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 Professions. 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.


  • On May 20, 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced that the CAATE Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs will be changed to require that professional programs be at the master’s degree level.  James Madison University is dedicated to meet this accreditation requirement in order to continue providing excellent education to produce strong athletic training health care providers.  Our transition to the master’s degree has begun and will influence students entering JMU as freshman in the fall 2018 semester and thereafter.  These students should refer to information on our Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

    For students who entered JMU in the fall of 2017 or are considering transferring to the University, please note the last admission cycle to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program will occur in spring 2019. Students who have completed all required AT courses and general education courses by the end of the 2019 first summer session are eligible to submit their admission application in April 2019.  Admission decisions will be made in July 2019 once the first summer session is complete.  All future students will need to apply to the Master of Science Program.  The final cohort of students seeking the BSAT degree will graduate in May 2021.


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