Application Process

What Is Athletic Training

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating athletic injuries.

As Defined by the Board of Certification (BOC)

“Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients.” 

“athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.  It is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.”


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.