Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Prospective students must first be accepted for admission to CMU, indicate Athletic Training as a potential degree, and schedule a campus visit and interview with the Athletic Training 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 Professional program. Meeting the pre-professional requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Please see the Athletic Training technical standards for admission.

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer into CMU's athletic training program must apply for the program and follow the same selection process as other candidates. Transfer students must have their transcript evaluated by the Registrar's Office and the Athletic Training Program Director. Courses required in Level I may transfer from the student's original college or university as long as they are substantially the same in scope and content as similar courses offered at CMU. Levels II, III, and IV must be completed at CMU.


Pre-Professional Program

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:

  1. Completion of the following coursework with a grade of "C" or above: AT212, AT213, AT103, BI101, BI102, BI107. AT123
  2. 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.
  3. Maintain a residential GPA of 3.0 (40 percent of weight in selection formula).
  4. Complete program application materials (essay is five percent of weight in selection formula).
  5. Submit current college transcripts.
  6. Submit three letters of recommendation (Five percent of weight in selection formula).
  7. Formal interview by selection committee (20 percent of weight in selection formula).

* Meeting the pre-professional requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

* CMU Education Program Admittance Selection Chart can be located in the CMU Education Program Policies and Procedures Manual.

* Application deadline is March 1 for fall semester consideration. Candidates will be notified of their status by April 1 of each year.

* Only those students who have been formally admitted to the program will be allowed to take advanced course work and clinical experience.

 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 to complete the competencies for athletic training knowledge and skill acquisition.
  • Review the Athletic Training Education Program's technical standards for admission.

Additional Fees

In addition to tuition, housing, books/supplies, and transportation costs, students in the Athletic Training Education Program will incur additional expenses. The following is a breakdown of the most common costs:

  • Portfolio fee- $120- Second Semester Freshman Year
  • Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Fee- $75 per semester- This covers the program physical and AT 302 Clinical costs for ACES workshop.
  • Travel to and from clinical sites - Varies- Senior Year
  • Liability Insurance for clinical rotations- $30- Senior Year
  • Professional Memberships /CMU Student AT Association Fee-$90/$30

** Fees are subject to change


It is the Athletic Training program policy that all decisions regarding recruitment and admissions shall be made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, disability, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other individual characteristics other than qualifications for the program, quality of performance, and conduct related to the program in accord with the university's policies, rules and applicable law.