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Phase I

Pre-Professional Phase

Thank you for interest in Athletic Training at Emporia State University. Although the undergraduate (bachelor's) program is no longer taking new students, learn about our master’s degree in Athletic Training.

The primary purpose of Phase I of the program is to help students gain insight, knowledge, responsibility, and understanding of the athletic trainer’s role. During Phase I, students are provided the information and opportunity necessary to determine if they wish to continue with athletic training education. The student must have completed (or be in progress) HL 150, HL 155, PY 100, and GB 140/141. Students must also take either CH 120/121 or CH 123/124, however, students needing more than one semester of Chemistry for post-bachelor's degrees (e.g. Physical Therapy) should enroll in Chemistry I with lab in order to be ready for Chemistry II. Prerequisite courses should be completed with a cumulative GPA of a B- (2.7) or better and a minimum grade of a C in PE 271 and 272.


Phase I Applications are due by August 1st of the first academic attendance year of the student.


Admission to Phase I, Pre-Professional Program, the student must:

  1. Be admitted to Emporia State University (apply here);
  2. Complete and return a written application to the Athletic Training program.pdf and meet with the program director upon return of the application;
  3. Complete observation hours (minimum of 60 hours, 30 of which need to be completed by Phase II Application time) under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) during this phase;
  4. Read and sign the Technical Standards form.pdf;
  5. Read and sign the Hepatitis B consent/waiver.pdf;
  6. Complete OSHA training and sign roster at completion of training;
  7. Read and sign declaration of understanding after reading the Athletic Training Student Handbook.pdf;
  8. Have a program-required physical performed by a physician (MD, DO, NP or PA) and have this form completed by the student and the physician.pdf.

Classroom instruction, clinical observation, and directed clinical experiences formulate the prerequisites for admission to Phase II.


Once admitted into the Pre-Professional Phase, students will begin their observational hours in the clinical setting during the spring semester. The program director / clinical coordinator will randomly assign the students to a clinical site under the direct supervision of a preceptor. The number of students assigned to a clinical site will depend on the space available. The clinical sites will be limited to the Emporia State University (ESU) Athletic Training Department.

The student will be assigned to a clinical rotation and a preceptor in either the North or South athletic training clinics as part of the athletics department. The students will observe the daily activities of the preceptor and other members of the athletic training staff. Students will not participate in providing skills or duties that have not been formally instructed and evaluated. To provide the students with an opportunity for a varied and diverse clinical experience, they will be rotated every eight weeks between clinical sites. For example, students assigned to the North athletic training clinic initially will rotate to the South athletic training clinic after eight weeks (mid-semester) and vice versa. This will continue for each semester that the student remains in Phase I. Student evaluations will be completed by the supervising preceptor at the mid-point and conclusion of each clinical rotation.

Spring Semester

1st Block (8 weeks) 2nd Block (8 weeks)
Group A South AT Clinic North AT Clinic
Group B North AT Clinic South AT Clinic