Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Athletic Training: FAQs

Application/Admissions Questions

When is your application deadline?

January 15 of each year.

How do I apply to the program?

See the Application Process

What are the prerequisites for the program?

See the Application Process

Why do I need to submit the syllabi for my prerequisite courses with my application packet?

The prerequisite courses were selected to provide you with a foundational core of knowledge. Every institution teaches slightly different information in these courses. Therefore, the syllabi allow the Program Director to evaluate whether or not you have been instructed in the desired content prior to arriving at UNCG.

Can I complete prerequisite courses at UNCG?

Yes, you can take prerequisites at UNCG (when available) but they must be completed prior to the start of the summer session.

Do you require a specific GRE or GPA for admission?

Consistent with the UNCG Graduate School we require GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile for qualitative and quantitative sections. We require a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates who have GRE scores and GPA below the minimum are evaluated on an individual basis and may require a provisional acceptance by the Graduate School if the AT Program Admissions Committee deems them an appropriate candidate for the program.

What are Technical Standards and why are they required for the AT Program?

Technical standards are non-academic criteria that define the essential aspects of preparing to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Candidates must sign the Technical Standards Form (PDF) indicating that they can meet the technical standards with or without a reasonable accommodation. In addition, upon admission students must obtain a physical exam (at their own expense) where a physician or physician´s assistant will evaluate the student’s compliance with the technical standards. Please see Post Admission Requirements for further details.

Do you require observation hours as part of the application process?

Yes. Candidates must obtain a minimum of 50 clinical hours (75 or more encouraged) of observation in an athletic training setting under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Can I obtain my observation hours with a physical therapist?

Only if the physical therapist is also a Certified Athletic Trainer.

How many students do you accept into the program each year?

Maximum of 12

Do you accept international students?

Yes, we do accept international students. If an international candidate does not have a Certified Athletic Trainer in his/her country, we recommend that s/he come to Greensboro prior to application to gain observation hours with a local athletic trainer.

How will I know if I am invited for an on-campus interview?

Candidates will be notified via e-mail if they are invited for an on-campus interview. Candidates are responsible for any expenses incurred relative to the interview.

Does the UNCG AT Program accept transfer credits from other accredited programs?

We do not accept transfer credits.


What is the current tuition at UNCG?

You can view the current tuition rates, university fees, and program tuition fees for in- and out-of-state students at the Cashiers and Student Accounts Office.

The MSAT program has program tuition fees that are in addition to university tuition and fees. The total program tuition over the 2 years is $8,600 (Summer I: $1,000; Fall I: $2,200; Spring I: $1,800; Fall II: $1,800; Spring II: $1,800). University tuition rates vary per year can be found at the Cashiers and Student Accounts Office.

If I am an out-of-state student will I be able to apply for in-state tuition during my second year?
In-state tuition is reserved for those students who are citizens of North Carolina.

Can I apply for a Graduate Assistantship?

Graduate assistantships are not available for students in the AT Program because they are not yet Certified Athletic Trainers.

Are there scholarships available for students in the AT Program?

A limited number of open competitive scholarships are available to students enrolled in the School of Health and Human Sciences. Scholarships are available to members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers´ Association, and the North Carolina Athletic Trainers´ Association.

Do I have to pay for first aid and CPR certifications?

Students are responsible for costs associated with these certifications. Currently, students pay $29 for these certifications.

Do I have to pay for uniforms for my clinical experiences?

Students are responsible for any costs associated with complying with the AT Program dress code. Students are provided with a UNCG Athletic Training polo shirt at no cost. The Program also has various sizes of polo shirts for off-site clinical rotations (e.g., Wake Forest, Guilford College, NC A&T).

AT Program Orientation

When should I plan on arriving at UNCG?

First year students are generally asked to report to UNCG the last week of May. In-coming first year students begin the program in the summer, enrolling in 2 courses for 3-5 weeks of summer school in the months of May, June and July.

Will there be an orientation session for first year students?

Yes. On the first day you are asked to report in the summer you will meet with the Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator for an introduction to the program and general orientation to the UNCG campus. In addition, the UNCG Graduate School also has a mandatory orientation session for first year students in August (date TBA).

When should I report back to UNCG after the end of summer school?

There is usually one week between the end of summer school and when students should plan of being back at UNCG. During the first week of August we have our annual mandatory AT Program Orientation meeting for all students, faculty, and staff. At this meeting we review program policies and procedures, conduct Bloodborne Pathogen Training, conduct HIPAA and FERPA training, re-certify students in Professional Rescuer CPR, review emergency action plans, and discuss any curricular changes that were made in the program.

Will I participate in UNCG´s Pre-participation Physical Exams?

Yes, all students will assist with pre-season physicals and injury screenings that occur during the month of August.

AT Program Curriculum

What classes will I take at UNCG?

See Academic Plan

When will I get my first clinical rotation assignment?

The clinical rotation assignments for first year students are determined at the conclusion of summer school.

What type of clinical rotations can I expect to be involved with at UNCG?

See Clinical Education