The Athletic Training Program is no longer accepting applications to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The last undergraduate cohort is expected to graduate in May 2021. The program transitioned to the Master's level and students can now enroll in the newly approved Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree.
The MSAT can be completed through two different pathways:
- Combined 3+2 degree completed in combination with either the BS in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Clinical Exercise Science or the BS in Health Sciences, or
- Stand-alone two-year master's degree program
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.
All Athletic Training courses are taught by faculty who have qualified degrees, experience in the profession, and are certified athletic trainers. The faculty have experience in hospitals, schools, universities, and in other athletic training venues.
The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program at Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The purpose of the CAATE is to "develop, maintain, and promote appropriate minimum education standards for quality for athletic training programs" (http://caate.net/pp-standards/ ). Accreditation is a voluntary process. To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC Credential), candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. To practice athletic training in the State of Texas, candidates must become Licensed to Practice via the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers.
Sam Houston State University is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective May 31, 2021. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.