The Athletic Training Major is structured into three phases: pre-professional phase, professional phase, and internship phase. Selection to this undergraduate program (as well as many other nationally accredited programs) is very competitive and the number of applicants exceeds the number of students who can be selected to the professional phase. The selection process will likely take the student a minimum of three semesters to complete. However, it could take a student longer than three semesters to meet selection criteria. Each student's progression through the selection process may vary. Students must complete all pre-professional courses, as well as specific selection criteria and the ability to meet program Technical Standards, before selection to the professional phase can be completed. A maximum of fourteen students per semester are selected to the professional phase of the athletic training education program. Those students not selected into the professional phase may apply one more time in a subsequent semester. After being selected, the student must complete four semesters of professional coursework followed by a one-semester internship. Students cannot enroll in many of the courses until selected into the program. In addition to the coursework, the student will have a variety of clinical education experiences, which may include working with various athletic teams at the collegiate and high school level, physically active individuals in CMU's recreational facility, physical therapy/fitness clinics, physician offices and emergency rooms. The internship may be completed at sites including sports medicine clinics, hospitals and corporate/industrial facilities throughout Michigan, as well as several out-of-state sites. The Athletic Training Major and course descriptions may be found in the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin
Current CMU students that are contemplating this major and have not begun the selection courses are strongly encouraged to meet with an athletic training faculty advisor, as soon as possible upon their decision to pursue this major to gather information needed to make an informed decision.