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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). 

Entrance requirements

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) 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 ATEP are due by April 1 during the spring semester of a Pre-Athletic Training student's first year.

Admission to the ATEP 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 between 8-12 students are accepted each year. Those accepted into the formal ATEP 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 decisions are made by the committee. 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
  • Hours of observation
  • 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 ATEP 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. (See probation 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.  Most who pursue further education will do so 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.


A new Athletic Training room was constructed in 2007.  This room will be used for some lab classes as well as clinical rotations.  With the creation of the program new facilities will be constructed.  These include an Athletic Training laboratory and student resource room as well as faculty offices.

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.


Contact Information

Ken Blood, MS, ATC, LAT
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 Coordinator of the Social Science Division
Muskingum University
163 Stormont St.
New Concord, OH 43762
Email: larryn@muskingum.edu

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