Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Athletic Training: Application Process

Application Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements set forth by The Graduate School, applicants to the M.S.A.T. degree program must also meet additional requirements to be considered for admissions. The following requirements are mandatory for admission eligibility and consideration and must be verifiable during the application process:

  1. Completion of a Baccalaureate degree program from a nationally recognized accredited University.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous college and university coursework.
  3. Satisfactory completion (C or better) of the following pre-requisite coursework:
    • Human Anatomy (lecture and lab)
    • Human Physiology (lecture and lab)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Biomechanics or Physics
    • Psychology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Nutrition
  4. Completion of a minimum of 50 clinical hours (75 or more encouraged to allow students to have an appreciation of the full scope of the athletic training profession) under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer. Applicants will provide proof of hours through a signed log that indicates the number of hours completed under their supervision. If applicants have a different style log, they may submit it, however it must include at the minimum a) Name of the supervising AT, b) Setting, c) Number of hours, d) Inclusive dates of hours, e) AT signature
    • Please note that hours obtained under the supervision of a Physical Therapist do NOT count unless the individual is dual credentialed as an ATC/PT.
    • International students who do not have access to a certified AT in their home country are encouraged to move to the United States and complete their hours prior to applying to the program.
    • We appreciate and understand COVID-19 has impacted observation hours. For those applying to the MSAT for 2022 enrollment, the hours requirement deadline is pushed back until March 31, 2022.  Applicants should submit all other parts of their applications by the January 15th deadline. If you have further questions or concerns regarding this, please email Dr. Terranova at
  5. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional

Application Process

Students apply for summer admission with classes beginning in late May. Applications will typically open in September of each year through the University’s application webpage and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is January 15 of each calendar year. Applications may be accepted after the January 15th deadline; however, candidates are at a competitive disadvantage after this time. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Missing information will cause a delay in processing the application and will affect the applicant’s status.

Following a review of applications, qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview at their own expense. Interviews may occur virtually in certain circumstances (e.g., international applicants).

Admission Criteria

Application to the AT program is highly competitive.  The AT Student Admission Committee (comprised of at least three full-time or adjunct athletic training faculty members) reviews the credentials of each applicant.  Final selection is based on many factors, including satisfactory evidence of completed pre-requisites, previous academic performance, prior clinical and allied health experiences, goals statement, the quality of recommendations, on-site interview, and the number of students already enrolled in the athletic training program.

No single admission criterion has a decisive influence on the applicant’s acceptability, and exceptions to the requirements can be made on recommendation of the committee and approval of The Graduate School.  Admission to the AT program is NOT guaranteed simply upon satisfactory completion of all program prerequisite requirements.   The number of students admitted into the program varies from year-to-year, with the number of students selected ranging from 8-10 annually.

Notification of Admission

Students are notified, in writing, of the outcome of their application in the mid to late spring for matriculation in the upcoming summer semester. If the application is accepted, the student must respond in writing to the AT Program Director confirming acceptance of the admission offer within 2 weeks, and show evidence of completion of all post-admission requirements (see following section) prior to enrollment.

If the application is rejected, the student has the opportunity to re-apply the following year. Admission decisions may be appealed to the AT Program Director within two weeks after official notification (see Appeals Process for Denied Admission in the AT Student Handbook).

**PLEASE NOTE: The AT Student Admission Committee makes recommendations to The Graduate School regarding admission status. The Graduate School reserves the right to reject the committee’s recommendation and/or require additional information from the student.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following documentation / certifications must be current and on file with the AT Program Director prior to beginning clinical rotations in the fall semester:

  1. Evidence of current liability insurance coverage through the University’s Student Insurance Policy for Allied Health and Medical Field Work or equivalent personal policy. (Incoming students can purchase this policy through the University during AT Program orientation in August for $15.00).
  2. Front and back copies of current First Aid and Professional Rescuer CPR Certifications (including Adult, Child, Infant CPR, Two-person CPR, bag-valve mask, and AED; approximate cost is $29).
  3. A completed Student Medical/Immunization Form (PDF) to show evidence of all immunizations required by UNCG. Students who have not completed at least the first 2 shots of the HBV series will NOT be permitted to engage in clinical rotations.
  4. Signed declaration of understanding and ability to meet the AT Program’s Technical Standards for Admission (PDF).
  5. Signed declaration of understanding and acceptance of all Program Policies and Procedures as delineated in the AT Program Student Handbook.
  6. Signed Professional Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement located in the AT Program Student Handbook.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with their own health care and when obtaining immunizations and health certifications. Students are encouraged to have health insurance, and to be familiar with its provisions.

Please review the AT Program Student Handbook for other pertinent policies and procedures.