Sep 15, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
    
2019-2020 General Catalog

Athletic Training (B.S.)


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NOTICE: The current athletic training program is transitioning
from a bachelor’s program to a master’s program (link) 
beginning July 2019.

We will begin accepting master’s applications September 2018
with a first consideration deadline of January 31, 2019.

For additional information, please contact
Dr. Nathan Slaughter at (435) 586-7823 or nathanslaughter@suu.edu.

Due to this transition, bachelor’s degree-seeking students
are no longer being accepted into the AT Program.


Program Summary

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Athletic Training Program is designed to prepare those students seeking a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Completion of the program will qualify students to take the certification exam administered by the Board of Certification. Successful completion of the exam will result in Certification as an Athletic Trainer by the BOC. A student in athletic training will learn to apply knowledge of human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, sport and exercise biomechanics, conditioning, strength training, nutrition, and therapy in the prevention, evaluation, recognition, immediate care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Career opportunities include working with athletic teams at all levels of competition, in sports medicine, clinical settings, or other allied health facilities and industry.

Students will be selected in the Athletic Training Program in a three-step process.

Admission Information

Admission Criteria

Application for admission into the Athletic Training Program requires the applicant to be in her/his sophomore year. Submit completed application by September 30th. The Program requires five (5) semesters to complete. A maximum of 15 students will be selected to enter the program each year. Each year, there are more students applying than can be accepted, so the process is competitive.

Candidates are admitted to the Athletic Training major in the fall semester after the completion of a formal admission process the previous fall semester. Admission is based on measures of student performance in academic settings, personal recommendation, and personal interview. Notification of admittance occurs by the end of fall semester.

Admission Requirements for Current SUU Students

  • Overall GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite classes with a grade of “C” or better or current enrollment:

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

  • Admission to Southern Utah University
  • Overall GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 sale.
  • Successful completion of courses (with a grade of “C” or better or current enrollment) comparable to the following which are provided at SUU:

Credit transfer of the courses above listed is accepted only with permission of the Athletic Training Major Program Director.

Application Procedure

  1. Submission of Athletic Training Major application form, copy (front and back) of current First Aid and CPR card, and unofficial transcript by September 30th. The transcript is necessary to analyze overall GPA and to verify the completion of or current enrollment in prerequisite courses. Continuing SUU students are not expected to turn in a transcript (that information is obtained from the Banner program).
  2. Submit three (3) recommendation questionnaires.

Admission Basis

Objective Section

  • Application and unofficial transcript. Award 5 points if the application is complete and the required contents are attached.
  • Proof of CPR/Standard First Aid from a Health Safety Education Agency (American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council). Points given for copy of current CPR and First Aid Card (5 points each).
  • Academic Prerequisite Courses (20 points).
  • Overall Grade Point Average (10 points). Using unofficial transcript (Banner), award the applicant points according to overall grade point average.

Subjective Section

  • Response to questions on application form (10 points).
  • Personal recommendation (10 points).
  • Personal interview of qualified candidates (10 points).

Qualified candidates are determined by their score on the objective section, response to questions on application form, and personal recommendation.

The Athletic Training Program faculty/staff will make the final decisions regarding acceptance into the program based upon the candidate’s total ranking on the admission criteria. All applying candidates will receive written notification from the program director indicating their acceptance or denial into the Athletic Training Program. A waiting list of three (3) students will be kept in the event one of the candidates accepted is unable to accept the position. A candidate may re-apply to the Athletic Training Program the following year but will need to repeat the application process. Upon acceptance into the Southern Utah University Athletic Training Program, the following will be required:

  • Completion of a background check.
  • Documentation of personal vaccination record. Completion of Hepatitis B vaccination and documentation (at candidate’s expense) or Hepatitis B declination form.
  • Completion of drug test.

Prospective students should refer to the online version of the student handbook for more information on policies and procedures including, but not limited to associated costs of acceptance, curriculum, and expectations of athletic training students, at www.suu.edu/ed/pe/pdf/student-handbook.pdf.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.

General Education Requirement (30-37 Credits)


See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (18-22 Credits)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)


  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Athletic Training Curriculum Summary (67 Credits)


Free Electives (16-26 Credits)


Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.S. Degree: 120


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