Athletic Training Admission RequirementsAthletic Training Admission Requirements

Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Application to the program is in the second semester of the freshmen year (by April 15)

Transfer students may apply to the program upon completion of the admission requirements.


Students may gain formal entry into the Athletic Training Major after completing the following requirements:

  • Completion of the Lees-McRae College Athletic Training Major Application Form
  • Have and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better
  • *Have a "C-" or better in the following courses:
  • BIO 114 & 115 Intro to Health Science I & II
  • ATE 221 Introduction to Athletic Training
  • Proof of current First Aid & CPR certification
  • Observation hours in the clinical setting: 50 hours under a Lees-McRae College ATC
  • Hours must be documented in the LMC Athletic Training Clinic by an LMC ATC
  • Blood borne pathogen training (provided at LMC) must be completed prior to starting observations
  • A 1-2 page essay stating the applicant's desire to pursue a degree in the Athletic Training Program (Typed)
  • Interview with the Director of Athletic Training Education, a Lees-McRae College ATC and a senior student in the program (Arranged by the Director of Athletic Training Education)

Students will be notified of their acceptance by May 31 after completion of all admission requirements.


Due to space limitations in the program, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Objective values have been assigned to each admission criteria. Those students with the highest score will be accepted first.

As an Athletic Training Major, students are required to gain field/clinical experiences under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer. These experiences provide students the opportunity to develop competence and confidence in the knowledge and skills learned in the formal education setting.


Associated Costs of Athletic Training Education Program

The Athletic Training Education Program makes every effort to keep additional costs to the students to a minimum. However, there are certain costs that students should expect. These may include:

  • Liability Insurance
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination series or declination
  • NATA Membership
  • Automobile for transportation to off campus clinical education sites (required in the final 2 semesters)
  • Professional attire for observation hours and events (NO jeans, t-shirts, sandals, etc.

All ATS's accepted into the ATEP should have Khaki shorts and slacks for events.
Shirts will be issued from the program.


Probationary Admittence to ATEP

If a student does not meet one of the requirements for admission, the student may be granted probationary admittance. Probation allows a student to continue with their ATEP experience/courses while working to satisfy any deficiencies in the minimum requirements. The probationary contract must be completed and signed by the student and ATEP Director. Any requirement listed in the contract must be satisfied in one semester.

Any change in status will result in a written letter/contract, a copy of which must be signed and placed in the student's file. Failure to fulfill the minimal requirements in the time specified will result in loss of program status, requiring the student to re-apply to the program.


Transfer Student Policy

A transfer student with sufficient collegiate athletic training experience may be admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program on a case-by-case basis. If a transfer student comes in with no athletic training experience, he/she will be required to follow the entrance requirements for traditional students listed in the catalog.

Applicants will be required to provide a recommendation from a supervising Certified Athletic Trainer and documentation from the transfer institution indicating proficiency of clinical skills at the time of application. A transfer student with sufficient collegiate athletic training credits or experience, will be allowed to challenge freshman competencies, and may be admitted to the ATEP on a probationary basis. Transfer students desiring advanced placement status within the ATEP will be required to demonstrate satisfactory completion of ATEP courses with a grade of C or better with Program Director approval. Once accepted into the program, the student will spend a minimum of two years of study in the major. Transfer students must meet the 1000 hour clinical requirement. Documented clinical experience from the previous institution may be applied to the 1000 hour requirement.

Acceptance is not guaranteed but is based on availability and meeting the minimum requirements for acceptance into the program.

After acceptance and prior to beginning the next semester, the following must be completed:

  • Verification of a physical
  • Verification or declination of Hepatitis-B vaccination series
  • Verification of technical standards
  • Acceptance of the Athletic Training Student Handbook and Policy and Procedure Manual Agreement

Contact Us

Rita Smith MA, LAT, ATC
Assistant Professor
Director of Athletic Training Education
Chair, Division of Sport and Wellness Studies
Senior Woman Administrator for Athletics
smithr@lmc.edu