MAT Prerequisites (or Equivalents)

Please review the following list of prerequisites.  All of the following must be met in order for applicants to be considered for admittance to the GVSU Athletic Training Program.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in the removal of the candidate from the application pool. 

  • Course equivalents, for all courses listed below, are accepted from other institutions.
  • All prerequisites must be taken for letter grades.
  • For each course, a grade of C or higher is required. 
  • The prerequisites and undergraduate degree must be completed by the first day of classes of the professional program (applications will be accepted for students still in the progress of completing coursework).

**Due to COVID-19, the MAT faculty realize the challenges faced during this time, therefore pre-requisite courses taken during the Winter 2020 semester will be accepted as CR/NC.**

Effective immediately, MOV 310 Motor Skill Development and ATH 218 Modern Principles of Athletic Training/Intro to Athletic Training lab have been removed from the required prerequisite (or equivalent) list and added to a recommended prerequisite list.  This will be reflected in the new course guides and prerequisite worksheets for the 2023/24 academic year.

Course Prefix

Course Name

Course Description

Minimum Credits

ATH 217 (previously MOV 217)

Modern Principles of Athletic Training

This course provides students with basic knowledge of the prevention, recognition, and management of conditions commonly experienced in a physically active population.


BIO 120

General Biology

Introduction to cell structure and physiology, growth and development, and genetics.


BMS 105

Basic Nutrition

An investigation of the bases of nutrition, from a scientific and social-psychological viewpoint. Problems of malnutrition, food as a social phenomenon, and current controversies in nutrition will be discussed.


BMS 223 or PH 222

Infectious Human Disease; Prevention and Control or Public Health Concepts

An introduction to the strategies and tactics, both past and present, for the control and eradication of infectious and chronic diseases of humans. (1 course in Public Health or Epidemiology).


BMS 250/251 or BMS 208/290/391/309

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy and Physiology (1 full year of anatomy and physiology with lab).


CHM 109 or CHM 115/116

Introductory Chemistry

An introductory study of general chemistry that presents the basic chemical principles and their applications (with lab).


MOV 300

Kinesiology or Basic Biomechanic Course

Kinesiology or Biomechanics course in which the laws and principles of mechanics are applied to the use of the human body, human mechanism, and its process of motor function.


MOV 304

Introduction to Exercise Physiology

The physiological responses to an acute bout of exercise, adaptations to exercise training, and the mechanisms responsible for them in relation to health, fitness, and athletic performance.


PHY 200 or PHY 220/221

Physics for Life Sciences

Physics topics particularly applicable to occupations in safety, health science, biology, medicine, and industry. A practical survey of physics also applicable to humanities and nonscience majors. Includes a laboratory.


PSY 101

Introductory Psychology 

General survey of psychology, the scientific study of behavior and experience, including overt actions and mental activity.


STA 215

Introductory Applied Statistics

A technique-oriented approach to statistical problems with emphasis on applications. Descriptive statistics, probability distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses, t-test, regression and correlation, chi-square tests.


The list below are recommended (not required) prerequisites (or equivalents).

Course Prefix

Course Name

Course Description

Minimum Credits

ATH 218

Modern Principles of Athletic Training Lab

This course will provide laboratory experiences commonly experienced in athletic health care settings. Students will be introduced to basic preventative measures including taping, wrappings, and equipment fittings; basic injury evaluations; and management techniques to include basic splinting and spine-boarding techniques. 


BMS 310

Basic Pathophysiology

Presentation of disease processes in terms of physiologic dysfunction. Pathophysiology emphasizes the disruption of normal steady state relationships and considers the minor, acute, and chronic aspects of disease.


CHM 230 or CHM 231/232

Organic and Biochemistry

An introductory study of general chemistry that presents the basic chemical principles and their applications (with lab).


MOV 310

Motor Skill Development

The study of the acquisition of motor skills. The class investigates principles and theory of motor skill development as applied to the teaching and coaching of skilled performance.


Course Equivalency

Check if your classes are equivalents

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