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Practica Information

Pre-professional Practicum Hours

Prior to being admitted to the ATP, students enrolled in ATEP 291 (spring of sophomore year) complete observation hours in JMU's athletic training rooms. Students complete 9-12 hours per week in each of four three-week rotations. Students are assigned specific rotations for these observations. Students may also opt to volunteer for additional observation hours during the freshman year and fall semester of the sophomore year. Students requesting additional hours are assigned 2-5 hours over a five week period. All students must complete 1) An orientation session with the ATP department, 2) Universal Precautions training, 3) Confidentiality and Volunteer consent forms prior to starting observation hours. Observation students may only observe; they are not allowed to treat athletes. Additional guidelines for observation hours (e.g. dress code, etc) are given to the students prior to starting the observations. Students wishing to observe should contact the ATP director or academic graduate assistants.

Professional Phase Practica

Students must be admitted to the Professional Phase of the ATP in order to participate in Clinical Practicum courses beyond the Pre-Professional Practicum. Students will have completed numerous requirements during the application process (see Admissions Information), but must repeat/update the following requirements each year. These requirements must remain current while enrolled in the ATP.

  • First Aid certification (card submitted with application must be current for duration of the ATP)
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • Immunizations/ TB Screen
  • Universal Precautions/ Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Confidentiality Statement
  • Commitment to Excellence Statement
  • Technical Standards Verification Statement
  • Personal contact information form

In addition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and successfully complete all pre-requisites for each Practicum.

Practicum II-IV Requirements

  • Students must complete between 200-250 hours per semester, depending on the Practicum.
  • All Athletic Training Students enrolled in ATEP 392 (Practicum II) as well as students enrolled in ATEP 494 (Practicum IV) who are assigned a clinical experience that includes an August pre-season must report to school early (around August 1 for the juniors). Program orientation takes place for first year professional phase students during this time. Failure to report at the required times results in forfeiture/deferral of your position in the Athletic Training program unless special compensation has been granted (See ATP Curriculum Handbook).
  • Athletic Training students complete a variety of clinical rotations which include experiences associated with various populations. These settings will include gender different sports/activities, activities with varying risk levels (i.e. low impact, high impact, contact, etc), sports involving protective equipment (minimum of helmet and shoulder pads), and general medical experiences. Each student’s career goals are taken into consideration when assigning clinical placements.
  • Athletic Training students are assigned primarily to clinical instructors working with JMU's intercollegiate teams, but students also have the opportunity for placement at numerous off-campus affiliated sites. These off-campus sites include local high schools, local Division I and III universities, and a chiropractic clinic . Public transportation can be used to access some off-campus sites, however, other off-campus clinical assignments may require personal transportation.
  • Clinical Practica will also include the following:
    • Surgery observations
    • Orthopedic rounds
  • Competencies and clinical proficiencies are performed and evaluated in the classroom and clinical settings. All competencies and proficiencies pertaining to each clinical level must be mastered in order to successfully complete the Practicum and move to the next level.


  • 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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