Major code BS8117
College of Health and Human Services
School of Recreation and Sport Sciences
Grover Center E172
Athens, OH 45701
Kristi White, contact person
Athletic Training as a Career
Athletic training is an allied health care profession specializing in the clinical diagnosis, immediate management, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. While athletic trainers are best known for providing health care services to high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, athletic trainers can also be found in orthopedic clinics, industrial settings, the military, hospitals, and physician practices. Each of these diverse settings maximizes the knowledge and skills provided by a licensed athletic trainer. If you are considering a career in health care and enjoy working with active, vibrant patients, then athletic training is the career for you.
Our Entry-Level Program
The entry-level athletic training education program (ATEP) began in 1972 and is currently accredited by the CAATE, the official accrediting agency for athletic training education programs. The program promotes development of the athletic training profession through research, publications, and professional meetings.
All students interested in Athletic Training Education (ATE) must be admitted into Ohio University with a designated major code of ND8142 (Preathletic Training). You must apply to and be accepted into the program following completion of the admission criteria. Transfer students must complete the transfer student application found on the Athletic Training Web site in addition to the regular application for admission to Ohio University. All transfer student applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the ATE program director.
- Students must complete the freshman athletic training courses that include: RSAT 155, 160, 165, 180A, 180B, 180C with a 3.0 average or higher.
- Students must successfully complete BIOS 103 OR BIOS 170 and 171 by the end of their first year so they would be eligible to complete BIOS 301A and 301B during fall (BIOS 170, 171 pre-req) OR BIOS 203, 204 (BIOS 103 pre-req) during winter (BIOS 203 and 204) of their sophomore year.
- Students must earn a minimum of 45 credit hours by the end of spring quarter of application year.
- Students must document at least 60 hours of athletic training observation at any athletic training site (must have verification from ATC at site).
- Students must complete and return the Athletic Training Education Program application to the entry-level Athletic Training Education Program Director, Ohio University, Grover Center E172, Athens, OH 45701 on or before May 1st. Application for the Athletic Training Education Program includes the completion of three recommendations. The application can be found on the athletic training Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/rsps/ohioated/application.htm.
- Students must complete an on-campus interview with the Athletic Training Education Selection Committee. Interviews are conducted after May 1st. Students who meet selection criteria are invited to interview.
- Students must have documentation of first aid and CPR certification, hepatitis B immunization, TB skin test, and a physical exam at the time of application.
- Students must meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) technical standards for admission found in the Athletic Training Education Program Policies and Procedures document, which is distributed in RSAT 155 or can be found on our Web site listed above.
Students accepted into the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) will receive a certified letter of acceptance and will be given two (2) weeks in which to accept or decline the invitation in writing. Any position declined, or for which we do not receive notice of acceptance, will be offered to the next student on the waiting list until the class is filled. When all positions are filled, those who were not accepted into the program will be notified that they still may reapply the following year. Decisions for acceptance will be finalized on or before July 1. If you are selected for the program, you are required to complete a minimum of 800 hours of clinical experience between your sophomore and senior years. The ATEP’s policies and procedures manual outlines the application process for preathletic training and transfer students; policies and procedures for progression, retention, and completion of the didactic and clinical components; and additional expenses students might encounter. This manual can be found at http://www.ohio.edu/rsps/ohioated/undergraduate.htm. You are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training upon completion of the program and after official application for degree conferral.