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Athletic Training

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

TJ John
Department Chair, Program Director, CIE
(417) 328-1792
tjohn@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of Athletic Training website for more information.

Athletes need qualified trainers to help prevent injuries.

Athletic trainers help educate athletes on how to prevent injuries and evaluate and assess injuries when they do occur. At Southwest Baptist University, we prepare entry-level athletic training students to be skilled, dedicated, caring, and ethical allied health professionals.

The SBU Advantage

  • The athletic training program is accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education).
  • Students are placed in multiple clinical settings in all proficiencies.
  • Both of the leadership faculty within the Department of Athletic Training hold the terminal degree recognized by the University and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Engaged Learning

At least four clinical practicum courses in a sports medicine or Athletic Training setting are required to be completed during the normal academic semesters. These courses are part of the professional phase and require the student to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week of clinical education experience.

Course Information

A Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training requires a minimum of 130 semester hours of credit earned by completion of the University general education and graduation requirements, the Athletic Training major requirements and required support courses.

BOC Pass Rates

Assessment

Educational Overview, NATA Education Council

Current Course Catalog

Athletic Training Competencies per Course, 5th Edition

Academic Plan by Semester AT Track

Degree Checklist AT Track

Academic Plan by Semester DPT Track

Degree Checklist DPT Track

Application to the program

Students must apply and be accepted to this professional allied health program. Application is to be submitted by March 1 of the student’s freshman year for entry into the professional phase of the program beginning in the fall of the sophomore year. Application information is available here.

 

The number of appointments to the program at SBU will vary from year to year depending on space availability and appropriate supervisory capacity according to accreditation standards.

Policy and Procedure Manual

Career Opportunities

Students are prepared for entry-level careers in athletic training. The program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

To be certified by the Board of Certification (BOC), a student must successfully complete all required graduation elements from a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) and successfully pass the BOC examination.

Other Links Pertinent to Athletic Training

Professional Websites Associated with the Athletic Training Profession

NATA Home Page
Board of Certification
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Collegiate Sports Medicine Foundation

Educational Websites Associated with the Athletic Training Profession

Surgical Observation - ORLive
Medicine.Net - Pathology and Terminology
My Fitness Pal - Diet Journal
Journal of Athletic Training
EMedicine
Online Phyisical Exam Teaching Assistant
Virtual Stethoscope
Penn Medicine
The Stone Clinic
Cincinnati Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation
Frontiers in BioScience
Merck Pharmaceutical
The American Diabetes Association
The Whole Brain Atlas
Medscape - Online Patient Care Resource
The National Library of Medicine
Neurosciences on the Internet
The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma
Gatorade Sports Science Institute
Arthroscope Anatomy

