The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at WIU is a selective program in that students must apply for formal acceptance into the curriculum. The program can accommodate approximately 72 students based on an 8:1 ratio of students to Certified Athletic Trainers. Students are encouraged to apply for admittance to the Athletic Training Education Program as freshmen. The traditional student is required to complete an 8 semester academic plan. See 8 semester Academic Plan. Students with higher academic standing or transfer students may apply and will be given equal consideration, but must be willing to make a commitment to the program of at least 7 semesters. See 7 semester Academic Plan. These time frames are the minimal amount of time needed to attain the experience and education required to satisfy all the competencies and proficiencies required of an entry-level professional.
Entry into the ATEP is not guaranteed upon completion of the prerequisites. Other determining factors include: the success of the pre-admittance experience, meeting all academic prerequisites, completion of the application and interview process, professionalism, and the number of students already enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program. Click here to learn more about the requirements for admission in to ATEP.
Selection is centered on academic achievement and athletic training experiences. Academic achievement involves completion of courses in the athletic training major and grade point averages of 3.0 overall/3.0 major. Also factored into the selection process is the overall grade-point average and evaluations from supervising Certified Athletic Trainers.