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General Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” of at least one course at the undergraduate or graduate levels in each of the following subject areas:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (labs ARE required)
    • or 1 semester of Human Anatomy and 1 semester of Human Physiology
  • General Chemistry I (lab preferred not required)
  • General Physics I (lab preferred not required)
  • General Biology I (lab preferred not required)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • General Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology (recommended not required)
  • Technical Writing (recommended not required)

Students applying to the Athletic Training program are required to complete and record 50 hours of observation with a practicing Certified and/or Licensed Athletic Trainer. Observation hours must be completed in an Athletic Training setting (e.g. high school, college, university, or professional sports venue), sports medicine clinic, or other emerging practice setting.

All observation forms must be uploaded into ATCAS .

Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution (or foreign equivalent with satisfactory completion of the TOEFL).

Applicants must demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (some exceptions are permissible).

Applicants must be CPR (with AED for adult, infant, and child) and First Aid certified. You will need to upload a copy of your certification cards to ATCAS.


Technical Standard Requirements

Candidates must be able to accurately perceive, by the use of senses and mental abilities, the presentation of information through:

  • Small group discussions and presentations
  • Large-group lectures
  • One-on-one interactions
  • Demonstrations
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Patient encounters
  • Diagnostic findings
  • Procedures
  • Written material
  • Audiovisual material

Candidates must be able to communicate skillfully (in English) with faculty members, preceptors, other members of the healthcare team, patients, families, and other students, in order to:

  • Elicit information
  • Perceive, acknowledge, and respond to nonverbal communication
  • Convey information, verbally and in writing
  • Clarify information
  • Create rapport
  • Develop therapeutic relationships

Candidates should have sufficient motor function and coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the sense of touch and vision to:

  • Attend (and participate in) all classes, groups, and activities in the curriculum
  • Examine patients
  • Elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers
  • Execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, application of pressure to stop bleeding, application of bandages for wound care, patient transport, and manual therapies
  • Perform in a reasonably independent and competent way in sometimes chaotic clinical environments

Candidates must be able to demonstrate higher-level cognitive abilities, which include:

  • Rational thought
  • Measurement
  • Calculation
  • Visual-spatial comprehension
  • Conceptualization
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Organization
  • Representation (oral, written, diagrammatic, three dimensional)
  • Memory
  • Application
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Ethical reasoning

Candidates must be able to:

  • Consistently display academic integrity, fairness and respect for others.
  • Promptly complete all assignments and responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients
  • Communicate with, examine, and provide care for all patients—including those whose gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or spiritual beliefs are different from candidates' own
  • Develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships, not only with patients but with all members of the Program and healthcare teams
  • Maintain sobriety in all academic and clinical environments, and refrain from the illegal use of substances at all times
  • Abide by all state, federal, and local laws, as well as all University of North Carolina Wilmington codes of conduct
  • Tolerate physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding workloads
  • Function effectively under stress, and proactively make use of available resources to help maintain both physical and mental health
  • Adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and be able to learn in the face of uncertainty
  • Take responsibility for themselves and their behaviors

Contact THE GRADUATE Athletic Training PROGRAM

Steven Zinder, Ph.D., ATC | Program Coordinator & Associate Professor

  • For questions regarding the actual Graduate School application, please contact