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 Bachelor of Science program at Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our program is one of only 13 active accredited professional bachelor’s degrees in athletic training within the state of Texas.



The athletic training program maintains a competitive admission process, and the number of students admitted is limited. You must complete the pre-professional athletic training curriculum and meet the other requirements prior to applying for the program. Please see the online course catalog for more information. 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.

Minors: This program does not require a minor

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

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

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry 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: May 15