McKendree University’s Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession. As such, athletic trainers may work in a variety of settings which can include: secondary schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, sports medicine clinics or other healthcare work settings. A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in athletic training can prepare a student to enter graduate study in preparation for a career in teaching or to pursue professional fields such as exercise physiology, physical therapy, or physician’s assistant. Students are encouraged to seek a teaching certification, which will require a second major and may require an additional year of study. Students who choose to participate in intercollegiate athletics will be on a five year curriculum plan. The Pass/Fail option may not be chosen for a course fulfilling a major requirement.

Mission Statement

The mission of the McKendree University Undergraduate Athletic Training major is to provide a comprehensive, progressive educational and clinical foundation to prepare the multi-skilled professional for a career in athletic training.

The educational program encompasses current research and formal instruction in the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and rehabilitation of the physically active. This preparation along with successfully passing the BOC certification examination will qualify students for entry-level careers in athletic training.

In order to become certified athletic trainers, students must show proficiency in eight different content areas. Within each content area are specific tasks students must be able to perform. These tasks comprise cognitive and psychomotor competencies as well as clinical proficiencies which provide students with opportunities to show expert correctness and facility at combining skills in “real life” and simulated scenarios. Through advisement, coursework, and clinical experiences, students are provided with the necessary exposure for successful completion of these tasks.

Associated Program and Educational Learning Outcomes for all students:

1. Build a strong foundation on which all students can grow cognitively through the development of higher level thinking skills.

2. Demonstrate psychomotor skills required of an entry-level athletic trainer.

3. Practice personal reflection pertaining to the discipline of athletic training.

4. Preparation to meet the needs of a diverse population including the needs of those engaged in everyday activity.

5. Demonstration of effective verbal and written communication skills.

6. Demonstrate learning over time through clinical proficiencies.

7. Establish research skills to encourage continued growth over the course of the student’s professional career.

8. Provide comprehensive learning experiences.

9. Graduates will be adequately prepared to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination and become certified athletic trainers.

The overall health of the student must be adequate to enable the student to

demonstrate the specific knowledge, skills, foundational behaviors and clinical integration proficiencies (CIP) required by the NATA Professional Education Committee in order to enter and complete the program. After acceptance into the program all students must undergo a physical examination sponsored by the university. The exam will include, but may not be limited to: vision, height, weight, blood pressure, past and present medical history, documentation of immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus vaccination, orthopedic and general medical evaluation. Every student will have the opportunity to undergo HBV testing sponsored by the university after acceptance into the program.

Students who are considering application are directed to read the “Technical

Standards” provided on this webpage under Athletic Training Application Documents.

Procedures for acceptance in the athletic training program

Deadline for application for admission to the program is April 1. Students generally enter as sophomores; however transfer student admission is possible. Students wishing to transfer to McKendree University and the Athletic Training Program must apply for the program and submit to the same selection process as other candidates. Transfer students must have their transcript evaluated by the Registrar and the Program Director. Acceptance of transfer pre-requisite coursework is subject to the approval of the Program Director pending review of content (appropriate syllabus, proficiencies, etc.). Students interested in admission as transfer students should review the Transfer Policy located on the McKendree University Athletic Training website.

Application pre-requisites:

1. Application form.

2. Three recommendations: Two from faculty who have had the student in class (non ATEP faculty) and one personal recommendation (not immediate family).

3. Current GPA of 2.75 and an accumulative GPA of 2.75.

4. Complete the following four courses with a grade of C or better: HPE 158 Health, PED 206 First Aid (all applicants must provide a copy of CPR/PR card as well as First Aid card), ATH 208 Principles of Athletic Training, and BIO 307 Human Anatomy and Physiology.

5. Complete 35 hours of directed observation through ATH 100 (applicants must provide a copy of BPT card).

6. Complete a comprehensive written exam prior to admittance and pass with a minimum of 80%. (Examination given last Friday in April)

7. Complete an interview with the Athletic Training Selection Committee.

Acceptance into the program is selective and based on the above criteria and space available in the program. Each of the above items is weighted separately. Students are accepted on total points achieved and their chronological ranking of total points in relationship to space available in the program.


All students who receive acceptance into the program are accepted provisionally until a background check is completed. The process is completed online through (domestic students) or Castlebranch (international students). Costs are incurred by students for this process.

Procedures to remain in the athletic training program:

1. All students must maintain a minimum of 3.00 current grade point average, cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and grades of C or better in the major courses (hours may be restricted if GPA is below 2.75).

2. All students must renew their Red Cross CPR/PR every two years.

3. All students must obtain a total of 1200 clinical hours. These hours are obtained through the following clinicals: ATH 306, 307,308 or 309, 250A, 251A, 315, 402 as well as optional clinicals. Students are encouraged to participate in clinical experiences outside of McKendree University requirements by participating in sport camps, sport tournaments, State Game Competitions, etc. (a maximum of 200 hours may be used to fulfill the 1200 hours required by the program; however, all hours must be under the direct supervision of a BOC ATC and the student must receive approval from the Program Director prior to the event).

4. All students are encouraged to become members of the NATA at least one year prior to taking the certification examination.

5. All students must complete a minimum of 3 mock practical exams with a minimum of 70%. Exams will begin in the fall of the 2nd Professional Year. ). Exams must be completed in order beginning with ATH 230. Students are allowed a maximum of two attempts per exam each semester and must register for these exams through the registration process.