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Admissions Criteria to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) Major

AKA - Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)

Eligibility to Apply to the BSAT
Applying to the Program / Selection Criteria
Selection process for the Athletic Training Program
Application Filing Period
Progression in the Major

Advising Roadmap (Course Planner) Recommendations

Please select your catalog year below to access the appropriate advising roadmap.  Roadmaps should be considered suggestions and do not replace the University Catalog.

2014-2015 BS-Athletic Training Roadmap

2012-2013 BS-Athletic Training Roadmap

Eligibility to Apply to the BSAT

  • Specific health criteria must be met. Students with physical limitations who cannot meet clinical course objectives may be unable to satisfactorily complete the requirements for a B.S. in Athletic Training. Contact the coordinator of the Athletic Training program regarding specific physical requirements.
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75. The following ten (10) prerequisite courses must be completed or be in progress prior to application to the Athletic Training major program. Currently prerequisites can be in progress at the time of application.  Beginning with the Fall 2015 (application date - Feb. 1, 2015) application period all prerequisites must be completed prior to application to the Athletic Training major.

The following (10) pre-requisites will be in place for students applying for Fall 2014 and must be in-progress at time of application. Only two (2) of these courses may be in progress at the time of application to the Athletic Training major program beginning Fall 2015 (beginning with the Feb. 1, 2015 application).

  1. G.E. Area A1* (3 units)
  2. G.E. Area A2* (3 units)
  3. G.E. Area B2* (3 units)
  4. G.E. Area B4*
  5. G.E. Area E* (3 units)
  6. Human Anatomy w/ lab (BIOL 64) (3 or 4 units)#
  7. Human Physiology w/ lab (BIOL 65) (4 or 5 units)
  8. Introduction to Athletic Training (KINES 38) (3 units)
  9. Pre-Observation in Athletic Training (KINES 43) (1 unit) or completion of at least 200 clinical observation hours in a setting employing a certified athletic trainer
  10. First Responder and Emergency Care (PH 48) (3 units) or Emergency Medical Technician (PH 49: Emergency Medical Technician) (3 units)
Total (30 units)
* See G.E. list for approved courses.

  • Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum C grade - CR/NC grades are not acceptable except in those courses which are designated CR/NC grading only
  • A GPA of 3.0 is required in all prerequisite courses
  • A maximum of two different prerequisite courses may be repeated once to improve grade
  • On-line, Web-based or distance learning science and laboratory courses taken at other institutions must be approved by the athletic training program director.

# Combination Anatomy with Physiology courses which are one semester are typically articulated to Fresno State as BIOL 33.  This will preclude students from enrolling in both BIOL 64 and BIOL 65.  Students will have to obtain permission from the Fresno State BIOL 64 & 65 instructors to gain access to these courses.

Applying to the Program / Selection Criteria

The program is on impacted status (i.e., the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the Athletic Training major is very competitive. Only applicants with the highest composite scores in the ten prerequisite courses, their personal interview score, and strong professional letters of recommendation will be offered admission. Applicants not selected may reapply each year, but must compete with the entire new applicant pool.

Selection process for the Athletic Training Program

  • Students must submit an Athletic Training Program application.
  • Students must submit sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended except for Fresno State.
  • Students will be ranked according to overall grade point average (GPA) and GPA in the four prerequisites courses.
  • Recommendations will be reviewed and scored based on specific criteria. Three recommendations are required. One recommendation must be from a certified athletic trainer. The program will solicit these recommendations electronically after your application has been received.
  • Composite scores will be calculated from overall GPA + prerequisite course GPA + and recommendation scores.
  • Interviews will be granted to applicants with the highest composite scores.
  • Interview performance will be reviewed and scored based on specific criteria.
  • Interview score will be added to the composite score (see above). Those with the highest scores (beginning with the highest score and in descending order) will be offered admission to the Program, until all vacancies are filled. (*)

* Preference will be given to U.S. military veterans who meet minimum requirements for admission and who submit a DD214 showing a discharge date no more than four years prior to date application is submitted.

Students who have been admitted to the major and fail to attend the first day of class, without prior arrangement with the Athletic Training Program Director, will be dropped from the major and not considered for future admission.

Application Filing Period

  • Fall Admission Application Deadline - February 1, prior to fall admission
  • Cohorts for the Athletic Training major are only admitted each fall semester. Athletic Training Program applications are available January 1-31 and must be submitted by Feb. 1 of each year.
  • University applications are available at

*Dates are subject to change. Additional information can be obtained online at or by calling the athletic training program director at 559.278.2543.

The program application includes additional instructions and deadlines. The university application form can be obtained online at

Note: Students who have been admitted to the major, have made no arrangements with the department, and fail to attend the first day of class will be dropped from the major and not considered for future admission.

To access the online application, click HERE (link active Jan. 1-31)

Progression in the Major

Criteria for retention, progression, and graduation from the program requires a minimum grade of C in all required major courses and "credit" in courses offered for CR/NC grading only. Required major courses may be repeated only once to achieve a C or credit grade. Any student who must repeat more than two major courses will not be permitted to continue in the major.

Refer to the Student Handbook, Baccalaureate Degree Athletic Training Program, for complete progression and retention policies.


Students must be prepared to incur any additional cost such as uniforms, malpractice insurance, health insurance, stethoscopes, course materials, lab fees, etc., and be responsible for their own transportation to clinical facilities. A current CPR certification, a physical examination, and specific immunizations are required. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the students' tenure in the program.