Athletic Training Prospective Students



Admission Process:

The prerequisites for admission into the Athletic Training program are as follows:

  1. MOV 217*
  2. MOV 218*
  3. ATH 210*
  4. MOV 300*
  5. Current First Aid and CPR certification
  6. Proof of current immunizations as defined by the CDC for healthcare workers
  7. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  8. One semester attendance at GVSU

* Students must receive a B or better in all prerequisite coursework.

Once the above criteria have been met, the student is eligible to apply for admission into the program. Admission is competitive and is based on:

  1. Written test**
  2. Practical test**
  3. Admission Application
  4. Interview
  5. Recommendations
  6. Successful completion of criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen
  7. Technical Standards (individuals must be able to perform all technical standards of the Athletic Training Program)

**Students must receive a 70% or higher to qualify for an interview.

Technical Standards for Admission

The Athletic Training Program at Grand Valley State 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 (ATP) 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. The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the ATP. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without 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 certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the ATP 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.

Assessed by completion of pre-requisite courses, as indicated by the current catalog, with a GPA of a 3.0 or better

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. 

Ability to lift a 25 lb weight
Ability to perform CPR
Successful completion of a physical examination completed by a physician

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.

Satisfactory performance in the application interview
Satisfactory performance on the application essays

4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

Satisfactory performance on the application essays
Satisfactory performance on the journal submissions

5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

Satisfactory performance in the application interview
A minimum score of 70% on both the written and practical skills on entrance exams

6. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

Satisfactory performance in the application interview
Satisfactory letters of recommendation

7. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Satisfactory performance in the application interview
Satisfactory letters of recommendation

We recognize that degrees of ability vary widely between individuals. Those with a disability are encouraged to discuss this with the Office of Academic Support (OAS) and the Athletic Training Program Director so that jointly, they may consider technological and other facilitating mechanisms necessary to train and function effectively as an athletic trainer. The Department of Movement Science is committed to enabling its students to complete the course of study in athletic training by any reasonable means or accommodations.

If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the student will be asked to meet with the Office of Academic Support (OAS) to determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review of whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences, and internships deemed essential to graduation.


Page last modified September 15, 2014