Admissions and Pre-Attendance Requirements

For admission to the graduate phase of the Athletic Training program at Philadelphia University, students must submit the following items through the ATCAS application at Below is a listing of the requirements for admissions.

In addition to the admission requirements, please note the pre-attendance requirements below. These items are not required for admission, but must be completed before the beginning of the graduate phase of the Athletic Training program.


  • Bachelor’s degree transcripts
    • Students must have a  minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Students must have earned a B or better in the following prerequisite coursework within 10 years of admission: Pre-Calculus, General Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology II with lab, Anatomy/Physiology I with lab, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Biostatistics, Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology, General Physics
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay answering the following in 500 words or less:
    • Describe how you became interested in athletic training.
    • What qualities do you have that will enable you to be a successful practitioner?
    • What is your background in medical fields or sciences? (Describe any relevant courses, internships, volunteer work, shadowing or certifications)
  • Documentation of 100 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer


In the graduate-level Athletic Training program at Philadelphia University, students begin clinical rotations right away. In preparation for these rotations, the following items are required before the start of graduate-level coursework:

  • Pre-attendance physical (including bloodwork)
  • Current CPR/First aid professional rescuer certification (American Heart Association OR American Red Cross only)

If the pre-attendance items are submitted after the ATCAS application, materials should be sent to the program director at the mailing or email address below:

Philadelphia University
Athletic Training Program
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144


Information for applicants with foreign education:

  • Students must be able to provide sufficient documentation to be issued an I-20 form indicating adequate financial support.
  • TOEFL scores are required. Note: the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) will be considered as a possible substitute for the TOEFL.
  • International applicants must submit an evaluation of academic credentials. While world Education Services (WES) is Philadelphia University’s preferred elevator, any evaluation service accredited through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) will suffice.