Degree Requirements

ATH 2013 Introduction to Athletic Training
Prepares athletic training students (ATS) for a proactive approach to athletic health care. Introductory issues include the profession and history of AT, ethics, the professional literature, epidemiology, pre-participation physical, conditioning and strength training, pharmacology, environmental conditions, protective devices, regulations and the law, emergency care, documentation, and nutritional aspects of sports performance.
ATH 3013 Athletic Training Techniques I
Prepares ATS for basic care and prevention of athletic injuries to include the identification of common physical disorders, sports trauma, typical injury management, taping, bracing and medical documentation.
ATH 3022 Athletic Training Practicum I
ATS will learn and integrate athletic training principles and skills in a practical environment typically done on the campus of SBU with intercollegiate athletics.
ATH 3114 Athletic Training Evaluation: Above Diaphragm
Prepares the ATS to properly identify, examine and assess athletic injuries to the head, spine, upper extremity, and thorax. This course has a laboratory component with three lectures and one laboratory each week.
ATH 3103 Sports Performance
Prepares the ATS to effectively manage the health care of the athlete by recognizing and implementing appropriate strategies to enhance sports performance based on sound physiological principles including the use of drugs in sports performance, nutritional aspects, strength and resistive training, and anaerobic/aerobic training.
ATH 3122 Athletic Training Practicum II
ATS will learn and integrate athletic training principles and skills in a practical environment typically done on the campus of SBU with intercollegiate athletics. This is an expansion of ATH 3022 Athletic Training Practicum I with increased roles and responsibilities.
ATH 3124 Athletic Training Evaluation: Below Diaphragm
Prepares the ATS to properly identify, examine and assess athletic injuries to the lower extremity, abdomen, and general medical conditions. This course has a laboratory component with three lectures and one laboratory each week.
ATH 3133 General Medical Conditions and Pharmacology
Prepares the athletic training student to properly identify, examine and assess general medical conditions. This course will also prepare the athletic training student to understand the physiology of pharmaceuticals, indications, contraindications and adverse side effects of common pharmaceuticals utilized with the athletic realm.
ATH 4014 Therapeutic Modalities
Prepares the ATS to choose and effectively utilize the proper therapeutic modality to manage signs and symptoms commonly associated with athletic injuries including thermal, electrical, sound, biofeedback, and mechanical. Management of common medical disorders will also be discussed. This course has a laboratory component with three lectures and one laboratory each week.
ATH 4022 Athletic Training Practicum III
ATS will learn and integrate athletic training principles and skills in a practical environment typically done on the campus of SBU with intercollegiate athletics. This is an expansion of ATH 3122 Athletic Training Practicum II with increased roles and responsibilities of the ATS.
ATH 4034 Sports Rehabilitation
Prepares the ATS to select, implement and manage the most effective rehabilitative procedures for a given athletic injury to restore lost function to the athlete so that the individual may return safely to the desired field of competition. The psychosocial aspects of injury will be presented. This course has a laboratory component with three lectures and one laboratory each week.
ATH 4113 Athletic Training Administration
Introduces the ATS to basic administrative skills and techniques to successfully manage the health care of the athlete. Topics include organizational theory, program management, financial resource management, facility planning, information management, insurance implications, and legal issues.
ATH 4122 Athletic Training Practicum IV
ATS will learn and integrate athletic training principles and skills in a practical environment typically done on the campus of SBU with intercollegiate athletics. This is an expansion of ATH 4022 Athletic Training Practicum III with increased roles and responsibilities of the ATS. An emphasis will be placed on the rehabilitation and modalities domains.
ATH 4133 Athletic Training Professional Seminar
The capstone experience will provide an opportunity to analyze and synthesize current and relative special topics in the profession of athletic training as it pertains to professional development or the care of the athlete. Special attention will be given to clinically based research application and professional development.
ATH 4963 Athletic Training Field Experience I
Athletic Training students (ATS) will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired from the academic and clinical practicum courses previously taken. All application will take place in the intercollegiate athletic training setting.
ATH 4973 Athletic Training Field Experience II
Athletic Training students (ATS) will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired from the academic and clinical practicum courses previously taken. All application will take place in the intercollegiate athletic training setting.
PSY 2233 Introduction to Research
This course will provide students with an overview of the various research methods in the behavioral sciences. Specific attention will be given to the different methods of assessment, evaluation, and research inquiry found in the fields of psychology, sociology, and social work.
PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics
Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the behavior sciences.
PSY 4233 Research Design
Intensive analysis of experimental designs and methods of research including measurement issues, ethical considerations, sampling techniques, data-gathering techniques, data analysis and interpretation, presentations and reporting of results.
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise
Study of the effects of exercise on the organs and systems of the body; special emphasis on the cardio-respiratory system.
KIN 4003 Kinesiology
Study of skeletal and muscle systems as they relate to physical education and athletic movements. Practice is given in identification of proper form and procedures for correcting errors in sports movements.
BIO 2204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
An introduction to the study of form and function of the human body. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence. Particular attention will be given to the study of cells, tissues, and metabolism, as well as the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and digestive systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 3304 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This course is a continuation of Biology 2204. Areas of study will include: the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, and the urogenital systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 4404 Pathophysiology
The study of human diseases and the mechanisms that govern them. Four lectures each week.
Choose one of the following:
KIN 3092 Standard First Aid
Study of treatment for common emergencies including treatment of wounds, shock, poisoning, fractures, unconsciousness and stoppage of breathing. American Red Cross certificate may be earned.
KIN 3093 Sport Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.