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Athletic Training


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 coming of 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 there will be 29 full-time students matriculating in this program, all of whom are supported via graduate assistantships. The interim director of this program for 2015-2016 is Dr. Rod Harter (rod.harter@txstate.edu). Please note that we will have 16 graduate assistantships available for the 2016-2017 academic year; watch for our advertisement on the NATA webpage’s Career Center later this fall. These GA positions will involve a wide range of AT clinical practice settings, ranging from NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III universities, 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.

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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 yr aggregate

Number of students graduating from the AT program.

14

13

15

15

10

40

Number of students graduating from program who took the BOC examination.

11

13

13

13

10

36

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

69

70

72

Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts.

10

12

12

10

7

29

Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts.

91

92

92

77

70

81


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.

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Carla Heffner appointed Clinical Education Coordinator

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.