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 191 Medical Terminology 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 need to be in progress or completed at the time your application is submitted:
    ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
    MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
    MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
    MATH 190GTrigonometry and Precalculus4
    MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
    MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
    MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
  5. Submission of the following:
    1. Program application form
    2. Professional resume
    3. An unofficial NMSU transcript
    4. Submission of official transcripts of any college courses taken at a college/university other than NMSU.
    5. Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification.
    6. Three letters 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

Applicants that cannot provide proof of vaccination due to religious or conscientious objection to vaccinations must meet with the Program Director.

  1. A signed copy of the programs technical standards for admission form.
  2. 500 word minimum essay addressing the question “Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you”. 
  3. Completion of 60 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

Athletic Training Courses
HNDS 251Human Nutrition3
SP M 190Introduction to Athletic Training3
SP M 191Medical Terminology3
SP M 250Emergency Response in Sports Medicine2
SP M 271Anatomy & Physiology I3
SP M 271 LAnatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
SP M 272Clinical Practicum I 22
SP M 273Clinical Practicum II3
SP M 305Applied Biomechanics3
SP M 307Pathophysiology and Human Function(s)3
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
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
Athletic Training Electives
Select a minimum of 4 credits from the following or approved by the AT Program Director:4
Health and Exercise Psychology3
Psychology of Sport3
Neurophysiology and Human Function3
Palpation and Anatomical Kinesiology Laboratory2
Exercise Testing and Prescription4
Motor Development3
Motor Learning3
Clinical Biomechanics3
Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory1
Advanced Exercise Physiology3
Exercise for Special Populations3
Physical Dimensions of Aging3
Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
Principles of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory1
Ethics and Legal Issues in Athletic Training3
Total Credits78

Students interested in majoring in Athletic Training are encouraged to meet with the Athletic Training Academic Advisor prior to enrolling in SP M 272 Clinical Practicum I.