The Athletic Training Program at Midwestern State University is a Bachelor of Science Degree Program that incorporates classroom and clinical experiences to foster the education necessary to be successful as an entry-level athletic trainer. The athletic training student at MSU will have the opportunity to gain hands on experiences with athletes and physically active individuals in both on-campus and off-campus sites including sports medicine clinics, physicians offices, high schools, and colleges and universities. Due to the clinical structure, the AT Program takes a minimum of four years to complete. Additionally, if the student wishes to earn a teaching certificate or complete a minor field of study, graduation may require an additional semester(s) of courses.
The AT Program received accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in July of 2005. Students who successfully complete the athletic training curriculum are now eligible to sit for the national certification exam given by the Board of Certification of Athletic Trainers.
Upon completion of this degree, students are also eligible to apply for the Texas Athletic Training Licensure Exam administered by the Texas Department of Health.
Due to the strong practical component of the AT Program, clinical supervision by approved clinical instructors provides for unique educational experiences. The CAATE Standards and Guidelines state that a minimum of 2 academic years of clinical experiences associated with course credit must be obtained. This clinical instruction and supervision will occur in a variety of athletic training settings including collegiate, secondary, clinical, hospital, and rehabilitative settings. These experiences are provided in conjunction with ATRN 1211, 2901, 3801, 3811, 3901, 4801, and 4911.
The completion of a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training requires 120 credit hours. This degree is exempt from the University's minor requirement. Students may pursue additional major or minor areas of study to compliment the program, realizing that additional coursework and time will be necessary. A teaching certificate is recommended for those students wishing to seek employment in secondary school settings upon graduation.
Following graduation, attainment of BOC certification and proper state licensure, the certified athletic trainer may practice in a variety of settings including, secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional athletics, sports medicine clinics, fitness/wellness centers, and corporate/industrial settings.