Requirements for Admission into the Professional Strand of the Athletic Training Major
Admission into the professional strand of the ATEP 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 ATEP 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 (40 off campus and 10 on campus) 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 ATC being observed. Licensed physical therapists that also hold the ATC credential may be observed as well.
- Active membership in the Slippery Rock University Athletic Training Association.
- Emphasis (Athletic Training) GPA of 2.75 or above.
- Letter of application/intent, resume, and SRU transcript.
- Completed recommendation form from the BOC certified athletic trainer who supervised the athletic training observation.
- A 500-word essay (written on a topic to be announced)
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 ATEP officially begin the professional strand of the major during the sophomore (second) year.
Policy for Retention in the Athletic Training Education Program
Students who are accepted into the professional strand of the ATEP 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 ATEP (which may require additional semesters)
Additional Costs Related to the Athletic Training Education Program
$40.00 Required/approved Uniforms (minimum of one uniform shirt)
$85.00 NATA Membership Annual Dues (Includes NATA, EATA & PATS)
$10.00 SRU Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Dues
$35.00 Athletic Training Student Liability Insurance Annual Fee
$25.00 Laboratory Fees (approximate)
$60.00 PA Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Fingerprinting Clearance
$50.00 Minimum for transportation to off-campus clinical rotation (Cost dependent on location of assignment [range of 3 to 22 miles from SRU], cost of gas during specific semester of off campus assignment, and opportunities to car pool.
*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 ATEP 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.