The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Degree coursework includes: 1) General Education Requirements, 2) Athletic Training Major Requirements, 3) Special Emphasis Requirements and 4) Special Foundations Requirements. Students majoring in Athletic Training must complete all major, special emphasis, and special foundations requirements with a grade of “C” or better. Transfer credit hours in athletic training courses must adhere to the same grade standard.
Admission to the Athletic Training Program
Students majoring in Athletic Training must be admitted to the Pre-Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi prior to enrolling in any clinical experience courses. Application forms for admission to the Athletic Training Program may be obtained from the Athletic Training Program, Island Hall 179 or 351 or electronically at http://athletictraining.tamucc.edu/admission.html. The deadline for submitting applications is July 15 for students seeking admission to the Pre-Professional Phase of the program in the following FALL semester. Requirements for admission to the Pre-Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program include:
- Admission to the University.
- Submission of the application form and three letters of recommendation.
- Medical clearance and Immunization Review by a physician.
- Immunization Record.
- Current TB test results.
Formal acceptance into the Athletic Training Program will be determined at the end of the fall semester based upon the following criteria:
- The student must complete KINE 1320 KINE 2191 and with a grade of “B” or better.
- The student must have minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
- The student must complete a personal interview with a selection committee made up of members of Kinesiology department faculty and athletic training staff.
The program is a competitive program and only a limited number of students can be admitted each year. The students who meet the above criteria will be considered for selection at the end of the PreProfessional semester. The Athletic Training Program Selection Committee will consider all professional and personal qualifications in determining applicants for formal admission to the program. The number of students accepted is determined by the number of faculty and clinical preceptors available for adequate supervision and learning. Individuals denied admission three times are ineligible to re-apply.
Conditional admission will be considered if there is availability regarding student numbers within the AT Program and the selection committee agrees. Those students admitted conditionally will have only one semester to meet the conditions for full admission set forth by the AT Program. Conditionally admitted students who do not meet the conditions set forth by the AT Program, that were not due to circumstances beyond their control will be suspended from the program. Students suspended from the program may appeal the suspension to the Director of the Athletic Training Program. Students suspended from the Program must wait one year before applying for re-admission to the program.
Accelerated Program for Transfer Students
A prospective student with at least 30 hours of transferable credit from another field of study at TAMUCC or another university may be considered for an accelerated program, allowing the student to complete the clinical education in three years rather than four. To qualify for the accelerated program, students must meet the following criteria after completion of their first year (Pre-Professional semester and first semester in program):
- The student must have completed KINE 1320 , KINE 2191 , KINE 2315 , KINE 3318 , KINE 2192 , BIOL 2401 , and BIOL 2402 with a grade of “B” or better.
- The student must have completed 24 hours at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- The student must receive a positive recommendation from both the Clinical Education Coordinator and Director of the Athletic Training Program.
Retention in the Athletic Training Program
Students formally accepted to the program must meet the following criteria to remain in the Program:
- The student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- The student must complete each semester with a minimum GPA of 2.50 or higher.
- The student must complete all major requirement courses with a grade of “B” or better.
If a student fails to meet one of the above criteria, the student will be placed on probation for a period of one semester. A student on probation may be restricted from enrolling in clinical experience courses if the student has not completed the required competencies for the previous clinical experience course. If the student has not corrected the unsatisfactory work by the end of the probationary period, the student may be suspended from the program. Each student will only be allowed a maximum number of two probationary periods to successfully complete the program. Students who have been on probation for two semesters(sequentially or not), and fail to meet the retention criteria listed above, will be suspended from the program.
Students may appeal admissions decisions, accelerated program selections, retention decisions, or disciplinary actions by submitting a formal appeal to the Athletic Training (AT) Program Director. The AT Program Director will refer the matter to the Chair of the Kinesiology Department and a committee of faculty members will hear the student’s appeal. Students can further appeal the decision by submitting a formal appeal to the appropriate university body (e.g. College of Education, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs). Students suspended from the Program must wait one academic year before requesting re-admission to the Program.
Program Requirements for Athletic Training Students
- Students in the program must adhere to all policies in the Athletic Training Student (ATS) Handbook. The handbook can be located in electronic format at http://athletictraining.tamucc.edu/current_students_fac.html.
- Students must submit to a criminal background check if required by an off-campus clinical site. The student is responsible for any fees involved in obtaining the criminal background check.
- Liability insurance is required for all students in the program, including those in the Pre-Professional Phase. Students registered for clinical experience courses are automatically enrolled in a liability insurance policy. The fees are included in the materials fee charged for the clinical experience course. A copy of the policy and its coverage amounts can be found on file in the Kinesiology Department (IH 351).
- Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites.
- Students will be provided with shirts to be worn as part of the uniform while in the clinical setting. Students will be responsible for providing any other clothing (shoes, khaki pants, dress clothes, etc.) that is necessary for each clinical setting.
The Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Degree are discussed below: