1. Students apply to enter the athletic training program during the fall semester of their sophomore year for entrance during the spring semester. Prerequisites for application are: 1) A minimum GPA of 2.75.  2) A minimum of 50 observational hours in Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center.  3) EXSS 175 (Human Anatomy); and EXSS 288 (Emergency Care of Injury and Illness) with a minimum grad of B.  NOTE: In order to be assigned observational hours prior to applying students must have a minimum GPA of a 2.0. Once admitted to the program students are required to be certified in both CPR for the professional rescuer and First Aid.
  2. Applications are accepted between October 1st and October 15th for students who wish to begin the program during the following academic semester. The application process is completed with a formal interview. Athletic training faculty, staff athletic trainers, and graduate students will be asked to provide written feedback to the admissions committee. This committee will make final decisions regarding candidate acceptance.
  3. As part of the admissions process, applicants must read and sign the “Technical Standards for Admissions” form and the “Medical Records Release Authorization” form. The “Medical Records Release Authorization” form allows the physicians associated with our program to review your medical records and determine whether or not you are physically able to meet the technical standards set forth by the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The technical standards set forth by the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]). In addition to classroom academic requirements, all students admitted to the program must possess the ability to perform on-field clinical skills that require significant physical dexterity. Ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC exam.
  4. Students are notified of their admission status just prior to registration so they can schedule the appropriate courses for the semester. Students who are granted a position in the program are notified of their clinical affiliation site for the spring semester around November 10th.
  5. The number of students accepted into the program each year is based upon the availability of staff and clinical experience opportunities. On average, the number of students accepted per year will range between 12 and 15.
  6. Students can apply while they are taking the prerequisite courses and therefore are admitted on a contingent basis. Their admission will be finalized at the end of the semester when they have met the prerequisite requirements.
  7. Once admitted to the program, students must commit themselves to a minimum of five semesters for the completion of coursework and clinical experience. The clinical experience of 1000 hours (minimum 200 hours per semester) must be completed in no less than five semesters.
  8. Students must have been, plan to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B Virus, or sign a waiver indicating they decline to receive a vaccine and assume the risks involved.