Because of the limited opportunities for clinical experience in the Bethel University Athletic Training Program (ATP), a selection process is necessary to identify the most appropriate candidates for the available positions. A selection committee will evaluate each candidate based on overall GPA, GPA in the prerequisite courses, personal interviews with the selection committee, written application materials, and letters of recommendation. The number of students accepted into the ATP each year is dependent upon the constraints of clinical settings and the number of clinical preceptors available.
Application packets are available in the Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science office by November 1. Each candidate must have all application materials, including personal reference forms, on file in the program director’s office by January 7. Selections are made in January, and successful candidates begin their clinical experiences in February.
Along with submitting the application materials, the candidate must also meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program:
- Attain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Complete HAS120; HAS279; BIO104/104D, BIO120/121, or BIO122/122D; BIO214/215.
- Complete observation requirements (listed separately) and submit with application.
- Submit transcripts of all colleges and/or universities attended to the program director.
- Commit to a minimum of five semesters for the completion of coursework and clinical experiences.
- Provide proof of a physical exam on file at Bethel University Health Services.
- Provide proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed waiver.
- Submit signed Technical Standards for Admission form (doc) and Communicable Disease and Student Illness Policy form (pdf).
Students admitted to the ATP must meet Bethel University requirements for academic progress. In addition, a student must:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA in major courses.
- Maintain current certification in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.
- Become and remain a student member in the National Athletic Trainers Association.
- Earn a grade no lower than C in any major course.
- Complete Clinical Requirements (pdf) as outlined in the ATP Student Manual and the Athletic Training Program webpage.
Note: There will be additional expenses (above tuition and fees) associated with clinical rotations. Expenses may include, but are not limited to, personal background check, physical examination and immunizations, professional conference fees, and uniforms. Each student will have a minimum of one off-campus clinical experience. Transportation is necessary to all off-campus clinical sites. Students must be available nights and weekends for clinical assignments.
- Operate within the NATA Code of Ethics and the guidelines of the ATP Student Manual.