Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and requires 133 semester hours of coursework.

Admission into the Athletic Training Program

Application for admission into the Athletic Training Program begins during the fall semester of the sophomore year. The quota of applicants accepted and enrolled in the program is limited by the faculty/student ratio established by CAATE, in regards to the student's clinical field experience, and the highly individualized nature of the program.

Admission to the program includes the following criteria:

  • An accumulative 2.75 grade point average in Sports Medicine 210, 211, 212, 304 and Biology 212
  • A minimum of 130 "directed observation" clinical hours prior to admission
  • Reference evaluations from Marietta College faculty, staff, administrators, coaches, former employees, and instructors
  • Interview with selected members of the Athletic Training Interview Committee
  • Demonstration of skills and traits that are critical for the successful entry-level certified athletic trainer (e.g., dependability, responsibility, initiative, leadership, communications skills)
  • Letter of application stating why the student wants to enter the program
  • Evidence of current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Evidence of vaccinations and immunizations
  • Verification that the student understood and meets the Technical Standards for admission to the Athletic Training Program

Students not accepted into the program may re-apply the following semester. For additional information, a student should consult the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook and the Department Chair.

Students transferring into Marietta College and wanting to major in Athletic Training must take the same core courses (Sports Medicine 210, 211, 212, 304 and Biology 212) required by all students to gain admission into the Athletic Training program.

With the exception of Sports Medicine 211, 212, 311, and 312 where a minimum of B- must be achieved, all courses in the major require a minimum grade of C-.

Postgraduate opportunities with the Athletic Training major include athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, medical school, and physician assistant programs.

Requirements for a Major in Athletic Training (73 Hours)

Department Hours Course(s)
Biology 10 131, 203, 212
Statistics 3 Psychology 285 (4 hours) or Math 223 (3 hours)
Psychology 6 101 and 375
Sports Medicine 46 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 202, 210, 211, 212, 285, 290, 304, 306, 307, 311, 312, 314, 325, 328, 385, 401, 411
Junior / Senior Capstone 3 484, 485, 486


For Athletic Training majors, Computer Science 105 is highly recommended. For graduate school, physical therapy, or other allied health professionals, Biology 101; Chemistry 132 and 134; Health Science 202 and College Physics are recommended.

Suggested Program of Study

Candidates are encouraged to work closely with advisors in the Department of Sports Medicine and to become familiar with the requirements as described in the Sports Medicine Department Student Handbook. The department has developed the following suggested program of study:

Freshman Year

  • Sports Medicine 210 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 290 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 211 (3 hrs.)
  • Biology 131 (3 hrs.)
  • Psychology 101 (3 hrs.)

Sophomore Year

  • Sports Medicine 202 (1 hr.)
  • Biology 212 (4 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 212 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 304 (4 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 102 or 103 (1 hr.)
  • Sports Medicine 285 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 307 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 311 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 328 (3 hrs.)
  • Biology 203 (3 hrs.)

Junior Year

  • Sports Medicine 102 or 104 (1 hr.)
  • Sports Medicine 312 (2 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 306 (4 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 102, 103 or 105 (1 hr.)
  • Sports Medicine 314 (1 hr.)
  • Sports Medicine 325 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 385 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 484 (1 hrs.)
  • Psychology 285 (4 hrs.) or Mathematics 223 (3 hrs.)

Senior Year

  • Sports Medicine 102, 104 or 105 (1 hr.)
  • Sports Medicine 411 (2 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 485 (1 hr.)
  • Sports Medicine 401 (3 hrs.)
  • Sports Medicine 486 (1 hr.)
  • Psychology 375 (3 hrs.)


Athletic Training Policies

Graduation Requirement

A student must achieve a minimum 2.75 overall GPA in the required Athletic Training major courses.

Clinical Field Experiences

Once admitted into the Athletic Training Program, students are required to fulfill a minimum of five clinical field experiences. Students will be assigned to a Preceptor during the four field experiences. These field experiences consist of a team sports rotation, an individual sports rotation, a rotation with an opposite gender, an equipment intensive rotation, a general medical rotation and the final rotation will be the student's choice. These rotations will be completed on-campus, and off campus. Students must give priority to the fulfillment of all clinical commitments, which means holding down a part-time job or participating in athletics difficult, but not impossible. Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own transportation to various clinical assignments that are off campus.


Students must purchase staff clothing items as designated by the Department of Sports Medicine. These items (i.e., polo shirts, sweatshirts, T-shirts, etc.) must be worn by students while completing clinical experiences. Please see any of the Sports Medicine faculty for specific details. Clothing items may be purchased from the Department Secretary.