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, https://kind.nmsu.edu/training/, 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 must be in progress and/or completed at the time of application and also have specific grade requirements and are used to calculate the prerequisite GPA
    1. SPMD 1110 Introduction to Athletic Training with a grade of B or better
    2. SPMD 1190 Clinical Practicum I with a grade of B or better
    3. SPMD 2130 Emergency Response in Sports Medicine with a grade of B or Better
    4. SPMD 2210 Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of C- or better
  4. The following courses must be in progress and/or completed at time of application:
    Prefix Title Credits
    ENGL 1110GComposition I4
    One of the following math courses must be completed and/or in progress at time of application
    MATH 1220GCollege Algebra3
    or MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus
    or MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I
    or MATH 1511G 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 vaccine, or booster, within the past 10 years containing Pertussis
      4. Hepatitis B (3 doses administered over a period of 4-6 months or a serologic test positive for Hepatitis B antibody)
      5. TB screening (2-step TB skin test within the last 12 months that is negative)
    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 a minimum of 40 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, https://kind.nmsu.edu/training/transfer/, 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 3000 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 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Area II: Mathematics
Choose one from the following:3-4
College Algebra3
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus4
Applications of Calculus I3
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Choose 8 credits from the following:
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
4
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
Area IV: Social & Behaviorial Sciences
Introduction to Psychology (Required for AT Degree)3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:3
Introduction to Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Film as Literature3
World Literature I3
Making History3
United States History I3
United States History II3
World History I3
World History II3
Western Civilization I3
Western Civilization II3
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
Introduction to Philosophy3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking3
Quest for God3
Philosophy of Music3
Philosophical Thought3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Dance Appreciation3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective 23-4
Viewing the Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Athletic Training Pre-Requisites
SPMD 1190Clinical Practicum I 42
SPMD 1110Introduction to Athletic Training3
SPMD 2130Emergency Response in Sports Medicine2
SPMD 2210Anatomy and Physiology I3
Athletic Training Core (67 credits)
NUTR 2110Human Nutrition3
SPMD 1195Clinical Practicum II3
SPMD 2210LAnatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
SPMD 3010Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Injuries4
SPMD 3050Therapeutic Modalities4
SPMD 3090Clinical Practicum III3
SPMD 3093Clinical Practicum IV3
SPMD 3210Anatomy and Physiology II3
SPMD 3210LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
SPMD 3410Exercise Physiology3
SPMD 3450Biomechanics3
SPMD 3550Psychology of Sport3
or SPMD 3610 Health and Exercise Psychology
SPMD 4010Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity Injuries4
SPMD 4015Therapeutic Exercise3
SPMD 4020Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Core, Spine and Head Injuries3
SPMD 4025Pharmacology in Athletic Training2
SPMD 4030Organization and Administration in Athletic Training3
SPMD 4090Clinical Practicum V3
SPMD 4093Clinical Practicum VI3
SPMD 4095Clinical Practicum VII3
SPMD 4250Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
Select 3 credits from the following3
Problems1-3
Advanced Athletic Training I
Statistics Requirement
Select 3 credits from the following3
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
Statistical Applications3
Inferential Statistics in Sport and Exercise Science3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120
Select a minimum of 4 credits from the following or approved by the AT Program Director:4
Abnormal Psychology3
Medical Terminology3
Biomechanics Laboratory1
Health and Exercise Psychology3
Psychology of Sport
Motor Development3
Motor Learning3
Advanced Exercise Physiology3
Principles of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory1
Advanced Athletic Training I1-3
Problems
Exercise Testing and Prescription3
Total Credits120-122

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G
Composition I 1
or Composition I Honors
4
Choose one from the following: 1 4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
 
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)  
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors  
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology 3
SPMD 1110 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
Area V: Humanities Course 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
Choose one from the following: 3-4
College Algebra  
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus  
Applications of Calculus I  
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
SPMD 2210
2210L
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 1
4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
SPMD 2130 Emergency Response in Sports Medicine 1 2
SPMD 1190 Clinical Practicum I (Spring only) 1 2
 Credits17-18
Second Year
Semester 1
SPMD 1195 Clinical Practicum II 3
SPMD 3210
3210L
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
NUTR 2110 Human Nutrition 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
 Credits17
Semester 2
SPMD 3010 Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Injuries 4
SPMD 3050 Therapeutic Modalities 4
SPMD 3090 Clinical Practicum III 3
SPMD 3410 Exercise Physiology 3
General Education Elective Course 2 3
 Credits17
Third Year
Semester 1
SPMD 3093 Clinical Practicum IV 3
SPMD 4010 Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity Injuries 4
SPMD 4015 Therapeutic Exercise 3
SPMD 4250 Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3
Students who must enroll in 15 credits a semester for Financial Aid purposes will need to enroll in additional elective credits  
 Credits13
Semester 2
SPMD 3450 Biomechanics 1 3
SPMD 3610
Health and Exercise Psychology
or Psychology of Sport
3
SPMD 4020 Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Core, Spine and Head Injuries (Spring Only) 1 3
SPMD 4090 Clinical Practicum V (Spring Only) 1 3
Elective Course (or AT Program Director Approved) 4 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
SPMD 4093 Clinical Practicum VI (Fall Only) 3
SPMD 4030 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (Fall Only) 1 3
SPMD 4025 Pharmacology in Athletic Training (Fall Only) 2
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistics  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Applications  
Inferential Statistics in Sport and Exercise Science  
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Students who must enroll in 15 credits a semester for Financial Aid purposes will need to enroll in additional elective credits  
 Credits14
Semester 2
SPMD 4095 Clinical Practicum VII (Spring Only) 3
SPMD 4098
Advanced Athletic Training I 1
or Problems
3
Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Students who must enroll in 15 credits a semester for Financial Aid purposes will need to enroll in additional elective credits  
 Credits9
 Total Credits120-121