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:
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
Determination of admission is based on:
1) Completion of the program application form and essay.
2) Two references concerning personal characteristics of
3) Completion of 50 hours of observation under the supervision of a licensed
athletic trainer typically performed during the freshman
4) Meeting the University admission requirements and having
a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0
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