Athletic training: How to apply

The University of Akron is no longer admitting students to this program.

Application process

Admission to the College of Health Professions is NOT a prerequisite for admission to the ATEP!  See details below.

The Athletic Training Education Program requires a separate admissions process.  Students must apply and be admitted into the Clinical Education Program (This includes all clinical rotations and major coursework). Upon successful completion of the program prerequisites (see below), a student should submit an application for admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Admission occurs once a year in the spring semester for fall semester admittance. Applications must be submitted to the ATEP Program Director by May 1 of the spring semester. Transfer students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The application process consists of the following:
Coursework Prerequisites

A grade of "C" or better is required on the following courses:

  • 3100:200 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • 3100:201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I lab
  • 5550:150 Concepts of Health & Fitness
  • 5550:110 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • 3100:202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • 3100:203 Human Anatomy & Physiology II lab
  • 5550:240 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • 5550:241 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries & Lab

GPA Requirement

  • Minimum requirement is 2.75 overall GPA

Completed  Admission Application

Recommendation Letters

  • Two typewritten letters are required
  • One of the letters MUST come from a University of Akron faculty member
  • Both letters must be submitted to the ATEP Program Director in a signed and sealed envelope by May 1
  • These letters will not be available for review by the applicant. Letters should be submitted to the following address:

Stacey Buser, PhD AT ATC
Professor of Clinical Instruction,
Athletic Training Education Program Director
Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education
Infocision Stadium 307I
Akron, OH 44325-5103

circled 5Essay Answers

  • Typewritten answers to essay questions contained on the admission application

circled 6Interview

  • The faculty of the Athletic Training Education Program will schedule formal interviews following the application deadline. (The interviews typically take place during finals week of the spring semesters.) Please do not call to arrange an interview unless you have first been contacted. Only those applicants who meet the admission requirements will be interviewed.

Completion of the application process DOES NOT guarantee the applicant a formal interview or admission into the Athletic Training Education Program.

College of Health Professions admission

Students who enter the ATEP will also need to apply to the College of Health Professions. Please note, admission to the College of Health Professions is NOT a prerequisite for admission to the ATEP. However, students will need to be admitted to the college by the end of their first year in the Clinical Education program.

The ATEP Handbook has a thorough explanation of the ATEP policies and procedures. All students enrolled in the ATEP are required to follow such policies and procedures.