High School Students
NOTICE OF TRANSITION FOR THE ATHLETIC TRAINING PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAM: The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has determined that future Athletic Trainers will need to hold a professional master's degree in Athletic Training to be eligible for certification. This means that bachelor-level professional programs are transitioning to master's level programs (and some bachelor degree programs are ending). Additional information and clarification is posted on the Athletic Training Undergraduate Degree home page.
At Michigan State University, students entering as freshmen in Fall Semester 2018 will not be able to choose Athletic Training as their major preference. You are encouraged to select a major in Kinesiology instead. Preparation for application to a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at MSU (or at another university) can be built into your B.S. in Kinesiology degree program.
Start with MSU Admissions
High school students interested in admission to Michigan State University as Kinesiology majors should start by contacting MSU Admissions for information and a link to the online application. The Office of Admissions reviews all undergraduate student applications and processes admissions to colleges on a rolling basis. Early application is recommended.
ACT/SAT Test Scores
Make sure to submit your ACT/SAT test scores, AP or other credit test scores and your high school and dual enrollment transcripts to MSU as part of your application to-do list!
Interested in a campus visit? There are many opportunities throughout the year to visit with MSU Admissions representatives, tour campus, attend special admissions events and meet with College advisors to discuss your major interest/requirements. Click on the Admissions Office link for campus visit options and registration information. Prospective freshman students can also meet with a Kinesiology academic advisor on designated days each semester, as listed on the Academic Department Visits webpage (click on the College of Education link for specific days and times).
How to Prepare in High School
What can high school students do to prepare for Kinesiology at Michigan State?
- Take classes that will prepare you for college-level learning – especially math and science!
- Get experience. Volunteer in your community, look for job and job shadowing opportunities in the areas that are of interest to you. Build your network!
- Consider AP and dual enrollment courses. The MSU Transfer Equivalency website is a useful tool in choosing classes.
- Attend the MSU Athletic Training High School Summer Camp.
- Research careers related to Athletic Training and Kinesiology.
- Visit with a Kinesiology/Athletic Training advisor on a department visit day!
Admission to MSU: Students interested in transferring from another institution to Michigan State University should start by contacting MSU Admissions to complete the online application.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has determined that future Athletic Trainers will need to hold a professional master's degree in Athletic Training to be eligible for certification. This means that bachelor-level professional programs are transitioning to master's level programs (and some bachelor degree programs are ending). Additional information and clarification is posted on the Athletic Training Undergraduate Degree home page.
Transfer students interested in pursuing a bachelor degree in Athletic Training must start at MSU no later than Fall Semester 2018 to be able to complete all course work in time for application and admission to the professional program in FS19. The following department admission core courses must be completed with no grade below 2.0.
- College Algebra (MTH 103)
- General Chemistry (CEM 141)
- Applied Human Anatomy (KIN 216) or Human Gross Anatomy (ANTR 350)
- Introductory Physiology (PSL 250)
In addition, the following major admission course requirements must be completed with a minimum average GPA of 2.5:
- First Aid and Personal Safety (KIN 125)
- Introduction to Athletic Training (KIN 126)
- Taping and Bracing in Athletic Training (KIN 127)
- Observation/Introduction to Clinical Skills in AT (KIN 227 - two semesters)
- Pathology of Sports Injury (KIN 320)
- KIN 228 Clinical Rotation and Skills Introduction in Athletic Training (completed after admitted to the program)
Admission to the Athletic Training Major is competitive and selective, as space availability in the formal curriculum is limited to an average of 25 new students. To be eligible for admission to the final cohort of the AT Professional Program, students must apply no earlier than February 2019, with the professional program courses starting Fall Semester 2019.
Once admitted to the Athletic Training Professional Track, students are committed to a two-year program of study which includes course work and a significant number of hours spent in clinical rotations with varsity athletes and athletic trainers. Upon completion of the degree, graduates will be eligible to sit for the AT Certification Exam.
Students who, for any reason, cannot graduate from the B.S. program in Athletic Training by Spring Semester 2021 will need to finish their undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and then apply to a post-graduate master's degree program in Athletic Training. The final opportunity to complete the B.S. in Athletic Training will be SS21.
Transfer students should refer to the information at www.transfer.msu.edu to find the MSU equivalencies for classes completed at other institutions, as well as classes needed for major admission.
Admission to the Athletic Training (AT) Major and Professional Program is competitive and selective, as space availability in the formal curriculum is limited to an average of 25 new students each academic year. To be eligible for admission to the AT Major and Professional Program, students must complete an application and submit required materials no earlier than spring of the sophomore year. There are specific costs to being an Athletic Training student at MSU and those are listed in the Athletic Training Specific Costs Document.
Requirements for Admission
The following requirements must be successfully met by the start of the two-year professional curriculum that begins the following fall semester:
- Cumulative MSU GPA of at least 2.5
- Grades of at least 2.0 in each of the following courses (or their approved equivalents):
- CEM 141 (approved equivalents: CEM 151, CEM 181H, LB 171)
- KIN 216 (approved equivalent: ANTR 350)
- KIN 251 (approved equivalents: PHY 231, PHY 183, PHY 183B, PHY 193H, LB 273)
- MTH 103 (approved equivalent: any higher level math course, except MTH 114, or a proctored math placement score of ≥19, or an ACT math score of ≥28)
- PSL 250 (approved equivalents: PSL 310, PSL 431/432)
Overall GPA of 2.5 for the following Athletic Training pre-requisite courses (12 credits)
- KIN 125 (First Aid and Personal Safety)
- KIN 126 (Introduction to Athletic Training)
- KIN 127 (Clinical Observation in Athletic Training)
- KIN 320 (Pathology of Sports Injuries)
- KIN 227 (Clinical Rotations in Athletic Training)
- KIN 228 (Clinical Rotation and Skills Introduction in Athletic Training)
MSU Freshmen and Sophomores (with fewer than 56 credits)
MSU freshmen and sophomores may declare Athletic Training as their major at any time; you’ll find information about how to change your major online. While we strongly encourage all new and prospective AT majors to meet with a KIN/AT academic advisor, students with 28 credits or more are required to meet with a KIN/AT advisor before changing majors if:
- you have completed fewer than three of the five courses required for admission, or
- you have a cumulative GPA below 2.0, or
- you have not yet taken the AT pre-requisite courses.
