Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


The Rowan University Athletic Training Program (RUATP) is divided into the Pre-Professional Phase and Professional Phase. Upon entering Rowan University, students are automatically enrolled in the Pre-Professional Phase. A secondary application process is in place for those students seeking acceptance into the Athletic Training Program's (ATP) Professional Phase. Application to the Professional Phase occurs once per academic year; either in the spring semester of the Pre-Professional student's sophomore year, or spring semester of the transfer student's first year depending upon completion of all prerequisite coursework and application materials.

Application Process Pre-requisites
The following criteria must be met before a candidate is eligible to apply to the Athletic Training Program's Professional Phase. No student may begin the Professional Phase application process if they do not meet ALL application prerequisite criteria.

1. Completion of the following coursework**:

  • ATR00105 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • ATR00218 Prevention and Care of Orthopedic Injuries
  • ATR00219 Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I
  • ATR00238 Pathology & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I - Laboratory Experiences
  • ATR00220 Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II
  • ATR00239 Pathology & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II - Laboratory Experiences
  • ATR00334 Advanced Emergency Care
  • BIOL10210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL10212 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

**During the application process students may be currently enrolled in pre-requisite classes. All pre-requisite classes MUST be completed prior to beginning ATR00338 Clinical Techniques in Athletic Training I and ATR00358 Residency in Athletic Training I.

2. Grade Point Averages

  • Athletic Training Major = 3.0

    • Please see Course Requirements (then click on Program Guide) on left hand side of this page for all Athletic Training Major courses. A student must maintain a 3.0 in all athletic training major courses listed on the program guide. For pre-professional students, please refer to number 3 below for courses that are used in the calculation of the application major GPA.
    • Courses that transfer to Rowan University (ie, Anatomy & Physiology I) will be counted into the GPA for the application process only. This is so that transfers do not have an unfair advantage over traditional students when calculating major GPA's. However, these courses will not be counted in the Major GPA calculation for graduation.
  • Overall GPA = 3.0

3. No grade lower than a C in the Athletic Training Major - Pre-Professional Phase courses include:

  • ATR00105 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • ATR00218 Prevention and Care of Orthopedic Injuries
  • ATR00219 Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I
  • ATR00238 Pathology & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries I - Laboratory Experiences
  • ATR00220 Pathology and Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II
  • ATR00239 Pathology & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II - Laboratory Experiences
  • ATR00334 Advanced Emergency Care
  • BIOL10210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL10212 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

No student may apply to the curriculum's professional phase until all academic deficiencies are corrected. If a student is accepted into the professional phase but receives a grade lower than a C in the application period semester's classes (i.e., Pathology & Evaluation of Orthopedic Injuries II), that person will be withdrawn from the professional phase of the ATP. Likewise, a student with a grade lower than a "C" in any athletic training major course cannot apply until the academic deficiency has been resolved. Just being enrolled in a class to correct an academic deficiency does not constitute correcting said academic deficiency. Consequently, the person will not be allowed to apply to the Professional Phase until the academic issue is completely resolved.

4. No grade lower than a D in any non-Athletic Training major class, including General Education courses

5. Completion of all on-campus directed observational assignments.

6. A cumulative average grade of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 on Pre-Professional clinical observation evaluations.

7. Current CPR card and First Aid Certification (certification must be at least Adult CPR at the community level and First Aid can be either Basic, Standard, or higher). Please note that students will receive these certifications through Rowan Course-work their freshmen and sophomore years.

8. Guest Speaker Attendance and Mandatory Meetings. The student must attend all guest speaker presentations and mandatory meetings. Pre-Professional students absent from any guest speaker presentations must provide a written letter to the Program Director giving a rationale for the absence. The program director will sign acceptable or not acceptable absence on the letter. Two non-acceptable absences in one semester will make the Pre-Professional student ineligible to apply to the Professional Phase of the program (Criteria for acceptable absences is published in Athletic Training Student Policy & Procedure Manual and on syllabi where guest speaker attendance is part of the course grade.


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Professional Phase Application Process
Please be advised that a student must meet all pre-requisite requirements before they are able to apply to the ATP's professional phase.

