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Athletic Training Degree Program

School of Sport Sciences


This degree program is actually a robust blend of classroom instruction and hands-on experiences. Athletic training programs provide you with an in-depth understanding of:

  • Injury prevention
  • Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Treatment and rehabilitation
  • The health profession

Our program also gives you plenty of opportunities to work with certified athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals.

Wingate University’s program is rigorous. It’s also highly competitive. This keeps our student-to-faculty ratio low, so you work more closely with professors and clinical preceptors.

Students are required to complete six clinical experiences to earn the degree and the practical experience our students gain gets them ready for board certification. Our students work with a variety of certified athletic trainers (ATCs) and healthcare professionals. Athletic training students have worked with such professional organizations and teams as:

  • Carolinas Healthcare Systems
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Novant Health
  • OrthoCarolina Orthopedic Clinic
  • The Charlotte Checkers
  • The Charlotte Hornets
  • Union County Public Schools

We also have eight certified ATCs on staff and 15 Division II varsity teams on campus.


Admission into the professional portion of the athletic training program is competitive. We limit admissions to keep class sizes small and the student-to-clinical-preceptor ratio effective. Just meeting the minimum criteria doesn’t guarantee acceptance. Your formal application to the professional portion of the program must be completed and submitted by March 1 of your freshman/first year on campus. You can get the required forms from the Director of Athletic Training Education. Students are notified of their admission status by June 1 each year. Those who were not admitted may apply again the following year or declare a different major.

Athletic Training Four Year Plan

The Four Year Academic Plans are standard templates for how a degree can be completed in eight (8) consecutive Fall & Spring semesters.  There is varying flexibility in the exact course sequence depending upon individual student circumstances, major curriculum and course availability.  Students should consult with their Faculty Advisor for course sequencing, degree planning and other considerations.  Students are ultimately responsible for their degree planning.

You need to have the following to make a formal application for admission consideration:

  • A 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the end of the application academic year
  • A grade of “B” or better in AT 155
  • A grade of “C” or better in each of the following courses: AT 150, AT 201 and BIO 150
  • Clinical Preceptor evaluations
  • Completed Wingate University Athletic Training Technical Standards
  • Completed application form
  • Completed Informed Consent
  • A 1-2-page essay on why you want to be an athletic trainer
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completed Wingate University Athletic Training Technical Standards
  • Immunization record documenting Hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, diphtheria and pertussis vaccinations
  • Submission of a current physical examination (including medical history) from a licensed physician
  • No violations of the NATA Code of Ethics, Wingate University Honor Code or Community Standards

Applicants are ranked based on academic, personal and professional qualifications. Final admission decisions are made on the basis of academic, personal and professional qualifications as determined by evidence of the student’s application materials, academics and clinical performance.

Once accepted or admitted into the athletic training program, you have to provide the following before you can engage in clinical experiences:

  • A clear background check and 12-panel drug screen by the specified organizations
  • Proof of a $1,000,000 per incident / $3,000,000 aggregate Professional Liability/Malpractice Insurance policy
  • Proof of current NATA membership and maintenance of NATA membership while in the program
  • Proof of First Aid and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Certification (front and back of each card)
  • Signed declaration of understanding and acceptance of all program policies and procedures in the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook

Keep in mind that you may encounter other requirements based upon your assigned clinical site.


This program is accredited by CAATE.



Before you can enter the workforce as a certified athletic trainer, you have to pass the Board of Certification’s (BOC) exam.

BOC Passing Rate




3 yr aggregate

Number of students graduating from the program


6 5


Number of students graduating who took the exam


6 4


Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt


2 3


Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt


33 75


Number of students who pass the examination regardless of the number of attempts


4 4


Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts


67 100


For more information on our program's retention and placement rates, click here.