TTUHSC School of Allied Health Sciences

Athletic Training

Admission to the Program

The athletic training program begins in late May each year. A Bachelor’s Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific requirements listed below. Fulfillment of the basic admissions requirements does not guarantee admission. Acceptance into the MAT program is based on a holistic scoring system including grade point average (cumulative & prerequisite courses), completion of all prerequisite courses, athletic training observation/experience, essay, letters of recommendation, and interview (professional and scholastic aptitude) scores.

Prerequisites

Applicants to the MAT program at TTUHSC must have earned an undergraduate degree from a four-year accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must have completed or plan to complete all prerequisites prior to enrollment. To be considered for admission, an overall grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale is required. A grade of "C" or better is required in all prerequisite courses.

Applicants must have at least 50 hours of athletic training experience. Experience can be gained through volunteer work, observation or paid employment with an ATC or LAT.

Required Prerequisites
Human Anatomy (or A&P I) 3-4 hours
Human Physiology (of A&P II) 3-4 hours
Exercise Physiology 3 hours
Kinesiology/Biomechanics 3 hours
Statistics (Tests & Measurements is not accepted) 3 hours
Nutrition 3 hours
Recommended Prerequisites
Physics with lab 3 hours
Chemistry with lab 3 hours
Technical Writing 3 hours

If prerequisite courses have not been completed in the last seven years, program director approval for acceptance of courses may be required. AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any prerequisite course.

Application Process

The following information is required for an individual to be considered for the MAT program:

  1. A completed and submitted online application (including essay)

  2. Two letters of recommendation

  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

  4. Verification of observation hours (a minimum of 50 hours completed with a credentialed Athletic Trainer)

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the athletic training program. The application deadline is February 1st of each year, but the MAT program will begin reviewing applications October 15th. The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs accepts applications each year between August 1st and February 1st for admission into the class beginning the following May. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as early as possible. Qualified candidates selected by the Athletic Training Admissions Committee will be contacted for either a phone or on-campus interview.

All applications are made online at the following web address:

http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/admissions/application.aspx

Additional application materials should be sent to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Office of the Registrar, 3601 4th Street, Stop 8310, Lubbock, Texas 79430. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials have been received by the TTUHSC Registrar’s Office prior to the application deadline.

Additionally, the following information must be provided prior to a student’s matriculation in the MAT program:

  • Completed Essential Functions/Technical Standards form (see below)
  • Verification of all required immunizations.

Essential Functions/Technical Standards

A student admitted into the Athletic Training program must meet essential functions/technical standards that are necessary to be able to obtain employment. These are established minimum physical and mental guidelines necessary for the MAT program. Prior to matriculation, all students must submit verification of their ability to perform at or above the minimum physical and mental guidelines established by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. A list of the essential functions for the MAT program can be found in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Handbook (http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/current/handbooks.aspx) or obtained from the MAT program director. Please familiarize yourself with the essential functions document.

Expenses

In addition to tuition and fees, additional expenses (i.e. travel, clothing, Criminal Background Check, etc.) associated with the program and clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student. An estimated cost of tuition and fees is available on the SOAHS website (http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/prospective/).

A list of expenses that may be incurred by the student include: (this list may not be exhaustive)

Item Cost Description
Criminal Background Check $43.50 base rate Cost increases based on number and location of places lived. All SOAHS students are required to undergo a criminal background check, from the TTUHSC School of Allied Health Sciences Approved provider, prior to matriculation.
Immunizations Varies Required immunizations are the responsibility of the student, but a discount price is available through the TTUHSC Family Medicine clinic. A list of the TTUHSC Immunization Requirements is located at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/current/policies.aspx
Textbooks Varies See the MAT textbook tab on the website for a list of required and recommended textbooks with estimated cost.
Course Fees $45 per course per semester
Laptop computer Varies A laptop computer is required for the MAT program (minimum specifications are available in the SOAHS Catalog at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/prospective/).
Clothing $100-$150 over 2 years MAT program clothing is available from the Athletic Training Student Association. Polos, t-shirts and jackets are most often purchased by the students.
Travel to/from clinical site Varies The cost varies based on location of clinical site and price of gasoline. Students are paired and carpooling is encouraged. Unless requested by the student, no more than one (1) clinical site will require significant driving by the student.
Lubbock Cost of Living Varies The United States Census Bureau website has information about cost of living in Lubbock at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0728.pdf
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