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Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

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B.S. in Athletic Training Program

The athletic training program prepares students for careers as allied-health professionals and for the Board of Certification examination, which leads to certification and the credential of a certified athletic trainer. Students learn the concepts and skills to manage health care problems associated with physical activity. In cooperation with physicians and other health care personnel, the athletic trainer is an integral member of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, and health care settings. The professional preparation develops competencies in injury prevention and risk management, pathology of injuries and illnesses, assessment and evaluation, acute care of injury and illness, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, general medical conditions, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, psychosocial intervention and referral, professional development and responsibilities, and health care administration.

All students complete 48 hours of general education requirements and a 9-hour sport foundation core. Students complete a 67-hour core curriculum including six 2-hour practicum courses in which they participate in clinical education. Clinical education is the formal acquisition, practice, application, and evaluation of the entry-level athletic training clinical proficiencies. This is accomplished through classroom, laboratory, clinical, and field experiences under the supervision of a clinical instructor. Each practicum’s proficiencies provide a logical progression of learning. Students are assigned to a clinical instructor each semester for related clinical and field experience. The clinical and field experiences allow students to apply related skills in direct patient care at clinical affiliate sites, including area high schools, sports medicine/physical therapy clinics, and collegiate settings. Field experiences include exposure to upper- and lower-extremity injuries, general medical conditions, experiences with protective equipment, experiences with team and individual sports, and gender-specific opportunities. The clinical portion of the curriculum is a vital part of professional preparation. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of clinical skills related to didactic course work. Students must complete requirements with a grade no lower than B in the practicum sequence. The passing mark for all competencies is 80 percent. A minimum of 124 credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 is required for graduation.

Students must demonstrate mastery of each competency skill to their approved clinical instructors and pass final evaluations with 80 percent proficiency. Students who do not meet these criteria do not progress to the next course in the program sequence.

General Education Requirements (48-50 hours)

Language Arts and Communication (12 hours)

ENGL 101 Composition (or exemption) 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
ENGL elective 3
COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3) or
COMS 150 Personal Communication (3) or
COMS 230 Fundamentals of Debate (3)

Biological Science (12 hours)

BIOL 100 Principles of Biology 3
BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory 2
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3

Mathematics (3 hours)

MATH 101 Algebra (3) or a MATH course higher than MATH 101, excluding MATH 109 or MATH 110  3

Physical Science (9 hours)

PHSX 114 College Physics I 4
CHEM 125 College Chemistry (5) or
CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry (5)

Behavioral Science (3 hours)

PSYC 104 General Psychology 3

Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities (9 hours)

3 courses from the social sciences and humanities principal course list. A student may not take more than 2 courses (6 hours) from any one content area. 9

Sport Foundation Core (9 hours)

HSES 244 The History and Foundations of Physical Education 3
HSES 260 Personal and Community Health 3
HSES 269 Introduction to Exercise Science 3

Specialized Core in Athletic Training

HSES 250 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
HSES 251 Introduction to Athletic Training Practicum 1
HSES 305 Procedures and Techniques for Physical Fitness Training 3
HSES 310 Research and Data Analysis in Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences 3
HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health 3
HSES 352 Therapeutic Modalities 3
HSES 353 Athletic Training Practicum I 2
HSES 354 Lower Extremity Evaluation 3
HSES 355 Athletic Training Practicum II 2
HSES 369 Kinesiology 3
HSES 440 Applied Sport and Performance Psychology 3
HSES 456 Upper Extremity Evaluation 3
HSES 457 Athletic Training Practicum III 2
HSES 458 General Medical/Pharmacology 2
HSES 459 Rehabilitation 3
HSES 460 Athletic Training Practicum IV 2
HSES 480 Physical Activity and Exercise Management: Individuals with Disabilities 3
HSES 561 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training 2
HSES 562 Athletic Training Practicum V 2
HSES 563 Senior Capstone in Athletic Training 2
HSES 564 Athletic Training Practicum VI 2
HSES 670 Introduction to Biomechanics 3
HSES 672 Exercise Physiology 3
HSES 673 Clinical Fitness Evaluation Techniques 3
HSES elective (300 level or higher) 3
HSES elective (300 level or higher) 3

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