Athletic Training


NOTICE: The Early Registration deadlines for both summer camp sessions have been  changed to Friday, May 13th at 5:00 pm.

No late registration fees will be charged until after that date.


Education Programs in Athletic Training at Texas State

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. During the 1971-1972 academic year, under the leadership of Dr. Bobby Patton, our founding program director, Texas State University 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 AT program to be accredited. Today there are more than 350 accredited athletic training education programs across the United States.

With the 2015-2016 academic year, the Professional Program in Athletic Training at Texas State University has now been continuously accredited for 44 years. Our program 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. In 2015-2016 there will be a total of 54 students matriculating in our AT program (16 seniors, 17 juniors, and 21 sophomores).

Professor Rod Harter, PhD, ATC, LAT, FNATA, serves as the director of the Professional Program in AT (rod.harter@txstate.edu). Dr. Harter is now in his seventh year as the Director of the Professional Program in AT at Texas State University, having previously served as AT program director at Oregon State University and San Jose State University.

The mission of the Professional Program in Athletic Training at Texas State University is 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 Professional Program in Athletic Training 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.

Texas State University has offered an advanced, post-professional Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training since 2008. To be eligible for admission to this two-year program, applicants must be BOC-certified or BOC certification-eligible athletic trainers. For 2015-2016 we have 29 full-time students matriculating in this program, all of whom are supported via graduate assistantships. The director of this post-professional athletic training education program is Dr. Rod Harter (rod.harter@txstate.edu).

Please note that we will have 16 graduate assistant (GA) positions available for the 2016-2017 academic year. These GA positions involve a wide range of AT clinical practice settings, ranging from NCAA Division I (Texas State University), Division II (St. Edward’s University) and Division III (Texas Lutheran University) schools, to local high schools from Austin to San Marcos to San Antonio, as well as split GA appointments that involve university teaching with our CAATE-accredited program and clinical assignments with our Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas State University.  The deadline for applications for priority consideration for a graduate assistantship is February 15, 2016, but these GA vacancies will be open until filled.

Our accrediting agency requires that all CAATE-accredited programs make public the first-time pass rates of their graduating seniors who take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Below are the BOC exam results from the 5 most recent AT cohorts graduating with Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degrees from Texas State University.

To remain in good standing with CAATE, all Professional Programs in Athletic Training must meet or exceed a three-year aggregate of 70% first-time pass rate on the BOC exam.

FIELDS 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 3-year aggregate
Number of students graduating from the Texas State University AT program. 14 13 15 16 10 41
Number of students graduating from program who took the BOC examination. 11 13 13 14 10 37
Number of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt. 10 10 10 9 7 26
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt. 91% 77% 77% 64% 70% 70%
Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts. 10 12 12 11 9 32
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts. 91% 92% 92% 79% 90% 86%

Athletic Training Program News

On January 28-30, 2016, Texas State University hosted the 8th Annual Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Competency Workshop and NATA District VI Quiz Bowl. Approximately 150 undergraduate and entry-level masters AT students attended this three-day workshop. Special thanks go to Texas State University AT faculty members Carla Heffner, Megan Haynes and Dr. Darcy Downey for their fine efforts in organizing this annual event, held for the first time in San Marcos.  Special congratulations to the University of Arkansas’ Quiz Bowl team, winners of the 17-team district level competition; they will represent District VI at the national Quiz Bowl to be held during the NATA Annual Meeting in Baltimore in June 2016.

The 38th Annual Texas State University Athletic Training Summer Camp will again offer two different level sessions this summer. The Beginner’s Level AT Camp, designed for 9th grade level and above students who have not completed any formal TSATA Sports Medicine education courses at their high schools, will be held June 5-8, 2016.  Our Advanced Level AT Camp will be held June 9-12, 2016, and is intended for students who have completed one or more of TSATA’s Sports Medicine I, II or III courses at their respective high schools. Texas State University’s Athletic Training Summer Camp is co-directed by Megan Haynes (mh86@txstate.edu) and Dr. Rod Harter (rod.harter@txstate.edu).  This year’s registration fee is the same as last year ($395), and additional information about 4-day, 3-night resident camp may be obtained at the following website:  http://www.hhp.txstate.edu/Camps/Athletic-Training-Summer-Camp.html

Congratulations to Dr. Bobby Patton, enjoying retirement after 50 years of faculty service at Texas State University!! Back in 2011 we honored Dr. Patton with a special evening at Bobcat Stadium and announced the creation of the Dr. Bobby Patton Athletic Training Scholarship. For more information about how to contribute to this scholarship fund for our athletic training students, please go to: http://www.ua.txstate.edu/give-to-texas-state/where-to-give/endowments.html

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