West Texas A&M University

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Athletic Training Program

Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

Major in Athletic Training (Major Code: 113)

The Athletic Training degree provides students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. With this degree, a student will have the course content for eligibility to take the Texas Athletic Training Licensing examination. Students may also use content in preparation to apply for an entry-level graduate Athletic Training or other allied health program. Program goals are developed with the expectation students will be able to demonstrate evidence of content knowledge, leadership, communication skills and critical thinking towards employment and engaged citizens.

The Athletic Training Licensing Program (ATLP) is a selective admissions allied-health program. Students successfully completing the 120-hour program, including both didactic and clinical education courses, will receive bachelor of science degrees in athletic training. The ATLP faculty members are dedicated to provide all students with academic and clinical experiences that meet requirements leading towards a career in athletic training in Texas.

The primary goal of the bachelor of science degree in athletic training program at WTAMU is to prepare the student in instructional and clinical settings to utilize current and emerging health-care skills for athletic training. The graduate of the B.S in Athletic Training will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specified health-care skills of risk management and injury prevention,
  • Demonstrate of specified health-care skills in knowledge of pathology of injury and illnesses, recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries/problems,
  • Demonstrate specified health-care skills through implementation of acute care, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise,
  • Demonstrate specified health-care knowledge of pharmacology and nutrition as related to athletic performance,
  • Demonstrate knowledge of organizational and administrative skills for operation of athletic facilities,
  • Demonstrate knowledge of educational and counseling skills and knowledge of professional development for athletic trainers, and
  • Obtain credentialing through state licensing or matriculation into a graduate degree program.

Basic Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students interested in completing apprenticeship hours must apply to participate in the Athletic Training Licensing Program (ATLP). The ATLP may consider admissions requests prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. Admission criteria include:

  • Admission to West Texas A&M University
  • Application to the Athletic Training Licensure Program
    • Request application materials from the director of the ATLP by email at lstrong@wtamu.edu or by calling 806-651-2370.
    • Application Deadlines
      • Fall semester start – July 15
      • Spring semester start - November 15
The ATLP encourages the application of transfer students. Transfer students are encouraged to visit the WTAMU campus and meet with the program director. The transfer student must meet all admissions criteria of the University.

Course Requirements

General Education (42 hours)

Athletic Training Major Requirements

  • Athletic Training Didactic Course Work (54 hours)
    • ATTR 2371 - Athletic Training I
    • ATTR 2372 - Emergency Response Techniquest for Athletic Trainers
    • ATTR 3308 - Therapeutic Exercise
    • ATTR 3309 - Therapeutic Modalities
    • ATTR 3331 - Athletic Training Evaluation I - Lower Extremity
    • ATTR 3332 - Athletic Training Evaluation II - Upper Extremity
    • ATTR 4320 - Athletic Training Trends and Issues
    • ATTR 4412 - Advanced Athletic Training
    • SES 3302 - Structural and Mechanical Kinesiology
    • SES 3304 - Measurement and Evaluation Techniques
    • SES 3316 - Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
    • SES 3321 - Motor Development
    • SES 3340 - Sport Nutrition
    • SES 3341 - Exercise Physiology
    • SES 3356 - Theory and Practice of Strength and Conditioning
    • SES 4328 - Psychology of Injury
    • SES 4330 - Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Sciences
    • SES 4341 - Sport Biomechanics
  • Didactic Course Work in Other Departments (8 hours)
    • BIOL 2401 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2402 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Athletic Training Clinical Experience Course Work (2-8 hours)
    • ATTR 2170 - Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I
  • Electives (7-13 hours)

Post-Admission Requirement for ATP Students

The ATLP Admissions Committee will notify students of acceptance status within one month of the application deadline. Upon acceptance into the ATLP, students are to present:

  • A completed medical history and physical completed by a physician;
  • Evidence of a negative TB skin test that is valid through the academic year;
  • Documentation of the series of three hepatitis-B vaccinations; students not previously having the vaccination must show evidence of the first and second of the three shot series before starting clinical experience with the third being completed during the academic semester;
  • Signed Technical Standards Agreement.
  • Students are to annually present documentation of:
    • BLS CPR/AED certification from the American Heart Association or CPR/AED for professional rescuer certification from or American Red Cross valid throughout the school year,
    • Negative-TB skin test results valid through the academic year.
    • Updated health history

Students admitted to the ATLP may be annually responsible for the purchase of student liability insurance and required uniform items. Details available from the program director or clinical coordinator. Athletic training students involved in off-campus clinical experiences or clinical observations will have the responsibility to provide his or her own transportation to any placement and will be responsible for any costs incurred.

Newly admitted students will be required to participate in a mandatory in-service workshop prior to the start of the academic semester; the date of the in-service will be provided in the admission letter.  All returning ATLP students will be required to participate in the August in-service training workshop; the date will be determined and distributed to all students prior to July 1. Any student unable to attend must provide written documentation of absence prior to August 1 and must schedule a separate in-service workshop with the Program Director prior to the first day of University class instruction.

 

WTAMU Athletic Training Program Assessment Statistics

  2019 2018 2017 Three Year Program Summary
Graduates and Placement Data        
Number of Graduates
6
6
6
18
Matriculation to Graduate Program/Continued Education
3
2
4
9

Number Employed in Athletic Training Practice/

Using AT Credentials in Employment

6
4
3
13
Percent of Graduates Employed in Athletic Training 100% 67% 38% 72%
Number Employed Outside of Field Related to Athletic Training
0
2
3
5
Percent of Graduates Employed Outside of Athletic Training 0% 33% 62% 28%

 

The athletic training program at West Texas A&M University voluntarily withdrew from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training in August 2019. Students graduating after this date, pending successful completion of requirements as identified by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), are eligible for Texas Athletic Training License.  Successful licensing affords the individual to practice only in Texas as an Athletic Trainer.

Requirements for licensing and/or certification vary from state to state. Our programs prepare students for licensing and/or certification in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensing and/or certification in other states.