Athletic Training Admission Information

Due to guidelines set forth by CAATE, enrollment in the curriculum is limited. Students should submit application materials prior to March 15 to be given first consideration for acceptance as a prospective athletic training student for the fall semester. A student is considered a prospective athletic training student if he/she does not have any athletic training experience at the collegiate level. Prospective athletic training students take prerequisite courses and begin clinical rotations in the athletic training room on an observation level. At the end of fall semester, each student will have an interview with athletic training faculty and staff. To initiate the application process, complete and return the athletic training application form. Prospective students also submit letters of recommendation as explained on the application form. Prospective students will also be required have a physical examination to ensure that a student will be able to meet the technical standards or minimum physical requirements of the program, show proof of required immunizations, and have a criminal background check (see descriptions below). These procedures are in place to assure proper clinical placement or accommodation.

Application for Athletic Training Program *

Download this form   (in .pdf format) and mail it to:

Robin Ploeger, EdD, ATC, LAT
University of Tulsa
Athletic Training Program
CH 355 Tulsa, OK 74104

* The athletic training application is in addition to the application required for admittance to The University of Tulsa.

Formal Acceptance

Formal acceptance into the athletic training program will be granted at the end of fall semester and may be granted upon the following criteria:

  1. At least a “B’ in ATRG 2653, ATRG 1172, ATRG 2603
  2. At least a ‘C’ in BIOL 2153, BIOL 2151
  3. An overall GPA of at least 2.8
  4. At least 80 hours of clinical observation experience
  5. Positive clinical evaluations
  6. Meet other university and CAATE health and safety standards
  7. Completion of an interview with athletic training faculty and staff

The program is a competitive program, therefore, only a limited number of students can be admitted each year. If more students meet the admission requirements, the athletic training faculty and staff will determine the most qualified applicants. If space allows, a student may be admitted on probation if they do not meet all the requirements (i.e. grade in BIOL 2153 or 2151).

Following formal admission into the athletic training program, students will progress through the outlined sequence of courses and clinical rotations.

Advanced Placement for Transfer Students

A prospective student who has collegiate athletic training experience may be considered for advanced placement or probational status in the program.

Qualifications necessary:

  1. Submit Athletic Training Program application
  2. Completed a Prevention & Treatment course comparable to ATRG 2653
  3. Completed at least 1 yr. as an athletic training student under a certified athletic trainer
  4. Possess adequate clinical skills, i.e. taping, first aid, and wound care
  5. Recommended by TU Program Director

Placement in program:

  1. Given "probational" status so the student can begin clinical experience in an assigned clinical rotation during the fall semester.
  2. Interviewed and formally accepted in the program with the rest of the prospective class at the end of fall semester
  3. Will take no core A.T. courses in the fall; spring semester will begin core A.T. courses and clinical experiences with the newly admitted students (Therapeutic Modaities).


Health/Safety Requirements

All students in the athletic training program must adhere to the following health and safety requirements:

Physical Exam   & Medical History: Students must submit documentation of a recent physical examination by a physician of the student’s choice. This must be completed prior to beginning observation experiences during the prospective semester.

Written Technical Standards   : The written technical standards verify that the student is capable of meeting minimum standards relating to physical, mental, and emotional health with or without accommodations. A physician of the student’s choice must sign this form. This form must be completed prior to beginning the observation experiences during the prospective semester.

Health Requirements: Prior to beginning clinical observations, students are required to present proof of the following immunizations and screenings to the School of Nursing: TB test (using CDC guidelines for two step method or chest X-ray), measles, rubella screening, diphtheria, tetanus, mumps, hepatitis B, and varicella. These may be done at the Alexander Health Center on campus for a fee or at a private physician’s office. Students who do not desire the required rubella or hepatitis B immunization must sign a waiver. Students must also complete online training in blood-borne pathogens, HIPAA, the right to know (OSHA Communication Standard), and TB prevention.

Criminal Background Check: Students are required to submit to a criminal background check upon formal admission to the program as required by the contract with off-campus clinical agencies. This will allow proper placement of students for off-campus rotations.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Each year, students must provide documentation of CPR certification for adults, children and infants using one and two-man methods with AED training (American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers).

Liability Insurance: Liability insurance is required for all students who have been formally accepted into the athletic training program. Insurance fees are automatically billed to the student’s account through the University Business Office.

Apprentice Licensure Status: Students are required to obtain apprentice athletic trainer status through the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision upon formal admission to the program.

Transportation and Uniforms: Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites and are required to buy their own uniforms (some uniforms will be provided by the athletic department), in accordance with the program dress code. (See ATRG Student Handbook for dress code.)


Additional costs incurred by students in the Athletic Training Program:

ATRG 1172 – Lab Fee                     


ATRG 2552 – Fee                             


CPR Recertification                         

$20 every other year

Criminal Background Check

$25 (some states require an additional fee)


Cost varies

TB test

Cost varies ($8 at Alexander Health Center) annually

Liability Insurance                           

$17 billed to account each spring semester

Athletic Training Apprentice Licensure - initial


Athletic Training Apprentice Licensure – renewal


Transportation to off-campus rotation site

Cost varies

E-value fee $130
ATRG 3601 - Lab Fee $80
Flu Vaccine $25
BOC Inc. Self-Assessment Exam $30

Athletes in Program

Athletes are allowed to apply for and progress through the athletic training program if the athlete:

  1. Participates in a sport that the main competitive season occurs in only one semester (i.e. soccer, volleyball, softball, but not football)
  2. Coach agrees to allow the student to focus on primarily athletic training during the off-season
  3. Agrees to individual clinical rotation plan during the in-season to complete the scheduled clinical experience course
  4. Understands it may require 5 years to complete the program.

This same policy could apply to a student in another program, i.e. music, theatre.