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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Training, B.S.

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(120 UNITS)

The Department of Kinesiology offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training through its Athletic Training Program (ATP), which is nationally accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Upon successful completion, students earn a B.S. in Athletic Training and are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Please refer to the program website ( for the most current ATP information.

Admissions Policies and Procedures

CSUF admission does not guarantee admission into the AT major. Competitive admission involves the applicant’s academic history, athletic training experiences, professional recommendations and communication skills. The AT Selection Committee includes AT-related faculty, staff and students. Minimal academic, clinical, professional and technical standards are required to enter and remain in the ATP. Ongoing assessments determine appropriateness for completion, retention, probation or dismissal. Applicants MUST have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5 4.0 scale), as well as grades of “C” or better for the prerequisite courses. Once admitted to the ATP, the student’s major will be changed to AT.

At minimum, ATP students must be academic sophomores (30-plus semester units) at the official start of their CSUF clinical rotations.

Application Materials

ATP application packets are available online ( A completed application and required support materials must be submitted to the ATP director by Feb. 1.

Course Prerequisites

Applicants must pass (“C” or better) these courses or their equivalent prior to entering the Athletic Training major:

Clinical Prerequisites

All ATP applicants must complete and document 100 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Support Materials

Applicants must submit, at minimum, the following:

  • Three Recommendation Forms (ATP Application Packet) from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to succeed in the ATP (health care professionals, professors, etc.)
  • Personal Statement (<500 words). This document should briefly detail the candidate’s reasons for pursuing athletic training, previous related experiences, expectations of the ATP and future professional goals
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college credits
  • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (American Red Cross - Professional Rescuer or equivalent)
  • ATP Technical Standards signed and dated by the applicant
  • ATP Application completed by the applicant

ATP Standards

AT students must achieve and maintain Academic, Professional, Clinical and Technical standards. Failure to comply may result in probation or dismissal. Once admitted, all students shall meet or exceed the following ATP Standards:

Academic Standards

Minimally achieve and maintain:

  • CSUF Academic Dishonesty Policy
  • All ATP Academic Standards
  • Fulltime CSUF student status
  • 2.5 overall GPA
  • 3.0 Athletic Training Core GPA (no grade below “C”)
  • 2.5 Athletic Training Foundation GPA
  • 2.0 individual semester GPA

Clinical Standards

Minimally demonstrate compliance with and/or completion of:

  • All ATP Clinical Standards
  • Clinical site policies and procedures, including any specific trainings or courses
  • All clinical educational experience requirements as defined by related course syllabi

Professional Standards

Minimally achieve and maintain:

  • All ATP Professional Standards and Policies
  • Good-standing, student membership in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • A positive and professional attitude and communications
  • All patient confidentiality
  • Exhibit positive leadership, appearance, and communications
  • Respect for the property and rights of all others

Technical Standards

Achieve and maintain ATP Technical Standards as described in the ATP Handbook and the website (

Additional Notes

All AT students must clearly understand the following:

  • Admission to and/or completion of the ATP does not guarantee certification as a Certified Athletic Trainer, nor does it guarantee success obtaining any related credentials or licenses. Such credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.
  • To take the BOC exam as a CSUF graduate, one must successfully complete the AT major as described. CSUF will not sponsor any graduate who does not meet ALL ATP Standards.
  • Failure to meet any of these standards may result in probation or dismissal from the Athletic Training major.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet the same admissions requirements as other students, and typically enter CSUF as a Kinesiology major. Upon ATP admission, individuals will then change their major to Athletic Training.

ATP Costs

In addition to the normal costs for university students, AT students must provide their own transportation (and any costs incurred) as they commute to and from related clinical site rotation requirements. Some specialized clothing may also be incurred. The ATP requires students to be a member of the NATA at a cost of approximately $100 per year. Finally, certain clinical rotation sites may have additional clinical requirements (e.g., tuberculosis tests, background checks, etc.) with the costs being the responsibility of the student. The university provides liability insurance for AT students, while acting within the scope of the ATP.

Requirements for the Major

Total (120 units)

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