Incoming Freshmen

The Athletic Training (AT) Program has limited enrollment. The number of students admitted may be limited to the number of spaces available in the program.   Therefore, all candidates must make formal application, be admitted to the program and follow the prescribed course of study. The following are the requirements for admission to the program:
  • Be admitted to Cumberland University by the Office of Admissions.
  • Complete HPER 230 and HPER 227 with a "B" or better
  • Have an overall minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Completion of seventy-five (75) clinical observation hours
  • Completion of AT Program application
  • Completion of a Letter of Application
  • Interview with the selection committee
  • Providing documentation of passing a physical examination
  • Providing evidence of completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination and MMR vaccination and a TB skin test
  • Technical Standards form signed
  • Completion of criminal background check
  • Pass a Drug Test
  • Providing evidence of NATA Membership (must show annually)
  • Provide Proof of Personal Health Insurance (must show annually)

(Students are responsible for all associated costs for CU and AT Program admission requirements)

Selection of Students

The Athletic Training (AT) Program selects students after April 1st for the next academic year. Application materials should be completed prior to this date to be fully considered for admission to the program. Application materials and any additional information can be requested from the Athletic Training Program Director. Once the deadline for submission of applications has passed, the selection committee will interview all qualified applicants. The selection committee (consisting of all AT Program faculty members) will then evaluate each applicant using four criteria using a weighted point system. After this evaluation, the highest scoring applicants will be accepted into the Athletic Training Program. The criteria and weight system are as follows:
  • Grade Point Average
    • 3.50 and higher-10 points
    • 3.25 to 3.49 - 8 points
    • 3.00 to 3.24 - 6 points
    • 2.75 to 2.99 - 4 points
    • 2.50 to 2.74 - 2 points
  • Quality of Observation Hours
    • Outstanding - 10 points
    • Great - 8 points
    • Good - 6 points
    • Fair - 4 points
    • Poor - 2 points
  • Quality of Interview
    • Outstanding - 5 points
    • Great - 4 points
    • Good - 3 points
    • Fair - 2 points
    • Poor - 1 point
  • Quality of Application for Admission and Letter of interest
    • Outstanding - 5 points
    • Great - 4 points
    • Good - 3 points
    • Fair - 2 points
    • Poor - 1 point