Pre-Athletic Training Plan

The UT Martin Pre-Athletic Training (AT) Plan is designed to prepare students for application to professional school.  By following the Pre-Athletic Training Plan recommendations, students will be eligible for admission into most Master in Athletic Training programs; however, the undergraduate courses required for admission vary substantially from one institution to the next.  The courses listed in the plan are intended only as a guideline and students are strongly encouraged to review the requirements for their school(s) of choice as they vary from school to school.


Please note: The Pre-AT Plan is not a major and does not fulfill the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at UT Martin.  The courses listed below are recommendations and are not required for degree completion unless also listed under the student’s chosen major.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an athletic trainer (AT) do?
Athletic trainers are responsible for the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions.


Is there a demand for athletic trainers?
YES! According to the US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2029.


What degree do I need to become a physical therapist?
In 2015, the AT Strategic Alliance agreed to transition the entry-level degree to a Master degree.


How many accredited AT programs are there in Tennessee?
5. Cumberland University, Lee University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offer a Master degree; Middle Tennessee State University and Union University offer a Bachelors degree. Because Athletic Training is transitioning to a Master degree, it is possible that the Bachelors programs will no longer accept students after fall 2022.


What is the typical length of the professional program?
Master programs are approximately two years while Bachelor programs are typically four years.


Are there any required admissions tests?
Most Master programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).


What application service do I use to apply to AT school?
Some AT programs participate in ATCAS; other AT programs require students to apply to their program directly.


When should I apply?
Applications to most AT schools should be submitted in the summer or fall of the year preceding the desired admission date. For most students, this means that they will apply the summer after their junior year. 


Do I have to have a bachelor’s degree to get into AT school?
Master programs require an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation while Bachelor programs don’t.


What kind of grades do I need to get into AT school?
Academic performance is crucial.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher is needed to be a competitive applicant.  Moreover, most AT schools require that all prerequisite classes be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.


What kind of AT experience do I need?
You don’t necessarily have to have work experience in the AT field; however, many graduate AT programs require direct observation of the field prior to admission. That direct observation can be gained through volunteering and shadowing an athletic trainer.


How many hours of direct observation do I need?
There is no magic number for how much shadowing/observation you have to have because the number of hours required varies by program. Check with the programs you are interested in to determine how many documented hours they required. 


Will I be a pre-AT major?
No.  The Pre-AT Plan is not a major and does not fulfill the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at UT Martin.  The courses listed in the plan are recommendations and are not required for degree completion unless also listed under the student’s chosen major. 


What should I major in?
As a pre-AT student at UT Martin, you can major in any area you choose.  The best major is the one in which you are the most interested and the most likely to succeed.  The most common major for pre-AT students at UT Martin is Health and Human Performance: Exercise Science and Wellness.


What are the minimum requirements for AT? 

The requirements for athletic training programs vary widely. Some commonly required courses include general chemistry, advanced first aid, introductory nutrition, psychology, and anatomy and physiology.


What classes at UT Martin should I take as a pre-AT student?
While not an exhaustive list, the following courses are recommended for students considering applying to a graduate Athletic Training program. As noted above, the requirements for the different Athletic Training programs vary widely. You should always check with your advisor and/or school(s) of choice before deciding which classes to take.  Additionally, you may wish to take additional upper division psychology and science courses as well as courses in foreign language, political science, humanities, art history, philosophy, logic, English literature, history, fine arts, and religion. 

  • Chemistry 121 General Chemistry I
  • Exercise Science 305 Applied Human Movement
  • Exercise Science 430 Exercise Physiology
  • Health 220 Advanced First Aid, CPR, AED
  • Nutrition 100 Introductory Nutrition
  • Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • Zoology 251 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Zoology 352 Anatomy & Physiology II

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