Competitive Admission is required for the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program (GATEP.) Due to the requirements of the clinical program, only a finite number of students, approximately 10, will be admitted into the program each year. Candidates must also understand that athletic training is an allied health profession that requires full mental, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities to provide competent care for athletes and the physically active. Each student will be required to meet and understand the essential functions and specific demands of athletic training education for the purpose of becoming a certified and licensed athletic trainer. These demands are outlined in the GATEP Technical Standards Form. Each candidate must sign this form, pass a medical physical examination and submit immunization records to be eligible for consideration. Once accepted the candidate will enter the program at the "Pre-Professional Level" and must meet post-admission requirements. The student must understand that to progress into the GATEP's "Professional Level" of the clinical program, the pre-professional level requirements must be met during the July semester of the first year. If the requirements are not met, such as, failed criminal background check, did not pay of liability insurance, etc, the student will be placed on probation and will be limited regarding clinical assignments. Students are required to report to campus and enroll for the July semester. If the student does not enroll in the July semester, acceptance will be rescinded and may be required to re-apply for future consideration. (See Plan of Study for details.)
Early Admission Deadline - postmarked by December 15th of each year
Regular Application Deadline - postmarked by March 1st of each year
Early Admission Candidate Selection Notification by January 31st of each year
Regular Admission Candidate Selection Notification by March 31st of each year
July Semester Enrollment Required
All application materials must be sent directly to the GATEP Program Director in one envelope. All application materials must be received by advertised deadline dates
Once all application materials are received and reviewed by the program director and the selection committee, applicant will be notified if an interview will be granted. Selected applicant must complete an on-campus or phone interview with Selection Committee. Only after being accepted and admitted to Graduate Athletic Training Education Program should candidate apply to Jackson College of Graduate Studies. Review the Jackson College of Graduate Studies information and requirements. Submit paper or online application for admission to the Jackson College of Graduate Studies (NUC 404 or online) with $50.00 application fee.
Mr. Jeff McKibbin, M.Ed., ATC, LAT
Graduate Athletic Training Education Program
KHS, BOX 189
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK 73034
**International Students Admission (See Graduate College Catalog for details, International students must first meet the University's International Admission Requirements before being considered for the GATEP acceptance.) Due to the amount of time needed to process an international application, admission application deadlines are in place and are strictly observed: Fall semester July 1st Spring semester November 1st Summer semester April 1st
All students for whom English is a second language must present evidence of proficiency in the English language as required by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
The applicant must submit score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper exam, or 213 on the computer exam. UCO will also accept an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 in the place of the TOEFL.
A student not meeting the 550 requirement, may furnish proof of a TOEFL score of 500 or higher, or 6.0 on IELTS, plus proof of subsequent completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of study at an English language school operated by an institution of higher learning, or a private English language school approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Applicants with bachelor degrees from an accredited United States college or university may be admitted without meeting the English proficiency requirement. Applicants who have attended an accredited U.S. college or university for a minimum of three full-time academic semesters of graduate level work may be admitted without meeting the English proficiency requirement.
Athletic Training Students from other CAATE Entry-Level Graduate accredited institution interested in transferring to UCO Must meet all admission requirements for the Graduate College and GATEP within published deadline dates. Only a maximum of 9 (nine) semester hours of transfer graduate credits from a U.S. accredited, degree granting institution can be accepted by the Graduate College, but these courses/hours may not be accepted by the GATEP. Because of the Learning-Over-Time requirement of the CAATE, all courses must be taken in curriculum sequence. If admitted to the program, transfer students would be required to attend the July semester of the first year at the Pre-Professional Level to complete the post admission requirements of the program. After careful review of student's transcript, the program director may, on an individual basis, accept an academic course or courses only if the course title, objectives, assigned psychomotor skills and clinical competencies match up with GATEP curriculum. Even though the student may have completed psychomotor and clinical proficiencies, transfer students Must enroll in all of the GATEP clinical courses. The program director may accept previously signed proficiency forms but the student will be required to demonstrate the skills again during each clinical course enrolled. All Graduate College and GATEP requirements will be in effect for graduation. Transferring may delay expected graduation date.
