Pre-requisites | Application Process | Interview | Key to Success
Important Notice: USF is proposing a transition from the BSAT to post baccalaurete degree in AT beginning in 2015. It is anticipated that the last undergraduate applications will be accepted for the 2014-15 academic year. Students interested in applying for 2014-15 must have all pre-requisites completed or in progress diuring the spring of 2014 to be eligible. Students should contact the Athletic Training Advising Office for more information.
If you are not currently a pre-major in athletic training you will not be eligible to declare or change to a pre-athletic training major. For those students who are currently pre-athletic training majors, all pre-requisites must be completed or in progress in the spring of 2013 to apply in 2013, or completed in the spring of 2014 to be eligible to apply to the program in 2014. It is anticipated that teh last undergraduate application to the AT program will be due no later than February 1, 2014.
State-mandated Pre-requisites for Athletic Training
||Biology I - Cellular Processes*
|BSC 2010 L
||Biology I Laboratory
||Human Anatomy & Physiology I for Health Professionals
||Human Anatomy & Physiology II for Health Professionals
||General Physics (Pre-requisite MAC 1147)
||General Physics Laboratory
||Introductory Statistics I
||Introduction to Contemporary Psychology
* Pre requisite CHM 2045 General Chemistry I with Lab
^HUN 3932 (on-line, USF Polytechnic section 144) may be substituted for HUN 2201.
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Additional Admission Requirements for Pre-Athletic Training Majors
Students in the pre-athletic training program are required to complete and record 50 hours of observation with a Licensed Athletic Trainer. Blood Borne Pathogen training must be completed prior to starting observation hours. Training is available through the USF Pre-Athletic Training Major's Blackboard site. Non-USF student should contact the Athletic Training Program Advisor for more information on Blood Borne Pathogen Training. Observation Hours Packet
Half of the observation hours must be completed in a "historical" athletic training setting (e.g. high school, college, university, or professional sports venue). The remaining hours may be obtained in a sports medicine clinic or other emerging practice setting. All hours must be completed under the supervision of a Licensed Athletic Trainer. Observation forms are available on line or may be obtained from the Athletic Training Program office. All observation forms must be turned in with the application. Please note that if observation hours are obtained in a Hillsborough County High School, students must complete the SERVE background check paperwork prior to starting the hours. Click here for obsevation hours instructions.
Students must be certified in First Aid and CPR when applying for admission into the program, and certification must be maintained throughout the academic program. This may be initially accomplished by taking a First Aid course through USF (HSC 2400), or by taking courses through the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, or American Heart Association.
Students are required to meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks with accommodations as determined by the Student Disability Office. More information on technical standards is available in the Athletic Training Program Policy & Procedure manual.
Applications for 2013-14 will be accepted until 5 pm February 1st.
Applications for 2013-2014 will be accepted beginning January 15, 2013 and end February 1, 2013. All applications are due by 5 pm on February 1st. Interviews for those selected will be the week of March 4, 2013. Pre-Athletic Training students should contact the Athletic Training Advising Office for more information.
The last undergraduate class to be admitted to the AT program will be February of 2014.
Students are not automatically admitted in the program and are considered pre-athletic training majors before being admitted into the program. The admission process includes prior admission into the University and participation in a selective admissions process. Top candidates will be invited for an interview, and interviews are held during February or March of each academic year. Admission into the program is at the junior year of school or after successful completion of the University's general education requirements and prerequisite course work in the Athletic Training Education Program.
The program begins each academic year in Summer Session C between the sophomore and junior year. Students are required to submit an Athletic Training Education Program Application no later than February 1 of each academic year for admission into the following summer session. Before the summer admission, students are required to have completed at least 60 semester credit hours and 50 hours of direct and documented observation of a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Students are required to:
- Be admitted to USF
- Meet the criteria for admission to the BAchelor of Science in Athletic Training within the Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in the Morsani College of Medicine
- Complete the General Education Requirements of the University (36 credit hours)
- Meet CLAST exemption requirements or pass examination
- Meet the technical standards for admission or show potential for accomplished tasks
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.8
- Achieve a prerequisite GPA of 2.8
- Submit a completed Athletic Training Application no later than February 1
- Complete an interview by invitation
- Complete all prerequisites (or equivalent) with at least a "C" (33 credit hours) prior to the start of the program.
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Admission into the athletic training program is a competitive process. In addition to academic preparation and a completed application packet, an interview with the athletic training education program faculty and staff is required The interview process provides for an opportunity for both the applicant and the interviewers to ask questions about each other as well as the program.
What to expect during the interview:
- A conversation about your interest in the athletic training education program
- The opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and the profession
- Athletic Training faculty and staff inquiring about your academic and clinical experiences
Successful interview tips:
- Professional appearance is an important character traits to possess and make a good first impression.
- Be yourself, provide honest and thoughtful responses
- Ask thoughtful questions
- Share your strengths and weaknesses that relate to your academic record and/or letters of recommendation
- Possess a good knowledge of the athletic training education program, including the expectations and time commitment required and expected of athletic training students
- Possess a clear understanding of the athletic training profession beyond undergraduate education
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Keys to Success
- Strive to achieve academic success with all of your pre-requisite courses as well as all of the curriculum courses.
- Ask questions – not knowing is not helpful!
- Follow established guidelines of the university and the athletic training education program – they exist for a reason.
- Be professional at all times when you interact with others.
- Develop a knowledge of the athletic training profession and the types of expectations that are placed on athletic trainers, including work ethic, work environment, and personal life.
- Be humble – at all times!
- If you want to be an athletic trainer, get involved for the right reasons!
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