Athletic Training

Prospective Students

Important Note

In response to nationwide changes to the requirements for accreditation of Athletic Training education, all programs are transitioning from a bachelor's degree program in Athletic Training to a master's degree program in athletic training. As a result and effective the Academic Year 2019-20, the Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training degree program at San Diego State University (SDSU) will no longer be accepting applications for new incoming freshman. Current students admitted Fall 2018 and prior will be matriculated through the Athletic Training pre-major and will be eligible to apply to the Athletic Training major through Spring 2020.

The program will be available for new incoming transfer applicants for the next two years. Please note that beginning with fall 2021, new transfer students will not be allowed to apply to this major.

SDSU will continue to accept undergraduates into the BS - Kinesiology degree program which will allow students to complete the necessary prerequisites to apply to a Master's Degree Program in Athletic Training. SDSU has begun the transitional steps toward developing of the curriculum for the Masters of Science in Athletic Training.

More information about the accreditation of athletic training education, and the professional degree change, can be found on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) website.

For specific information, or questions, regarding the professional degree change at San Diego State University, please contact Denise Lebsack,, Athletic Training Program Director.


Application Overview

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Application to the Athletic Training Bachelor of Science degree program must be submitted by February 1st, preceding the junior year of undergraduate study.

A student who is declared as a pre-major is eligible for application to the program. However, students are expected to have most, if not all, of the pre-major courses completed by the end of the spring semester in which they apply.

Transfer Students:
Students transferring to SDSU must apply for admission to BOTH San Diego State University (via CalState Apply) and to the Athletic Training Education Program (application below).

Admission Criteria

  • Overall GPA > 2.80 as indicated by official transcripts
  • Prerequisite GPA > 3.0 (includes credit in ENS 265/265L; BIO 212 or equivalent)
  • Evidence of academic progression and ability to handle clinical and academic demands of the program
  • Current certification in CPR & First Aid
  • Letter of documentation that verifies completion of at least 60 hours of observation in a traditional athletic training setting
  • Technical Standards for Admission
  • Personal statement and application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview

Application Materials

The interviews are scheduled at the beginning of the spring semester and are conducted by an interview committee. The committee consists of at least one faculty member and preceptors from the clinical sites.


Questions about the application process may be directed to:

Questions about TRANSFERRING to SDSU may be directed to:

Prospective Student Center
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455



2019-20 Events

  • Nov 11: Veterans Day
  • Nov 27-29: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 11: Last day of class
  • Dec 12-18: Finals
  • Jan 22: First day of class for Spring semester
  • Feb 1: Athletic Training Supplemental Application DUE

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