Athletic Training is an allied health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA). The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the health care of athletes and those engaging in physical activity. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings including industrial health clinics. Areas of expertise include risk management and injury prevention, acute care of injuries and illness, assessment and evaluation, and rehabilitation of sport injuries.
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Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Requirements for a Major in Athletic Training
Students applying to the athletic training program at Grand Valley must follow all general education requirements as defined in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. Transfer students should refer to the Transfer Student Policy at the end of this section.
This program is available only to students who apply and are admitted through the formal, competitive admission process. Application for admission to the program takes place two times per year: fall and winter. Students are required to spend a minimum of five semesters completing their clinical experiences.
Prerequisites for Admission
The prerequisites for admission into the athletic training program are as follows:
1. MOV 217 - Modern Principles of Athletic Training Credits: 2
2. MOV 218 – Modern Principles of Athletic Training Lab Credits: 1(3. ATH 210 - Directed Observation in AT Credits: 1(4. MOV 300 - Kinesiology Credits: 3
a. Note: Students must receive a B or better in all prerequisite coursework.
5. Current First Aid and CPR Certification
6. Proof of current immunizations as defined by the CDC for health care workers.
7. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or Higher
8. One semester attendance at Grand Valley State University
Once the above criteria have been met (or in process), the student is eligible to apply for admission into the program. Admission is competitive and is based on:
1. Written Test
2. Practical Test (Students must receive a 70 percent or higher to qualify for an interview.)
3. Admission Application
6. Completion of a criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen
7. Technical Standards
(Individuals must be able to meet all technical standards of the Athletic Training Program as outlined in the Athletics Training Policies and Procedures Manual.)
Transfer Student Policy for the Athletic Training Education Program
Admission into the athletic training education program and successful completion of the curriculum courses and clinical hours will make students eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam for athletic trainers upon graduation.
Athletic Training Major B.S. Degree Cognates
Coursework (Credit Hours: 77-83)
Athletic training majors must complete the following courses with a C or better in addition to their general education and prerequisite requirements:
GPA Retention Policies
Once admitted to the athletic training education program students will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all required course work with no grade lower than a C, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. In addition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the semester. Failure to maintain the above GPA requirements will place students in a probationary status for one semester. Failure to maintain the above GPA requirements for a second consecutive semester will result in dismissal from the program.
Students will be responsible for the costs associated with required immunizations, background checks and drug screenings, BLS face mask, travel to and from clinical sites, identification tags and clothing items, student membership to the National Athletic Trainers Association or a yearly subscription to ATrack, and all textbooks and supplemental materials required for each course.
Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Athletic Training
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