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Undergraduate AT Curriculum

Undergraduate Professional Program in Athletic Training


The Professional Program in Athletic Training at Texas State University is a CAATE-accredited undergraduate program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.

The Athletic Training Major consists of 122 credit hours that focus on knowledge and skills, and clinical proficiencies described in NATA educational competencies (NATA Educational Competencies, 5th edition, 2011), specifically:

Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice

Evidence-Based Practice

Prevention and Health Promotion

Clinical Examination and Diagnosis

Acute Care of Injury and Illness

Therapeutic Interventions

Psychosocial Strategies and Referral

Healthcare Administration

Professional Development and Responsibility

Texas State University’s Professional Program in Athletic Training is designed to provide structured didactic (classroom) and clinical education experiences to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the athletic training profession. Our athletic training courses must be taken in a specific sequence in order to employ the “learning over time” model required by our accrediting agency. Over the span of three academic years, Athletic Training majors complete a total of six clinical education courses that correspond with specific didactic and practicum courses. The purpose of these courses is to provide our athletic training students with supervised, structured clinical education experiences that will enable them to successfully complete required proficiency exams and other competency evaluations.

Prospective athletic training students are required to declare themselves as “Athletic Training” majors and obtain 50 hours of directed athletic training observation. These observation hours are obtained over the course of one semester (Fall or Spring) as part of the requirements for the course AT 1298 – Orientation to Athletic Training Education. In all, there are five prerequisite courses (12 credits) that must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher in order to qualify as a candidate for program admission. These courses are: AT 1298 – Orientation to Athletic Training Education, AT 2156 – Taping and Bandaging, AT 2260 – Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses, AT 2356 – Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, and BIO 2430 – Human Physiology and Anatomy.

Formal applications for admission to the Professional Program in Athletic Training are due on April 1st each year, and all qualified applicants participate in a formal interview on or about May 1st. Offers of admission to the Athletic Training Program are sent to the top 20 ranked candidates early in June of each year, after the posting of grades for Spring semester.

With each new Fall semester, newly-admitted Level 1 athletic training students begin a six-semester sequence of clinical education assignments that provide each student with opportunities to gain clinical experience with several different preceptors in a variety of clinical rotations including contact and non-contact sports, team and individual sports, male and female sports, upper extremity and lower extremity injury sports, and general medical practice.

Athletic training students at Texas State University currently have opportunities to obtain supervised clinical education experiences at the following settings:

NCAA Division I Level – Texas State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics currently operates five on-campus clinics where athletic training students gain supervised clinical educational experiences: End Zone Complex (Gish) Athletic Training Room at Bobcat Stadium, Track and Field Complex at Bobcat Stadium, Jowers Center (Patton) Athletic Training Room, Strahan Coliseum Athletic Training Room, and Women’s Soccer Athletic Training Room.

Local High Schools – Stephen F. Austin High School (Austin), Canyon High School (New Braunfels), Canyon Lake High School (Canyon Lake), Hays High School (Buda), Lehman High School (Kyle), New Braunfels High School (New Braunfels), Randolph High School (Universal City), and San Marcos High School (San Marcos).

Texas State University Student Health Center – The Student Health Center is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) and provides our athletic training students with opportunities to observe physicians and nurse practitioners providing primary, women’s and psychiatric healthcare services to university students.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Concepts Clinic – Senior athletic training students interested in dual careers in physical therapy gain supervised clinical experiences at this private practice clinic located in nearby Wimberley.

RETENTION POLICY

Athletic training students must maintain a Texas State (GPA) of at least 2.75 on the 4.0. Once admitted to the Athletic Training Program, a minimum grade of “C” must be obtained in all required Athletic Training core courses; any student who earns a grade lower than “C” must repeat the course at the earliest possible opportunity.

Any Athletic Training major whose Texas State GPA falls below 2.75 will be placed on academic probation and will not be allowed to enroll in any of the core AT courses. The student will be notified of his or her probationary status in a letter from the program director. The letter will also specify the progress that must be made during the subsequent semester in order to be removed from probation, e.g., the cumulative GPA must be brought up to the 2.75 minimum standard. A student will be dismissed from the program if the condition(s) for removal of probationary status are not met.

Any student who has been dismissed from the Professional Program in Athletic Training who is interested in being reinstated must submit a formal written petition for readmission to the program director. Re-admission decisions will be made on an individual, case-by-case basis via majority vote of the faculty of Division of Athletic Training.

NOTE: Consistent with program policy, the director of the Professional Program in Athletic Training will not approve or endorse the application for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination or the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers examination of any senior athletic training student who has a grade of “D” or “F” in an Athletic Training major course that remains on his or her Texas State University transcript.

ACADEMIC ADVISING

The College of Education at Texas State University uses a centralized advising model in which professional academic advisors assist undergraduate students with the process of course registration, and provide academic and career guidance. The Academic Advising Center (eduadvising@txstate.edu) for the College of Education is located on the second floor of the Education Building at Texas State University and is directed by Joya Konieczny (512-245-3050).

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