Admission to the Athletic Training Program
- Successfully complete entrance requirements in good academic standing with Simpson College
- Completed application on file.
- Apply to the ATEP by April 1
- Submit three letters of recommendation by April 1. Letters should comment on judge of character, academic promise, ability to handle stressful situations, and potential as an allied health-care professional.
- Interview with Program Director by April 15
- Successfully complete Module X1 (50 Observation hours: 10 hours with each clinical instructor with the exception of the Program Director. Failure to do so will result in a subtraction of 1 point/hour missed and a reduced grade in SpSc 122. Hours will accumulate once the student begins recording.)
- Complete a vision statement and submit to the Program Director by April 1
- Athletic Training Examination (transfers only: the minimum passing score is 70% for the examination. The score represents the amount of knowledge that Simpson College has determined to be appropriate to designate competency on the examination. The ability to pass the examination depends upon the candidate’s own knowledge, not the performance on other candidate’s taking the test. In the event a student does not pass the examination, they are allowed to retake the exam only once) Students may also register for SpSc 201-Basic Athletic Training, in lieu of the transfer test.
- Submit a completed Style of Learning Assessment Form
- Copy of Physical, Medical History, and Immunization Forms and Insurance forms (with card).
- Signed Technical Standards
Entry into the Athletic Training Education Program is extremely competitive and meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance. An Athletic Trainer’s duties encompass a wide array of skills that are needed to perform the many tasks associated with the field of Athletic Training. Admission is based on academic and personal qualifications deemed necessary for successful, competent practice of Athletic Training. In order to preserve the quality of the Athletic Training Education Programs, matriculation is dependent upon the number of students currently enrolled in the program. To ensure that every student is given a fair opportunity to compete for admission, the following admission scoring requirements have been established:
Good Academic Standing:
Points GPA (cumulative) Points GPA (SpSc 122 & 201)
5 3.5 – 4.0 5 3.5 – 4.0
4 3.0 – 3.49 4 3.0 – 3.49
3 2.5 – 2.9 3 2.5 – 2.9
2 2.0 – 2.49 2 2.0 – 2.49
1 1.5 – 1.9 1 1.5 – 1.9
0 Below 1.5 0 Below 1.5
Application, letters of recommendation, completed Capsol Learning Assessment form, signed technical standards, and vision statement to Program Director by April 1st.
5 2/24 – 3/2
4 3/3 – 3/9
3 3/10 – 3/16
2 3/17 – 3/23
1 3/24 – 3/31
0 After April 1
Interview with Program Director:
Before April 15 = 1 point
After April 15 = 0 points
Observation hours (50) completed in:
6 4 *Observation hours are required in SpSc 122: Practicum
7 3 in Athletic Training I, offered both fall and spring
8 2 semesters. Hours will begin accumulating once the
9-10 1 student begins recording.
*Additional consideration will be based on interview performance, letters of recommendation, vision statement, initiative, and attitude.
Admission Requirements Checklist
___ Successful completion of SpSc 122
___ Successful completion of or currently enrolled (in good standing) in SpSc 201
___ Adequate academic status in accordance with Simpson College(Catalog, page 62)
___ Complete application
___ Complete vision statement
(see staff ATCs for further instruction on vision statements)
___ Submit three letters of recommendation (non-family members)
___ Submit completed Capsol Style of Learning Assessment Form
___ Complete athletic training examination with a passing grade of 70% (transfers only)
___ Submitted copy of Physical, Medical History, and Immunization Forms
___ Signed Technical Standards
*ALL MATERIALS SHOULD BE SENT BY APRIL 1 TO:
Mike Hadden MS LAT ATC CSCS STS
Program Director of Athletic Training and Exercise Science
701 North C St.
Indianola, IA 50125
(Campus Mail: Athletic Department, Cowles Fieldhouse)
**ANY MATERIALS RECEIVED AFTER APRIL 1 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION INTO THE ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION PROGRAM**