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AT Admission Criteria (Undergraduate Program Only)

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Admission Criteria/Process

All applicants must meet the Piedmont College general admission requirements as described in the Undergraduate Catalog. Acceptance from pre-athletic training into the Athletic Training Program is competitive and not guaranteed; the exact number of students admitted is determined by graduation and attrition rates. All students (pre-admits and observational students) must adhere to the program policies and procedures outlined in the university catalog, this Policy and Procedure Manual, and/or those distributed by program personnel. Formal application to the professional portion of the program is due October 15th of the student's freshman (first) year on campus. The necessary forms are available on the website and in the R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences main office.
 
Prospective students must meet the minimum criteria listed below to be considered for admission to the program: 
  • Admission to Piedmont College and Athletic Training as declared major 
  • An overall cumulative minimum GPA of 2.70 and a C or better on all required pre-athletic training coursework: HSCS1110, HSCS1101, and BIOL1101 (or equivalents); courses must be complete or in-progress at time of application 
  • Directed observation hours with a Piedmont College-affiliated Athletic Trainer to be completed in conjunction with HSCS1110 
  • Current medical physical as documented by a licensed MD, PA, or NP within the last 12 months 
  • Ability to meet the Technical Standards of Admission documented by a licensed MD, PA, or NP 
  • Copy of Immunization record, including Hepatitis B inoculations and a TB skin test within 12 months 
  • Proof of Bloodborne pathogens training and a copy of a current CPR-PR certification card 
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a Piedmont College faculty or staff member) 
  • Unofficial transcripts and completed mid-term grade report 
  • A completed application, including vitae and cover letter (due October 15th of the application year) 
  • Successful interview (all students with complete applications are granted an interview) 
Other important information regarding the application and admissions process: 
  • All students with complete applications will be granted an interview before the next semester’s registration period 
  • Interviewees will be ranked based on academic, personal, and professional qualifications and the top ranked applicants selected for program admission 
  • Final admission decisions will be made on the basis of academic, personal, and professional qualifications as evidenced by the student’s application materials, clinical performance, and interview responses. 
  • Students who are not admitted may elect to apply again the following year or change to another major. 

The application includes:

  • 25 directed observation hours with a Piedmont College-affiliated Athletic Trainer (to be completed between September 1-March 15 of the application semester and in conjunction with ATRG 1110)
  • Current medical physical by a licensed MD, PA, or NP within the last 12 months
  • Ability to meet the Technical Standards of Admission documented by a licensed MD, PA, or NP
  • Copy of Immunization record, including Hepatitis B and a TB skin test within the last 12 months
  • Proof of Bloodborne pathogens training and a copy of a current CPR-PR certification card
  • Successful background check
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a Piedmont College faculty or staff member)
  • Unofficial transcripts or completed mid-term grade report
  • Successful interview (all students with complete applications will be granted an interview before the spring registration period)

Travel Requirements

The Athletic Training Program uses multiple clinical sites in and around the Demorest area. Some of these agencies are outside the immediate campus area (up to 45-minute drive time). It is the student's responsibility to arrange transportation to all clinical sites while in the program. Clinical experiences can occur any time of the day and/or any day of the week. Pre-athletic training students completing observational hours as part of the initial application will NOT be required to travel off campus.

Health Form and Immunizations

As part of the application process, students must submit proof of a recent physical examination and record of immunizations that includes proof of HBV inoculation and a negative TB skin test within the last 12 months. This examination must also include documentation by a licensed MD, PA, or NP of the student's ability to meet the CAATE Technical Standards. Clinical sites may require other immunizations at any point in the curriculum, and it will be the student's responsibility to provide documentation as required.

Required Transcripts

Current Piedmont College students must provide an unofficial transcript with their ATP application showing both the prerequisite courses as completed or in progress and GPA. Students who are in their first semester at Piedmont should submit a midterm grade form in lieu of a transcript. Applicants who have attended or are attending another university must provide official transcripts to both the university and the ATP from those universities for all semesters attended. Transfer students' transcripts and application process will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

CPR and AED Certification

Students must provide proof of current certification in CPR-AED for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider as part of their ATP application (American Red Cross or American Heart Association only). Students enrolled in HSCS1101 during the application semester can provide the card copy at the end of the term.