You can schedule an advising appointment online or check the website for walk-in hours.
MSU Juniors and Seniors (with 56 or more credits)
Students who have reached junior standing (56 credits) must be admitted to a degree-granting college to continue at Michigan State University. To be admitted to the Athletic Training Major and Professional Program at 56 credits, students must first meet the course and application criteria listed above.
Students Who Are Not Admissible to the Athletic Training Major When They Reach 56 Credits
MSU students who are not admitted to the Athletic Training Major and Professional Program must change out of the major. Some students are eligible to switch to the Kinesiology major (if they have successfully completed the five courses required for admission). They then have the option of pursuing a degree in Kinesiology or reapplying for admission to Athletic Training once all criteria have been met successfully.
MSU juniors who are not admissible to the Kinesiology major, however, will need to change to a major in another college. During the semester in which the student will reach 56 credits, the student will likely receive a message through the Registrar’s Confidential Messaging System directing him/her to change into another major. The message will be similar to the one that follows:
Upper School Admissions
You are expected to reach junior status (56 credits) at the end of this semester, and you will not have met requirements for admission to the Kinesiology (KIN) and Athletic Training (AT) majors. Although it is possible that you will be admitted to the KIN or AT major in the future, it will not be at the end of this semester. Because the University requires that all students with junior standing be admitted to a degree-granting program, you must change out of the AT major and into a different major. If you do not change your major before the beginning of your next semester, the Registrar’s Office will automatically drop you from all of the courses in which you have already enrolled. We don’t want that to happen!
We want to help you make a successful transition to another major. We can suggest majors that align well with your interests and talents and provide information about the other majors that you are considering. We really want to help! Please schedule an appointment with a KIN/AT advisor.
It is important to read and respond to these messages. If students do not respond by changing their major before the beginning of their next semester of enrollment, all of the courses in which they are enrolled will automatically be dropped by the Office of the Registrar.
If/when all admission requirements have been satisfied, a student can apply for a major change by completing a major change form with a KIN/AT advisor.
Repeating Courses to Meet Requirements for Admission to Athletic Training
Some students need to repeat courses to meet Athletic Training admission requirements. As noted in the MSU Academic Programs Catalog, an undergraduate student may repeat no more than 20 credits in courses in which grades below 2.0 were received. Students who accumulate repeat credits while attempting to meet requirements for admission to Athletic Training should carefully consider whether it will be possible for them to complete the AT degree without exceeding the 20-credit limit. Students should investigate the rigorous courses required for this major, and consider whether they are well-aligned with their interests and abilities. We want all students to be successful at MSU, and that means making an informed choice about a major. We encourage all AT students to meet with their advisors on a regular basis.
Completing Admission Requirements at Other Institutions for Transfer to MSU
Many of the courses required for admission to the Kinesiology and Athletic Training majors have approved equivalents at other institutions as posted on the MSU Transfer Website. Only courses that transfer as the equivalents of specific MSU courses may be used to satisfy KIN/AT admission requirements.
Students may transfer courses from two-year institutions for credit until they reach 56 credits (junior standing). After achieving junior standing, they can transfer courses to satisfy requirements; however, the course credit does not transfer (that is, a course taken at a two-year institution can be transferred to satisfy an admission or degree requirement, but the credits do not transfer and do not count toward the 120/123 credit total required to earn a degree at MSU). Courses approved for transfer and taken at four-institutions may be transferred with course credit before or after a student has reached 56 credits.
Only courses in which a grade of 2.0 or better has been earned can be transferred. If a course is taken to replace an MSU course in which a student earned a grade below 2.0, the credits are added to the student’s MSU repeat credit total even though the course was taken at another institution.
MSU students may attend other institutions as Guest Students for short periods while earning credit for transfer to MSU. Students planning to attend accredited Michigan institutions should use the Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application. Students who wish to attend non-Michigan institutions should obtain application forms from the host institution.
Students are responsible for initiating the transfer of courses taken elsewhere to MSU. Students who plan to use courses taken at other institutions for admission to Kinesiology cannot be admitted until all courses required for admission have been posted to the student’s record. Please refer to the MSU Registrar's Website for guidelines and requirements regarding the Guest Student Application and transfer of courses back to the University.
Students Returning to MSU to Complete Bachelor Degrees
In the fall of 2005, the College of Education adopted an admission core requirement for Kinesiology and Athletic Training majors. This requirement was approved by the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and therefore appears in the Academic Programs Catalog. All students in the department must complete the following courses (or approved substitutions) with a 2.0 grade or higher for admission to the major at 56 credits:
- MTH 103 College Algebra (3)
- CEM 141 General Chemistry I (4)
- KIN 216 Applied Human Anatomy (3)
- KIN 251 Principles of Human Movement (4)
- PSL 250 Introductory Physiology (4)
Any returning MSU student who started but did not complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology or Athletic Training will be held to current program requirements, including successful completion of the department admission core courses.
For additional information, please contact an undergraduate academic advisor.