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Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Admission Information

We appreciate your interest in the Kansas State University Athletic Training Program. Athletic training is recognized as an allied health profession. The Athletic Training Program places major emphasis on the development of cognitive knowledge in addition to psychomotor skills. This includes practicums, laboratory, and classroom experiences. The program prepares students for the Board of Certification examination that is the national credentialing exam for all athletic trainers.

The athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Below is information regarding admission for transfer students and others seeking admission into the program that will find helpful.

Applicants must first be admitted to Kansas State University either as an incoming freshman or a transfer student. Admission to the Athletic Training major is both selective and limited. This admissions process is used to admit the most qualified applicants who have indicated the desired curriculum of athletic training. Declaration of the desired curriculum of athletic training does not guarantee admission to the athletic training educational program.

Step 1: Initial Admission to the Athletic Training Major

Incoming New Students:

Individuals who have completed admission applications submitted to the University by February 1 will be in the first round of applications considered for the following Fall semester. Applications completed after February 1 will automatically be placed on a wait list for the Athletic Training Program.

Procedures for Incoming New Freshmen:
  1. Apply online for admission to K-State (link out).
  2. Select Athletic Training major as curriculum option.
  3. If admitted to K-State, applicants will be evaluated for selective admission to the athletic training major by the athletic training program faculty to identify the best prepared prospective students based on ACT/SAT score, non-weighted GPA, and class rank.
  4. Applicants in most cases will be notified of their admission status to the athletic training major in March. In some instances high school applicants who have been awarded premier scholarships will qualify for early admission and will be notified in January.
  5. Participate in enrollment during summer orientation with the Athletic Training Education Program advisors.
Procedures for Transfer students:
  1. Apply online for admission to K-State (link out).
  2. Select Athletic Training major as curriculum option.
  3. If admitted to K-State, applicants will be evaluated for selective admission to the athletic training major by the athletic training program faculty. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required.
  4. Applicants in most cases will be notified of their admission status to the athletic training major in March. Non-admitted students will be notified at this time as well.
  5. All transfer students will be expected to complete the procedures as outlined in Step 2

Step 2: Advancement into Professional Phase

Advancement into the athletic training professional phase will only occur once a year. All students applying for advancement into the professional phase of the athletic training education program are required to complete an interview with the program faculty.

The following criteria will be considered for advancement of students into the professional phase of the athletic training education program.

  • Major GPA: The GPA which combines grades from the following classes will be considered the most important criteria for admission: Chemistry, Basic Nutrition, Principles of Biology, and Introduction to Athletic Training.
  • Recommendations: The three recommendations submitted with the application packet will be evaluated for the qualities listed on the form provided by the program director.
  • Overall GPA: The overall GPA from all collegiate coursework will be considered. The required minimum cumulative GPA is a 2.75.
  • Observation Hours: This is a basic requirement to begin the program. These are completed in conjunction with the HN 120 Introduction to Athletic Training class. The quality of experiences is more important than the quantity of hours. For transfer students, this requirement may be waived if adequate competency is shown with athletic training room hours under a certified athletic trainer.
  • Statement of Interest: The statement is submitted as part of the application materials. The letter that indicates a strong interest and understanding of the athletic training profession will be considered most advantageous to advancement.
  • Experiences under a certified athletic trainer prior to entering the athletic training education program will be considered in the advancement process. This does not include the observation hours described previously.

Students entering the Athletic Training Program tend to have greater success if they have had high school courses in science, math, and analytical reasoning. You are not disqualified if you do not have this background, but it may be more difficult for you to succeed in the program.

Athletic training students are required to engage in approximately 10-20 hours per week during their first and second practicum experiences and may engage in 20 hours per week during their remaining practicum experiences.

During the course of Introduction to Athletic Training, additional policies will be discussed regarding the athletic training program. For more information, please contact:

Phillip Vardiman, PhD, LAT, ATC
Associate Professor / Program Director Athletic Training
Department of Food Nutrition Dietetics & Health
210 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS  66506
pvardiman@ksu.edu
785-532-5568

Shawna Jordan, Ph.D., ATC, LAT
Assistant Dean
College of Human Ecology
119 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506
jordan@k-state.edu
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85-532-5500