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Declaration of Major


The athletic training program at North Carolina Central University has voluntarily withdrawn their accreditation and is no longer admitting students.  The date of voluntary withdrawal of accreditation coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in December 2019.  

Candidates for admission to the Athletic Training Program must meet the following criteria:

  1.  Be at least a sophomore.
  2. Have completed or be enrolled in BIOL 1300*, BIOL 1610, PEDU 2010, HEDU 4110 (or PEDU 3500),  and PEDU 2250- 01(students applying in the Fall of 2014). Students must earn a C or higher in all prerequisite classes . Students applying in 2015 must also take PEDU 1620 and NUR 2030 to be eligible to apply. *BIOL 1300 is a pre-requisite for BIOL 1610.
  3. Submit a complete application including:
  • NCCU Athletic Training Program Application for Admission
  • Transcript indicating the required GPA of 2.5 or higher and proof of prerequisite courses or courses in progress
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Athletic Training clinic observation sheet 
  • Signed copy of the Athletic Training Program technical standards packet including the Technical Standards form, Athletic Training Physical form with documented required immunizations and proof of immunizations. (Immunizations currently required are: HBV, annual TB tider, Varicella, MMR, DPT, annual influenza and  polio. These are subject to change.)

Some immunizations or tiders are required for entrance to the University. There are additional immunizations or tiders required at various clinical sites. These can cost $20-$75 each. Physicals at NCCU student health are free with student insurance.

4. Applications are due November 1 (or the closest business day)for students to enter the program for  the spring semester. The application process is completed with a formal interview in November. Athletic training faculty, students and other faculty may serve on the interview committee. Admission is selective; meeting all the above criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. The objective criteria for the selection process will be given to students at the application meeting.

5. Students are notified of their program status after the completion of fall semester grades.

6. The NCCU Athletic Training Program is a highly competitive program. Even if all admission requirements are met, admission into the Athletic Training Program is NOT guaranteed.

7. Students must commit to a minimum of five semesters and a minimum of 200 clinical hours per semester for the completion of course work and clinical experiences.

8. Transfer students may apply for admission into the program. They must meet the aforementioned admission policies. Athletic Training Program-specific classes and/or clinical hours must have been completed at a CAATE accredited institution to be considered for transfer credit. A transcript and course descriptions must be submitted to the Athletic Training Program Director, who will make the final decision as to the acceptance of Athletic Training Program-specific classes. The final 30 credit hours of a student's degree must be completed at NCCU.

9. Student-athletes are eligible to apply for admittance to the Athletic Training Program. It will not be possible to complete the program requirements without full cooperation from the student-athlete's coaching staff. No exceptions will be made to course sequencing or completion of acceptable clinical experiences.

10. The Athletic Training Program does not discriminate based upon race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation or disabling condition. The program adheres to the North Carolina Central University equal opportunity/affirmative action/nondiscrimination policy.

Progress Evaluation and Retention Requirements

  1. The student's faculty advisor, the Athletic Training Program Director, and Clinical Education Coordinator will monitor normal progress toward completion of the required courses and clinical rotations.
  2. Students falling below a 2.5 cumulative GPA are placed on one-semester probation and may be removed from their clinical assignments. The student must maintain a 2.50 GPA for one semester to remain in the Athletic Training major.
  3. Students must have a 2.5 or higher each semester to be eligible to enroll in the next clinical course.
  4. No grade lower than a C will be accepted in any athletic training course, and all clinical integrated proficiencies must be passed with a minimum of 80 percent for the student to advance to the next athletic training clinical course.
  5. Any student that is having trouble in a class is encouraged to talk to the Athletic Training Program administration so that appropriate help or tutoring can be provided. This is to ensure that the student has every opportunity to retain his or her GPA and spot in the Athletic Training Program.
  6. Tutoring and academic advising are available in the Academic Support Center. This service is available to all NCCU students.
  7. Students must demonstrate throughout their clinical rotations a continued improvement and eventual achievement of proficiency as an entry-level athletic trainer.
  8. If an athletic training student is unable to complete the minimum of 200 clinical hours, but is able to complete all of the other requirements for the associated clinical class, the student may be assigned an "I" for the course (with appropriate administrative approval), but must complete the work prior to the beginning of the next semester to be able to enroll in the next clinical class. Upon completing the required hours the student will be granted a grade that is reflective of his or her work. See the University Undergraduate catalog for requirements for an incomplete grade.
  9. If the student is unable to complete his or her clinical requirements (other than clinical hours) due to circumstances beyond his or her control, it will be up to the student, clinical course instructor and Athletic Training Program director to determine an appropriate course of action. Every effort will be made to allow the student to complete the requirements in a timely manner and to continue in the program. If the magnitude of work missed exceeds 25 percent of the required work, the student will not be allowed to continue with his or her clinical progressions and will require additional time at NCCU to complete the Athletic Training Program.
  10. Students must maintain Professional Rescuer CPR and AED certification throughout their enrollment in the Athletic Training Program.
  11. Students must have received the Hepatitis B vaccination, show proof of having begun the series, or sign a waiver denying the HBV before he or she will be allowed to begin his or her clinical rotation (cost $ 50). Students must have current immunizations as listed above. Background checks are required for certain sites ($20). It is the responsibility of the student to comply with all required documentation and training specific to each clinical site prior to going to the site to remain in the clinical class.
  12. Once accepted the student must:
    1. Maintain a 2.5 overall and semester GPA
    2. Complete at least 200 clinical hours per semester
    3. Purchase annual liability insurance (approximately $20)
    4. Purchase Athletic Training Program shirts annually (approximately $30-$50)
    5. Maintain required immunizations ($25-$75 each)
    6. Maintain Professional Rescuer CPR/AED (approximately $35/every 2 years)
    7. Travel to off site clinical rotations are not provided. Travel costs (transportation, gas, parking) are the responsibility of each student. Students will need transportation to off-campus clinical sites.
    8. Sign a preceptor contract which includes verification of understanding of the Program's Communicable Disease policy.
    9. Sign the AT Program contract and Code of Professional Conduct.
    10. Understand that you will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
  13. Because of the number of clinical hours required, it is highly recommended that students DO NOT work. The time and day of clinical hours vary widely and the students clinical schedule is an academic requirement which takes precedent over any student's work schedule.

Other costs associated with the University can be found in the University Undergraduate Catalog.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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