Application and Selection Information

A student that is interested in the Athletic Training Major should meet with the Director of the Athletic Training Program and enroll in HERS 191 Introduction to Athletic Training, BIO 211 and 212 during their first year at WSU. Students will need to demonstrate commitment to clinical learning experiences. Students will then enroll in HERS 292 & 314 during the fall semester of application (typically the 1st semester of your sophomore year).

Admission into HERS 191 – Introduction to Athletic Training

All students interested in the Athletic Training Major at Winona State University will be allowed to take HERS 191 during the Fall or Spring semester.  There is no minimum GPA requirement or course completion requirement to take this course.

Admission into HERS 292 – Principles of Athletic Training

In order to enhance the clinical experience for all students, enrollment into HERS 292 is capped at a maximum of 25 students each Fall.  Students must meet the following minimum requirements prior to admission into this course:
  1. Completed BIO 211 (Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIO 212 (Anatomy and Physiology II) with a minimum grade of a “C”
  2. Currently have an overall and major GPA above 2.5.  Please Note:  A minimum of 2.75 is required prior to admission to the athletic training education program.
If more than 25 students meet the above requirements the following criteria will be used to select the students for admission into HERS 292:
  1. Overall GPA
  2. Major GPA
  3. BIO 211 and 212 Grades

Application Ranking and Selection

Student applications to the AT Program will be rated using the AT Program Application Rubric as Exceptional, Above Average, or Meets Minimum, and ranked by the Selection Committee. Students that meet the minimum requirements on their application will be offered an Interview with the Selection Committee.  Interview Scores will be added to the Application Scores and students will be admitted based upon available space in the AT Program. Completed applications will be due in November of each year. 

Application Process

Applications will be rated using the “AT Program Application Rubric”. Applications will be ranked, and the top students will be invited for an interview. Interview scores (40 points) will be added to the Rubric scores (70 points). The selection committee determines the number of students selected from each academic class. This number directly correlates with the number of clinical educators and clinical sites available each year. Each applicant must provide the following:
  1. Official Documentation (20 points) should be sent from the following institutions or agencies to the Program Director. (See AT Program Application Rubric for point values for each.)
    • Winona State University Transcripts: To be considered, students must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major. Students must have completed HERS 191, BIOL 211, and BIOL 212. When they apply, students should be enrolled in HERS 292 and HERS 314 and be progressing appropriately. Other exercise and rehabilitative science and biology courses will also be evaluated independent of the overall GPA. If space is available, students may be admitted on probation. If admitted, students will have one semester to raise their overall GPA to 2.75 or above to avoid being dismissed from the program.
    • Proof of First Aid and CPR Certification or First Responder Certification.
    • Completed Medical Physical.
      • Physical must be completed by an MD, DO, NP or PA.  Completed forms must be submitted to Director of ATEP prior to beginning clinical education rotations for HERS 292.
      • This must also include a completed Mantoux Test
    • Completed Technical Standards.
      • Completed forms must be submitted to Director of AT Program prior to beginning clinical education rotations for HERS 292.  If accommodations are required students must meet with Director and Clinical Coordinator of AT Program, with the assistance of the WSU Disability Services Center, to identify student needs and develop a clinical education plan.
    • Hepatitis B vaccinations (or declination).
  2. Winona State University Observation Hours and Reflective Journal (10 points). Each student will complete observation hours in the WSU Athletic Training Room as required for HERS 191. Each student will compile a typed journal documenting dates, times of field experience, sequence of events, elaboration of significant experiences, and an analysis of the experiences. Students will continue their Reflective Journal in HERS 292.
  3. Letters of Recommendation (20 points). Each student is required to provide a total of five letters of recommendation. Two of these letters (8 points) will be from a Senior Athletic Training Student reflecting the student’s daily interaction in the athletic training room. Three of these letters (12 points) will be professional letters of recommendation. These letters should be from professionals in the medical, health, or allied health field with whom the student has worked directly through observation hours such that they can reflect the student’s potential to succeed in an allied health profession. These professional letters may also be from professors or instructors reflecting the student’s academic success and potential. Finally, these letters may be from employers reflecting the student’s maturity, interpersonal skills, and other qualities of a successful allied health care professional.
  4. Cover letter and résumé (10 points). The completed application should include a single-spaced essay or cover letter stating the student’s qualifications to be part of the program, why the student wishes to become an athletic trainer, and a summary of what the student can add to the program. A simple one-page résumé should also be included.
  5. Preceptor Rating (10 points). The preceptor with whom a student has worked with during clinical experiences will have the opportunity to rate the student’s performance. The preceptor will evaluate the quality of the student’s clinical experiences, desire to learn, depth of understanding, and potential for success in the profession.
  6. Interview (40 points). Top ranking students will be invited for an interview. The interview score will be added to the Application Rubric score. The number of students selected for the AT Program will depend upon the number of preceptors and clinical sites available each year. Students who are selected will begin coursework and clinical education experiences in the spring semester and continue through graduation.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must provide official transcripts from all other institutions attended. Transfer students must take HERS 191 at WSU and participate in all application and selection procedures at WSU. Transfer students must meet all University guidelines given in the catalog for transfer students and must take the following courses at WSU: HERS 292, 293, 362, 365, 389, 391, 392, 393, 489, 491, 492, 494, and 495.

Special Admission

If space is available, a special admission may be held during the summer.  Students that have met all academic and clinical learning outcomes should notify the Director of the Athletic Training Program of his/her desire for special admission.  Applications and interviews will be due during the last week of July (dates and requirements will be posted and emailed to all majors).  Students that are admitted during the summer will be expected to participate in all in-service and clinical education opportunities available in August.  When the academic year begins, students will join the previous year's sophomore class to progress through the AT Program.  In addition, special admission students are required to take summer clinical education experiences.