Future Students

general Information

Admissions Criteria

Technical Standards

Transfer Students

Appeals Process

Clinical Program Application Materials & Process

Observation Sign Up Process

General Information

The Athletic Training Education Program at UNC is a challenging 5 semester program in which students develop practical athletic training skills through a clinically focused curriculum.  Enrolled students will have the opportunity to obtain supervised, hands-on clinical experiences with the 19 varsity sport teams at UNC as well as at various affiliate sites including out-patient clinic and high school settings.

Admission to the ATEP occurs in the Spring semester of each school year.  Applications are submitted in mid-November of the Fall semester preceding desired admission.  Following admission, the student must complete 5 consecutive and sequential semesters in order to complete the program.

As a component of the application process prospective athletic training students are required to complete three (3) 90 minute observations with students currently enrolled in the ATEP. Prospective students interested in completing observations may do so during the either the fall or the spring semesters.  If you are interested you may sign up in the Athletic Training Room. If you have any questions, please contact either Shannon Courtney or Jim Turk 

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Admissions Criteria

Admission to the ATEP occurs in the Spring semester of each school year.  Applications are submitted in mid-November of the Fall semester preceding desired admission.  Following admission, the student must complete 5 consecutive and sequential semesters in order to complete the program. Acceptance into the ATEP is a competitive process. Application procedures are outlined and described in detail in SES 181 (Introduction to Athletic Training). To be considered for admission into the ATEP, each applicant must complete all of the following:

Application: An application to the ATEP must be completed and included as the cover sheet of the application packet. The application can be found at the bottom of this page

Current 1st Aid & Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification: All students must provide evidence of current certification in 1st Aid & ECC as an admission requirement of the ATEP.  ECC certification must be of a level consistent with the requirements of the Board or Certification (BOC).  A list of approved ECC certifications can be found at www.bocatc.org.  A photocopy of each certification card should be included with the application packet.

Prerequisite courses: Completion of, or current enrollment in, the following courses is required. These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better as an admission requirement of the ATEP.

  • SES 181: Introduction to Athletic Training
  • SES 220: Anatomical Kinesiology
  • SES 380: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • BIO 110 Principles of Biology
  • BIO 245: Intro to Human Anat. & Phys. or BIO 341 Intro to Human Anat.
  • PHYS 220: Introductory Physics I

Grade Point Average: Students applying to the ATEP must have a cumulative UNC GPA of 2.8 or higher. Enrollment in the ATEP will be contingent upon the required GPA at the end of the semester, prior to beginning clinical rotations.

Observation Hours: Students applying to the ATEP are required to complete three (3), 90 minute observation sessions in the Athletic Training Room. Prior to engaging in these observations, each student must complete the required Bloodborne Pathogen training as a component of SES 181. These observations may be completed during either the spring or fall semester. Performance in these observations will be evaluated by UNC preceptors as well as a current UNC ATS.

Letters of Recommendation: Each student must include three (3) letters or recommendation with their application packet. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain letters from faculty and allied health professionals with whom the student has had professional interaction. Letters should convey the potential for success of the student in the ATEP. Letters from family, friends, and employers are accepted, but not recommended.

Interview: Only those students completing all the prerequisite requirements will be invited for an interview. The interview process will carry the greatest weight in the selection process. This portion of the application is intended to identify those students who are dedicated to becoming athletic trainers and possess the technical standards necessary to become a successful athletic trainer.

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Technical Standards

The athletic training educational program at the University of Northern Colorado is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the clinical 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 by the ATEP 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 Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). All students admitted to the University of Northern Colorado's ATEP must read, understand, and agree to the technical standards document.  

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Transfer Students

Students transferring from other institutions are encouraged to apply to the ATEP. To be eligible for admission, transfer students must meet all of the admission requirements described above. Observation hours obtained at locations other than this institution will not be accepted and counted towards the admission requirements. Likewise, clinical sequence courses completed at other institutions will not be accepted at this institution.   To ensure that you are eligible to apply for admission, students are encouraged to meet with the ATEP faculty prior to transfer to the University. In most cases, transfer students will be admitted into a new cohort of students and must complete the 5 semester clinical phase of the ATEP. Each transfer situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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Appeals Process

Should an eligible student not be selected for admission to the ATEP, he/she may appeal that decision to the ATEP Retention and Review Committee (RRC). Such appeal should be requested in writing to the program direction no later than 5 pm on the Wednesday of the week preceding the start of the Spring semester in which the new cohort is scheduled to begin. The decision of the RRC with regard to admission to the program will be final. Students not selected for admission are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the program director to discuss options. Students may re-apply the following year. There is no limit on the number of times a student may apply.

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Application Materials & Process

Click on the link below for the application. All information can be typed directly into the document. Data may be saved in the document, and the document may be printed with entered data included. Hand written entries will not be accepted. Be sure to submit all requested materials by the deadline as incomplete applications will not be considered.

The following materials must be submitted:

  • Completed application document with all requested information provided (including signature on final page)
  • Copies of all additional materials requested in application document
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • College/University Transepts
    • 1st Aid & ECC certification verification

The deadline for acceptance of applications for admission into the Class of 2017 is 5pm on November 7, 2014. Application materials should be submitted to the program director, Shannon Courtney by delivering them to her office, 261-C Butler Hancock. Upon receipt of application materials, prospective students with a complete application will be contacted to schedule an interview.

2014 Application

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Prospective Student Observation Sign Up Process

Applicants are required to complete three (3) observations. As stated above, prior to engaging in these observations, each student must complete the required Bloodborne Pathogen training as a component of SES 181. If you have not completed that training, you will not be allowed to engage in the observation experience. To sign up for your three (3) required observations, please utilize the link(s) below. Keep in mind that you may not sign up for more than one (1) observation on any given day. Also, you may not complete more than one (1) FB game observation. If you do a FB game observation, it can count towards one (1) of the required three (3).

Athletic Training Room Observation Sign Up

FB Game Day Observation Sign Up

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