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Phase II

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.

Phase II requires three years of study. Theoretical concepts and skills related to athletic training are presented in classroom, clinical, and field experiences. Completion of the professional program enables students to take the BOC examination. Once students have completed the prerequisite coursework in the pre-professional phase, made application to the Phase II Professional Phase, and are accepted into Phase II, then the student is admitted into Phase II. Students typically apply to the athletic training program during the Spring semester of the Freshman year. Transfer students must apply in the spring semester prior to transferring (view the athletic training transfer student guidelines.pdf).


Applications are due by March 1st of the Spring semester prior to beginning the professional phase.


Admission to Phase II, Professional Program, and the student must:

  1. Complete the Phase I prerequisites (HL 150 Critical Health Issues and Decisions in Society, HL 155 First Aid,PY 100 Introductory Psychology, GB 140/141 Principles of Biology, CH120/121 General Chemistry OR CH123/124 Chemistry I, PE 271/272 Introduction to Athletic Training and Lab) and enrolled in or have taken ZO362/363 Anatomy and Physiology.
  2. Complete all requirements outlined in the Pre-Professional Phase (Phase I) application procedures;
  3. Complete and return a Phase II application.pdf to the athletic training program for the Professional Phase and meet with the program director upon return of the application;
  4. Attain a 2.7 cumulative GPA and in all athletic training core courses;
  5. Attain an 80% on clinical proficiencies in PE 272;
  6. Gain admittance into the Professional Phase from the athletic training program;
  7. Read and sign acceptance contract of Phase II requirements.

The number of applicants accepted into Phase II each year is dependent on available clinical space with a maximum of 24 applicants accepted per class. Candidate selection will be made by the program director based upon recommendations from program faculty, staff, clinical evaluations, and review of material submitted. Students should see the program director for clarification of the application requirements and with any questions regarding the athletic training program. The program requirements include required coursework, a cumulative grade point average of 2.7, 2.7 GPA in required program courses and no grade lower than a C, satisfactory completion of clinical proficiencies, and 1200 hours of clinical education.


First/Second Year (Sophomore/Junior)

Upon acceptance into the Professional Phase, students will enroll in the appropriate Clinical Education course and are assigned to a clinical site by the program director/clinical coordinator. The initial clinical assignment (first year) will be random based upon space availability at clinical sites. During the clinical experience, students will be assigned to a preceptor for direct supervision. Students must only participate in providing clinical skills and duties that have been formally instructed and evaluated by appropriate Athletic Training Program faculty, staff, and/or instructors. Currently the program only uses Emporia State University’s athletic training facilities for clinical rotations. This rotational schedule is subject to change as other clinical sites are added.

Students will initiate an assignment in the fall semester and continue with this assignment through the semester. At the end of the fall semester, the student will be rotated to a different clinical site for the duration of the spring semester. The student will continue at the spring semester clinical site for the following fall semester and then rotate again at the conclusion of this semester. During each clinical rotation, the student will be exposed to multiple athletes and sports. The preceptor will assign the student varying duties that will involve contact with multiple sports and athletes. Student evaluations will be completed by the supervising preceptor at the mid-point and conclusion of each clinical rotation.

First Year in Phase II - Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Group A South AT Clinic North AT Clinic
Group B North AT Clinic South AT Clinic

Second Year in Phase II - Junior Year

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Group A North AT Clinic South AT Clinic
Group B South AT Clinic North AT Clinic


Third Year (Senior)

The curriculum is designed so that students in the Athletic Training Program complete most of the core course work prior to their senior year. As recommended by the accrediting board (CAATE), and educational council (NATA), this is to allow the student time to gain skill proficiency and to show mastery of required competencies. Students will be allowed input into assigning their clinical experiences during the last year of the program, however, the program director/clinical coordinator has the final say in the clinical assignment. The student will enroll in the appropriate Clinical Education course as recommended by the academic adviser. The intention of this clinical rotation is for the student, under the direct supervision of a preceptor, to have an integral role in the clinical assignment. The student will be assigned to work as the head athletic training student for a particular sport/team and immerse him/her self into all aspects of the athletic training duties of the sport/team. The student will remain with the sport/team for the duration of the season(s).

NOTE: The program director/clinical coordinator may alter rotations as needed to ensure students have contact and experience with a varied populations, risk factors, equipment, and conditions. See Appendix XIII for current ATS clinical assignments.