Texas State University has a long and rich history with regard to athletic training education. The establishment of formal educational requirements and accreditation of athletic training programs in the United States occurred in 1969. Just three years later, during the 1971-1972 academic year under the leadership of Dr. Bobby Patton, the founding program director, Texas State was among the first undergraduate athletic training education programs to receive national accreditation. Dr. Patton has calculated that we were either the 10th or 11th undergraduate program to be accredited; in contrast, there are now more than 350 accredited athletic training education programs across the United States.
Fast forwarding to the 2012-2013 academic year, the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Texas State University has now been continuously accredited for 41 years, and is currently accredited through 2019-2020 by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Completion of our four-year undergraduate program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. At present, there are 49 sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in this program. Professor and Associate Dean Rod Harter, PhD, ATC, LAT, is the director of the undergraduate AT program (email@example.com).
It is the mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Texas State University to provide undergraduate Athletic Training students with in-depth academic study of the various domains of prevention, diagnosis, clinical care and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program prepares its students to meet the requirements of the BOC certification and Texas licensure examinations, as well as to be successful in their future professional responsibilities.
In 2008, Texas State began to offer the Master of Science degree in Athletic Training, an advanced, post-professional program for BOC-certified or certification-eligible athletic trainers. There are currently 22 full-time students with graduate assistantships who are matriculating in the two-year Graduate Athletic Training Education Program. The director of the graduate AT program is Professor Jack Ransone, PhD, ATC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Congratulations to Dr. Bobby Patton for 50 years of service at Texas State University!! In November 2011 we honored Dr. Patton with a special evening at Bobcat Stadium and announced the creation of the Dr. Bobby Patton Athletic Training Scholarship.
At the July 2011 meeting of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) held in Houston, junior Takisha Edwards was awarded the WB Carrell Clinic Sports Medicine Scholarship, while senior Jessica Wooldridge received the Ben Hogan Sports Therapy Institute’s Undergraduate Scholarship. In addition, recent graduate Akihito Tajima (Class of 2010) was awarded the Ben Hogan Sports Therapy Institute’s Graduate Scholarship.
The Southwest Athletic Trainers Association (SWATA) named Senior Lecturer Britney Webb as a recipient of the “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” award in 2011. This award recognizes a member of whose dedicated service, past achievements, and professional contributions have furthered the advancement of the SWATA and the athletic training profession as a whole.
Professor Jack Ransone has been selected to serve on the medical staff for Track and Field by the United States Olympic Committee for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in London, England in August. The 2012 Summer Olympics will mark the third occasion that Dr. Ransone has been chosen to serve on a U.S. Olympic team medical staff.
Assistant Professor Luzita Vela was senior author or co-author for seven (7) peer-reviewed Free Communications papers and posters presented at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in New Orleans in June 2011.
Athletic Training Students meet with NATA president Marjorie Albohm.