Athletic Training Candidate Admission

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We are excited each year by the high qulaity students interested in becoming a part of the Heidelberg ATP!  We are proud of our outstanding faculty, quality of the curriculum, dedicated students, diverse clinical education and the opportunity to provide students with a great educational experience! Acceptance into Heidelberg's ATP is competitive and selective and we are extremely proud of our successful alumni! For more details regarding the ATP, please view the AT Student Handbook.

Candidate Status

Heidelberg students declare their major as athletic training candidate upon admission to the university. Athletic training candidates must complete the ATP application process as listed below. Completion of the application process does not guarantee acceptance into the Heidelberg ATP. Athletic training candidates become athletic training majors after being formally admitted to the ATP, typically in the spring of their freshmen year.  

Once the athletic training candidate has completed the formal application, they will submit it to the ATP Director for consideration on or before April 1. Next, the athletic training candidate will be invited to a formal interview with the ATP Selection Committee (made up of AT faculty & staff). During the interview, the ATP Selection Committee will evaluate the candidate's interest, knowledge, experience, intellectual & academic ability, emotional & mental stability and social readiness to pursue a degree in Athletic Training.

There are several components of the application process, each being individually weighted and scored. Individual candidate scores earn a ranking score, which makes the process as objective and non-discriminatory as possible. A minimum rank score of 80 percent is required for admittance. The ATP enrollment goal is to admit 12 or more qualified sophomore students per academic year.

The ATP Director reserves the right to institute an “Ability to Benefit Policy”. This policy states that an AT candidate may be considered for entry into the ATP if: the candidate does not meet all ATP Application requirements because of some unusual and/or extenuating circumstances that are deemed to have clearly affected their application.

Terms of ATP Admission

Final admission into the program rests with the decision of the ATP Director.  The Athletic Training Candidate will receive the admission decision in writing no later than one week after final exams.  Some students may learn about their admission decision sooner based on the availiability of information (i.e.: Final Grades).

Admission decisions are one of three options:

1) Candidate is not admitted

2) Candidate is fully admitted

3) Candidate is admitted on a probationary basis based on specific deficits and/or concerns related to their application.  Students are typically given 1 semester to meet the terms of thier probation.  Students that do not meet the terms of their probabtion will not be retained in the ATP.  At this point, students are advised by their academic adviser regarding their future academic interests and pursuits.

Candidates that were denied admission into the ATP will have the opportunity and may be encouraged to re-apply. The reapplication process includes completing an additional 75 hours of observation, submitting an updated formal application and achieving the minimum rank score required for admittance.

ATP Application Admission Forms

Student will need to complete the online ATP Application on or prior to the April 1, due date.


- Includes the following 

General Forms

           3 Completed Letters Recommendation Forms to be send directly to the ATP Director (see form below)

           Observation Hours Form (provided by the Clinical Education Coordinator)

           Candidate Observation Evaluation Form (completed by ATP Selection Committee)

 Earn a B - or Better in the Following Coursework

           ATR 171: Acute Care of Injury and Illness (3 credits Fall or Spring)

           ATR 180: Advanced Emergency Care (2 Credits Spring only)

           ATR 150: Medical Terminology (1 credit Fall or Spring)

           HSC 110: Foundations of Professional Practice (1 credit Fall or Spring)

           BIO 110: Contemporary Biological Problems (with LAB strongly recommended) (3 - 4 credits Fall or Spring)

           OR - BIO 123 with Lab for students interested in graduate studies programs to become a PA, DPT, DC, OT, etc. (Fall only)

           Professional Interview with ATP Selection Committee (TBA Spring semester)

           Candidate Observation Evaluation Form (completed by the ATP Selection Committee)

 Medical Information - please contact the Stoner Health Center in Campus Center (lower level) to get this section completed

            Hepatitis B vaccination (contact Stoner Health Center)                      Tuberculosis (TB) Test (contact the Health Center)

           Current Physical Examination (see form below)                                Signed Technical Standards Form (see from below)

           Blood-borne Pathogen Training (TBA in the Spring Semester)

Summary Points

1.       Completed applications are due on April 1 by noon to the Director of Athletic Training, if April 1, falls on a weekend, the applications are due on the Friday preceding April 1st by noon.

2.       The final decision regarding admission into the Athletic Training Program will be communicated in writing no later than May 16 after all grades have been recorded. 

3.       Address all application question to the ATP Director in person or at


Provide an electronic copy of the completed application forms below to the ATP Director:

1. ATP Application Recommendation Form (note: All completed recommendations must be e-mailed directly to the ATP Director)

2. ATP Application Physical Exam Form (note: both the physical and technical standards forms must be signed by the MD, DO, NP, or PA completing the examination)

ATP Related Fees

Initiating and continuing enrollment in the ATP requires the student to pay for a number of program-specific fees, appropriate clinical attire as indicated by the ATP, professional dues and memberships (seniors only), travel to and from clinical sites and off campus events associated with the ATP, and other associated expenses which typically total $500 or more over the duration of the program.  Students are advised to budget accordingly.