Undergraduate Athletic Training Program of Study
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. All freshmen and transfer students should declare themselves to be “Athletic Training majors”, and participate in our year-long competitive admissions process in order to qualify for admission to the Athletic Training Cohort. Each year in June, the top 20 ranked athletic training applicants are offered admission to program, and in August they begin the academic courses and clinical education experiences associated with the Athletic Training major.
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
With each new Fall semester, newly-admitted sophomore (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 (5) – 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 at Bobcat Stadium, Track and Field Complex at Bobcat Stadium, Jowers Center Athletic Training Room, Strahan Coliseum Athletic Training Room, and Women’s Soccer Athletic Training Room.
- Local High Schools (8) – 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 provides our athletic training students with opportunities to observe staff physicians and nurse practitioners deliver primary, women’s and psychiatric healthcare services to university students. Our Student Health Center is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).
- 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.
Athletic training students must maintain a Texas State grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on the 4.0 scale to remain in good standing within the Athletic Training Program cohort. 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 four core AT courses that require a minimum Texas State GPA of 2.75, specifically AT 3326 – Evaluation Techniques of Upper Extremity Injuries, AT 3328 – Evaluation Techniques of Lower Extremity Injuries, AT 3336 – Principles and Techniques of Therapeutic Modalities and AT 3346 – Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation.
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. At Texas State University, the grade earned in a course that is repeated replaces the previously-earned grade in the student’s GPA calculations.
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.
Any Athletic Training major whose Texas State GPA falls below the 2.75 minimum standard and/or is not making appropriate progress in the major courses will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. 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.