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.
Entering the 2013-2014 academic year, the undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Texas State University has now been continuously accredited for 42 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 47 sophomores, juniors and seniors matriculating in this program. Professor and Associate Dean Rod Harter, PhD, ATC, LAT, FNATA serves as the director of the undergraduate AT Program (firstname.lastname@example.org). Dr. Harter is entering his fifth year as director of the AT Program at Texas State, having previously served as AT program director at Oregon State University (14 years) and San Jose State University (3 years).
The mission of the Athletic Training Program 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 Athletic Training 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. For 2013-2014 there will be 24 full-time students with graduate assistantships who are matriculating in the two-year Graduate Athletic Training Program. The director of this program is Associate Professor Luzita Vela, PhD, ATC, LAT (email@example.com). Dr. Vela is entering her seventh year on the faculty at Texas State University; she previously worked at West Chester University, Penn State University, Hope College and Barry University before joining our faculty.
Texas State University Athletic Training Program Three-Year Average First Time Pass Rate on BOC Exam (2010-2012) = 88.2% BOC Exam Year² Class of … Number of Texas State UniversityAT Program Graduates Number of TxState AT Program Graduates passing BOC on first attempt TxState AT Program Graduates’ first-time BOC exam pass rate (%) TxState AT Program graduates’ overall BOC exam pass rate (%) National Data (First- time pass rate on BOC exam that year 2012-2013 2012 13 10 77% 100% 80.8% 2011-2012 2011 11 10 91% 100% 82.3% 2010-2011 2010 10 10 100% 100% 60.7% 3-YEAR TOTALS/ AVERAGES 34 30 88.2% 100% 74.6%
Texas State University Athletic Training Program
Three-Year Average First Time Pass Rate on BOC Exam (2010-2012) = 88.2%
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² NOTE: The official results for the BOC exam are not reported to the individual accredited AT Programs until one year after the students have graduated. For the AT students who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Texas State University in May 2013, a summary of their official BOC exam results as well as the national pass rate for the BOC exams administered during that period won’t be distributed to AT program directors until May 2014.
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.
In July 2013 Dr. Luzita Vela was appointed Director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at Texas State University, replacing Dr. Jack Ransone. Earlier this year in May 2013, Dr. Vela successfully concluded her 6-year probationary period, and was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. In addition to her new role as director of the Graduate AT Program, she will also serve as the Coordinator for the Pre-Physical Therapy option within the Exercise and Sports Science major.
Dr. Vela’s appointment as Director of the Graduate AT Program created a vacancy in the Clinical Education Coordinator position associated with our CAATE-accredited entry-level AT Program. We are pleased to announce that long-time Assistant Athletic Trainer/Senior Lecturer Carla Heffner has accepted a full-time faculty appointment in the Department of Health and Human Performance for 2013-2014 and will serve as our AT Program’s Clinical Education Coordinator.