Jun 06, 2020  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 

Athletic Training Major

The Bachlor of Science in Athletic Training program at Eastern Michigan University is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the athletic training education program establish the qualities considered necessary for students to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the athletic training educational program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.

Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam. Students also must complete all requirements of the ATEP.

Candidates for the athletic training education program must demonstrate:

  • The capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and solve problems to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.

  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and to accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.

  • The ability to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.

  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

  • The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced.

  • Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.

Affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.
Candidates for selection to the athletic training education program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

The Disability Resource Center will evaluate a student who says he/she could meet the program’s technical standards with accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws.

If a student says he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, the University will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation. This includes a review of whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician/patient safety or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all course work, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

Students in the Athletic Training Education Program that are applying to begin their clinical Education must obtain and submit a medical physical to be reviewed by a physician. They must obtain, complete and submit an application for ATTR 225  and complete the Hepatitis B vaccination form prior to enrolling in the clinical education coursework. These forms may be printed from the Athletic Training website pr picked up from the Athletic training Education Program Coordinator.

When an “intent” has successfully achieved the above, he/she must apply for “First Year Review”. The application form can be obtained from the program coordinator or the clinical coordinator or online at the program’s website. The “intent” will be notified of the date and time for a personal interview with the Athletic Training Education Committee.

All forms and the most up to date information about the Athletic Training Education Program can be obtained from the program website: www.emich.edu/hphp/ATRindex.html

School of Health Promotion and Human Performance Information:

School Director: Christopher Herman
School Contact: cherman2@emich.edu
Website: http://www.emich.edu/hphp/

Advisor Information:

Jodi Schumacher

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program. 

Additional Requirements: 7-8 hours

Electives: 13 hours

Writing Intensive Course

Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your advisor for course options.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


The above curriculum, numerous clinical competencies/proficiencies and clinical experience under the supervision of an NATA-certified athletic trainer are required for graduation and to sit for the NATABOC certification exam. In addition, completed athletic training education competencies are required by all students prior to graduation from the CAAHEP accredited program. Clinical education must be attained in no less than two academic years and not more than five years.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.