Athletic Training - Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Athletic Training Bachelors Degree Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and has a competitive application process. The program provides a challenging didactic and comprehensive clinical educational experience, as well as, incorporates the values of a supportive academic and clinical community in order to prepare future leaders in athletic training.

Students who complete the degree requirements earn a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Students who pass the BOC exam are referred to as Certified Athletic Trainers (AT).

Please see the program webpage,, for up-to-date information concerning all aspects of the Athletic Training Program (ATP).

Application Procedures for Traditional Undergraduate Students

A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training major. A maximum of 20 students will be admitted to the program each year. Application to the Athletic Training Program takes place during the spring semester. A second round of admissions may occur in the summer for students completing pre-requisite coursework during one of the summer terms if space is available. Interested students must meet with the Program Director prior to applying for admissions to the ATP.

Application to the Athletic Training Program requires:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. A prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. The following courses have specific grade requirements and are used to calculate the prerequisite GPA
    1. SP M 190 Introduction to Athletic Training with a grade of B or better
    2. SP M 250 Emergency Response in Sports Medicine with a grade of B or Better
    3. SP M 271 Anatomy & Physiology I with a grade of C- or better
    4. SP M 272 Clinical Practicum I with a grade of B or better
  4. The following courses must be in progress and/or completed at time of application:
    Prefix Title Credits
    ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
    One of the following math courses must be completed and/or in progress at time of application
    MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
    or MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences
    or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
    or MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  5. Submission of the following:
    1. Program application form
    2. An unofficial NMSU transcript
    3. Submission of official transcripts of any college courses taken at a college/university other than NMSU.
    4. Federal and state background check.
    5. Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification.
    6. Three forms of recommendation.
    7. Copy of physical examination completed by a licensed healthcare professional (MD/DO/PA/NP).
    8. Copy of vaccination verification showing completion of the following:1
      1. MMR (2 doses administered 4-8 week apart or serologic test positive for MMR antibody)
      2. Varicella (2 doses administered 4-8 weeks apart or serologic test positive for Varicella antibody)
      3. Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) 1 dose within the past 10 years
      4. Hepatitis B. (3 doses administered over a period of 4-6 months)
      5. Annual TB screening
    9. A signed copy of the programs technical standards for admission form.
    10. Essay addressing the question “Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you” (500 word minimum).
    11. Completion of 30 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an Athletic Trainer.

Transfer Student Policy

Transfer students who meet the Application Requirements may be considered for admission into the Athletic Training Program provided there is space available.  The admission of transfer students will include a careful evaluation of the student’s cumulative GPA and prerequisite coursework.  The Program Director will make all decisions related to the acceptance of transfer courses required for the major.  Transfer students should contact the Program Director regarding program requirements and any questions regarding transfer courses.  Please see the program webpage,, for a complete description of the AT program transfer policy.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication (Preferred)3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication (Preferred)3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Area II: Mathematics
Choose one from the following:3-4
College Algebra 13
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Trigonometry and Precalculus4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology (Required for AT Degree)3
Biological Science and Lab course(s) are required
Choose one from the following:4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Chemistry and Lab or Physics and Lab course(s) are required
Choose one from the following:4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
General Physics I3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:3
Perspectives on Literature3
Perspectives on Film3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Literature and Culture3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Making History3
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 15003
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Dance Appreciation3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
The World of Theatre3
General Education Elective 23-4
Viewing the Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Athletic Training Courses
HNDS 251Human Nutrition3
SP M 190Introduction to Athletic Training3
SP M 250Emergency Response in Sports Medicine2
SP M 271Anatomy & Physiology I3
SP M 271 LAnatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
SP M 272Clinical Practicum I 42
SP M 273Clinical Practicum II3
SP M 303Health and Exercise Psychology3
or SP M 304 Psychology of Sport
SP M 305Applied Biomechanics3
SP M 308Exercise Physiology3
SP M 310Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Injuries4
SP M 371Anatomy and Physiology II3
SP M 371 LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
SP M 372Clinical Practicum III3
SP M 373Clinical Practicum IV3
SP M 375Therapeutic Modalities4
SP M 410Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity Injuries4
SP M 411Pharmacology in Athletic Training2
SP M 415Therapeutic Exercise3
SP M 420Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Core, Spine and Head Injuries3
SP M 422Clinical Practicum V3
SP M 423Clinical Practicum VI3
SP M 424Clinical Practicum VII3
SP M 425Organization and Administration in Athletic Training3
Select 3 credits from the following3
Advanced Athletic Training I
Statistics Requirement
Select 3 credits from the following3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistical Applications3
Inferential Statistics in Sport and Exercise Science3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120
Select a minimum of 7 credits from the following or approved by the AT Program Director:7
Medical Terminology3
Psychology of Sport3
Health and Exercise Psychology
Applied Biomechanics Laboratory1
Pathophysiology and Human Function(s)3
Neurophysiology and Human Function3
Introduction to Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics3
Exercise Testing and Prescription3
Motor Development3
Motor Learning3
Advanced Exercise Physiology3
Exercise for Special Populations3
Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
Principles of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory1
Advanced Athletic Training I1-3
Total Credits120-122