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Program Overview

The Athletic Training 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 AT Program 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.

Admission Requirements

  • General Information

    Admission to the AT Program 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 AT Program is a competitive process. Application procedures are outlined and described in detail in SES 281 (Introduction to Athletic Training). To be considered for admission into the AT Program, each applicant must complete all of the following:

  • 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 AT Program:

    • SES 281: Introduction to Athletic Training
    • SES 220: Anatomical Kinesiology
    • BIO 110 Principles of Biology
    • BIO 245: Intro to Human Anat. & Phys. or BIO 341 Intro to Human Anat.
    • PHYS 220: Introductory Physics I
    • FND 210: Medical Terminology
  • Current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification

    All students must provide evidence of current certification in 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 the BOC website. A photocopy of each certification card should be included with the application packet.

  • Grade Point Average

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

  • Observation Hours

    Students applying to the AT Program are required to complete 40 hours of observation in the Athletic Training Room as a component of SES 281. Prior to engaging in these observations, each student must complete the required Bloodborne Pathogen training. 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 AT Program. 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.

Technical Standards

The athletic training 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 AT Program 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 AT Program must read, understand, and agree to the technical standards document.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from other institutions are encouraged to apply to the AT Program. 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 AT Program 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 AT Program. Each transfer situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Application Materials & Process

Download the application

It is recommended that you "right-click" on the link above to download and save the document onto your computer and complete it using Adobe Acrobat Reader (download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for free). Depending on your web browser, not all aspects of the application can be utilized if you attempt to fill it out from within your web browser. While using Adobe Acrobat Reader, 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 deadline for acceptance of applications for admission into the Class of 2022 is 12:00pm on November 15, 2019. Application materials should be submitted to the Program Director, Jim Turk by delivering them to his office, 261-B Butler Hancock. Upon receipt of application materials, prospective students with a complete application will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Appeals Process

Should an eligible student not be selected for admission to the AT Program, he/she may appeal that decision to the AT Program 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.