Degree Program Overview

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.* The duties of an athletic trainer include carrying out injury prevention measures, providing emergency care to injured athletes, evaluating injuries and illnesses, and carrying out rehabilitation plans for injured athletes and the physically active.



The athletic training program requires both classroom instruction and clinical education. You will learn to provide comprehensive care across five domains of clinical practice: Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection; Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis; Immediate and Emergency Care; Treatment and Rehabilitation; and Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being. Clinical education is required in order to gain hands-on experience working with patients. Students in the athletic training program at SHSU are placed at a variety of clinical settings including intercollegiate athletics, high school athletics, clinic, and hospital sites.

Careers in Athletic Training

  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Amateur and professional sports organizations
  • Clinics, emergency rooms, and hospitals
  • Military
  • Performing arts companies

Certification and Licensure

Once the athletic training program achieves national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), students who meet all program requirements will qualify to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Students will also be eligible to apply for Texas State Licensure.

Program Breakdown

Program Breakdown
Degree Type Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 122 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Athletic Training brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15