Academic Programs

Specialized General Studies Requirements

This degree has special general studies requirements. Students should see the AT Program Advisor along with this Bulletin.

The Athletic Training Program at Troy University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program.  An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity.  The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAAT]).  The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Athletic Training Program.  In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program. 

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program must demonstrate:

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.

  2. Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.

  3. The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communication judgments and treatment information effectively.  Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

  4. The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

  5. The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

  6. The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.

  7. Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

  8. Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the Athletic Training Program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

The Troy University Department of Athletic Training will evaluate a student who states s/he could meet the programs technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student states s/he can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards reasonable accommodation; this includes a review whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety, or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

Graduation requirements for the Athletic Training Program include:

  • A 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all Athletic Training Program core courses
  • Meet all of the athletic training education program’s technical standards
  • Successfully completed all of the required competencies and proficiencies
  • Successfully completed all of Troy University’s general education requirements
  • Successfully complete the six-semester sequence of athletic training clinical rotation

Two scholarships are available annually to Athletic Training Program Students:

  • Ray S. Baggett, Ed.D, ATC Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Sophomore Athletic Training Program Student, funded through the Troy University Athletic Training Foundation
  • James A. Whiteside, M.D., Eminent Scholar Scholarship is awarded to a Junior Athletic Training Program Student, funded through the Troy University Athletic Training Foundation
  1. All applicants must complete the following courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better. 
    • BIO 1100 and L100
    • MTH 1112
    • CHM 1142 and L142
    • ENG 1101
    • ENG 1102
    • AT 1101 must also be completed under the same criteria; however, it must be taken at Troy University. Transfer students must go through the same application process as Troy University students. In order to determine if a course will transfer to Troy University you must contact the registrar’s office at 334-670-3164.
  2. The Athletic Training Education (AT Program) accepts completed applications for program admission twice a year. The due dates are April 1 and July 1 of each academic year. Applications will be distributed in the AT 1101 course. Applicants applying by the April 1 deadline will receive priority and the July 1 applicants will receive consideration only if there are slots available after the April 1 program admission process is complete. Admission to the AT Program is selective and completed applications do not guarantee admission into the AT Program. Enrollment is limited due to the availability of resources.
  3. All students must be interviewed by the Athletic Training Program Board of Admissions as a component of the application process.
  4. Student applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation
  5. Students must submit a minimum of 40 observation hours under a certified athletic trainer prior to being considered for admission into the AT Program.
  6. Proof of physical examination Hepatitis B vaccine, TB skin test, and current tetanus immunization must be on file once enrolled in the AT Program.
  7. Decisions on acceptance to the Athletic Training Program will be made as soon as possible after the scheduled interview; however this process cannot be complete until final grades are posted for the respective semester.
When do I apply to the Athletic Training Program?

The Athletic Training Program (AT Program) accepts completed applications for program admission twice a year. The due dates are April 1 and July 1 of each academic year. Applicants applying by the April 1 deadline will receive priority and the July 1 applicants will receive consideration only if there are slots available after the April 1 program admission process is complete. Admission to the AT Program is selective and completed applications do not guarantee admission into the AT Program. Enrollment is limited due to the availability of resources. 

I am a transfer student and want to apply to the Athletic Training Program. What do I do?

All transfer student applicants must complete the equivalent of BIO 1100 and L100, MTH 1112, CHM 1142 and L142, ENG 1101 and ENG 1102 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to admission into the AT Program. AT 1101 must also be completed under the same criteria; however, it must be taken at Troy University. Transfer students must go through the same application process as Troy University students. In order to determine if a course will transfer to Troy University you must contact the registrar’s office at 334-670-3164. 

How many students do you accept into the Athletic Training Program?

Enrollment is limited to the availability of resources. The AT Program can accept approximately 15 students per year. 

What courses do I need to take to apply to the Athletic Training Program?

All student applicants applying for the Athletic Training Education Program must have completed AT 1101, BIO 1100 and L100, MTH 1112, CHM 1142 and L142, and ENG 1101 and 1102 with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

What are the other requirements necessary to apply to the Athletic Training Program?

All students must be interviewed by the Athletic Training Program Board of Admissions as a component of the application process. Student applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation and have documented a minimum of 40 observation hours under a certified athletic trainer prior to being considered for admission into the AT Program. Proof of physical examination Hepatitis B vaccine, TB skin test, and current tetanus immunization must be on file once enrolled in the AT Program. 

How do I maintain progression in the Athletic Training Program?

Students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA as well as a 3.0 GPA in all athletic training core courses. Students must earn a C or better in all athletic training core courses. If a student earns a D or F in any AT Program courses, he/she must repeat that course.