Athletic Training

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Program Updates

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 is preparing to transition to the Master's level and is proposing a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree for approval to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Please contact the Department of Kinesiology to receive updates on the progress of the MSAT degree proposal. Students wishing to pursue a career in Athletic Training are encouraged to choose a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Clinical Exercise Science.

Proposed MSAT Information Sessions

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.

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" ( ). 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.

CAATE Accreditation Seal

 The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78731-3101.


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Contact Information

Mary Williams EdD, ATC, LAT, 936-294-1172,

BS Athletic Training Plan of Study