Program of Study and Admission Criteria


The University of Arkansas offers an entry-level Master of Athletic Training. The Athletic Training Program was granted national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Admitted students are offered the opportunity to interact with high-quality researchers/teachers in the field of exercise science throughout the 2½ years of coursework and clinical rotations, and either research experience or thesis. Employment opportunities for graduates include serving as health-care professionals for sports medicine clinics and hospitals. Other employment opportunities include professional teams as well as university, college and secondary-school athletic teams.

The Athletic Training Program is a precertification program in athletic training and is not intended for students who are already eligible to sit for the BOC (Board of Certification) examination. This is a full-time graduate program and requires considerable clinical experience as part of the requirements for graduation. This is a competitive program that also requires admission to the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.

Admission Criteria

  • Admission into the Athletic Training Program requires the following.
  • A selective admission process, to which 22 students are selected to enroll in courses starting the first summer session, is completed by applicants who meet the GPA requirement, successful completion of program prerequisites (see below) and the Athletic Training Program application (constructed as an online application).
    • The University of Arkansas Graduate School transfer of credit policy will apply if a student desires to transfer from another institution into the Athletic Training Program (see transfer of credit for the Master of Science Degree in the current Graduate Catalog).
    • Students desiring admission to the Athletic Training Program must complete the following deficiency/prerequisite courses prior to admission:

If the above six courses were obtained at a college/university other than the University of Arkansas, course syllabi/outlines for courses that are requested to meet the requirements must be submitted to the Program Director of Athletic Training for approval. It is imperative that students have the equivalent of the above undergraduate deficiencies/prerequisites in order to satisfy the competencies set forth by the BOC national examination and accreditation. Click on the sample syllabi above to verify that that the student's prerequisite course meets the admission requirement.

The Athletic Training Program requires 56-59 credit semester hours of graduate work and either research experience or thesis. A graduate GPA of 3.00 or better is required for graduation.

Technical Standards

The Athletic Training program in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Arkansas 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 establishes 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 Education (CAATE). 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. Applicants who may not meet these technical standards are encouraged to contact the Program Director of Athletic Training, 303 HPER Building, University of Arkansas.

The Following Are the Technical Standards

  1. Candidates must be able to actively learn from observations, demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences.
  2. Candidates must be able to learn to analyze, synthesize, solve problems, and reach assessment and therapeutic judgments distinguished from the norm.
  3. Candidates must have sufficient sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using acceptable techniques.
  4. Candidates must be able to relate effectively to athletes and the physically active and to establish sensitive, professional relationships with them.
  5. Candidates are expected to be able to communicate the results of the assessment to the injured or ill exerciser, to responsible officials, to parents or guardians, and to colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency.
  6. Candidates are expected to learn and perform routine prevention, assessment, emergency care and therapeutic procedures.
  7. Candidates are expected to be able to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of injured or ill athletes and physically active individuals.
  8. Candidates must be able to learn to respond with precise, quick and appropriate action in emergency situations.
  9. Candidates are expected to be able to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.
  10. Candidates are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the athletic training degree curriculum as outlined and sequenced, to attempt BOC certification within the year of program completion and to enter the practice of athletic training.

Following the deadline for application acceptance, the Athletic Training Selection Committee, which comprises three athletic training faculty and three University of Arkansas athletic training staff, will evaluate and rate each applicant. Once a determination has been rendered concerning the applicant's desire for admission, a formal letter noting acceptance, denial or placement on a waiting list will be sent to the applicant.