Athletic Training


Athletic Training Education Program Admission and Progression Requirements

Clarke University is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and no longer endorses the internship route to certification. Students with a double major, or those continuing on to physical therapy graduate program, may be required to take summer courses to complete the athletic training program in four years.

Students graduating from Clarke University’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. It is incumbent on the student to work closely with his or her adviser to plan a program of study that meets the general education, co-requisite, and prerequisite requirements of the program.


Students apply for admission to the athletic training program during the spring semester of their freshman/first year. Qualified Clarke University students will be given priority for the 12 openings in the program per year. Some qualified applicants may not be accepted due to space limitations. A student may only apply a maximum of two times. 

Qualification Criteria for Application to the Program

  1. Cumulative GPA: a minimum of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale with no grade in the sciences below a C.
  2. Completion of First Aid and CPR (HLTH 111) or demonstration of current (Lay Responder) Community First Aid and Safety and Community CPR with AED cards with a satisfactory grade/certification prior to first clinical rotation.
  3. Completion of Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (ATHT 130) and Dynamics of Health and Nutrition (ATHT 133) with a grade of B- or better.
  4. Completion of hours of clinical exposure in athletic training facilities in fall and spring semester. Hours are recorded on the application form. (Transfer students must also have hours of observation in an athletic training facility prior to acceptance, unless consent of Program Director is obtained).
  5. Completion of the application process which includes an interview, an essay and three recommendations. Each applicant will be graded objectively using a performance rubric and a total score will be computed and used in the decision/acceptance process. The grading criteria for each area and the rubric are available to applicants during the application process.
  6. Acceptance of transfer students is dependent upon availability of positions and the applicant’s ability to meet the qualification criteria. Transfer students must meet all of the same course prerequisites, corequisites, and requirements as the cohort they are joining, unless pre-approval is gained from the program director.
  7. Upon admission to the program, students will review the Technical Standards with indication that they can meet those technical standards or request a waiver of the Technical Standards. All requests are processed in the Academic Affairs Office, in consultation with the Learning Center. The university may or may not be able to accommodate a request for waiver of the Technical Standards. Students officially enter the Athletic Training Program Major in the fall of their sophomore year.

All students accepted into the athletic training program will be required to have a criminal background check prior to the start of their first clinical rotation. If the student is a transfer student, the criminal background check will be performed as quickly as possible after admittance to the program and prior to being allowed to attend any off-campus clinical site. If a student’s criminal background check comes back positive for abuse, sexual offenses, and/or any other issue that would endanger the "safe work environment," the student will be notified and may be dismissed from the athletic training program after a review. Each person with a positive criminal background check will have a chance to submit a written explanation to the academic affairs office or student life office. The university will review each positive criminal background check with the academic dean and a decision regarding progression will be rendered.

Progression / Continuation in the Athletic Training Program

Once a student is accepted in the program, they must maintain an overall 2.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale with no athletic training required course, prerequisite course, or corequisite course grade below a C.

Students must complete hands-on clinical experiences supervised by Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC), Approved Clinical Instructors (ACI), and/or Clinical Instructors (CI). Students are responsible for securing their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites. Students are annually required to meet all health requirements as designated by the program and clinical sites, including immunizations, a physical examination, and tuberculosis testing. Accepted athletic training students will be charged an annual required fee for malpractice insurance.

Deficiencies and Consequences

Ordinarily a student will be placed on probation for a period of not longer than one year if he or she fails to obtain the minimum C grade in a required, prerequisite or corequisite program course. The student must retake the first offered section of that course and if he/she meets the C minimum, the student will be taken off probation and may continue taking athletic training coursework. If the student does not meet the minimum C grade, he/she will be required to stop taking classes in the program and may be dismissed from the program.

Probation can be incurred twice in a student’s academic career. A third deficient grade will result in immediate termination from the program. The student may not reapply to Clarke Universities Athletic Training Education Program. If a student fails to meet the minimum GPA requirement, that student is placed on probation and the GPA deficiency will be reviewed by the athletic training staff on an individual basis. The athletic training staff will place its emphasis on reviewing:

  1. Continued GPA improvement
  2. Athletic training coursework performance
  3. Work ethic in the athletic training facilities
  4. Professionalism in the athletic training facilities
  5. Performance of student athletic training duties

Students on probation are also required to attend and show proof of attendance for academic counseling/advising appointments. Additionally, the athletic training faculty will conduct a monthly review of all areas (1-5) emphasized. If the individual is not performing adequately in the emphasized areas he/she will be terminated from the program and not allowed to take program coursework, unless he/she reapplies and is accepted. This termination could occur before the individual has expended the maximal probation time. Probation evaluations are based on the student’s ability to complete the following applicable criteria in a timely manner:

  1. Retake the coursework in which he/she received grades that do not meet the C minimum requirement.
  2. Continue to receive C or better in all coursework required for the athletic training program.
  3. Continue to keep their GPA above a 2.80.
  4. Show continued/continuing improvement in their work ethic.
  5. Show continued/continuing improvement in their professionalism.
  6. Show continued/continuing improvement in their performance of duties as an athletic training student.
  7. Attend academic counseling/advisement as deemed necessary by the counseling center and program director.
  8. Schedule and attend monthly meetings with the Athletic Training Review Committee. These meetings will include a review and discussion of items 1-7. At the conclusion of each meeting, a recommendation on the student’s continuation or termination of placement in the program/clinical instruction will be made. The recommendation will be discussed immediately with the student on probation. If a termination decision is made, the academic dean will be notified. The student can file a grievance in accordance with the guidelines in the Clarke University Student Handbook.

Failure to comply with any of these items will result in the termination of placement/progression in the athletic training program. Please see the Athletic Training Education Program Handbook: A Policy and Procedure Manual for all policies and procedures. Students will receive the Athletic Training Education Program Handbook: A Policy and Procedure Manual and are expected to comply with all policies and procedures at Clarke University and the affiliated sites and facilities.

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