Athletic Training: About/Admissions

The Athletic Training Program is no longer accepting freshman students into the AT program.

Graduates of the Aquinas College Athletic Training Education Program will:

  • Attain a passing score on the athletic training BOC Inc. (Board of Certification Examination).
  • Employ the skills in which they have been found to be proficient in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of injuries of the physically active individual.
  • Utilize evidence based practice by: the selection of effective clinical practice skills; and reflecting on tools used to examine the quality of patient care.
  • Observe the NATA Code of Ethics, the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, any State laws governing the practice of athletic training, and all Integrity statements of any institution.

Clinical Experiences

As part of this program, students are required to complete 800 clinical hours under the direct supervision of a qualified allied health professional. Of those 800 clinical hours, a minimum of 200 clinical hours must be completed in an equipment intensive sport. Students will be rotated through a variety of different clinical settings including but not limited to the following: men’s and women’s individual sports, men’s and women’s team sports, clinical work (such as a hospital or rehabilitation clinic), and work in a high school, college or professional sport setting. In addition during these clinical experiences, students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in the clinical skills needed for an entry-level Athletic Trainer to complete the major requirements.

Admission/Retention Requirements

Admission to the program is based on the number of intern spots available and the completion of the following requirements

  1. Maintain an overall G.P.A. of 2.5
  2. Complete directed observation hours in the Aquinas College athletic training facility.
  3. A minimum grade of “B” (not B–) in KN158 - Emergency Medical Response and & KN 350 - Medical Aspects of Sports/Physical Education
  4. A completed application submitted with three (3) letters of recommendation, one from a professor (excluding AT faculty/staff), one from a current AT student, and one recommendation of choice, not a relative (EX: former coach, athletic trainer, high school teacher, etc.).
  5. Physical examination, including proof of current immunization.
  6. Evidence of Hepatitis B inoculation or a declination statement indicating the student has chosen not to receive the series (Hepatitis B series is available from the Health Center on campus for a fee). Please note that this series is recommended but NOT required for AT admission.
  7. Copy of current Emergency Medical Response first aid and Professional Rescuer CPR cards.
  8. Statement of recognition and understanding of the technical standards associated with the AT at Aquinas College. The specific technical standards applicable are available from the program director or on the web page: aquinas.edu/health/
  9. Personal interview of the student by the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator.

Application packets, which include an application, recommendation forms, technical standards, and observation policy are available from the Program Director or below. Once admitted to the program, students are expected to maintain a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.5, and successfully complete required clinical skills. Specific policy is located in the Athletic Training Student’s Handbook.

>Aquinas College Athletic Training Program Technical Standards for Admission (pdf)
>Freshmen Application
>Recommendation Form
>Observing Student Policy

Additional Costs

Each of the clinical classes has a lab fee ($35) (KN149, KN249, KN349A, KN349B, KN449, KN460) that will be used to pay for lab supplies, but also any drug tests or background checks that are required by the clinical sites, annual TB testing and also for the renewal of the required CPR certification. Additional costs for each student will include travel to the clinical site and NATA membership.