MAT Prerequisites

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. 

All prerequisites must be taken for letter grades. For each course, a grade of C or higher is required with an average of a 3.0 in all required pre-requisite coursework. The prerequisites and undergraduate degree must be completed by the first day of classes of the professional program.


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

Course Prefix

Course Name

Course Description

Minimum Credits

ATH 217/218 (previously MOV 217/218)

Intro to Athletic Training and Lab

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


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 208/290/291/309

Human Anatomy and Physiology

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


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 109 or CHM 115/116

Introductory Chemistry

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


CHM 230 or CHM 231/232

Organic and Biochemistry

A survey of organic and biochemistry. Topics include the biologically significant classes of organic compounds and their reactions, classes of biological compounds, and the major metabolic pathways (with lab).


MOV 300 or PHY 216

Kinesiology, Physics of Sport, 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.


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.


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.