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Admission to Athletic Training Major

Step #1 - Prepare for undergraduate study in Kinesiology

  • See hints for future kinesiology majors below
  • Check out the College Insider

Step #2 - Admission to Michigan State University. Information about admission to Michigan State University is posted at MSU's web site.

Step #3 - Apply for admission to the athletic training major.

Admission to the Athletic Training Major is competitive and selective whereby a limited number of students are admitted each Spring semester. Students meeting all selection (application) criteria may be denied admission. Space availability in the formal curriculum is limited to an average of 25 new students each academic year.

The decision regarding final admission to the major is based on the following criteria:

  1. Completed Athletic Training Education Program Application.
  2. Completion of the following courses with a minimum average GPA of 2.5 for the 12 credits:
    • KIN 125 (First Aid and Personal Safety)
    • KIN 126 (Introduction to Athletic Training)
    • KIN 127 (Clinical Observation in Athletic Training)
    • KIN 320 (Pathology of Sports Injuries)
    • KIN 227 (Clinical Rotations in Athletic Training)
    • KIN 228 (Clinical Rotation and Skills Introduction in Athletic Training)
  3. A university cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above in the fall prior to application for admission deadline.
  4. A minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the following courses:
    • CEM 141 - General Chemistry
    • KIN 216 - Applied Human Anatomy (ANTR 350 accepted)
    • MTH 103 - College Algebra
    • KIN 251 - Principles of Human Movement
    • PSL 250 - Introductory Physiology
  5. Essay expressing reasons for selecting Athletic Training
  6. Three personal references
  7. Interview with the MSU Athletic Training Admissions Board
  8. Space availability in the formal clinical curriculum sites

Interested students should make an appointment with Dr. Tracey Covassin, the director of the undergraduate program in athletic training.

Transfer Process

Students who wish to transfer from another college/university should contact Amy Tratt (Kinesiology Advisor) via email at  Transfer students can also find useful information in the transfer students section of the Office of Admission web site.

Students who wish to apply credits taken at other institutions towards their degree at MSU should visit the transfer equivalency website to see if their courses are transferrable.

Hints for Future Students

High school students and other students who plan to become AT majors can prepare for a successful experience in the KIN undergraduate program by:

  • Acquiring speaking, writing, and computer skills.
  • Job shadowing experiences in an Athletic Training setting.
  • Developing competence in physical actvities and activities related to developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (such as sport, exercise, etc).
  • Developing a strong science background by taking high school/college courses in chemistry, physics, human biology, and anatomy.
  • Becoming competent in mathematics by completing high school/college courses in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

In addition, prospective AT majors should test out their interest in Athletic Training through volunteer and observation experiences.

For more information, please contact the program director or clinical coordinator below.

Tracey Covassin, Ph.D., ATC
Undergraduate AT Program Director
105 IM Sports Circle

Thomas Mackowiak, Ph.D., ATC
Undergraduate AT Clinical Coordinator
AT Room. Jenison Field House