Central Methodist University's CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) accredited undergraduate program in athletic training is designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification Examination (BOC) and to prepare students for an entry level career in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The program will provide, through a liberal arts based education, the didactic and clinical experiences required and set forth by CAATE.
Prospective students must first be accepted for admission to Central Methodist University, indicate athletic training as a potential degree, and schedule a campus visit and interview with the athletic training education program director and staff. Admission to the athletic training program is competitive and requires that each applicant complete a pre-professional program in order to be eligible for formal admission to the athletic training education program (professional program). Meeting the pre-professional requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Review the Athletic Training Admission Requirements for admission information.
Students who desire a degree in Athletic Training but who have an ACT of < 22 (for freshmen entering in fall 2015) will be admitted to the Pre-Health Professions track instead of pre-AT. Students who are admitted to CMU via the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee are required to be categorized initially as "undeclared." Any student who is academically successful in meeting the admission requirements to AT (at the completion of the freshman year for AT) will be eligible for admission to AT. Students unsuccessful in achieving or maintaining the academic level required to participate in the AT program have this additional exit option of an Associate of Science degree that can be built from courses already taken.
Pre-Professional Program (LEVEL I)
Before a student can be considered for formal admission to the athletic training education program, the following pre-professional (level 1) requirements must be met:
- Completion of the following coursework with a grade of "C" or above: PE212, AT213, AT103, BI101, BI102, BI107 and AT123.
- Completion of 100-300 hours of clinical observation under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (clinical evaluation is 30% of weight in selection formula). Note*: The pre-professional observation hours will not count toward the clinical hours required for graduation.
- Maintain a residential GPA of 3.0 (40% of weight in selection formula).
- Complete program application materials (essay is 5% of weight in selection formula).
- Submit current college transcripts.
- Submit 3 letters of recommendation (5% of weight in selection formula).
- Formal interview by selection committee (20% of weight in selection formula).
Application deadline is March 1 for fall semester consideration into professional program (second year). Candidates will be notified of their status by April 1. Only those students who have been formally admitted to the program will be allowed to take advanced course work and clinical experience. Students denied may reapply in the following spring semester.
Health requirements. Once notified of admittance into the athletic training program, students must provide vaccination records for Rubella, Tetanus, Mumps, Polio, Chicken Pox, and submit proof of or waiver of Hepatitis B vaccination. Students must provide proof of a physical examination to ensure that they are physically capable of handling the duties required completing the competencies for athletic training knowledge and skill acquisition.
CMU has a chapter of the Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) (advisors: Profs. Wade Welton and Jill Pratte).