Undergraduate College / Academic Programs / Athletic Training

Athletic Training (B.S. Degree)
Department of Kinesiology

The objective of this program is to prepare students interested in an athletic training career. After January 1, 2004, undergraduate students must graduate from an accredited athletic training education program to be eligible to take the Board of Certification's (BOC) certification examination. The SNU Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) was awarded accreditation by the (CAAHEP) in January 2004 and is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In addition to the prescribed academic courses, each student will be required to complete six semesters of clinical education under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor (ACI). These clinical experiences will occur in the SNU athletic training facilities, the SNU Student Health Center, private physical therapy clinics and physician's offices. Admission to the SNU Athletic Training Education program is competitive. The admission requirements and policies are published in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.

Becoming an athletic training major at SNU requires successful completion of each of the following:

  • The student must be accepted into SNU.

  • The student is required to enroll in the following courses the (freshman) first semester: First Aid / CPR and Safety, Foundations of Athletic Training, Lower Extremity Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Physically Active and Lab, and Human Anatomy.

  • The student is required to enroll in the following courses the freshman second semester: Upper Extremity Injury Recognition and Evaluation of the Physically Active and Lab, and Human Physiology. In April of the freshman second semester, students may apply and interview for acceptance into the SNU ATEP.

  • Contingent upon satisfactory grades, interview outcome, and the evaluation of the technical standards (see Athletic Training Student Handbook, page 8), students will be offered appointment in the ATEP based on the number of available openings per year. Those students receiving notification of acceptance into the ATEP will then begin the three-year Athletic Training Clinical Rotation.

  • Each athletic training student will be required to enroll in two off-site internships. The Internship I course is to be taken in the summer after completion of Clinical Rotation I and II. Internship II is to be taken in the summer after completion of Clinical Rotation III and IV. The student, with approval of the ATEP director, will arrange the internships. The student must obtain a letter grade of "C" or better to continue in the clinical rotation sequence.

  • During the last semester of enrollment or upon completion of Clinical Rotations I –VI and Internships I and II, the student is eligible to apply for taking the BOC certification examination. Passing scores on the examination will result in being awarded the title of Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) recognized by the NATA.

  • Each student is minimally required to maintain a current professional rescuer CPR / first aid card and a cumulative GPA of 2.50. Application deadline for the student positions in the ATEP is April 15.

The athletic training curriculum is structured around the required course domains as specified by the CAATE and NATA, which include the following:

  • Risk management and injury prevention
  • Pathology of injuries and illnesses
  • Clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Pharmacology
  • General medical conditions and disabilities
  • Healthcare administration
  • Therapeutic  and rehabilitative exercise
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Nutritional aspects of injury and illness
  • Psychosocial intervention and referral
  • Professional development and responsibilities
** Note: The program director may allow a student to apply for admission into the program without the completion of one of the required courses. However, that course must be completed within one academic year of being accepted into the program.

Program Course Requirements

Courses   Credits
Athletic Training Core Courses  
PSY 1113 General Psychology **
KSM 1613 First Aid / CPR and Safety and Lab **
KSM 1624 Lower Extremity Injury Rec. / Eval. of the Physical Active and Lab  4
NURS 2102 Pharmacology 2
BIOL 2224 Human Anatomy and Lab **
BIOL 2234 Human Physiology and Lab **
KSM 2613 Personal and Community Health **
KSM 2664 Upper Extremity Injury Rec/Eval of the Physical Active and Lab 4
NURS 3103 Nutrition 3
KSM 3613 Exercise Physiology  3
KSM 3624 Therapeutic Modalities and Lab 4
KSM 4634 Therapeutic Physical Rehabilitation and Lab 4
KSM 4643 Administration and Management of Athletic Training Programs 3
KSM 4693 Biomechanics and Kinesiology 3
Total Athletic Training Core Course Credits 27
Clinical Education Courses  
KSM 1601 Foundations of Athletic Training 1
KSM 2632 Athletic Training Clinical Rotation I 2
KSM 2642 Athletic Training Clinical Rotation II 2
KSM 3652 Athletic Training Clinical Rotation III 2
KSM 3662 Athletic Training Clinical Rotation IV **
KSM 4652 Athletic Training Internship I 2
KSM 4662 Athletic Training Internship II  2
KSM 4672 Athletic Training Clinical Rotation V 2
KSM 4682 Athletic Training Clinical Rotation VI 2
Total Clinical Education Course Credits 15
Additional Requirements   
PHY 1114 General Physics I and Lab (Trigonometry recommended) **
KSM 1511 Teaching and Performance of Weight Training **
NURS 2404 or
KSM 2633
Health Assessment and Lab or
4 or
KSM 2653 Introduction to Health Psychology 3
KSM 2671 Terminology for Health Professions 1
KSM 4533 Research Measurement and Evaluation **
Total Additional Required Credits 8
Total Athletic Training Major Credits 50-51

** Credits are counted toward General Education requirements.