Dec 04, 2023
The Department of Kinesiology offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training through its Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), 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 (hhd.fullerton.edu/at) for the most current ATEP 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 ATEP. Ongoing assessments determine appropriateness for retention, probation or dismissal. Applicants MUST have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5. Once admitted to the ATEP, the student’s major will be changed to AT.
ATEP application packets are available online (hhd.fullerton.edu/at/). A completed application and required support materials must be submitted to the ATEP director by Feb. 1.
Applicants must pass (“C” or better) these courses or their equivalent prior to entering the Athletic Training major:
All ATEP applicants must complete and document 100 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Applicants must submit the following:
- Three Recommendation Forms (ATEP Application Packet) from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to succeed in the ATEP (health care professionals, coaches, 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 ATEP and future professional goals
- Transcripts of all college credits
- Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care
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 ATEP Standards:
Minimally achieve and maintain:
- 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
- Compliance with the clinical site policies and procedures
- Effective and efficient time management skills
- Complete 200-300 clinically supervised hours per semester
- Complete and/or comply with:
- ATEP Clinical Practice Policy
- ATEP Communicable Disease Policy
Minimally achieve and maintain:
- Professional membership (National Athletic Trainers’ Association)
- Completion of health screening upon admission, including immunications as needed
- Legal background check upon admission
- A valid Emergency Cardiac Care certification (CPR)
- A positive and professional attitude and communications
- Patient confidentiality
- Positive leadership
- Professional appearance
- Respect for the property and rights of all others
- Professional liability insurance
Achieve and maintain ATEP Technical Standards as described in the ATEP Handbook and the website (hhd.fullerton.edu/at).
All AT students must clearly understand the following:
- Successful completion of the B.S. in Athletic Training does NOT guarantee certification as a Certified Athletic Trainer
- 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 ATEP Standards.
- Failure to meet any of these standards may result in probation or dismissal from the Athletic Training major
Transfer students must meet the same admissions requirements as other students, and should typically enter CSUF as a Kinesiology major. Upon ATEP admission, individuals will then change their major to Athletic Training.
ATEP students provide their own transportation (and any costs incurred) to and from clinical sites. Some clothing requirements will also be the responsibility of the student. The ATEP will provide liability insurance, medical kits and supplies, and most specialized clothing. Clinical courses require students to be a member of the NATA at a cost of approximately $100 per year.
Requirements for the Major
Athletic Training Foundation (31-32 units)
Athletic Training Core (40 units)