Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must apply and be granted admission to Union University.
  • All applicants must complete or be currently enrolled in the following prerequisite coursework:
    • PEWS 240 Introduction to Sports Medicine or PEWS 218 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • PEWS 113 Elementary Nutrition
    • PEWS 170 Medical Terminology
    Program Admission requires a grade of B or better in all prerequisite coursework. Preference is given to prospective students who have completed BIO 221 Anatomy and Physiology (or transfer equivalent).
  • All applicants must present and maintain a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • All applicants must submit a completed ATEP application for admission to the Program Director by the deadline of April 1 for formal enrollment in the following fall semester.
  • All applicants must submit a current transcript from all institutions that they have previously attended.
  • All applicants must submit three references: one professional, one academic, and one character reference.
  • The ATEP Selection Committee will conduct a formal interview with all applicants.

Competitive Admissions Process

Acceptance in Union University's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) involves a selective process of competitive program admission. Prospective students may declare their major to be athletic training upon entrance to Union University, but each student must still be formally admitted to the ATEP before entering into the clinical phases of the sequential curriculum. Candidates must meet all criteria for acceptance in the program.

A student may complete all criteria for admission but that does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Prospective candidates must submit the formal application to the Program Director of athletic training education by April 1 of each year to be considered for fall enrollment. All applicants will be ranked in accordance with their performance in the following categories: (1) academic potential, (2) success in pre-requisite coursework, (3) standardized scores (ACT, PSAT or equivalent), (4) recommendation/references, and (5) a formal interview with the ATEP Selection Committee. During the interview, each member of the ATEP Selection Committee will complete a scoring scale. Candidates will be evaluated on intellectual, social and technical skills relative to the athletic training profession. All components of the application process are individually weighted and scored. Individual scores are incorporated into a cumulative score that determines the candidate's rank.

Enrollment in the Athletic Training Education Program is limited to a program capacity of 42. Final admission into the program rests with the decision of the ATEP Selection Committee. All student candidates will receive the admission decision in writing by May 1. Student candidates who were denied admission into the ATEP will have the opportunity to reapply for admission for future enrollment.

Program Requirements

  • All athletic training students must complete a physical examination from a licensed medical practitioner and submit a complete health history and record of immunizations.
  • All athletic training students must sign agreements in reference to the technical standards of the program, acknowledgment of the Union University Athletic Training Student Handbook, and the Hepatitis B Vaccination Election Form.
  • All athletic training students will be required to maintain CPR certification(Professional Rescuer or equivalent) for the duration of the program.
  • All athletic training students must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening.
  • All applicants must be screened for Tuberculosis annually.

Operational Fair Practices and Additional Fees

Some additional fees will apply upon entrance into Union University's Athletic Training Education Program.

  • Upon entry into the Athletic Training Education Program, all athletic training students must complete a criminal background check (at their own expense) in compliance with the clinical education requirements of West Tennessee Healthcare
  • Each athletic training student will be billed a laboratory fee of $50.00 per semester for clinical courses (AT 265, 275, 365, 375, 465, 475).
  • Each athletic training student will be billed an additional fee of $25.00 per year for liability insurance.
  • Each athletic training student will be required to invest in professional attire in order to meet the standards of professional practice in clinical education.
  • Each athletic training student will be subject to drug screening upon entry into the ATEP.

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