FHSU Athletic Training Program

The Program: Freshman students gain valuable experience while observing licensed athletic trainers and athletic training students in the athletic healthcare facilities at Gross Memorial Coliseum and Lewis Field. Students accepted into the program (Sophomores) will be required to complete six (6) semesters of athletic training clinical assignments. These assignments are arranged by the athletic training education program director or his designee. Students are expected to arrange their schedules so they will be able to attend all clinical assignments. Athletic training students at Fort Hays State University have the opportunity to be placed with varsity athletics at FHSU, a high school, a rehabilitation clinic and a multitude of general medical clinical setting for the clinical portion of the program. Students are also encouraged to complete an internship between their junior and senior years or after completing all program requirements. Satisfactory completion of the required athletic training competencies, and completion of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training are required to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The Kansas Board of Healing Arts recognizes the BOC examination as a route to obtain a license as an athletic trainer, which is required to practice in the State of Kansas.

Admission: The Athletic Training Program at Fort Hays State University is a selective admissions program which culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree. In order to apply to the program, a student must meet minimum application standards listed below:

Students are admitted to the program on an annual basis in August. A student wishing to apply to the program must have a minimum of 30 credit hours and must complete an application packet (see below). Students transferring courses from other colleges and universities must have an official transcript from each institution evaluated by the Fort Hays State University registrar and the Athletic Training Program (ATP) Selection Committee. A limited number of spaces are available, and therefore, selection is competitive.

Determination of admission is based on:

1) Completion of the program application form and essay.

2) Two references concerning personal characteristics of the applicant.

3) Completion of 50 hours of observation under the supervision of a licensed athletic trainer typically performed during the freshman year.

4) Meeting the University admission requirements and having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.

5) Completion of 30 credit hours which count towards a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training degree at Fort Hays State University.

6) A grade of "B" or above in HHP 280 Care and Prevention of Exercise and Sport Injuries, ATEP 210 Introduction to Athletic Training Clinical, and ATEP 220 Emergency Care in Athletic Training.  A grade of "C" or better in BIOL 245 Medical Terminology and ATEP 200 Anatomical Kinesiology.

7) An interview with the ATP Selection Committee.

Applications may be requested after January 1st of each year by contacting the Program Director. All Materials must be returned by March 1st to be considered for admission to the program for the fall semester.

You can download the application or they may be obtained by contacting:

Dr. David Fitzhugh, Director
Athletic Training Program
Health and Human Performance Department
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-628-4354

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