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 271 Anatomy & Physiology I with a grade of C- or better
    3. 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

Area I: English and Communication Arts
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Choose one from the following (218G or 318G preferred)
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication3
or ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
or ENGL 218G Technical and Scientific Communication
or ENGL 311G Advanced Composition
or ENGL 318G Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
Choose one of the following:
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
or AXED 201G Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations
Area II: Mathematics
Choose one from the following:
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
or MATH 291G Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
or BIOL 211G Cellular and Organismal Biology
BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory ((BIOL 211G, 211L preferred))1
or BIOL 211GL Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
CHEM 110GPrinciples and Applications of Chemistry ((CHEM 110G, CHEM 111G preferred))4
or CHEM 111G General Chemistry I
or CHEM 112G General Chemistry II
or PHYS 211G General Physics I
or PHYS 211GL General Physics I Laboratory
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology3
Choose two of the following:6
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
American Political Issues3
International Political Issues3
Media and Society3
Introduction to Language3
Personal Health and Wellness3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Social Welfare3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose any two of the following:6
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Dance Appreciation3
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
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
The World of Theatre3
Viewing the Wider World (6 credits from two different colleges)6
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 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
Select 3 credits from the following3
Advanced Athletic Training I1-3
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 Credits120

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.