1. Written Application. An application packet will be given to each student in the spring of the year they are applying to the Professional Phase of the ATP. The student must complete all components by the deadline appointed by the Program Director before the student is considered for acceptance into the Professional Phase. Late applications will not be accepted. Components of the written application included within the packet are as follows:

  • Application Form
  • CPR & First Aid Cards
  • Narrative Questions
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • GPA Calculation Form
  • Proof of Health Physical Document -- Those students accepted into the Professional Phase will be required to obtain a physical.  A Proof of Health Physical Document must be given to the PD by May 1 of the year of application. 
  • Proof of Immunizations
  • Technical Standards Document*
  • Blood-borne Pathogen Declaration Document*
  • Blood-borne Pathogen Training Quiz
  • HIPPA Training Acknowledgment Form
  • FERPA Training Acknolwdgment Form
  • Communicable Disease Policy Acknowledgment Form
  • Clinical Supervision Policy
  • Athletic Training Phase Agreement
  • Clinical Observation Hour Sheet Summary
  • Application Calculation Sheet
  • NATA Membership Card – Those students accepted into the Professional Phase will be required to give the Program Director a copy of their NATA Membership Card by May 1 of the year of application. 

*Please note these are filled out in the Pre-Professional and redone during the Professional Phase application process.

2. Professional Phase Entrance Examination. Students are required to take a Proficiency Exam (written and practical in nature) that is based on required athletic training coursework taken up to the application process period (Please see Pre-requisite Athletic Training Course Work Section). An athletic training student must receive a score of at least 75% on this examination in order to continue with the application process and/or be accepted into the Professional Phase of the program. Students may only take this examination one time. Remember: The application process occurs only once per academic year and during the spring semester.

3. Interview. Each student will complete an interview with the selection committee. A score of at least 70% is needed to be eligible for entry into the Professional Phase of the program. The grading criteria for the interview are as follows:

  • Understanding of Profession- 12.5%
  • Career Goals and Congruence with Athletic Training Major - 12.5%
  • Personal Qualities, Preparation, and Ability to Meet Challenges - 12.5%
  • Problem Solving Abilities - 12.5%
  • Clarity of Expression (Thoughts are clearly expressed and organized) - 12.5
  • Enthusiasm/Affect (demonstrates an upbeat and positive attitude) - 12.5%
  • Poise and Confidence - 12.5%
  • Ability to ask pertinent questions of interview committee - 12.5%

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Final Acceptance Criteria
The RUATP's maximum capacity is 20 students for junior level admission; however the actual number is based on the number of clinical assignments available during a given year. It usually ranges between 16-20 students. Students are rank ordered and the highest rated students are accepted into the Professional Phase of the ATP. It is possible that a student may minimally achieve all academic and clinical observation requirements but does not fall within the available clinical assignment slots for the next academic year. If this occurs the student cannot be accepted into the Professional Phase component of the program. For example, if there are 16 clinical assignment slots available and a student is ranked 17th, even though they meet all application requirements, this 17th person cannot be accepted into the ATP's Professional Phase. Doing so would exceed an 8:1 ratio. The score for rank ordering is calculated as follows:

Application Calculation Sheet

Overall GPA- 40 points
4.0=40 pts. 3.0=30 pts. 2.0=20 pts 1.0=10 pts <1.0=0 pts
Applicant Subsection total ________________

Pre-Professional Phase Athletic Training Major GPA - 40 points
4.0=40 pts. 3.0=30 pts. 2.0=20 pts 1.0=10 pts <1.0=0 pts
Applicant Subsection total ________________

Professional Phase Entrance Examination (Written + Practical average) - 40 points
100%=40 pts. 90%=30 pts. 80%=20 pts. 70%=10 pts <70%=0 pts
Applicant Subsection total ________________

Clinical Observation Packet Grade Mean - 30 points
100%=30 pts 90%= 20 pts. 80%= 10 pts. 71%= 1 pt <70%= 0 pts
Applicant Subsection total ________________

Interview-10 points
100%=10 pts 90%=9 pts 80%=8 pts 70%=7 pts <70%=0 pts
Applicant Subsection total ________________

Applicant's Total for Acceptance into the ATP ____________________/160
All scores are converted to a percentage based on 100% and the average score is taken.

Final acceptance does not occur until all grades are in at the end of the application year's spring semester. Students conditionally accepted (occurs in March of application's year) into the Professional Phase of the Program must by May 1 of the application year provide the following:
1. Proof of CPR and First Aid certification if cards were not available during the application process
2. Proof of NATA membership. This is needed because the ATP uses ATrack which requires either the student to pay a yearly membership fee ($120.00) or be a member of the NATA

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