Students are rank ordered and the highest rated students are accepted into the athletic training program. It is possible that a student may minimally achieve all academic and clinical observation requirements but does not fall within the available clinical assignment slots for the next academic year. If this occurs the student cannot be accepted into the Professional Phase component of the program. For example, if there are 20 clinical assignment slots available and a student is ranked 21st, even though they meet all application requirements, this 21st person cannot be accepted into the athletic traiing rogram. Doing so would exceed the 8:1 ratio. The score for rank ordering is calculated as follows:

Application Calculation Sheet

Students must also meet ALL admission requirements before being eligible to apply to the ATP

  • Overall GPA- 40 points
    4.0=40 pts. 3.0=30 pts. 2.0=20 pts 1.0=10 pts <1.0=0 pts
    Applicant Subsection total ________________
  • Major GPA - 40 points
    4.0=40 pts. 3.0=30 pts. 2.0=20 pts 1.0=10 pts <1.0=0 pts
    Applicant Subsection total ________________
  • Letters of Recommendaton - 30 points
    Outstanding=30 pts Good= 20 pts. Fair= 10 pts. Poor = 1 pt 
    Applicant Subsection total ________________
  • Interview- 30 points
    100%=30 pts 90%=20 pts 80%=10 pts 71%=5 pt <70%=0 pts
    Applicant Subsection total ________________
  • Clinical Observation Hour Completion -- 30 points
    50 hours = 30 points, <50 hours = 0 pts and termination of application process                        Applicant Subsection total ________________
  • Applicant's Total for Acceptance into the ATP ____________________/170
    All scores are converted to a percentage based on 100% and the average score is taken.

Final acceptance for students appplying from the Pre-Athletic Training program does not occur until all grades are in at the end of the application year's spring semester.  Students not meeting all admission requirements at the end of the spring semester for which they are applying with have their conditional acceptance withdrawn and they will not be accepted into the athletic training program.  For example, if a student receives a C- in Foundations in Sports Medicine III that student will not be formally acccepted into the athletic training program because the minimum grade for acceptance is a C. External students that possess a Bachelor's degree and mee all athletic training program pre-requisites will be notified by April 1 of the application year. 

Pre-Athletic Training Students conditionally accepted (occurs in March of application's year) into the ATP must by May 1 of the application year provide the following:
1. Proof of CPR and First Aid certification if cards were not available during the application process
2. Proof of NATA membership. Please go to:

3. Proof of ATrack subscription. This is needed because the ATP uses ATrack to track clinical experiences. Please go to: