Lake Superior State University
Lake Superior State University

Athletic Training Programs Details

Pre-Program Phase

This component of the LSSU ATEP is designed to give the student interested in athletic training a taste of what athletic training is about. Many students are interested in the field, but lack a true appreciation of what a Certified Athletic Trainer must do on a daily basis. Students will take the athletic training curriculum core classes which act as  pre-requisites for admittance into the Athletic Training Education Program. This initiation time consists of two years. In addition, the student interested in athletic training must accrue a minimum of 150 observation hours of clinical and sports exposure. This experience will be gained via the university's intercollegiate athletic department. At the end of the two-year Pre-Program Phase (which should be the spring term of the student's sophomore year), students will make formal application to the ATEP. An admissions committee will review the formal application and a decision will be made as to acceptance or non-acceptance. The number of Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited programs within the state and across the country is limited so admissions will be competitive.

Admissions Standards

Admission to the LSSU ATEP is very competitive, therefore only the most prepared students will be accepted.  In order to be considered for admission, the criteria listed below will be evaluated:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student at Lake Superior State University
  • Sophomore standing- Transfer studetns must have completed the first two terms of their Sophomore year at LSSU.
  • 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 in their core classes
  • A formal application packet is to be submitted to the Program director during the spring of their sophomore year to include
    • A letter of application
    • Student Resume
    • Completed LSSU ATEP Application for Admission
    • Copy of current First Aid & CPR card from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association
    • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or waiver of declination
    • Proof of vaccinations to include: MMR, Tetanus, and Chicken Pox vaccination
    • Proof of a negative TB test annually
    • Proof of attendance of Blood Borne Pathogen Seminar
    • Proof of liability insurance (which can be obtained through the university)
    • Proof of personal medical healthcare insurance
    • Signed statement of confidentiality
    • Signed acknowledgement of Technical Standards
    • Completed physical
    • 150 observation hours within the LSSU Athletic Training setting
    • Completion of two comprehensive essays.  1) Why have you chosen Athletic Training and 2) Will be a timely topic as it relates to athletic training and will change from year to year.

Upon submitting the application packet, the student will then complete a formal interview process with the Athletic Training Admissions Committee

Criteria For Acceptance

The Athletic Training Admissions Committee will review all applications and will select candidates who have proven to be the most qualified for admittance to the LSSU ATEP.  The pre-program requirements identified above are recognized as the minimal standards required for admittance to the LSSU ATEP.  The student to Clinical Instructor ratio will be taken into consideration when admitting students to the ATEP.  The number of students accepted into the program may be determined by the number of appropriate clinical sites available and will not exceed a ratio of 8 students per Clinical Instructor.

After the interview, each candidate will receive notification from the Program Director regarding admission status.  Students will be notified of their admission status in early May after spring grades have been posted.  Students that are offically accepted will be required to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor and register for the required courses.  Matriculation for students accepted will begin Fall semester of their Junior year and will continue for a minimum of four semesters.  Candidates not accepted into the LSSU ATEP can appeal the decision by submission of a formal response to the Program Director within thirty days of notification of non-acceptance.

Professional Phase Requirements

The LSSU ATEP consists of didactic and clinical courses taken in a prescribed sequence during the final two years of the students' academic career. During the first year in the LSSU ATEP, students will be placed in clinical sites and will be given the opportunity to explore different settings in the athletic training and health care profession. Students will be rotated every five weeks and will gain exposure with upper body injuries, lower body injuries, equipment intensive sports and general medical conditions. These clinical experiences will take place within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at LSSU, the university's health care center, a local hospital's physical therapy clinic, and in local physicians' offices. Students will be assigned to a Clinical Instructor for each rotation.

Upon successful completion of the first year in the LSSU ATEP, students will be assigned to a Clinical Instructor for their second year. The Clinical Instructor will mentor the athletic training student and foster their development as a young professional. Graduation from the LSSU ATEP is consistent with university standards with the following exceptions:

-A 2.5 G.P.A.
-Completion of the following coursework with a minimum grade of “C”.
-EXER 262 Exercise Physiology I 3 credits
-EXER 268 Fitness Evaluation I 2 credits
-EXER 275 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance 2 credits
-EXER 301 Athletic Training Clinical Experience I 2 credits
-EXER 302 Athletic Training Clinical Experience II 2 credits
-EXER 346 Theraputic Exercise in Athletic Training 3 credits
-EXER 349 Orthopedic Asessment in Sports Medicine 3 credits
-EXER 358 Research Methods 3 credits
-EXER 401 Athletic Training Clinical Experience III 2 credits
-EXER 402 Athletic Training Clinical Experience IV 2 credits
-EXER 452 Allied Healthcare Administration 3 credits
-HLTH 209 Pharmacology 3 credits
-HLTH 232 Pathophysiology 3 credits
-NURS 212 Health Appraisal 4 credits

Students can repeat a course only once in order to obtain the minimum of a "C" grade.  If the student fails to satisfactorily pass the course on the subsequent attempt, they will be dropped from the program.  Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on probation and removed from the program until their GPA returns to a minimum of 2.5.  The return to the program is contingent upon availability of space within the LSSU ATEP.  Students who return to the program must comply with all requirements in effect at that time.  Students can appeal decisions by submission of a formal response to the Program Director within thirty days of the notification of the formal action.

Additional Program Information

  • Admissions Criteria
  • Curriculum
  • Audit Sheet (pdf)
  • 4 year plan of Study
  • Clinical Experiences
    • War Memorial PT
    • Dr. Ganzhorn's
    • LSSU Health Care Center (link)
    • LSSU Athletic Teams
  • Technical Standards
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