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Athletic Training Education Program Requirements

The objective of the Athletic Training Education Program is the professional preparation of athletic training students qualifying them to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam.  Upon successful completion of the BOC exam, the athletic training graduate may practice as a certified athletic trainer (ATC).  

The Athletic Training Education Program is an extended major within the Department of Human Performance and Sport, which eliminates the need for a minor.

Students interested in pursuing the Athletic Training major should do the following:

  • Contact an Athletic Training Education Program academic advisor for academic advising and to declare major 
  • Enroll in and complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    • BIO 1080: General Biology and BIO 1090: General Biology Lab (prerequisites for BIO 2310: Anatomy & Physiology I)*
    • ATP 1623: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries*
    • HPS 2060: Emergency Rescue/First Responder and CPR

After completing the above courses, all students, including transfer students, must meet specific criteria, formally apply to the program and be formally accepted to the MSU Denver Athletic Training Program to begin the remaining six-semester sequence of athletic training corequisite, didactic and clinical coursework.  

Please note:

  • Six semesters are required to complete the Athletic Training Education Program.
  • The six semester sequence begins only in the fall semester. 

*Equivalent transfer coursework may be considered.  All transfer students' coursework will be evaluated individually.  Only athletic training coursework completed at institutions accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) will be considered for transfer credit into the Athletic Training Education Program.  Transfer credit is not guaranteed.


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