Effective with the freshman class of 2003 the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) will consist of a pre-professional phase during which time students will take introductory athletic training, biology and chemistry courses in preparation for full acceptance into the ATEP. Also during the pre-professional phase students will complete 100 observation hours with allied healthcare professionals and submit an application for acceptance into the program. The deadline for application to the ATEP is November 1st for transfer students and March 1st for freshman and transfer students during the first full year at Marist College. Admission to the program is competitive and based upon academic performance, references and an essay, as well as successful completion of the first year's coursework and the observation hour requirement. Interviews may be requested. Transfer admissions requirements are available by contacting the Director of Athletic Training or the Director of Transfer Admissions at Marist College. Applications to the ATEP are available in the Department of Athletic Training. Enrollment in the ATEP is limited to allow an effective ratio of students to clinical instructors that enable personalized educational opportunities. Upon full acceptance into ATEP students must have a physical examination, current CPR/AED certification, training in blood-borne pathogens, complete a technical standards document (PDF) and adhere to the Retention Policy. Information on each of these requirements is available in the Department of Athletic Training and on its website. Deficiencies in any or all of the criteria in the retention policy will lead to a one-year probationary period in the ATEP. If deficiencies are not corrected during this time, suspension from the ATEP will occur. In addition to the course requirements there is a clinical requirement of 800 clinical hours under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer that is fulfilled through the internship/practica requirements.
Students are required to purchase clothing, a name tag, and watch to meet dress code requirements for the ATEP. Any expenses related to traveling to and from clinical sites are the responsibility of the student. Refer to the athletic training student policy and procedure manual for specific costs and requirements.