Applying to the Athletic Training Program
A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the Athletic Training major. A maximum of 16 students will be admitted to the professional phase of the program each year. Application to the Athletic Training Program (ATP) takes place during the spring semester of the sophomore year. A second round of admissions may occur following the summer term if space is available. Interested students must meet with the Program Director prior to declaring Athletic Training as a major.
The admission of transfer students will include a careful evaluation of the students' cumulative GPA and prerequisite coursework. The Program Director will make all decisions related to the acceptance of transfer courses. Transfer students are required to complete all Athletic Training specific courses at Marywood University. Transfer students should contact the Program Director regarding program requirements and any questions regarding transfer courses.
Application materials must be submitted to the Director of the Athletic Training Program at Marywood University on or before April 15th.
Please send/submit all materials to:
Shelby W. Yeager, MEd, ATC, LAT
Athletic Training and Exercise Science Department
211 Center for Athletics and Wellness
2300 Adams Ave.
Scranton, PA 18509
Application to the athletic training program requires:
- Completion of ATES 180 with a grade of B- or better*
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better*:
- ATES 130
- BIOL 121
- BIOL 122
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Submission of the following:
- Program application form
- An Unofficial Marywood University transcript
- Submission of official transcripts of any college courses taken at another college/university.
- Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification from one of the following approved providers:
American Heart Association
American Heart Association
BLS Healthcare Provider
American Red Cross
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
American Safety and Health Institute
CPR for Professionals
Emergency Care and Safety Institute
Health Care Provider CPR
National Safety Council
Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers
- Proof of current 1st aid certification.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- One from an individual that can speak to the academic qualities of the applicant (HS teacher, non-program university faculty).
- One from an AT, MD, DO, PT, OT, NP, PA or DC that addresses likelihood the applicant will be successful as a healthcare professional.
- Copies of physical examination and vaccination verifications from Marywood Health Services.
- A signed copy of the programs technical standards for admission form.
- 500-word minimum essay addressing the question “Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you”.
- Supervising AT evaluation of student observation hours. 40 hours of clinical observation completed under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer.
* - Applicants must receive a grade of B- or better in ATES 180 and a grade of C or better in all other prerequisite courses for further admissions consideration.
Once all required materials are submitted, and reviewed, the candidate will be eligible for a formal interview.
Acceptance to the ATP will be based on the following criteria:
Maximum of 18 points
Grade of B- or better in ATES 180-Introduction to Athletic Training.
Maximum of 25 points
Grade of C or better in BIOL 121, 122; ATES 130, 155. Score based on prerequisite GPA.
Maximum of 20 points
Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
Maximum of 17 points
Maximum of 10 points
Supervising ATC evaluation of student Observation hours (25 hours of observation required)
Maximum of 10 points
Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:
- B- or better in ATES 180-Introduction to Athletic Training (25 points possible)*
A = 25 A- = 24 B+ = 23 B = 22 B- = 21
- C or better in BIOL 121, 122; ATES 130, 155 (20 points possible)*
Points based on total GPA of prerequisite coursework
(4.00 – 3.80 = 20) (3.70 – 3.50 = 19) (3.40 – 3.20 = 18) (3.10 – 2.90 = 17) (2.80 – 2.60 = 16) (2.50 – 2.3 = 15) (2.20 – 2.00 = 14)
*- Applicants must receive a grade of B- or better in ATES 180 and a grade of C or better in BIOL 121, 122; ATES 130, 155 for further admissions consideration.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (17 points possible).
(4.00 – 3.80 = 17) (3.70 – 3.50 = 16) (3.40 – 3.20 = 15) (3.10 – 2.90 = 14) (2.80 – 2.60 = 13) (2.50 = 12)
- Formal interview consisting of 6 questions
(18 total points possible, 3 points possible for each question).
- 500 word minimum essay addressing the question “Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you”.(10 points possible)
- Paper addresses question listed above. (6 points possible)
- Proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and terminology (4 points possible).
- Supervising ATC evaluation of student observation hours (10 points)
- (25 hours of observation required)
Applicants must obtain at least 75% of the total points available to be considered for admission. If more than sixteen applicants obtain a score of 75% or higher, the top sixteen applicants will be admitted into the program. Students meeting the criteria for admission, but not initially accepted will be placed on a waitlist. Should a student accepted into the program decline their admission, the top applicant on the wait list will be offered admission to the program. Candidates will be notified of their admission status to the program via confidential email as soon as final grades have been posted and the applicant’s admission score has been totaled.
Applicants that receive an overall score of 75% or higher and that have passed ATES 180 with a grade of B- or better and BIOL 121, 122; ATES 130, 155 with a grade of C or better, but have an overall GPA in a range from 2.30 – 2.49 may be considered for probationary admission to the program if space is available.
Students admitted on probationary status must have their overall GPA at or above 2.50 by the end of their first semester in the program. If the student is not able to achieve a GPA of 2.50 or higher by the end of their first semester, they will be removed from the program and may reapply for admission once their GPA is 2.50 or higher. Students admitted on probation who take courses in the summer prior to their first semester in the program and are able to raise their overall GPA to 2.50 or higher will be removed from probationary status at that time.
Athletic Training Program Transfer Policy
Marywood University Athletic Training Program accepts transfers into the Athletic Training program under the following conditions:
- The student must be accepted to Marywood University, and apply to the ATP through the Application Process. (Admission to the ATP is competitive, and all who apply may not be accepted into the program.)
- The admission of transfer students will include a careful evaluation of the students' cumulative GPA and prerequisite coursework. The Program Director will make all decisions related to the acceptance of transfer courses.
- General/social science courses that may transfer include courses equivalent to BIOL 114/114L, 121/121L, 122/122L; CHEM 121/121L; and PSY 211. A grade of C or better is required for these courses to be transferred.
- Transfer students are required to complete all Athletic Training specific courses at Marywood University, excluding HPE 130, 155, and 180. Transfer students should contact the Program Director regarding program requirements and any questions regarding transfer courses.
- All clinical rotations must be completed at affiliated Marywood University clinical sites.
- Transfer students will begin their clinical rotations in the fall semester and complete the clinical progression in the same sequence as traditional students. Transfer students should plan for a minimum of three years to complete all program requirements.