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Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training

On May 20, 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced that the CAATE Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs will be changed to require that professional programs be at the master’s degree level.  James Madison University is dedicated to meet this accreditation requirement in order to continue providing excellent education to produce strong athletic training health care providers. JMU is the process of developing a master's level program, which will undergo review by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The undergraduate program in athletic training is not accepting applications.

For students who entered JMU in the fall of 2017 or are considering transferring to the university, note the last admission cycle to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program will occur in spring 2019.

For details, refer to Announcements on the AT website.

Commission on Accreditation Athletic Training Accredited Program

The major is a part of the Department of Health Sciences, an academic unit within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. 

Degrees Offered

B.S. (Not currently accepting applications)

Concentrations

None

Minors

None

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students

The undergraduate program in athletic training is not accepting applications.

For details, refer to Announcements on the AT website.

Admission to the Major

For students who entered JMU in the fall of 2017 or are considering transferring to the university, note the last admission cycle to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program will occur in spring 2019.

Admission is competitive for a limited number of seats. Admission decisions are made once a year in the spring semester upon students' completion of the 12-hour prerequisite courses listed below, usually in the sophomore year. Applications can be submitted to the program director anytime after January 15, but must be completed by April 1 in order to be considered for admission to the major.To be eligible to apply for admission, students should complete the following:

  1. Make a grade of "C" or better in the following prerequisite courses:
    • BIO 290. Human Anatomy
    • ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training
    • ATEP 206. Recognition and Management of Athletic Injuries
    • ATEP 291. Pre-Professional Practicum in Athletic Training
    • Have an Emergency Cardiac Care Certification card or equivalent.
    • Although it is not a prerequisite for applying to the major, it is strongly preferred that students be enrolled in BIO 270 (Human Physiology) at the time of application. Prerequisite courses for BIO 270 are CHEM 120 (Concepts of Chemistry) or CHEM 131 (General Chemistry) and MATH 220 (Elementary Statistics).
    • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in all course work is strongly recommended.
  1. Completion and strong performance in all components of the application including observation hours, references and essays. For more information about application materials please consult the Athletic Training Education Program handbook.

Progressing in the Major

Once fully admitted to the major (the professional phase of the program) students must make satisfactory progress including the following:

  • Maintain a semester GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  • Achieve grades of "C" or better in all ATEP professional phase courses ("C-" grades are considered unacceptable and must be repeated).
  • Achieve a grade of 80% or higher on all practical examinations in ATEP classes (one retake only per exam, five retakes total while in the program).
  • Achieve a score of 75% or higher on all end-of-semester clinical performance evaluations.
  • Maintain good professional and ethical behaviors and practices.

Failure to meet these requirements are grounds for probation or dismissal from the program.

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