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 Admission Requirements 



Requirements for Admission into the Professional Strand of the Athletic Training Major

Admission into the professional strand of the ATP is competitive. The number of seats in the program is limited because of the faculty to student ratio recommended for accreditation. Formal application to the professional strand of the ATP must be completed by March of the student's freshman (first) year on campus. Formal application for admission consideration requires the following evidence:

  • Completion of ERS 107 (Introduction to Athletic Training) at Slippery Rock University with a minimum grade of "B".
  • Completion of ERS 101 (Applied Anatomy) at Slippery Rock University with a minimum grade of a "B".
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above in Athletic Training major courses and overall.
  • Completion of 50 hours of athletic training observation under a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (these 50 hours may be accumulated with the start of the fall semester of the student's first year on campus). The 50 hours must also be verified by the supervising athletic trainer being observed.  Licensed physical therapists that also hold the BOC Certified Athletic Trainer credential may be observed as well.
  • Active membership in the Slippery Rock University Athletic Training Association.
  • Letter of application/intent, resume, and official SRU transcript or MySRU transcript printout of grades.
  • Completed Recommendation Form from the BOC certified athletic trainer who supervised the athletic training observation.
  • A 500-word essay on a topic to be announced each year. 

Other Important Information for Applying

  • Applicants will be ranked on the basis of GPA 
  • Top ranked applicants will be scheduled for a personal interview
  • Final admission decisions will be made on the basis of academic, personal, and professional qualifications as evidenced by the student's application materials and interview responses
  • Students will be notified of admission decisions by the end of the freshman (first) year
  • Because the number of applicants may exceed the available seats meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  This is a competitive admissions process.
  • Students who have been selected for admission to the ATP officially begin the professional strand of the major during the sophomore (second) year.

Policy for Retention in the Athletic Training Program

Students who are accepted into the professional strand of the ATP are required to satisfy didactic (classroom) and clinical educational requirements throughout their remaining semesters in the program. Failure to maintain the minimum requirements for these will result in probation. If the deficiencies are not corrected to the satisfaction to the faculty by the end of the probationary period, the student will be permanently suspended from the program. Upon recommendation of the faculty, students achieving compliance with the minimum standards following a probationary status will be permitted to complete the ATP (which may require additional semesters)

Additional Costs Related to the Athletic Training Program*

Required/approved Uniforms (minimum of one uniform shirt)
NATA Membership Annual Dues (Includes NATA, EATA & PATS)
SRU Athletic Training Association Annual Dues
Athletic Training Student Liability Insurance Annual Fee
Laboratory Fees (approximate)
PA Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Fingerprinting Clearance, Act 126, 2-step TB testing
 Minimum for transportation to off-campus clinical rotation (Cost dependent on location of assignment [range of 3 to 30 miles from SRU], cost of gas during specific semester of off campus assignment. (Some car pool opportunities may exist.)

*all costs are subject to change. 

Transfer students and upperclassmen 

The Athletic Training Education Program requires a minimum of 3.5 full years (seven semesters) of coursework and a clinical experience in a structured and sequenced curriculum.  Due to this rigorous program, transfer students and upperclassmen declaring a major in athletic training are placed at the freshman level.  As required for all other ATP students, transfer students and upperclassmen must complete the above application process and coursework.

        Slippery Rock University Tuition and Fees

Estimated costs for the current year can be found on the Financial Aid webpage.

For more information, contact Dr. Jackie Williams, Program Coordinator.

"SRU ATP made me work harder than I ever have in my life, but that made me a stronger person, and I learned so much along the way."

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Dr. Jackie Williams
Athletic Training Program Coordinator
315 Patterson Hall
(724) 738-2152