The Selection Committee is chaired by the program director and composed of the members of the GATEP faculty and Athletic Training Education Committee. Approximately 10 students per year will be accepted into the program. This number may vary depending on the availability of the number of approved affiliated sites and the ratio of Approved Clinical Instructors (ACI) to current students enrolled in the GATEP. As applications are submitted, the program director will review the materials. Once the candidate's application is complete, the Selection Committee will review and rank each candidate based on the selection requirements and GPA, Letters of Recommendations and Statement of Goals. 50% of applying applicants or the number of available spots open (number may vary - approximately 10) will be notified if an interview will be granted. The program director (or committee representative) will contact the candidate to schedule an interview. After the interview the Selection Committee will rank each candidate using the Competitive Admission Ranking Criteria. Candidates with the highest Competitive Admission Ranking Scale score will be accepted into the program until the available slots are filled. After the interview, the program director will notify the candidate of program acceptance at the earliest possible date. Accepted candidates will have until May 1st to accept or decline the appointment. After that date, the next qualified candidates will be offered a position in the program. Completed applications received after the regular deadline may still be considered if positions are available. Late applicants must meet all selection requirements and competitive admission rankings criteria.
Competitive Admission Ranking Criteria:
Each student denied acceptance will be notified in writing within two weeks of the culmination of the selection process at the end of spring semester (approximately March 31st.) Annual application deadlines and notification dates are posted in Graduate Catalog, on the GATEP webpage and in other GATEP materials.
Selection Procedure Grievance Policy
Candidate denied acceptance by the GATEP has the right to meet with the program director to discuss the selection committee's findings. The student has the right to re-apply for full acceptance the next year. If the student is not satisfied by the program director's explanation, an appeal may be made to the chair of Kinesiology and Health Studies Department. The department chair may overrule or accept the selection committee's findings. If the chair's decision is to uphold the selection committee's findings the student may appealed to the dean of the Graduate College. A written letter from the candidate must be received by the department chair requesting the dean's review within two weeks of the ruling. The department chair will notify the dean via a letter of explanation for this request. The dean has the final decision regarding the student's request. If the student has a grievance other than the selection process, the GATEP Grievance Policy located on the web page, in the GATEP Manual or via the University's Student Code of Conduct Policies to provides instructions. Additional assistance regarding a student's acceptance is provided from the Jackson College of Graduate Studies office.
Recommendation Form Instructions
Statement of Goals and Philosophy Instructions
Paper should be approximately one page in length.
The Graduate Athletic Training Educational Program at University of Central Oklahoma is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Graduate Athletic Training Educational Program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Programs. The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the Graduate Athletic Training Educational Program. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program. Also, there is no guarantee that if a student can meet these standards that they will be admitted the GATEP. Once admitted to the program these technical standards are requirements for progression and retention for each professional level. Compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC certification exam. Candidates for selection to the Graduate Athletic Training Educational Program must demonstrate:
Candidates for selection to the athletic training educational program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards. The GATEP will assess each student's ability to meet the above standards by using the student's passing of physical examination by a licensed physician, undergraduate transcript(s), GPA, written Statement of Goals/Philosophy and by statements made in the letters of references. Also the student will be asked specific questions related to the standards requirements during the interview. (See Information and Requirements for more information on the ranking criteria.) Each candidate must certify that they have read and understand the technical standards for selection listed above, and they believe to the best of their knowledge that they meet each of these standards. They must understand that if they are unable to meet these standards they will not be admitted into the program. "The University of Central Oklahoma complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with disabilities who wish special accommodations must make their request to the Assistant Director of Disability Support Services at (405) 974-2549."