James Madison University

Program Description

We appreciate your interest in the Athletic Training  Program (ATP) at James Madison University (JMU). If you are a potential student, we hope you will give our program strong consideration. Athletic Training is a major within the Department of Health Sciences. A dedicated student can complete the Athletic Training Curriculum in four years, however, completing a second major or meeting prerequisites for a pre-professional allied health program may require additional semesters and/or summer school.

The ATP at JMU is a highly competitive and selective program whereby a limited number of students (maximum of 18) are admitted annually. Meeting the criteria for application does not guarantee admission into the program, however, if you maintain solid grades (B or better) and complete all of the pre-requisites, you have an excellent chance of being admitted to the program. We select students based on academic achievement, successful completion of the pre-professional phase (including the observation/volunteer experience), appropriate completion of all application requirements, written and oral communication throughout the pre-professional phase and application process, and  performance during the structured admissions interview.

Most students apply to the ATP in the spring of the sophomore year, beginning the professional phase of the program with an orientation and clinical work in August prior to the traditional junior year. (See Practica Information for more details). The curriculum phase of the program requires both academic coursework and clinical hours. Students complete approximately 900 clinical hours prior to graduation. Students graduating from the ATP at JMU meet all of the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) national certification examination.

If you are interested in JMU's ATP or want more information on our program, we invite you to visit the many links provided on our website. In addition, please feel free to contact Dr. Jamie Frye (fryejl@jmu.edu) if you have further questions. We wish you the best as you pursue plans for your college career. We hope those plans include JMU.


  • November 17-25
    Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9-15
    Final Examinations
  • December 15-16
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