The Athletic Training program at LSU is a limited admissions program designed to prepare students for a successful career as a highly qualified health care professional. Upon completion of the three-year Professional Phase (clinical component) students are educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with the physically active. If selected to the Professional Phase, students must successfully complete required criteria set forth by the School of Kinesiology’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, as well as meet established criteria to progress and graduate from the program. Successful completion of this program qualifies students to take the athletic training profession's Board of Certification (www.bocatc.org) Credentialing Examination to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC), as well as all relevant state practice requirements.
LSU’s Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates from our program establish successful careers as athletic trainers in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, physician clinics, and other athletic health care settings. Interested students should contact our program faculty for additional information on the program and careers in athletic training.
Special Program Requirements
Students intending to major in the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training must be selected for admission after meeting the minimum departmental and concentration criteria. Because of a limited number of clinical education sites, meeting all criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Admission requirements include the following:
- Completion of the Pre-Professional Orientation Meeting prior to obtaining the 100 hours of observational clinical experiences with the LSU Athletic Training staff. Dates and times for each meeting are available on the School of Kinesiology Web site or by contacting the Program Director
- Evaluation of performance during observational experience
- Grade of “B” or better in KIN 2503
- Interview with program faculty
- Ability to comply with the BS in Athletic Training's in technical standards, with or without accommodation, which establishes the essential qualities considered necessary to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer. A copy of the technical standards can be found on the School of Kinesiology Web site.
- Completion of a physical examination through the LSU Student Health Center (forms obtained in the Pre-Professional Orientation Meeting)
- Favorable completion of an application packet provided by the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program after completing the Pre-Professional Meeting. The deadline to submit the application packet is 12:00 pm on the second Thursday in April. It must be addressed and delivered to the Assistant Director of Athletic Training Education Program.
Required Courses (47 hrs.)—CSC 1100 or ISDS 1100 or EXST 2000, KIN 2503, 2505, 2506, 2601, 3500, 3501, 3505, 3508, 3509, 3512, 3608, 4512, 4605, HUEC 2010, EXST 2201
Approved Electives (12 hrs.)—Select 12 hrs. from a list of approved electives available from the Office of Student Services, College of Education.
- Academic Probation/Dismissal
All students admitted to the Professional Phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training must adhere to the program retention policies as stated in the Athletic Training Student Handbook. The following policies apply to all students admitted to the Professional Phase:
- A student who drops below a cumulative 2.50 gpa after being accepted to the Professional Phase of the program will be placed on academic probation during the following semester. The student may apply for re-entry after raising the cumulative gpa to 2.50 or better. Approval for re-entry is not guaranteed.
- A student who receives a grade lower than a "B" in any athletic training course will be required to retake the course. Students may repeat a course once to achieve a "B" grade, but they will not be permitted to continue in those courses that require the deficient course as a prerequisite.
- A student who fails to maintain the required gpa, violates policies on established clinical site requirements, or violates codes of moral/ethical conduct may be dismissed from the Professional Phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. (See current policies in the Athletic Training Student Handbook, LSU Athletic Training Room Policies & Procedures Manual, and Code of Ethics of the National Athletic Trainers Association.)
Contact for students who have questions or need more information:
Name: Ray Castle, PhD, ATC, LAT (Program Director)
Name: Melissa Thompson, PhD, ATC, LAT (Assistant Program Director)
Program Area Faculty