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Athletic Training


Candidates for selection into the Athletic Training Program (ATP) must meet the following criteria. Further explanation of these requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog and the CSU ATP Handbook. Application materials can be requested from the Program Director.

Prerequisites Courses Requirements

  • KINE 204 - First Aid and Personal Safety*
  • AHAT 205 - Basic Athletic Training*
  • AHAT 206 - Orthopedic Taping and Bracing*

*minimum grade of B

  • BIOL 226 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab^
  • BIOL 227 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab^

minimum grade of C

Verification of grades occurs prior to full admission to the ATP.

Transfer students must submit transcripts for review to the Program Director and to the Office of the Registrar.

Application Requirements

  • Completed ATP Application document
  • Completed prerequisite coursework with minimum grade required
  • Signed Program Standards form (personal verification of the ability of the student to meet the Technical Standards during participation in the ATP with no compounding risks to one's self and/or others within the health care environment)
  • Submitted academic transcripts
  • Obtained a Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of Personal Vaccinations (immunization record)

Formal Interview

  • Candidates will be interviewed by invitation only after completed application forms
  • Interviews are conducted every spring for current CSU students
  • Transfer students must interview by appointment only

Admission Acceptance

  • Students are notified of conditional acceptance in writing during the summer prior to beginning of the professional phase the following fall semester.
  • Students are granted official acceptance by demonstrating the following:
    • Meet minimum grade requirements for each prerequisite course
    • Provide proof of personal health insurance
    • Provide proof of professional liability insurance
    • Verification of completed drug screen
    • Verification of criminal background check

(Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Program Director.) 

Program Standards

The Athletic Training Educational Program at Charleston Southern 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 program standards set forth by the Athletic Training Educational 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 programs 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 Educational Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these program standards, the student will not be admitted into the program.

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

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

 All students must read and sign the Program Standards form as part of their application to the CSU ATP.

(Compliance with the program standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC examination)

Retention Policy

Students must demonstrate acceptable progression in their advancement through the ATP. Students will jeopardize program status (probation and/or program dismissal) if they are unable to comply with the following program standards:

  1. Minimum Grade Requirements (see below);
  2. Overall 2.5 GPA in credit hours taken at CSU toward degree;
  3. Maintain NATA Standards of Professional Practice and BOC Code of Ethics;
  4. Maintain CSU-ATP Professional Behavior Policy (stated above);
  5. Maintain standards of academic and clinical education requirements consistent with educational level.

CLINICIAL COURSEWORK (grade of B or higher required)                                                      

  • AHAT 210 Clinical Practice in Athletic Training I
  • AHAT 220 Clinical Practice in Athletic Training II
  • AHAT 310 Clinical Practice in Athletic Training III
  • AHAT 320 Clinical Practice in Athletic Training IV
  • AHAT 410 Clinical Practice in Athletic Training V
  • AHAT 420 Clinical Practice in Athletic Training VI

DIDATIC COURSEWORK (grade of C or higher required)

  • AHAT 271 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis: Medical Conditions
  • AHAT 272 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis: Lower Extremity
  • AHAT 371 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis: Upper Extremity
  • AHAT 372 Clinical Examination and Diagnosis: Head and Spine
  • AHAT 413 Therapeutic Modalities and lab
  • AHAT 414 Therapeutic Exercise and lab
  • AHAT 415 Conceptual Issues of Athletic Training

SUPPORTING COURSEWORK (grade of C or higher required)

  • KINE 201 Personal and Community Health
  • KINE 305 Test & Measurement
  • KINE 380 Physiology of Exercise and lab
  • KINE 408 Kinesiology
  • BIOL 301 Intro to Pharmacology
  • BIOL 345 Nutrition
  • CHEM 110 Concepts of Chemistry (or higher)


Students failing to meet the requirements stated above will be placed on probation. The Program Director will conduct review of academic probation status at the end of each academic semester, and students will be notified of their standing in the program. Upon notification of their standing, students will sign documentation regarding their status, which will be kept on file. Failure to reestablish adequate academic/practical standards consistent with program guidelines will result in program dismissal. Once dismissed from the ATP, students are NOT eligible for re-admission.

Probation I


  • First time/semester student's overall GPA falls below 2.5 and/or
  • Failure to comply with Professional Behavior Policies (some student behavior is egregious enough to warrant Program Dismissal)


  • Recommended remediation (Learning Center) and/or meeting with appropriate personnel (Program Director or Clinical Education Coordinator)
  • One semester to bring overall GPA above 2.5 level

Probation II


  • Second time/semester student's overall GPA falls or remains below 2.5 and/or
  • Failure to comply with Professional Behavior Policies


  • Student is NOT eligible for clinical rotation experience which will require student to complete clinical requirements (hours) during summer term and/or additional semester. (Student maybe granted an I in clinical practice course.)

Probation III


  • Third time/semester student's overall GPA falls or remains below 2.5 and/or
  • Failure to comply with Professional Behavior Policies


  • Student will be dismissed from program and/or will NOT receive BOC endorsement.

Graduation Requirements

University Requirements

    • 125 units of coursework
    • 71 units of coursework in the major
    • 12 units of 300/400 level
    • 36 of 46 last units must be taken at CSU
    • Completion of the liberal arts core
    • All fees and tuition
    • Comply with other stated university policies and procedures

Program Requirements

  • Completion of all pre-professional coursework or approved transfer courses
  • Completion of all professional coursework
  • Maintain overall 2.5 GPA in credit hours taken at CSU toward degree
  • Earned minimum grades in all professional courses (see program retention standards)
  • Completion of all clinical education requirements
  •         - Completion of competencies and clinical proficiencies
            - Completion of clinical hours and assigned  clinical rotations (180 hours per semester)
  • Follow NATA Standards of Professional Practice and BOC Inc. Code of Ethics
  • Maintain “good standing” in the Athletic Training Program according to the policies and procedures stated in the CSU-ATP Handbook
  • (Endorsement for the BOC Inc. examination requires program director approval.)