Admission Requirements

Students desiring to earn a baccalaureate degree in athletic training at Tusculum College will complete a three-step admission process. The first step is to complete the College’s admission process, be accepted for admission to Tusculum College as a degree-seeking student, and complete the two pre-athletic training courses (ATEP 180 and ATEP 190) prior to applying for admission.

The second step required for admission once the two pre-athletic training courses have been completed is applying for admission to the athletic training program by the published application deadline.   Requirements for admission into the athletic training major include:

  • Earned cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 2.500 or higher,
  • Earned a grade of “C” or higher in ATEP 180 and ATEP 190
  • Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of clinical observation (hours will include two of the following areas: lower extremity, upper extremity, equipment intensive, game/event coverage, rehabilitation and/or general treatment), and
  • Submission of a letter of application by the published deadline.

The third step, once applicants receive provisional acceptance, is to meet all background check, drug screening, immunizations, PPD, physical examination and CPR:PR or BLS certification requirements and complete additional pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain the cumulative GPA at or above 2.500 before being fully admitted.

Admission to Tusculum College does not guarantee acceptance into the athletic training major.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all applicants and admitted students must be, with reasonable accommodations, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the athletic training profession as outlined in the Technical Standards.  The Technical Standards are located in the Athletic Training Clinical Manual and are posted on the program’s web page.

Additional Information

All athletic training students are required to have malpractice insurance.  Students will obtain malpractice insurance through Tusculum College.

It is strongly suggested that all athletic training students have health insurance coverage.  Students are responsible for any and all costs associated with health problems, including any and all injuries or exposures to disease as a result of clinical experiences.

The background check, drug screening, immunization and health status assessments are required by various clinical affiliate sites as a condition of participation in clinical education at their facility.   The Joint Commission requires hospitals, childcare facilities and other agencies to perform criminal background checks on all persons involved in direct patient care, to include employees, medical personnel, volunteers and students. All students are required to complete a criminal background check at their expense through the School’s designated agent. Refusal to complete a background check will result in the student’s non-admission or non-progression in the athletic training program. Problematic criminal background checks will be reviewed individually by the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Students readmitted to the Athletic Training Program following a leave of absence or withdrawal will be required to repeat the process prior to readmission.

Positive criminal background checks will be reported to the clinical agencies per the clinical affiliation agreements with such agencies. Students, at the time of admission, will give permission to the program to share the criminal background check results with the clinical affiliates.  If a clinical affiliate does not grant the student permission to complete clinical experiences at their facility, the program is under no obligation to provide alternative experiences. Failure to participate in clinical experiences due to positive background checks will result in the student’s inability to meet course requirements and subsequently, result in dismissal from the program.

Area health care agencies are drug free places of employment and require a satisfactory (negative) urine drug screen of all healthcare students that will be in clinical rotations at their facilities. The urine must be collected and processed using National Institute of Drug Abuse approved laboratory protocols and facilities. The drug screen test will be performed through the School’s designated agent at the student’s expense and will be completed prior to final acceptance into the program. Students will not be permitted to matriculate unless the drug screen is negative or in the event of a positive drug screen, student provides documented legitimate use of identified drug(s).

NOTE: Students readmitted following a leave of absence are required to repeat the drug screen prior to attending class.

If an athletic training student has an incomplete immunization record and/or does not have a complete physical examination on file, the student will not be allowed to enroll in athletic training clinical courses.

If an athletic training student has an incomplete immunization record and/or physical examination on the first day of clinical rotation, the student will not be allowed to continue enrollment in the athletic training clinical course.

NOTE: Athletic training program applicants/students who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation may be ineligible for licensure per state law. For more information, contact the Program Director or Clinical Education Coordinator.  Any felony convictions and/or arrests must be reported to the Program Director at the time they occur while enrolled in athletic training courses.  Failure to report an arrest or conviction will result in immediate withdrawal from the Athletic Training Program and courses.

Applicants who satisfactorily complete the background check, drug screening, immunizations and physical examination and maintain a GPA of 2.500 or higher and met the additional requirements for admission, will be given full admission status and allowed to enroll in athletic training courses. 

All fully admitted applicants are required to submit documentation of obtaining an American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or two weeks before the first day of athletic training clinical courses.  The CPR:PR or BLS certification must be renewed prior to its expiration in order for athletic training students to remain in clinical courses.  Failure to submit documentation by the deadline will result in the student not being allowed to remain enrolled in athletic training clinical courses.

Individuals who are not accepted for a given class, and who desire to be considered for the next class must reapply by the subsequent application deadline.

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