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Major Areas of Study: Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries among the physically active population.  Athletic Trainers are credentialed through the Board of Certification of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Colleges and Universities that prepare Athletic Training students to sit for the national exam do so under the authority of the Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Athletic Training program at Muskingum University is accredited by CAATE.


Entrance requirements

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Athletic Training Program (ATP) enter Muskingum University identified as Pre-Athletic Training students. Pre-AT students spend their first year at Muskingum fulfilling requirements that allow the student to apply for formal admission. Applications for admission to the ATP are due by April 1 during the spring semester of a Pre-Athletic Training student's first year.

Admission to the ATP is highly competitive. Admission to Muskingum University and fulfillment of the requirements to apply does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Depending on the slots available, up to 15 students are accepted each year. Those accepted into the formal ATP complete an intense three year regimen including classroom and laboratory instruction as well as clinical rotations.

Each student who applies is interviewed by a Selection Committee. Once spring semester grades are posted final admission decisions are made. All applicants are notified of their success during the summer. If accepted into the program students are required to accomplish specific tasks during the summer in anticipation of beginning the formal part of the program in the fall of their second year. Failure to complete the tasks may jeopardize the retention of the slot a student has been accepted into.

Requirements for application

  • Course work: ATHT 110, ATHT 120, HLTH 200, PSYC 101, HLSC 101, HLSC 110, PHED 149
  • First-year GPA at least 2.75
  • No AT major course grade below a C
  • Must have mastered all required competencies in courses taken during first year
  • Must pass the Candidate Assessment quiz
  • Must complete Directed Observation (shadowing that is part of ATHT 100 & 120
  • Required to attend a practice and competition from a list of sports as part of the AT staff
  • Completion of technical standards form
  • Submission of Recommendation Assessment Forms (2 recommendations)
  • Interview with Selection Committee (interview granted if only if requirements are met)
  • Application submitted to the ATP Director by April 1

Additional Requirements

  • Once accepted Athletic Training students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and must not have a grade in the AT major below a ā€œCā€. If this standard is not met the student may be placed on probation or may have to retake the course before continuing the major. (See progression policy)

  • Students accepted must also arrive each fall having met all program requirements including but not limited to immunizations and current valid CPR training.

Post-Muskingum options

Our graduates have several options available to them.  Alums may seek to pursue further education.  Options vary depending on professional goals.  Alums could apply to Physical or Occupational Therapy School.  Some may want to pursue grad school to be a Physician’s Assistant.  Once accredited, ATP graduates may pursue further education hoping to be hired as a GA or TA while serving as an Athletic Trainer.  There are literally 100’s of these positions that open up nationwide every year.

Students may also go directly into the workforce.  Venues can include jobs at the college/ university level, outreach clinic, public school, occupational/ industrial setting or even the fine arts and professional rodeo.


The ATP utilizes a new athletic training lab.  The program also uses the Kalnow Athletic Training Room located in the Anne Sttele Center. These rooms are used for lab classes as well as clinical rotations. The program also utilizes new faculty offices, a student resource room and a classroom designated for the ATP.

Muskingum University is a member of the NCAA III and the Ohio Athletic Conference.  Our Athletic Training students will serve as a part of the medical team that provides care for these athletes.  Our students also complete clinical education rotations at several off-campus sites.


Contact Information

Ken Blood, MS, ATC, LAT
Director of Athletic Training
Muskingum University
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, Ohio 43762
Office: 740-826-8327
Email: kblood@muskingum.edu

Dr. Larry Normansell
Chair of the Health Science Department and Chair of the Social Science Division
Muskingum University
163 Stormont St.
New Concord, OH 43762
Email: larryn@muskingum.edu

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