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Athletic Training FAQ

Athletic Training Facts & FAQ

Our CAATE-accredited undergraduate academic program is dedicated to developing highly-respected professionals who are competent in diverse situations. Graduates from the Texas State University Professional Program in Athletic Training are well-prepared for the rigors of the profession, have a high commitment to service, and are dedicated to providing superior quality health care.

If you have additional questions about our program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Darcy Downey at or by phone at 512-245-2980.

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1 – Texas State University was the first Athletic Training program in Texas accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

11 – Total number of the Athletic Training instructional faculty.

20 – The number of new athletic training students admitted to the academic major each year following a competitive admissions process.

30 – the number of BOC certified athletic trainers currently employed at Texas State University.

43 – Preceptors associated with our Professional Program in AT who mentor our undergraduate students during their clinical educational experiences.

49 – Number of undergraduate athletic training students currently in the Professional Program in AT.

500+ – Number of Texas State University Athletic Training alumni.

1971-1972 – The academic year during which the Texas State’s undergraduate Athletic Training Program was first accredited.

2013 – Texas State University’s Quiz Bowl team won the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association’s (SWATA) Quiz Bowl, and represented NATA District 6 (Texas and Arkansas) at the NATA’s annual Quiz Bowl competition at the national meeting held in June 2013, placing fourth of 10 teams.

2020 – The year that Texas State’s current period of accreditation of its undergraduate Athletic Training program from the Committee on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education will expire.

2022 – The year that Texas State University plans to celebrate 50 years of continuous national accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program.


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  • Yearly, almost $38,000 in competitive academic scholarships has awarded from this fund; the average scholarship amount was approximately $1,300 and allowed all non-Texas resident and international student recipients to pay Texas resident tuition rates.

    Additionally, there are also two new scholarships available to Texas State University athletic training students—the David Gish Scholarship and the Dr. Bobby Patton Scholarship. Outside sources of scholarships for AT students include our national and regional athletic training professional associations, e.g., National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA).

  • No, students are not paid during their clinical educational experiences.

  • Yes, but this combination is not recommended. In addition to formal academic coursework, our sophomore athletic training students have a 3-credit clinical course each semester that requires 15 hours of clinical education activities per week. Junior and senior AT students have a 4-credit course each semester that requires 20 hours of clinical education activities each week.

  • No, not at this time. All prospective Athletic Training majors must participate in a competitive admissions process during their first year at Texas State. Once admitted to the Athletic Training cohort, an athletic training student's coursework and clinical education experiences must be accumulated over 6 full (long) semesters in accordance with our accredited program of study that has been approved by our accrediting agency, CAATE. Therefore, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree at Texas State University will require at least four years to complete.

  • No. Some of our students were athletic training student aids in high school, but others were not.

  • As an applicant vying for admission to the Professional Program in Athletic Training, you will be required to obtain 50 hours of directed observation which obtained over the course on one semester as part of the requirements for AT 1298 – Orientation to Athletic Training Education.

    Once admitted to the Athletic Training cohort, the minimum number of clinical education hours is 10 hours/week for 15 weeks each long semester (Fall or Spring). Sophomore students in the AT program (Level 1 students) are permitted to engage in no more than 15 hours of clinical education per week, Level 2 students (juniors) have a 20 hour per week maximum, and senior athletic training students (Level 3) may participate in up to 25 hours of clinical education per week.

  • Our expectations are quite high. Each athletic training student is expected to conduct him or herself in a professional manner. Evidence of professional conduct includes being on time for classes and clinical assignments, taking responsibility for one’s own behavior, and making the most of the structured learning opportunities that occur in our classrooms, laboratories and clinical education experiences.

  • The clinical education experiences at Texas State University are highly-structured and designed to encompass a three-year period.

    Every semester, each athletic training student is assigned to an individual certified athletic trainer or health care provider who serves as that student’s preceptor. The athletic training student learns under the direct supervision of a particular allied health professional in the performance of his or her clinical practice for part or all of an entire semester, and obtains supervised clinical education experiences in that clinical instructor’s specific intercollegiate sport assignment or realm of clinical practice of medicine or physical therapy. Throughout the student’s academic clinical experiences, they must be associated with a variety of sports that will give them diverse experiences, such as upper/lower extremity injuries, opposite sex, and equipment intensive.

    Our students do have some input into the process of assigning preceptors and venues, e.g., the Dr. Bobby Patton Athletic Training Room, the David Gish Bobcat Stadium End Zone Complex, 1 of our 8 affiliated local high schools, but do not directly choose their clinical assignments. During the senior year (Level 3), an athletic training student can request a clinical education assignment that reflects her/his professional goals, e.g., a senior who wants to work as a high school athletic trainer after graduation will be assigned to a local high school for an additional semester of clinical education/experience at that level.

  • Yes, athletic training students may have the opportunity to travel with their supervising athletic trainer depending upon their level within the program and clinical education assignment. Travel schedules vary by semester and sport.

  • Recently we have had quite a number of our students accepted for summer internship positions with various professional sports teams. We have had students selected for internships with five NFL teams— Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and the St. Louis Rams. In 2015, one of our female AT students obtained a paid summer internship with the LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

  • The accrediting agency for entry-level athletic training programs in the United States is the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and its headquarters are in Austin, Texas. There are currently 22 entry-level CAATE-accredited programs (15 bachelor’s degree programs and 7 entry level masters’ degree programs) in Texas.

    Only graduates from CAATE accredited programs may sit for the national BOC examination and become certified athletic trainers (earning the “ATC” credential). Completion of Texas State University’s program also qualifies the graduate to take the examination offered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration (TDLR) to become a licensed athletic trainer (earning the “LAT” credential) in Texas.