The 2011-12 academic year marks the 40th consecutive year that Texas State University has sponsored a nationally-accredited education program in athletic training. Athletic trainers work to prevent, as well as diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries and illnesses, under the direction of a physician. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training prepares students for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification examination and the State of Texas athletic training licensure exam. Texas State’s entry-level program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education through the 2019-2020 academic year. Many of our graduates work in secondary schools and sports medicine clinics in Texas; those who go on to graduate school have found employment with colleges, universities, and professional sport teams.
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (BESS) degree program has four specializations that prepare students for a variety of careers.
Health promotion is the process of improving people’s understanding, attitudes, and conduct regarding individual and community health. Professionals in health promotion teach elementary or secondary school, or they work in community health agencies. Texas State health promotion graduates work in education, emergency medical services, senior citizens programming, worksite wellness programs, Public Health Departments, Volunteer Health Organizations, and various other fields. The Bachelor of Health and Wellness Promotion provides a major in health and wellness promotion with all-level teacher certification or a non-teaching major in health and wellness promotion with all-level teacher certification or a non-teaching major with a specialization in community health promotion.
The Bachelor of Science in Recreational Administration combines classroom learning and on-the-job training. Students study such areas as recreation programming, leadership, marketing, evaluation, administration, and therapeutic recreation. Recreational administration graduates, including those with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation, work in camps, nursing homes, community recreation centers, resorts, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, fitness centers, and state and national parks. The program is nationally accredited. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS) and/or the National Recreation and Park Association’s National Certification Board (CPRP) examinations.