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:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- A prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher
- The following courses have specific grade requirements and are used to calculate the prerequisite GPA
- The following courses need to be in progress or completed at the time your application is submitted:
Course List Code Title Credits ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4 MATH 121G College Algebra 3 MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 3 MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus 4 MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 MATH 192G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4 MATH 291G Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 3
- Submission of the following:
- Program application form
- Professional resume
- An unofficial NMSU transcript
- Submission of official transcripts of any college courses taken at a college/university other than NMSU.
- Proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Copy of physical examination completed by a licensed healthcare professional (MD/DO/PA/NP).
- Copy of vaccination verification showing completion of the following:1
- MMR (2 doses administered 4-8 week apart or serologic test positive for MMR antibody)
- Varicella (2 doses administered 4-8 weeks apart or serologic test positive for Varicella antibody)
- Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) 1 dose within the past 10 years
- Hepatitis B. (3 doses administered over a period of 4-6 months)
- Annual TB screening
Applicants that cannot provide proof of vaccination due to religious or conscientious objection to vaccinations must meet with the Program Director.
- A signed copy of the programs technical standards for admission form.
- 500 word minimum essay addressing the question “Why athletic training is the correct major and career path for you”.
- 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, https://kind.nmsu.edu/training/transfer/, for a complete description of the AT program transfer policy.
|Athletic Training Courses|
|HNDS 251||Human Nutrition||3|
|SP M 190||Introduction to Athletic Training||3|
|SP M 191||Medical Terminology||3|
|SP M 250||Emergency Response in Sports Medicine||2|
|SP M 271||Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|SP M 271 L||Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory||1|
|SP M 272||Clinical Practicum I 2||2|
|SP M 273||Clinical Practicum II||3|
|SP M 305||Applied Biomechanics||3|
|SP M 307||Pathophysiology and Human Function(s)||3|
|SP M 308||Exercise Physiology||3|
|SP M 310||Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Injuries||4|
|SP M 371||Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|SP M 371 L||Anatomy and Physiology II Lab||1|
|SP M 372||Clinical Practicum III||3|
|SP M 373||Clinical Practicum IV||3|
|SP M 375||Therapeutic Modalities||4|
|SP M 410||Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity Injuries||4|
|SP M 411||Pharmacology in Athletic Training||2|
|SP M 415||Therapeutic Exercise||3|
|SP M 420||Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Core, Spine and Head Injuries||3|
|SP M 422||Clinical Practicum V||3|
|SP M 423||Clinical Practicum VI||3|
|SP M 424||Clinical Practicum VII||3|
|SP M 425||Organization and Administration in Athletic Training||3|
|Select 3 credits from the following||3|
|Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Statistics for Psychological Sciences||3|
|Inferential Statistics in Sport and Exercise Science||3|
|Athletic Training Electives|
|Select a minimum of 4 credits from the following or approved by the AT Program Director:||4|
|Health and Exercise Psychology||3|
|Psychology of Sport||3|
|Neurophysiology and Human Function||3|
|Palpation and Anatomical Kinesiology Laboratory||2|
|Exercise Testing and Prescription||4|
|Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory||1|
|Advanced Exercise Physiology||3|
|Exercise for Special Populations||3|
|Physical Dimensions of Aging||3|
|Principles of Strength and Conditioning||3|
|Principles of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory||1|
|Ethics and Legal Issues in Athletic Training||3|
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.