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Health Sciences

Application Procedure

Admissions Policy Freshman Year: Freshman candidates who have achieved the following:
    a. an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
    b. first aid and CPR certification (at the College)

May begin hours of observation in the Athletic Training Facility second semester (Spring) of their freshman year. At the end of the Freshman Year, those students who have fulfilled the following requirements may apply into the Athletic Training Program:

    a. an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
    b. minimum of C+ in the following courses:

  • HSC 1122 & 1123 A&P I, II
  • SME 1200 Acute and Emergency Care
  • SME 1304 Care and Prevention


Application Procedure:
Students wishing to apply into the Athletic Training Education Program at Merrimack College who have fulfilled all requirements must submit to the Program Director:
    a. letter of application
    b. two letters of recommendation (at least one from a Merrimack College faculty member)

The application must be received no later than October 15th of their sophomore year.
Once all required materials are received, all applicants will be reviewed based on the following criterion and receive points which can be totaled toward a maximum of 100.

The complete break down of points are as follows:
     1. Overall GPA 30
     2. GPA in Care and Prevention (SME 1304) 30
     3. Interview 20
     4. Upperclassmen Sponsor 10
     5. Ankle Taping 10

I. Overal GPA (30 points):
The following points will be given to students in achievement of their GPA
    2.75 - 2.99 = 10 points
    3.00 - 3.24 = 15 points
    3.25 - 3.49 = 20 points
    3.50 - 3.74 = 25 points
    3.75 - 4.00 = 30 points

II. Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries GPA (30 points):
The following points will be given to students in achievement of GPA in Introduction to Sports Medicine.
    2.75 - 2.99 = 10 points
    3.00 - 3.24 = 15 points
    3.25 - 3.49 = 20 points
    3.50 - 3.74 = 25 points
    3.75 - 4.00 = 30 points

III. Interview (20 points):
The Program Director, Clinical Coordinator and 3 staff athletic trainers will account for four (4) points; totaling twenty (20). At the end of each interview, the five individuals will rate the candidate 1 - 4 based on the following scale. 
    Poor           1 points
    Fair             2 points
    Good          3 points
    Excellent     4 points
All points from each staff member will be tallied and calculated based on the twenty point scale.

IV. Upper Classman Sponsor (10 points):
Each applicant for the Athletic Training Program must be sponsored by an upperclassmen in the Program. No more than two candidates may be sponsored by the same person. Each sponsor will score the candidate based on the following criterion:
    1. Appearance
    2. Punctuality
    3. Communication Skills (ability to interact with others)
    4. Presentation/Attitude
    5. Motivation
Each of the above characteristics/competencies will account for two (2) points. All points will be calculated based on the ten point scale.

V. Ankle Taping (10 points):
Each candidate will be asked to tape one functional ankle in less than two and one half minutes. The requirements for taping an ankle are as follows:
    1. 2-4+ anchors
    2. 3-4 stirrups
    3. 2 sets of heel locks ( one reverse)
    4. 1 figure eight
    5. 2-4+ close up anchors

The rating scale for ankle taping is as follows:
   Over 2 min.& 30 sec.       0 points
   Poor                                 3 points
   Fair                                   5 points
   Good                                7 points
   Excellent                         10 points