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Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Athletic Training Program requires a secondary application process beyond that required for admission into the University of Connecticut. Incoming freshman should declare a pre-kinesiology major during application to the University. All students admitted will be assigned an academic advisor (Academic Center for Exploratory Students) who can help students prepare for the secondary admissions process (

Please note: With the transition to the Professional Master’s Athletic Training Program beginning in May 2019, the last undergraduate cohort into the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Connecticut will be in January 2018.  Students applying to the 2020 cohort will not have the ability to reapply in Fall 2018.

Admissions Policies

Admission Requirements

The athletic training major is a competitive and selective academic program that prepares students for a professional career in the field of Athletic Training. Acceptance into the Professional Athletic Training Program requires a secondary application process beyond that required for admission into the University of Connecticut. Applications are accepted once a year during the fall semester (Applications due November 1). Due to the competitive nature, students are encouraged to have all application materials completed and complied at least two weeks prior to the submission date. Most students apply during their sophomore year, however juniors are eligible to apply but will require a 5th year of study as an undergraduate student.

Students intending on making an application during the Fall Semester must be a full-time Storrs campus student and enrolled in, or have previously completed, KINS 2100, 2110, 3100 and PNB 2264 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. The Dean, in consultation with program administrators, determines the maximum enrollment in each program.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Lindsay DiStefano, Program Director, at for any additional information.

Transfer students must be accepted, and on the Storrs campus during the FALL semester they plan to apply to the program. This will require transfer students to apply separately to UConn and the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

Application Due November 1, 2017 by 4 pm: No LATE applications will be accepted.

Items #1-2 should be delivered to Dr. DiStefano’s mailbox in Gampel 223.

Items #3-4 can be included with Items #1-2 or mailed/emailed separately to the following address: Dr. Lindsay DiStefano, Program Director, Professional Athletic Training Program, Department of Kinesiology U-1110, 2095 Hillside Road Storrs CT 06269-1110,

  1. Application Cover Sheet

  2. Personal Statement

  • Essay explaining why you have chosen a career in athletic training; indicate your goals and professional expectations.
  • This statement should be typed and professional.
  • Limit to 1-2 pages
  1. Official Transcript(s) – Please submit official transcripts for ALL academic work completed at all post-secondary institutions

  • Transcripts can be mailed directly to Dr. Lindsay DiStefano (address above)
  • Hand-delivered transcripts should be in sealed and signed envelopes from each institution’s registrar
  1. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

  • Examples include: former coach, HS teacher, current UConn instructor (not currently affiliated with UCONN Athletic Training Program)
  • Letters should be addressed to Dr. Lindsay DiStefano
  • Letters can be hand-delivered, mailed or emailed directly from the recommender
  • Each hand-delivered letter should be in a sealed envelope
  1. Two (2) Clinical Performance Rubrics

  • A Clinical Performance Rubric must be completed by each of your supervising preceptor(s) towards the end of your KINS2100 and KINS2110 Observation Hours
  • KINS2100 Clinical Performance Rubric can be delivered to Dr. DiStefano’s mailbox in Gampel 223 prior to the application deadline
  • KINS2110 Clinical Performance Rubric can be turned in at the beginning of the in-person interview

Evaluation Rubrics for the each of the above items are available here.

Admission Process

  1. Submit Application by November 1 (components listed above)
  2. In-Person Interview (will be scheduled during KINS 2100/2110 for specific date in late November/early December)
  3. Transcript Review AFTER grades are posted for Fall 2017 Semester
  • Applicant must receive a grade of “C” or higher in the following courses in order to be considered for admission to the program: KINS 3100, 2100, 2110, and 2264
  1. Admissions Committee Review
  • The Admissions Committee will review only completed applications and support materials received by the deadlines


Notification of acceptance into the Professional Athletic Training Program will be made via a phone call after grades have been posted (approximately December 17-19, 2017). Upon acceptance to the Professional Athletic Training Program, students will be required to provide verification of the following at the MANDATORY ORIENTATION session on January 16 (time TBD):

  1. Proof of Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and First Aid certification
  2. Completed Technical Standards form
  3. Completed Clinical Health Review Form