Accredited Athletic Training Programs in Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg University

Department Info Program Director
Department of Athletic Training
(570) 422-3231
Gerard Rozea, ATC
Phone: 570-422-3065
Fax: (570)422-3616

Year of NATA Approval: 1975

Year of CAATE Accreditation: 2006 (7 Year Award)

Degree Granted: Bachelor of Science with Major in Athletic Training

Program Length:

  • Four Years to Completion.
  • Admitted as Athletic Training Major
  • Three semesters in Pre-Professional Phase
  • Five Semesters in Professional Phase.

Credits: Total=120; 50=General Education (including pre-requisite science course work), 60=Athletic Training course work,  6=co-requisite exercise science course work.

Number of Applications/year:

  • 175 total applications received;
  • Freshmen Athletic Training Majors Accepted Annually: 65
  • Professional Phase Cohort(s): Maximum 25-30 per cohort (2 cohorts)


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and represents the traditional undergraduate entry-level athletic training certification track. Successful completion of this program leads to candidacy for the national Board of Certification® examination for athletic training and state certification under the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, or State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Admission to the Entry-Level Certification Program track is competitive among eligible students. Under extraordinary circumstances, exceptions to these requirements may be granted by the Department Faculty. Minimum academic standards have been established for students admitted to the professional phase of this program and they are described in detail along with other important policies and procedures on the Athletic Training Department’s Homepage (

  • Required major courses: ATEP 100, 120, 202, 230, 235, 240, 285, 310, 330, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 436, 440, 445, 450, 487, 488, 489, 490);
  • Prerequisites and Corequisites:* BIOL 111, 112; CMST 111 or 253, ENGL 203 or 225; MATH 110 or higher; PHYS 110 or 131; PSY 100, SOC 111; EXSC 310, EXSC 447
  • Activity Requirements: ATEP 121, and 122*
  • *Where appropriate, selected corequisite courses may be used to fulfill general education requirements.
  • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.

Admission Requirements and Retention Standards

  • Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression
  • Students admitted into the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) offered by the Department of Athletic Training must possess the necessary intellectual, physical, emotional, social and communication skills to provide safe and effective athletic training services. Core performance standards for the Athletic Training Program at East Stroudsburg University are listed below. These examples are not inclusive of all expected abilities.

Candidates for selection to the ATEP must

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts and to problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able distinguish deviations from the norm.
  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  • Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  • The ability to communicate and function well during periods of high stress.
  • The tactile dexterity, visual and auditory abilities necessary to observe, monitor, assess and treat patients.
  • The appropriate affective skills, demeanor and conduct that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Compliance with these core performance standards does not guarantee a student’s admission into the professional phase of the program, or eligibility for the BOC® certification examination. During the initial advising period, students must verify they understand and meet those core performance standards, or, that they believe with certain accommodations, they can meet these standards. The Office of Disability Services will review the student’s documentation and discuss their/any accommodation requests. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services at 570-422-3390 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Admission of Freshman and Transfers

Freshman and Transfer applicants who designate an interest in pursuing the entry-level certification track will be admitted to East Stroudsburg University as Athletic Training Majors. The first three semesters represents the pre-professional phase of study during which the student must address all pre-requisites to the professional phase. Screening into the professional phase is competitive. A profile of the typical student who is admitted to the professional phase of the entry-level certification program and who is successful in becoming a certified athletic trainer would include SAT scores of 1000 or above, a class rank in the top one third, an outgoing personality, a solid work ethic, good “people” skills, and a sincere interest in sports, health care and the physically active. Successful screening into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Major is contingent upon the pre-professional entry-level student enrolled in this program meeting the following standards and completing the following prerequisites:

Standards For Progression to the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Major:

  1. Completed Professional Phase Screening Form and Portfolio;
  2. Recommendation by an ESU Approved Clinical Instructor;
  3. Completion of directed observation requirements through ATEP 100, 230 & 285;
  4. Completion of forty (40) semester hours of course work (thirty (30) credits must have been completed at ESU unless all other criteria have been met);
  5. Maintenance of a minimum quality point average of 2.50 overall and 3.00 in the major;
  6. Grade of “C” or above is required in all prerequisites to athletic training courses;
  7. A grade of “C” or above is required in all athletic training and co-requisite courses;
  8. Interview and Portfolio Review with a member of the Athletic Training Department Faculty;
  9. Approval of Professional Phase Progression as indicated by the Program Director’s signature on the student’s Athletic Training Plan of Study;
  10. Concurrent enrollment in clinical field experiences (ATEP 487-490) once screened into the professional phase;
  11. Successful completion of an approved summer pre-season clinical field experience assignment (credit or non-credit) upon progression to the profession phase of the program.

Limited Enrollment Policy
The Entry-Level Athletic Training Education Program has the necessary faculty resources, facilities, clinical instructors and sites to screen a maximum of fifty qualified students into the professional phase each year (30-35 typically). Subsequent to the submission of their Professional Phase Screening Form and Portfolio, students will be ranked, interviewed and selected for progression to the Professional Phase:

  • Overall Quality Point Average: Scale 6 – 1 (4.00-3.75=6; 3.74-3.5=5; 3.49-3.25=4; 3.24-3.00=3; 2.99-2.75=2; 2.74-2.50=1)
  • Major Quality Point Average: Scale 4 – 1 (4.00-3.75=4; 3.74-3.50=3; 3.49-3.25=2; 3.24-3.00=1)
  • Portfolio Review: Scale 5-1
  • Athletic Training Faculty Interview: Scale 5 – 1

Pre-professional students must receive a minimum score of “8” points for progression to the Professional Phase of this track. In the event that there are more than forty qualified applicants, the Sophomore Level Written and Practical Examination covering the cognitive and psychomotor competencies from Anatomy and Physiology, Acute Care of Athletic Injury and Illness, Kinesiology/Applied Anatomy, Prevention and Management of Sport and Fitness Injuries and Basic Athletic Training Laboratory will be administered. Performance on the exam will determine placement status. Screening Forms are kept on file and students who meet eligibility requirements but who cannot progress due to ranking and cohort capacity will be given the opportunity to reapply and enter the professional phase should a position be vacated.

Additional Information Pertaining to Admission into the ATEP

Failure to maintain the aforementioned standards or failure to demonstrate appropriate professional skills and conduct in any clinical experience is grounds for immediate dismissal from this program.
Tuititon: Students are encouraged to visit the ESU website for current information regarding tuition, room and board, and fees associated with enrollment at ESU.

Scholarships: The Department offers six scholarships (500 each) annually to qualified sophomores and juniors. There are numerous on-campus scholarships available across campus to students establishing an outstanding academic record. Additionally, professional phase students from ESU are competitive and are frequently awarded state, regional and national scholarships from the Pennsylvania, Eastern and National Athletic Trainers’ Associations.

Work-study: Work-study jobs are available, however, athletic training students are not compensated.

Financial Aid: Direct questions to Financial Aid Office, ESU (570)422-3742

Admissions Material: Direct inquiries to Office of Admissions, ESU (570) 422-3742

Program Highlights:

  • Eight, full-time athletic training faculty with a variety of credentials (ATCs).
  • Three, full-time faculty athletic trainers (Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Four, graduate assistant athletic trainers assigned to intercollegiate athletics
  • 20-plus additional graduate assistants enrolled in Master of Science program
  • 45-plus affiliated sites
  • 50-plus approved clinical instructors

Additional Information:

  • Contact Program Director or Department Secretary
  • Plan an on campus visit to learn more about East Stroudsburg University of PA and the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program
  • Check out the University homepage

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