The Ball State University Athletic Training Program
has selective admission requirements.
The pre-professional program begins in the fall or spring semester of
the freshman year with formal application to the professional program due in
the spring application cycle. Transfer
students, BSU students who have earned at least 30 credits, and students not
admitted in the spring semester may apply during the fall application
cycle. Decisions are made by the
Athletic Training Program Selection Committee before the end of registration
for the following semester.
Students must meet the following requirements to be
considered for admission into the Athletic Training Professional Program:
- Formal letter of application
- Completion of the Ball State University Athletic
Training Program Application and all related documents. This includes the essay questions, Mid-Term
Grade Report, Confidential Recommendation Waiver, and Clinical Education
Statement of Understanding. Please refer
to application resources to access these forms.
- Completion of AT 196, AT 240, and AQUA 260 (with
a grade of no less than B-). Completion
of ANAT 201 (with a grade of no less than C).
These courses must be completed or in progress at the time of
- Students must have valid emergency cardiac care
certification upon entry into the professional phase of the program.
- Students must complete one academic year (two
semesters) at Ball State (one semester for transfer students) with a minimum
overall grade-point average of 2.75.
- Copy of all official transcripts.
- Minimum of 25 hours of athletic training
directed observation during the semester in which the application is
submitted, with a minimum of 50 directed observation hours completed at the
time of program interview. These hours
are initially coordinated through AT 196.
- Two letters of recommendation (from individuals
who are not BSU faculty/staff).
- Pre-Professional Student Evaluation Form (completed by BSU preceptors).
- Interview with the Athletic Training Program
admitted to the program, and prior to beginning the professional phase of the
program, students are required to obtain a physical examination from the Health
Center (or another provider) and submit the “Medical Examination Verification”
form which includes immunization records.
Students must have (or be in the process of receiving) the immunizations
recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for
Healthcare Workers. This includes: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Varicella,
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), and Hepatitis B. Students meet be able to meet the technical
standards set forth by the Ball State University Athletic Training Program. The “Medical Examination
Verification” document also includes the “Technical Standards” form, which must
be read and signed by both the student and a physician.
Once admitted into the athletic training program, the students' academic and clinical progress will be evaluated each semester. The student who continues to demonstrate satisfactory academic and clinical progress in the program will continue to the next semester. If an unsatisfactory report in either the clinical or academic aspects is noted, the student will be placed on probation for one semester to remedy the deficiencies. If these deficiencies are not corrected, the student may be dismissed from the athletic training program. In this case, students will be removed or prevented from taking athletic training-caption courses as well as removed or prevented from engaging in clinical education. This decision is made by the Program Director in conjunction with the Retention Committee (consists of those same faculty/staff on the Athletic Training Selection Committee). Actions on behalf of the Retention Committee will documented and discussed with the student.
If a student is found to be in violation of a Ball State University Athletic Training Program Handbook policy, the NATA Code of Ethics, or the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, if the student demonstrates academic dishonesty or professional misconduct, the situation will be reviewed with the Retention Committee and appropriate actions (warning, probation, dismissal from program) will be taken. Depending on the committee’s decision, student may be removed or prevented from taking athletic training-caption courses as well as removed or prevented from engaging in clinical education. Actions on behalf of the Retention Committee will documented and discussed with the student.
Students who withdraw from the athletic training program will need to re-apply to be re-admitted. On an individual basis, the written application materials to be submitted may be slightly modified (as approved by Athletic Training Program Selection Committee).
The following guidelines will be used to evaluate each student at the end of each semester in order to remain in good standing in the athletic training program:
Must satisfy (with or without accommodation) the mental, cognitive, emotional, and physical technical standards involved in completing the requirements for program completion.
Students must maintain active student membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 with no semester lower than a 2.5. A student dropping below this mark will be placed on probation for one semester. Failure to meet this standard after one semester on probation may result in dismissal from the athletic training program.
Must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the Athletic Training Program (including all major-required courses).
Students must earn a “C” or better in all athletic training major courses. Any student who receives a grade lower than a "C" in any athletic training course will be required to retake the course.
Students must complete, at the level of mastery, the designated number of clinical integration proficiencies (CIPs) every semester contained in the Clinical Integration Proficiency Manual and specified by the student’s Clinical Education in Athletic Training course syllabus. If a student completes a CIP, but fails to perform at the level of mastery, the student is required to repeat and master that CIP within that semester. If a student fails to complete the designated number of CIPs performed at the level of mastery for a given Clinical Education in Athletic Training course, the student will received a grade penalty in the course and be placed on probation in the program.The student will be required to perform the deficient CIP(s) at the level of mastery in the following semester. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.
Successful completion (at least 80%) of annual OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training, HIPAA training, and the Ball State University Athletic Training Program Handbook Quiz prior to engaging in clinical education.
Maintain current certification in emergency cardiac care, at the level of a professional rescuer or healthcare provider (adult and pediatric).
Remain compliant with requirements related to clinical education (e.g., TB testing, influenza vaccination, criminal background check).
All students are required to abide by the policies and procedures contained in the Ball State University Athletic Training Program Handbook, including the NATA Code of Ethics and the BOC’s Standards of Professional Practice. Any violations of these policies, any case of academic dishonesty or professional misconduct can result in probation or dismissal from the program.
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