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The Athletic Training Major does not admit students directly from high school. Accordingly, if you want to apply for admission to the professional program in Athletic Training, you should enroll as a pre-athletic training student within the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the beginning of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue. This department is housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences. You may apply for admission to the Athletic Training Major by completing the pre-athletic training requirements and making formal application during the second semester of your freshman (or first) year at Purdue. The professional program takes a minimum of three years to complete, thus, the major requires a minimum of four years.

Even if you have completed the pre-athletic training requirements, you cannot be guaranteed admission to the Athletic Training Major. As a professional program, there are a limited number of positions available in each cohort, typically 12-15 depending on fieldwork placement opportunities. If you are not admitted to the Athletic Training Major, you may select a new major within the Department of Health and Kinesiology, transfer to another department within the College of Health and Human Sciences or transfer to another major within the University.

Pre-Athletic Training, the pre-professional program, has a two-fold purpose:

  1. To allow the potential athletic training student the opportunity to take the basic courses in athletic training and to observe and participate in clinical experiences to determine if the program meets their career objectives, and
  2. To allow the athletic training faculty and staff the opportunity to evaluate the student in an environment simulating experiences found in the professional program. The student will complete directed observations as assigned in HK 101, Clinical Practice in Athletic Training-Observation during the pre-athletic training year. Included in the class are varied experiences in the athletic training facilities and the physical therapy department of the Student Health Center.

The Athletic Training Admissions Committee considers many factors in making its final admissions selections including:

  1. GPA during the pre-athletic training year. The minimum grade point average for application to the program is a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Individual grades in BIOL 203, 204, MATH 159 (or MATH 153 and 154), PSY 120, HK 101, 208, and ENGL 106. The committee will be looking for grades of B- or better in these courses.
  3. Professional staff evaluation. The athletic training staff will score each student based on the clinical experience of the pre-professional year. The evaluators will consider:
      • Ability to learn clinical skills as determined by practical exams.
      • Ability to apply classroom knowledge to the clinical setting.
      • Ability to work within the policies and procedures of the various clinical settings.
      • Ability to work with the patient/athlete on a professional basis.
      • Ability to work in a stress filled environment.
  4. Personal interview. Questions in the personal interview are intended to derive information about the student's athletic training, personal, and academic background. In addition, it is intended to seek out information about the student's career intentions. The questions will determine how much the student knows about athletic training. One-on-one interaction, essential to athletic training, will be assessed also. Interviews will be scored by standard rubric on the basis of how the student handled the interview and on how the questions were answered.
  5. Letters of recommendation. These letters (3) should be related to the applicant's ability to function in an allied medical setting, i.e. patient-athletic trainer relationship. The letter should detail the applicant's personality and work habits, as they would pertain to a career in athletic training. The applicant's desire for and dedication to a career in athletic training should be discussed. These letters will not be scored but are required as part of the application process.

There are experiences and/or opportunities that are either required of or are optional for athletic training students in the Athletic Training Program (ATP). Following is a list of those experiences/opportunities and the expectations of each:

Off-campus clinical experiences:

Local High Schools – Sophomore athletic training students will be assigned to a preceptor for a fieldwork assignment at one of the local high schools. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the off-campus clinical sites.

Small College– Junior athletic training students will be assigned to a preceptor for a fieldwork assignment at Wabash College. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the off-campus clinical sites.

In each case, every effort will be made to accommodate those students who don't have their own transportation.

Pre-season camp (football, soccer, volleyball):

As part of our program, athletic training students are required, to come to campus prior to the beginning of the academic year to start their fieldwork We believe this experience to be a valuable opportunity for the students to learn the practices and procedures of the athletic training facilities. While at the pre-season camps, the athletic training students are provided housing and meals at no cost to them.

Other Responsibilities and Opportunities:

All athletic training students have responsibilities and opportunities throughout the course of the school year as part of their clinical educational experiences. These responsibilities and opportunities are sometimes voluntary and sometimes assigned based on a rotation. Those responsibilities and opportunities follow with a brief description of what is expected from the athletic training student when he or she is responsible for that task:

Driving Responsibilities – Athletic training students are asked to drive athletes to doctorsí appointments or surgeries. (These trips are made using university vehicles.) If a student agrees to drive an athlete to such a visit, he or she will have the opportunity to interact with the physician and his/her staff and watch surgeries. All our physicians are interested in the education of the athletic training student and love to teach them. It is a valuable experience.

Campus wide breaks and/or holidays – Some sports practice or have games over semester breaks and holidays. Athletic training students assigned to preceptors working with those sports may be asked to remain on campus or travel with the preceptor and the team during those times. Students involved with those sports will be informed of the requirements of the schedule well in advance in order to make arrangements. Although it is the intention to provide the student with the opportunity to gain every clinical experience we can allow, every consideration will be given the student who has family or other obligations which make it necessary to leave campus.


Once accepted into the Purdue University Athletic Training Program the athletic training students are required to wear khaki slacks or shorts and a Purdue polo shirt in the clinical setting. Students will be provided with Purdue Athletic Training polo shirts, a Purdue coat, scissors, and other items as they are available. The student is responsible for purchasing their own slacks and shorts.

Program costs

In addition to tuition and living expenses, students in the athletic training program at Purdue University may incur additional costs, including:

  • National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) student membership: $75 annually
  • Attendance at professional conferences: Variable
  • Transportation costs for off-campus clinical experiences: $300-$500 per semester
  • Athletic training kit/Fanny pack/sling pack: up to $250
  • Criminal background check for clinical education sites: $35 to 50 annually
  • CPR/AED face shield: Up to $10
  • Tuberculosis skin test: $5 annually
  • Immunization titers (if needed): Up to $250
  • Clothing to meet dress code requirement: Variable
For additional information, please contact Scott Lawrance, Program Director.