The Pre-Athletic Training program provides guidance on courses, experiential activities, and competencies for students that are preparing to be competitive applicants to graduate athletic training programs after completing their Bachelor's degree at James Madison University. The Pre-AT program is a minor that students complete as part of their baccalaureate degree.


PPH Advising has developed requirements for the Pre-Athletic Training minor based on a survey of 60 Athletic Training Education Programs in 16 states (CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, TN, VA and WV). Admissions committees for AT programs will use your academic success in these courses as a metric of your ability to achieve success in AT school.

If you have credit for any of the following courses by earning Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge International Exam (CIE), community college credit, or departmental test credit, please read the Non-JMU Coursework for Pre-Requisite Coursework.


  • BIO 140 + 140L: Foundations of Biology I and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIO 290 + 290L: Human Anatomy and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIO 270 + 270L: Human Physiology and Lab (4 credits)


  • CHEM 131 + 131L: General Chemistry I and Lab (4 credits)


  • PHYS 140 + 140L: College Physics I and Lab (4 credits)


  • MATH 220: Elementary Statistics (3 credits), or
  • MATH 229: Introdution to Applied Statistics Using R (3 credits)

Exercise Physiology 

  • KIN 302 + 302L: Exercise Physiology and Lab (4 credits)


  • KIN 306 + 306L: Human Biomechanics (4 credits), or
  • HTH 441/KIN407: Biomechanics for the Healthcare Professional (3 credits)

Medical Terminology

  • HTH 210: Medical Terminology (3 credits)


  • NUTR 280: Nutrition for Wellness (3 credits)


  • PSYC 101: General Psychology (3 credits)

English, Literature, and Writing Coursework 

Typically, students complete this requirement while completing General Education's Cluster 1: Writing and General Education's Cluster 2: Literature requirements.

  • WRTC 103: Rhetorical Reading  and Writing (3 credits)
  • Any Cluster 2 literature course (3 credits)

 Recommended Coursework: 

  • ATEP 205: Introduction to Athletic Training (3 credits)

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