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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at this time MSU Denver is not accepting any new Athletic Training Students into the Athletic Training Program. During this challenging time, our athletic training program can only secure clinical placements for our upperclassmen, and accepting new students would not allow us to guarantee that all curricular standards will be met for new applicants. Our status will be updated as more information becomes available.

Athletic Training Program Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Beginning Fall 2020:

For all students enrolling in MSU Denver beginning Fall 2020 or currently majoring in athletic training but have not been formally admitted to the MSU Denver Athletic Training Program, new curriculum and accreditation standards will be implemented in order to maintain compliance with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The objective of the Athletic Training Program is the professional preparation of athletic training students qualifying them to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam. Upon successful completion of the BOC exam, the athletic training graduate may practice as a certified athletic trainer (ATC).

The Athletic Training Program is an extended major within the Department of Human Performance and Sport, which eliminates the need for a minor. Students must meet with either an Athletic Training Faculty advisor or the Human Performance and Sport advisor.

Students interested in pursuing the Athletic Training major must do the following:

· Contact an Athletic Training Program academic or faculty advisor for academic advising and to declare major. Please see: for additional information on scheduling an advising appointment

· Complete the following required pre-requisite courses with a grade of "C" or better:

o BIO 1080: General Biology and BIO 1090: General Biology Lab

o BIO 2310: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

o HPS 2060: Emergency Rescue/First Responder and CPR

o PSY 1001: Introductory Psychology

o PHY 1000: Introduction to Physics

o CHEM 1010: Chemistry and Society

o ATP 2220: Foundations of Athletic Health Care

· Earn and maintain a minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA as well as a minimum 2.75 GPA in all major courses

Students must apply to the Athletic Training Program during the fall semester with the application being due October 1st. Some pre-requisite courses may be in progress at the time of application, but all pre-requisite courses must be satisfactorily completed at the end of the fall semester of application. Students can request an application via e-mail ( ) or in-person in the office the Department of Human Performance and Sport: PE Building room 217.

Please note:

· Five semesters are required to complete the Athletic Training Program.

· The five-semester sequence begins only in the spring semester.

· The Athletic Training Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the student 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 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 Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). All students admitted to the Athletic Training Program must meet the following abilities and expectations during the entire time period that they are enrolled in the MSU Denver ATP.

o The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts and problem-solving to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;

o 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;

o 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;

o The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;

o The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress;

o The perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced;

o Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations;

o Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.


*Equivalent transfer coursework may be considered. All transfer student coursework will be evaluated individually. Only athletic training coursework completed at institutions accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) will be considered for transfer credit into the Athletic Training Program. Transfer credit is not guaranteed.

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