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 Education Program
Students majoring in Athletic Training must be admitted to the Pre-Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Education Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi PRIOR to enrolling in any clinical experience courses. Application forms for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program may be obtained electronically at http://athletictraining.tamucc.edu/admission.html or from the Kinesiology Department, Island Hall 351. 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 Education Program include:
- Admission to the University.
- Submission of the application form and three letters of recommendation.
- Submission of proof of Hepatitis B immunization or waiver, TB screening, and medical clearance from a physician stating the student’s health condition is adequate for the completion of the program.
- Submission of signed Technical Standards form verifying that the student can meet the technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Education Program with or without accommodation.
Formal acceptance into the Athletic Training Education Program will be determined at the end of the fall semester based upon the following criteria:
- The student must complete KINE 1320 and KINE 2191 with a grade of “B” or better.
- The student must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50.
- The student who meets the above criteria will be invited for a personal interview with the Athletic Training faculty and staff. The program is competitive and only a limited number of students will be admitted each year. The Athletic Training faculty and staff will consider all professional and personal qualifications in determining applicants for formal admission to the program. Individuals denied admission three times are ineligible to re-apply.
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 instead of four. To qualify for the accelerated program, students must meet the following criteria after completion of their first year in the 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 GPA of 2.50.
- The student must receive a positive recommendation from both the Clinical Education Coordinator and Director of the Athletic Training Education Program.
Retention in the Athletic Training Education 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 2.50 or higher.
- The student must complete each semester with a minimum GPA of 2.50 or higher.
- The student must have completed each of the clinical experience courses with a grade of “C” 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 year. A student on probation may be restricted from enrolling in clinical experience courses if the student has not completed the required proficiencies for the previous clinical experience course. If the student has not corrected the unsatisfactory work by the end of the probationary period, the student will be suspended from the program. Students suspended from the program may appeal the suspension to the Athletic Training Education Program Director. Students suspended from the Program must wait one year before 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 offcampus 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 i the Kinesiology Department (IH 351).
- Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites.
- Students will be provided with polo shirts and t-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:
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes
- apply appropriate preventative techniques, bracing, or taping to reduce the frequency or severity of athletic injuries;
- perform a clinical evaluation of an athletic injury, formulate a clinical impression of the diagnosis, and make appropriate referral to physicians or other healthcare professionals as needed to best serve the patient;
- provide immediate care to athletic injuries, including the use of standard emergency procedures;
- administer a therapeutic treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning program in order to facilitate the recovery, function, and performance of the patient;
- establish and manage policies and procedures for the delivery of healthcare services following accepted guidelines to promote safe participation, timely care, and legal compliance.
- Core Curriculum Program
- First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
- Major Requirements
- Athletic Training Special Emphasis
- Athletic Training Special Foundations
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*First Year Seminars
First-Year Seminars or Electives
Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:
Athletic Training Major Requirements (48 semester hours)
Athletic Training Special Emphasis (13 semester hours)
Athletic Training Special Foundations (17 semester hours)
National Certification for Athletic Trainers
Students in their last semester of completing their degree are permitted to apply to take the certification exam prior to graduation provided all academic and clinical requirements of the CAATE Accredited Program have been satisfied or will be satisfied during their last semester. Students can apply to the Board of Certification (BOC) electronically at http://www.bocatc.org.
Texas Licensure for Athletic Trainers
Students may apply for the licensure examination prior to their graduation if they are within two semesters of completion of their degree. Eligible students can apply to the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers electronically at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/at/.