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Education Programs in Athletic Training

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 arrival of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Professional Program in Athletic Training at Texas State University has now been continuously accredited for 45 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. For 2016-2017 there are 49 students matriculating in our AT program—16 seniors, 18 juniors, and 15 sophomores.

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.

Professor Rod Harter, PhD, ATC, LAT, FNATA (rod.harter@txstate.edu) is now in his eighth year as the program director of the Professional Program in Athletic Training (AT) at Texas State University, having previously served as AT program director at Oregon State University and San Jose State University. He is joined by 11 other faculty members in the Division of Athletic Training, 7 of whom hold doctoral degrees. In addition, 43 preceptors guide our students’ clinical educations at 16 different athletic training, physical therapy and general medical facilities from Austin to San Marcos to San Antonio.

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 2016-2017 we have 32 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).

We will have 18 graduate assistant (GA) positions available for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. These GA positions involve a wide range of AT clinical practice settings, ranging from NCAA Division I (Texas State University) and Division III (Texas Lutheran University) schools, to local high schools from Austin 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 January 15, 2017, 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 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.

Texas State University's Professional Program in Athletic Training

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

3 year aggregate

Number of students graduating from program.

13

15

16

10

15

40

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

13

13

14

10

15

39

Number of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt.

10

10

9

7

14

30

Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt.

77%

77%

64%

70%

93%

77%

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

12

12

12

9

15

36

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

92%

92%

86%

90%

100%

92%

Athletic Training Program News

Texas State University AT program alumni (Class of 2016) Sye Nobles, ATC, LAT and Joseph “Joe” Sorce IV, ATC, LAT, have been hired as season-long intern athletic trainers for the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Sorce worked for the Cowboys as a summer intern athletic trainer in 2015 prior to his appointment, while Sye Nobles worked for the St. Louis Rams as a summer intern athletic trainer in 2015 before being hired by the Cowboys for the 2016-2017 NFL season.

Dr. Darcy Downey, currently our Associate Athletic Trainer and a Lecturer in the Department of Human Performance, has been selected as the new Program Director/Clinical Assistant Professor for our Professional Program in Athletic Training, effective January 1, 2017.  Dr. Downey is in the 4th year of her second tour as a faculty/staff member at Texas State University, having worked here previously from 1998 to 2003 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Lecturer. Dr. Downey’s first priority will be to lead our transition from a CAATE-accredited baccalaureate degree program (Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training) to a CAATE-accredited entry-level master’s program (Master of Science in Athletic Training) by 2023. To support of these curriculum development efforts, Dr. Downey will call on her prior experiences as the Clinical Education Coordinator of the CAATE-accredited entry-level master’s program at Saint Louis University in Missouri.

Through the dedicated fund-raising efforts of Texas State University Athletic Training faculty, staff and alumni athletic trainers over the course of several years, the David Gish Scholarship and the Dr. Bobby Patton Scholarship were both endowed during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The inaugural recipient of the David Gish Scholarship was senior Josh Barnhill, two-time NFL summer intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars and current president of our Athletic Training Sports Medicine Club.  The Dr. Bobby Patton Scholarship will be awarded for the first time during the 2016-2017 academic year to an undergraduate student in our CAATE-accredited program.

The 39th Annual Texas State University Athletic Training Summer Camp will again offer two different level sessions during the 2017 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 7-10, 2017.  Our Advanced Level AT Camp will be held June 11-14, 2017, 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

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 represented District VI at the national Quiz Bowl held during the NATA Annual Meeting in Baltimore in June 2016. In January 2017 Texas State University will host for the 9th Annual SWATA Competency Workshop and NATA District VI Quiz Bowl in San Marcos.