College of Allied Health Professions

Athletic Training Program

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactorily complete all curricular requirements as stated in the Plan of Study (Plan of study also includes completing a thesis or research project under the supervision of department faculty).
  • Students must pass all didactic courses with a 2.0 (C) or better and must pass all clinical education courses with a 3.0 (B) or better
  • Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to graduate
  • Student must accrue a minimum of 1000 clinical hours over the course of the 2 years during their clinical education experience. 
  • Students must complete and file an Application for Graduation with the Office of Admissions and Records by the specified deadlines.  Typically this deadline is the fall semester prior to spring semester graduation 
  • Students need to be aware of the six year time limit in which all requirements need to be met. 

ATP Required Costs

Some costs will be incurred by the athletic training student throughout the program to maintain the appropriate paperwork, retention criteria, etc.  Some examples of expenses include but are not limited to:  technical standards, background check, immunizations, and any other requirements of an Affiliated Site.  The athletic training student is also responsible for other expenses such as but not limited to attire, health insurance and transportation.  Students will be accessed a course fee for particular courses in the curriculum.

Accreditation Status

The ATP at Montana State University Billings is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2020-21. Current accreditation status does not guarantee the program will receive continuing accreditation status through yearly reports. 


Curricular Philosophy

Students are expected to have a basic knowledge from undergraduate work (prerequisite courses) in many of the Athletic Training competency and proficiency areas.  The program has implemented a Plan of Study to have multiple courses which address different competencies as well as to facilitate learning over time.  This learning over time allow for the introduction to the material, focusing on specific material, as well as review.  Throughout the curriculum student will be taught and assessed competencies and clinical integration proficiency skills.  AT students will be given opportunities to apply those skills in the clinical education experience and the ATP curriculum utilizes traditional face to face, evening and online courses.