Athletic Training Program

Admission and Retention Requirements

The Athletic Training Program has selective admission and retention requirements.

The following are minimum requirements for admission:

  • Completion of the Ball State University Athletic Training Program Application and all related documents (e.g., essay questions, Mid-Term Grade Report, Clinical Education Statement of Understanding). 
  • Students meet be able to meet the technical standards set forth by the Ball State University Athletic Training Program.  The Technical Standards Waiver (Appendix B) must be read and signed by both the student and a physician.
  • 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 application. 
  • Students must have valid emergency cardiac care as well as valid first aid certification (or higher) 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 hours at the time of application, with a minimum of 50 directed observation hours completed at the time of program interview.  These hours are coordinated through AT 196. 
  • Two letters of recommendation (from individuals who are not BSU faculty/staff). 
  • Pre-Professional Student Evaluation Form (completed by a BSU preceptor).
  • Interview with the Athletic Training Program Selection Committee. 

The following are retention requirements:

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. 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).

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:

  1. Must satisfy (with or without accommodation) the mental, cognitive, emotional, and physical technical  standards involved in completing the requirements for program completion.  See Appendix B for the Ball State University Athletic Training Program Technical Standards Waiver.
  2. Students must maintain active student membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  3. 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.
  4. Must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the Athletic Training Program (including all major-required courses). 
  5. 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.
  6. 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 or Practicum 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 or Practicum 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.   
  7. Successful completion (at least 80%) of annual OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training, HIPAA training, and the Ball State University Athletic Training Student Handbook Quiz prior to engaging in clinical education. 
  8. Maintain current certification in emergency cardiac care, at the level of a professional rescuer or healthcare provider (adult and pediatric).
  9. Remain in compliant with requirements related to clinical education (e.g., TB testing, influenza vaccination, criminal background check).
  10. All students are required to abide by the policies and procedures contained in the Ball State University Athletic Training Program Student Handbook, including the NATA Code of Ethics (Appendix C) and the BOC’s Standards of Professional Practice (Appendix D).  Any violations of these policies, any case of academic dishonesty or professional misconduct can result in probation or dismissal from the program.

Speak with some of our alumni and students on our Facebook page. They will be more than willing to tell you why they chose athletic training and Ball State. We hope to see you soon!

If you would like more information, contact Heather Melton.

Athletic Training Program
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP) Room 311
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5178
Fax: 765-285-8762
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