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Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the master's degree program in athletic training, students must meet the requirements detailed below. For assistance or questions regarding admission requirements, please consult with a program advisor.

Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.


Undergraduate Degree

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed prior to the start of the program. The degree may be in any field but include all classes listed in the prerequisite courses section below. Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency.

An overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be eligible for this program. In addition, official student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for this program.


Prerequisite Courses

Please note the following requirements related to prerequisite course work.

A single course may not be used to fulfill more than one prerequisite requirement (except a combined human anatomy/physiology class that is five (5) semester credits or greater and includes a laboratory may be used to fulfill both the anatomy and physiology requirements).

All prerequisite course work must be taken for a grade. Classes scored as pass/fail, credit/noncredit, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not acceptable. However CLEP, ACT and advanced placement credits are acceptable when officially documented on a college transcript.

All prerequisite course work must be completed before the start of the program. Preference will be given to students having completed at least 80% of the prerequisites at the time of application.

If a prerequisite course is taken more than once (even if at different universities), all instances that appear on the official transcript must be reported. The grades from the best score on each class will be used in prerequisite GPA calculations.

All courses below must be completed with the minimum grade "C" within the last 10 years.

  • Biology with lab (3-4 credits)
  • Human anatomy with lab (3-4 credits)*
  • Human physiology with lab (3-4 credits)*
  • Kinesiology, biomechanics, or human movement analysis course (3 credits)
  • Exercise physiology (3 credits)
  • Personal health, community health, or wellness (3 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Psychology (3 credits)
  • Physics with lab (3-4 credits)
  • Chemistry with lab (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

* When taken together, two semesters of human anatomy and physiology (with laboratory) can fulfill this requirement. Alternatively, a single combined human anatomy and physiology course (with laboratory) of five semester credits or greater will meet the requirement.


Background check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit and provide a background check report to KU. This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to provide information and make the payment after official acceptance into the program.

For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions. In addition, drug screening may be required to participate at clinical training sites while in the program.


Technical Standards

All individuals admitted to the program will be asked to verify that they can meet the technical standards with or without accommodation(s). Applicants who disclose a disability are considered for admission if otherwise qualified.


Athletic Training Experience Recommended

Applicants are expected to have a general understanding of health care and athletic training. A minimum of 40 hours of observation or volunteer experience with a credentialed athletic trainer is recommended.


International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.


For more information, please review the KU's program page at the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service.

Note: The KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and the athletic training degree program reserve the right to waive any documentation required and to accept or deny admission whenever it believes sufficient information exists to make a decision.


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Jun 29, 2020

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Important Dates

August 1
Online application opens

March 1
Deadline to submit application


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LesLee Taylor, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
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