Admission Requirements

Admission Pre-Requisites

The prerequisite courses for the program (Bellarmine course equivalencies in parentheses) are:

  • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology with lab (BIOL 108 & 109)
  • 1 semester of exercise physiology (EXSC 240)
  • 1 semester of nutrition (NURS 200)
  • 1 semester of kinesiology (EXSC 325) OR biomechanics
  • 1 semester of health sciences chemistry with lab (CHEM 214)*
  • 1 semester of health sciences physics with lab (PHYS 214)*
  • 1 semester of psychology (PSYC 103 or 203)
  • 1 semester of statistics (MATH 205)
  • RECOMMENDED NOT REQUIRED: 1 semester of medical terminology (RTH 120)

*Successful completion of two-course sequence with a lab may substitute

Admission to the program is selective and the number of students in each cohort is dependent on available clinical sites. Students attending Bellarmine as undergraduates are given preference for admission into the Program but are not guaranteed admission.

Bellarmine University undergraduate students may be admitted to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program after completing all prerequisite courses with a “C” or better and general education courses (except IDC. 401) with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 90 semester hours.

External applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and have completed all program prerequisite courses.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Submit online application at the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service.
  2. Minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Satisfactory completion of all program prerequisites prior to entering the professional curriculum
  4. Grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses
  5. If overall cumulative GPA is below a 2.75, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken with scores (within the last 5 years) sent to Bellarmine University (School Code 1056).
  6. The ability to meet Technical Standards. (For a list of our Technical Standards, please email
  7. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be submitted directly to ATCAS. If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation to ATCAS. The following organizations offer this service and information regarding processes and fees are available at:, and The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).

For more information contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 800.274.4723 x7200, 502.272.7200 or

Post-Admission Requirements

After formal admission to the Athletic Training Master's degree program, students are required to complete an FBI background check, drug test and technical standards agreement. The BU Master of Science in Athletic Training Program enters into Affiliation Agreements with multiple healthcare facilities and schools. These agreements provide BU MSAT students and faculty, authorized access to facility resources and patients. In response to stipulations contained within one or more of these Agreements, the BU MSAT requires students admitted to the program to submit to an FBI level criminal background check as well as annual drug testing. This screening process has been mandated by the College of Health Professions in an effort to more effectively protect the safety and well-being of the patients, clients, and residents of those facilities, and is fully supported by the MSAT faculty. The background check, drug test and technical standards agreement will be completed prior to matriculation.

International Students

  • If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the US, or English is your second language, you will be required to take the TOEFLiBT (internet-based test). Applicants must earn a total score of 83 or higher and a speaking score of 26 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or earn a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher on the IELTS to meet the language proficiency requirement. Only official score reports will be accepted.The Athletic Training Program reserves the right to require TOEFLiBT testing from any candidate. Information about the TOEFLiBT can be found on the TOEFL site.
  • Additional information is required from international applicants; contact the Office of Graduate Admission for more information.