Athletic Training

  • Minnesota State University Moorhead will no longer be accepting students into the baccalaureate Athletic Training program.

    The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Board of Directors and the Commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), with the full support of the Board of Certification and the NATA Research & Education Foundation, have agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level.

    MSU Moorhead is proud of its robust history of graduating exceptionally prepared alumni to serve as athletic trainers all across the country. We are investigating the opportunity of offering a master’s level Athletic Training program in the future.

  • Athletic Training coursework and clinical education experiences are sequential. The sequencing of coursework and clinical education provides you the opportunity to gain knowledge and master skills over time. The first three semesters are observational; you will complete the required coursework and observational hours. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Athletic Training Program will admit its last two cohorts of majors as the Program will be seeking “Voluntary Withdraw” in its accreditation status through CAATE. The reason for seeking “Voluntary Withdraw” is due to the mandated degree change for the profession of Athletic Training. Beginning the Fall of 2022, all students seeking an Athletic Training degree will begin a Master’s Program, therefore, MSUM will accept its last Athletic Training students during the 2017 Fall semester and 2018 Spring semester.

    A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the Athletic Training Program. The number of students admitted into the Athletic Training Program will be dependent upon the number of clinical education sites available for that given year. Application to the Athletic Training Program will take place during the fall and spring semesters for the 2017-2018 academic year. After the 2017-2018 academic year, there will be no more Athletic Training Application as the program will be “Voluntary Withdrawing” its accreditation status. The policy for transfer students will include a careful evaluation of the students’ clinical experiences and educational competencies, and their compatibility with MSUM’s Athletic Training Education Program. Transfer students should contact the Program Coordinator regarding requirements. Only admitted students will proceed in the curriculum. Interested students must meet with the Program Coordinator before declaring Athletic Training as a major.

    Competitive admittance is dependent upon successful completion of the following:

    1. Admission to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    2. Submission of official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities where credit was earned.
    3. Academic Achievement:
      • a grade of C or better in BIOL 111 Cell Biology or BIOL 115 Organismal Biology;
      • a grade of B or better in AT 225 Athletic Training Emergency/Immediate Care;
      • a grade of B or better in AT 220 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries;
      • a grade of B or better in AT 220L Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries Lab.
       
    4. Submission of three letters of recommendation.
    5. Submission of application form.
    6. Submission of a formal letter of application (essay).
    7. Completion of an on-campus interview with a committee of Certified Athletic Trainers.
    8. Completion of vaccinations/immunizations as required by MSUM and affiliated clinical sites including MMR, Varicella, TB (yearly), flu, Hepatitis B, and Td/Tdap.
    9. Completion of Technical Standards.
    10. Completion of a criminal background check and required off campus paperwork (prior to clinical experience at affiliated sites).

    Retention Requirements in Athletic Training Program

    Once accepted into the Athletic Training Program, you must continue to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the program. If you fail to meet the retention requirements of the program, you will not be allowed to progress through the program until retention requirements are met and dependent upon clinical education availability.

    Sophomore Year:

    • minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA;
    • minimum 3.0 GPA in athletic training major courses;
    • demonstrate competency in accordance to appropriate level;
    • compliance with the NATA’s Code of Ethics;
    • compliance with all established policies defined in the Athletic Training Student Handbook;
    • compliance with clinical assignments and directions given by the athletic training staff;
    • complete proper paperwork for practicum courses within the first week of school.
        

    Junior Year:

    • minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA;
    • minimum 3.0 GPA in athletic training major courses;
    • demonstrate competency in accordance to appropriate level;
    • compliance with the NATA’s Code of Ethics;
    • compliance with all established policies defined in the Athletic Training Student Handbook;
    • compliance with clinical assignments and directions given by the athletic training staff;
    • repeated TB immunization.
        

    Senior Year:

    • minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA;
    • minimum 3.0 GPA in athletic training major courses;
    • demonstrate competency in accordance to appropriate level;
    • compliance with the NATA’s Code of Ethics;
    • compliance with all established policies defined in the Athletic Training Student Handbook;
    • compliance with clinical assignments and directions given by the athletic training staff;
    • repeated TB immunization.
        

    The National Athletic Trainers’ Association has outlined areas of expertise and specific domains and competencies within each of the following areas. This educational framework serves as the foundation needed to sit for the Board of Certification examination, which is a necessary credential to work as an Athletic Trainer. Upon completion of the course of study required for Athletic Training, you should have a collection of knowledge, skills and values regarding the following areas:

    • Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP)
    • Prevention and Health Promotion (PHP)
    • Clinical Examination and Diagnosis (CE)
    • Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses (AC)
    • Therapeutic Interventions (TI)
    • Psychosocial Strategies and Referral (PS)
    • Healthcare Administration (HA)
    • Professional Development and Responsibility (PD)

    Students accepted into the athletic training program will incur additional program costs. The expenses are required to complete accreditation requirements, ensure the health and safety of the students and the patients they come in contact with, and meet requirements of off-campus standards. Some of the below costs may be covered by your or your parent/guardian(s) insurance coverage. As a full-time student, your office visit cost to Hendrix Health Center is included in your student health fees. Immunization and tuberculosis fees are listed from the Hendrix Health Center, but may be completed at a facility of your choice.

    Sophomore Year

    • Criminal Background Check - $38 (Sanford)
    • MSUM Uniform/Clothing - $50
    • Immunizations (if not already completed)
      • MMR - $12 (Hendrix Health Center)
      • Varicella - $12 (Hendrix Health Center)
      • Annual Tuberculosis Check - $12 (Hendrix Health Center)
      • Flu Shot - $42.50 (Hendrix Health Center)
      • DPT- $12 (Hendrix Health Center)
      • Hepatitis B- $12 (Hendrix Health Center)
       
    • Transportation - $ variable
      • Students will be required to complete clinical assignments at off-campus clinical sites. If you do not have your own transportation, you will be placed in clinical sites that are on the MATBUS (free to MSUM students) bus line. The off-campus sites range from 1-5 miles round trip from the MSUM campus.
       

    Junior and Senior Years

    • MSUM Uniform/Clothing - $50
    • Annual Tuberculosis Check - $12 (Hendrix Health Center)
    • Flu Shot - $42.50 (Hendrix Health Center)
    • Transportation - $ variable
      • Students will be required to complete clinical assignments at off-campus clinical sites. If you do not have your own transportation, you will be placed in clinical sites that are on the MATBUS (free to MSUM students). The off-campus sites range from 1 to 5 miles round trip from the MSUM campus.