All students seeking to complete the Clinical Stage of the WU-ATEP must meet all admission requirements and be formally admitted before they are allowed to enroll in the advanced clinical experience courses.
Transfer students must request a review of their transcripts. Appropriate transfer courses will be accepted if deemed equivalent by Winthrop University admissions and academic personnel. Transfer students who are admitted into the WU-ATEP will be required to complete all of the clinical education components at Winthrop University.
Admission into the Clinical Stage of the WU-ATEP is a competitive process. Completing the application requirements does not guarantee admission into the WU-ATEP. The WU-ATEP is bound by accreditation standards to maintain strict ratios between athletic training students and clinical instructors and to assure that all athletic training students can meet rigorous technical standards; it is possible that a student might fulfill the application requirements and be denied admission into the WU-ATEP.
All applicants for admission into the Clinical Stage of the WU-ATEP must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours.
- Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for all coursework and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all coursework in the Athletic Training core.
- Complete the following Athletic Training core courses with a grade of “B” or better in each course: ATRN 101, ATRN 151, ATRN 152, PHED 361.
- Enroll in BIOL 307 or BIOL 308 (or equivalent). --Students who do not earn a grade of “C-“or better may be given probationary status in the ATEP.
- Complete a minimum of 75 hours of directed observation with certified athletic trainers. At least 25 of the hours must be done in an athletic training setting outside of Winthrop University.
- Submit an Application for Admission to the WU-ATEP to the Program Director that includes:
- official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
- WU-ATEP application form.
- an admission essay that documents the student’s growth toward becoming an allied health professional.
- two letters of recommendation, one should be from a certified athletic trainer.
- log which documents 75 observation hours.
- Undergo a standardized interview with the Admission Selection Committee comprised of the Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, Winthrop University Head Athletic Trainer, Winthrop University Assistant Athletic Trainer(s), one off-campus ACI, and two current athletic training students.
Only students who meet requirements 1-3 are allowed to submit applications for admission into the WU-ATEP.
Students denied admission to the WU-ATEP and/or dismissed from the WU-ATEP may appeal the decision in the following steps:
- Submit a letter of appeal to the PD and the Chair of PE, Sport and Human Performance. The letter should detail how the student believes he/she has met the appropriate criteria.
- Each appeal will be reviewed by an Appeals Committee comprised of the Chair of PESH and two faculty members of the Chair’s choice.
- Upon review of the appeal, the Appeals Committee may request input from the selection committee and the student may request an open discussion with the Appeals Committee to explain his/her position.
- The Appeals Committee will submit a written document to the student and to the PD regarding the decision on the student’s status.
- All Appeals Committee decisions remain confidential and final.
If you need further information, please contact:
Alice J. McLaine, PhD, ATC
Director, Athletic Training Education Program
Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Primary Office: 25 Winthrop Coliseum
Secondary Office: 216C West Center