Athletic Training Program Admission Requirements

The Athletic Training program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training. Students who wish to pursue this degree must be formally admitted to the program. This is a selective admissions program with a competitive admission process. Acceptance into the program is based on the admission material completed and submitted to the Program Director (or postmarked) on or before March 15. 

Students typically apply the Spring Semester of their Freshman Year. Transfer students usually apply the Spring Semester before they intend to enter the program. Acceptance into the program is based on the following material completed and submitted into the Program Director on or before March 15th:

  • Application form
  • Essay
  • Copy of college transcripts – students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 while in the program
  • Three recommendation forms, one of which must come from an allied health professional
  • Completed or be in the process of completing AT/HHP 1270 Advanced Emergency Care with a “B” or better
  • Completed or in the process of completing AT/HHP 1300 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries with a grade of “B” or better
  • Complete 30 hours of observation under a certified athletic trainer within the past year
  • Be a full-time student at Nebraska Wesleyan University (upon starting the program)

After the application materials for the Athletic Training Program are submitted, they are reviewed by the Athletic Training Program Selection Committee and qualified applicants will interview with the committee.

Student Transfer Policy

Transfer students need to contact the NWU Athletic Training Program Director early in the recruiting process. Transfer students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 2.75 overall grade point average
  • Completed or be in the process of completing AT/HHP 1270 Advanced Emergency Care with a "B" (3.0) or better
  • Completed or be in the process of completing AT/HHP 1300 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better
  • Complete 30 hours of observation under a certified athletic trainer

Prospective transfer students must have successfully completed AT/HHP 1270 and AT/HHP 1300 at an accredited institution of higher education and upon consultation with the Program Director to determine proficiency mastery. Prospective students that have not completed AT/HHP 11270 and/or AT/HHP 1300 are ineligible to begin the Athletic Training Program until they have successfully completed both of those courses. If admitted, transfer athletic training students will be required to complete six semesters of clinical experiences at NWU. Transfer credit will not be allowed for clinical experience or other major required courses in the Athletic Training degree. The Athletic Training Program is a competitive enrollment program.

Archway Athletic Training Honors Admission

The Archway Athletic Training Honors Admission (AATHA) program offers highly qualified students a guaranteed place among the limited available spaces in the Athletic Training Program. No more than one half of the maximum students allowed per cohort may be admitted under the AATHA, and the AATHA slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis (based on date admissions deposit is received by the Admissions Office). As AATHA candidates successfully complete the requirements to maintain their status, the program’s admission application (including the application, essay and recommendation forms) is waived. AATHA students must still complete the course requirements, observation hours, and committee interview in order to begin the program.

AATHA admission is granted for High School Students meeting these criteria by the end of their senior year of high school:

  • High school eligibility requirements
  • Minimum score of 23 on ACT or comparable score for SAT
  • Cumulative GPA:  3.5 or above

AATHA admission is granted to College Transfer Students meeting these criteria:

  • College Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or above
  • No repeated courses
  • No pass/fail courses or labs in sciences
  • No grade below C (2.0) in any course required for the major

Requirements at NWU to maintain AATHA status (prior to starting in the Program):

  • Must be full time student (at least 12 credits per semester) and follow required curriculum
  • Must meet with a Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletic Training faculty advisor a minimum of once per semester to plan and monitor course progression
  • Maintenance of cumulative 3.00 GPA
  • No repeated courses
  • No pass/fail courses or labs in sciences
  • A grade below C (2.0) in any course is not accepted
  • Successful completion of the interview process

AATHA candidates who do not meet the requirements prior to the admission decisions being made may still apply for admission to the Athletic Training Program via the standard admission process.

Administration opens this program equally to both men and women, and will not discriminate according to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disabling conditions. Process and due dates subject to change based on the approval of the program director.