Admissions Requirements

A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training major.  A maximum of 20 students will be admitted to the program each year.  Application to the Athletic Training Program takes place during the spring semester.  A second round of admissions may occur in the summer for students completing pre-requisite coursework during one of the summer terms if space is available.  Interested students must meet with the Program Director prior to applying for admissions to the ATP.

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 required for the major.  Transfer students are required to complete all Athletic Training specific courses at NMSU.  Transfer students should contact the Program Director regarding program requirements and any questions regarding transfer courses.

Application to the Athletic Training Program requires:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. A prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. The following courses have specific grade requirements and are used to calculate the prerequisite GPA:
    • SP M 190 with a grade of B or better
    • SP M 250 with a grade of B or better
    • SP M 271 with a grade of C or better
    • SP M 272 with a grade of B or better
  4. The following courses need to be in progress or completed at the time your application is submitted:
    • ENGL 111G
    • One of the following: MATH 121G/142G/190G/191G/192G/291G
  5. Submission of the following materials:
    • Program application form
    • An unofficial NMSU transcript
    • Submission of official transcripts of any college courses taken at a college/university other than NMSU.
    • Blood-borne Pathogen training certificate.
    • HIPAA training certificate.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Copy of physical examination completed by a licensed healthcare professional (MD/DO/PA/NP).
    • Copy of vaccination verification showing completion of the following:**
      • MMR (2 doses administered 4-8 week apart or serologic test positive for MMR antibody)
      • Varicella (2 doses administered 4-8 weeks apart or serologic test positive for Varicella antibody)
      • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) 1 dose within the past 10 years
      • Hepatitis B. (3 doses administered over a period of 4-6 months)
      • Annual TB screening
      • ** Applicants that cannot provide proof of vaccination due to religious or philosophical objection to vaccinations must meet with the Program Director to obtain a vaccination waiver form.
    • A signed copy of the programs technical standards for admission form.
    • Signed copy of the program communicable disease policy.
    • Signed copy of the program assumption of risk policy.
    • 500 word minimum essay addressing the question “Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you.”
    • Completion of 60 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer.
    • Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification from one of the following providers:
Provider Name Course Title
American Heart Association ACLS
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


Once all required materials are submitted, and reviewed, the candidate will be eligible for a formal interview.

Acceptance to the program will be based on the following criteria:

  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher (30 points)

(4.0 – 3.9 = 30)    (3.8 – 3.7 = 29)    (3.6 – 3.5 = 28)    (3.4 – 3.3 = 27)    (3.2 – 3.1 = 26)    (3.0 = 25)

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (20 points possible).

(4.0 – 3.9 = 20)    (3.8 – 3.7 = 19)    (3.6 – 3.5 = 18)    (3.4 – 3.3 = 17)    (3.2 – 3.1 = 16)    (3.0 – 2.9 = 15)    (2.8 – 2.75 = 14)

  • Formal interview (20 points)
  • 500 word minimum essay addressing the question “Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you”.       (10 points possible)
    1. Paper addresses question listed above. (6 points possible)
    2. Proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and terminology (4 points possible).
  • Clinical observation evaluation of Pre-AT students (20 points)
    1. 60 hours of observation required
    2. Average score of three clinical observation sites

Applicants must obtain at least 75% of the total points available to be considered for admission. If more than twenty applicants obtain a score of 75% or higher, the top twenty applicants will be admitted into the program. Students meeting the criteria for admission, but not initially accepted will be placed on a wait list. 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.


Probationary Admission

Applicants that receive an overall score of 75% or higher and that have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher, but have an overall GPA in a range from 2.50 – 2.74 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 2.75 by the end of their first semester in the program. If the student is not able to achieve a GPA of 2.75 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 2.75 or higher. Students admitted on probation that take courses in the summer prior to their first semester in the program and are able to raise their overall GPA to 2.75 or higher will be removed from probationary status at that time.