Major Requirements

Overview:

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

Admission Eligibility

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

4. Interview

5. Recommendations

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

  • Transfer students seeking to enter the Grand Valley State University athletic training program must meet with an athletic training curriculum advisor to discuss possible transfer courses.
  • Transfer students must meet all admission criteria in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.
  • Transfer students must meet all Grand Valley athletic training program prerequisite and admission criteria.
  • The application committee will evaluate pre-admission criteria and transfer of coursework to the program on an individual basis.

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

  • BMS 251 - Anatomy & Physiology II
  • MOV 304 – Physiology of Activity
  • STA 215 - Introductory Applied Statistics

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:

  • ATH 220 - Athletic Training Clinical I Credits: 2
  • ATH 225 - AT Emergency Care Credits: 3
  • ATH 230 - Athletic Training Clinical II Credits: 2
  • ATH 314 - Athletic Injury Assessment I Credits: 3
  • ATH 315 - Athletic Injury Assessment II Credits: 3
  • ATH 316 - Therapeutic Exercise Credits: 3
  • ATH 320 - Athletic Training Clinical III Credits: 2
  • ATH 330 - Athletic Training Clinical IV Credits: 2
  • ATH 405 - Therapeutic Modalities Credits: 3
  • ATH 406 - Intervention and Referral Credits: 2
  • ATH 407 – Pharmacology in Athletic Training Credits: 2
  • ATH 420 – Advanced Techniques in Athletic Training  Credits: 2
  • ATH 490 - Internship in Athletic Training Credits: 6 to 12
  • ATH 495 - Organization and Administration Credits: 3
  • BMS 105 - Basic Nutrition Credits: 3
  • BMS 250 - Anatomy and Physiology I  Credits: 4
  • BMS 251 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4
  • BMS 355 - Anatomy of Joints Credits: 2
  • MOV 101 - Foundations of Physical Education and Sport Credits: 3
  • MOV 304 - Physiology of Activity Credits: 3
  • MOV 309 – Measurement and Evaluation  Credits:  2
  • MOV 320 - Exercise Testing and Prescription Credits: 3
  • MOV 321 - Exercise Testing Lab Credits: 1
  • PHY 200 - Physics for the Life Sciences Credits: 4
  • CHM 109 - Introductory Chemistry  Credits: 4
  • STA 215 – Introductory Applied Statistics  Credits:  3
  • PSY 101 – Introductory Psychology  Credits:  3

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.

Program Costs

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

First Year

  • CHM 109 - Introductory Chemistry Credits: 4
  • MOV 101 - Foundations of Physical Education and Sport Credits: 3
  • WRT 150 - Strategies in Writing Credits: 4
  • BMS 250 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4
  • BMS 251 -  Anatomy and Physiology II  Credits: 4
  • BMS 105 - Basic Nutrition Credits: 3
  • MTH 110 - Algebra Credits: 4
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology Credits: 3

Second Year

  • MOV 217 - Modern Principles of Athletic Training Credits:2
  • MOV 218 - Modern Principles of Athletic Training Credits:1
  • STA 215 - Introductory Applied Statistics Credits: 3
  • ATH 210 - Directed Observation in AT Credits: 1
  • MOV 300 - Kinesiology Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirement
  • General Education Requirement
  • BMS 355 - Anatomy of Joints Credits: 2
  • ATH 314 - Athletic Injury Assessment I Credits: 3
  • ATH 225 - AT Emergency Care Credits: 3
  • ATH 220 - Athletic Training Clinical I Credits: 2
  • MOV 309 – Measurement and Evaluation Credits: 2
  • General Education Requirement

Third Year

  • MOV 304 - Physiology of Activity Credits: 3
  • ATH 315 - Athletic Injury Assessment II Credits: 3
  • ATH 230 - Athletic Training Clinical II Credits: 2
  • PHY 200 - Physics for the Life Sciences Credits: 4 
  • MOV 320 - Exercise Testing and Prescription Credits: 3
  • MOV 321 - Exercise Testing Lab Credits: 1
  • ATH 316 - Therapeutic Exercise Credits: 3
  • ATH 405 - Therapeutic Modalities Credits: 3
  • ATH 320 - Athletic Training Clinical III Credits: 2
  • General Education Requirement

Fourth Year

  • ATH 406 - Intervention and Referral Credits: 2
  • ATH 407 – Pharmacology in Athletic Training Credits: 2
  • ATH 495 - Organization and Administration Credits: 3
  • ATH 330 - Athletic Training Clinical IV Credits: 2
  • ATH 420  - Advanced Techniques in Athletic Training  Credits: 2
  • General Education Requirement
  • General Education Requirement
  • ATH 490 - Internship in Athletic Training Credits: 6 to 12
  • General Education Requirement
  • General Education Requirement

 

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