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  • Admission Information for Athletic Training Majors

    Spring 2014 Program Admission News

    Students interested in applying for Spring 2014 admission to the athletic training education program must contact Dawn Hammerschmidt, ATEP Program Director.


    The mission of Minnesota State University Moorhead's Athletic Training Education Program is to provide the athletic training student with the essential educational and clinical experiences to qualify as a candidate for the Board of Certification examination. 

    Program Goals

    1. Graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree in four years.
    2. All athletic training students sit for the BOC examination.
    3. 80% passing percentage on the first attempt at the BOC examination.
    4. Athletic training students complete a variety of clinical experiences.
    5. Encourage scholarship application at the university, state, region, and national level.

    Program Objectives

    1. Challenge the athletic training student to develop skills to enhance critical thinking and decision making.
    2. Provide an effective learning environment in the classroom, laboratory, and in clinical experience.
    3. Provide and maintain a productive clinical instruction plan.
    4. Provide exposure to allied health care professionals.
    5. Provide clinical instructors who are knowledgeable regarding athletic training education and are positive enthusiastic mentors and role models.
    6. Encourage the athletic training student to be active in college organizations as well as professional organizations.
    7. Maintain open lines of communication with the athletic training student and respect student feedback.

    Athletic Training Education Admission Requirements

    Athletic Training coursework and clinical education experience are sequential. The sequencing of coursework and clinical education provides the athletic training student the opportunity to gain knowledge and master skills over time. Entering freshmen first three (transfer students’ fall) semester(s) is observational; the student completes required coursework and observational hours. Application to the program takes place during the fall semester.

    A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the Athletic Training major. The number of students admitted into the Athletic Training Education Program will be dependent upon the number of clinical experience sites available for that given year. Interested transfer students should contact the Curriculum Coordinator regarding requirements. Only admitted students will proceed in the curriculum. Interested students must meet with the Curriculum Coordinator before declaring Athletic Training as a major. Competitive admittance is dependent upon successful completion of the following: 

    (Required at time of application)

    1. Admission to Minnesota State University Moorhead
    2. Submission of an official transcript from high school (freshmen) or college/university (transfers)
    3. Completion of a minimum of 10 hours of documented Athletic Training facility observation at MSUM
    4. Submission of three letters of recommendation
    5. Submission of application form
    6. Submission of a formal essay indicating an interest in pursuing the athletic training major
    7. Completion of an on-campus interview with a committee of certified athletic trainers
    8. Academic Achievement
      • a GPA of 2.5 or higher
      • a grade of C- or better in BIOL 115 Organismal Biology or BIOL 111 Cell Biology
      • a grade of B or better in AT 120 Introduction to Athletic Training
      • a grade of B or better in AT 220 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries

    Required after acceptance and prior to starting clinical experiences:

    1. Completion of immunizations as required by MSUM including; Hepatitis B, TB, Flu shot and MMR vaccinations
    2. Completion of a physical examination and medical history questionnaire
    3. Completion of Technical Standards
    4. Completion of a criminal background check, compliance/consent form, and HIPAA form (prior to clinical experience at affiliated sites)

    Program Costs for Athletic Training Majors

    Students accepted into the athletic training education 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. The physical exam, 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 - $25 (Sanford)
    • MSUM Uniform/Clothing - $50
    • Annual Tuberculosis Check - $12 (Hendrix Health Center)
    • Flu Shot - $42.50 (Hendrix Health Center)
    • Physical Exam - $50 (Hendrix Health Center)
    • Immunizations (if not already completed)
      • MMR - $12 (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 the students do not have their own transportation, they will be placed in clinical sites that are on the MATBUS (free to MSUM students) busline. 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 the students do not have their own transportation, they 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.


    Course Work

    The MSUM Exercise Science program develops the competencies required to be a successful fitness professional. The curriculum includes a core requirement area and an elective area. The core requirement area focuses on the following disciplines: wellness, nutrition, disease prevention, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, physiology of exercise, exercise testing and exercise prescription. The elective area includes a variety of courses from business, health, physical education, biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English, speech and computer science. Course selection in the elective area is made in consultation with the academic advisor depending upon career goals of the student.

    Related Academic Minors

    Students are encouraged to consider an academic minor to broaden their understanding of the fitness industry. The following related academic minors are recommended: strength and conditioning, business administration, health and medical sciences, coaching or community health.