What is due by March 1?
Students must submit the Admission form by March 1 as the first step in the application process. Students will then be contacted at the email provided on the Admission form to inform them of the date, location and time of the entrance exam and the Knowledge of Athletic Training Entrance Essay.
When will I know if I am accepted?
Students will receive an email of acceptance by the end of May. The students will be given one week to accept or decline a place in the cohort. The student will then progress into Step 3 - Clinical Course Requirements which must be completed by August 1.
How many students are admitted per year?
Approximately 30 students are accepted into the clinical portion per year dependent upon availability of clinical spaces.
What if I do not have all of the prerequisite classes done?
Admittance is based on grades in prerequisite courses, GPA, score on the ATEP Entrance Exam and the score of the Knowledge of Athletic Training Essay. All students are ranked against each other on the same criteria, so all prerequisite courses must be completed during the spring semester since decisions for acceptance are made once final grades are submitted for the spring courses.
What if I am not accepted?
Students not accepted to progress into the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program should contact their academic advisor to discuss their path. Students may reapply the following year. Students not accepted into the clinical portion of the program may not progress into the Year 2 athletic training courses. See the Grand Canyon University BS Athletic Training Course Sequence Guide
Can I take Year 2 Athletic Training Courses if I am not accepted?
Students not accepted into the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program may not progress into the coursework for Year 2. The program is designed in sequence to promote learning over time. The classes and labs are to prepare students for the following semester clinical assignment therefore taking these out of sequence will disrupt the planned learning progression.
Is there more than one time per year to apply for acceptance into the clinical portion of the athletic training program?
Students are admitted into the clinical portion of the athletic training program only one time per year. Please see the Grand Canyon University BS Athletic Training Course Sequence Guide to ensure all prerequisite courses will be completed in time for application. Also refer to Program Application and Clinical Course Requirements for application deadlines.
Is there a fast track to finish in less than three years once accepted into the clinical portion of the program?
Courses are taken in sequence and educational content is applied at the clinical sites once proficiency of skill is demonstrated during the following semester. Since the courses allow for learning over time from class to lab to clinical application, the courses may not be rearranged or condensed in any manner.
When I finish my Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree, what is next?
Students must pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam in order to become a certified athletic trainer. Please see www.bocatc.org for exam candidate qualifications.
Do I need to be licensed in the state I am planning to work?
Many states require licensure or registration in order to practice. Please see www.bocatc.org for links to the state in which you wish to practice for details.
In what settings do athletic trainers work?
In order to see settings where athletic trainers work, go to www.nata.org/athletic-training for details and profession information.
Is your program accredited?
The athletic training program is accredited through 2017-18. Please see www.caate.net for further information.
What are the program's Board of Certification (BOC) pass rates?
The past three year BOC pass rates are found below. We continue to work with students on preparation for this very difficult exam. For more info on the certification exam, visit www.bocatc.org.
|BOC Pass Rate||2011
|3 Year Aggregate First Time Pass Rate|
|Number of graduates||8||18||0||15**||75 % of GCU students passed the exam on the first attempt over the past 3 years***|
|Number of first time candidates||5||15||0||9|
|Percentage of GCU students who passed the first time||80%||73.33%||0||88.8%**|
|Percentage of students who completed||61.5%||94.7%||0*||88.2%|
*No graduates in May 2013 due to transition from two years to three years for clinical courses completion, once selected into the cohort.
**6 candidates still to test as of May 1, 2014
***CAATE Accredited programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70 percent first time pass rate on the BOC examination. (Source: Standards for the Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs, July 1, 2012 retrieved from http://caate.occutrain.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2012-Professional-Standards.pdf on May 14, 2014.)