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Athletic Training Program, B.S.A.T.

DISCLAIMER: The undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Texas Wesleyan University has submitted application for voluntary withdrawal of accreditation and is no longer admitting students. The date of voluntary withdrawal coincides with the graduation of the last cohort in May 2024. Current students in the ATR program will continue in the program which is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 

ATP Mission

The mission of the Texas Wesleyan University Athletic Training Program is to develop athletic training students into quality healthcare professionals who are capable of providing the highest standard of care for the physically active community. The program is dedicated to challenging both the mind and the spirit in the development of a lifelong desire for knowledge. The combination of curricular and clinical activities is designed to produce graduates who are highly qualified for employment in a wide variety of practice settings and leaders in the athletic training profession.

Texas Occupations Code 53.152 You may potentially be ineligible for license or certification as an Athletic Trainer if you have been convicted of a criminal offense.  The Texas licensing board and national Board of Certification take into consideration the nature and seriousness of the crime. Under Texas Occupations Code 53.102, you have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Department of Licensure and Registration. Information regarding this process can be found at .  Board of Certification information regarding BOC requirements for applicants with a felony or misdemeanor can be located at

ATP Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6836 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 250, Austin, TX 78731-3193; 512-733-9700.

ATP Program Description

The Department of Kinesiology offers students the opportunity to specialize in the Health Care Profession of Athletic Training. Students are admitted to the program according to University policies as well as the individual program policies. The Athletic Training Program (ATP) requires a minimum of two years of clinical experience constituting a minimum of 40 to 300 clock hours of observational or clinical experience per semester. Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, the graduate will be qualified to take the State of Texas Athletic Trainers Advisory Board Licensure Examination. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6836 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 250, Austin, TX 78731-3193; 512-733-9700, which means the student is also qualified for the BOC Certification Examination. Although this program does not provide all of the necessary prerequisites for medical, physical therapy, or occupational therapy school, students interested in these other avenues of sports medicine will be provided with early hands-on experience in preparation for upcoming post baccalaureate programs.

ATP Technical Standards (Physical Requirements)

Athletic Training is a physically, mentally and emotionally demanding health care profession. Students must be able to carry equipment, stand for extended periods, and endure harsh weather conditions. Many of the mandatory clinical integration proficiencies require the ability to kneel, lift, carry and visually observe activities. The successful student must have functional use of lower and upper extremities and be able to see with or without corrective lenses. Each Athletic Training Student is expected to maintain an appropriate fitness level to reduce the chance of injury and enhance the opportunity for successful completion of clinical integration proficiencies.

Many of the mandatory clinical rotation sites are off-campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to these sites. Students may be subject to a background check and/or drug test prior to admission to some of these affiliated sites. Students are referred to the Texas Wesleyan University Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures Manual for additional information.

Upper level students may be required to travel under the supervision of a clinical preceptor as a part of a clinical experience. Some travel will require weekend or overnight stays.

ATP Admission Requirements

Freshman or transfer students indicating a major in Athletic Training must enroll in ATR 2209 (Introduction to Athletic Training – Field Problems I) during the first semester of the declared major. In addition to ATR 2209, students must complete ATR 2205 (Medical Terminology), EXS 2203 (First Aid), BIO 2401, and 2402, (Anatomy and Physiology I and II), ATR 2307 (Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury), and ATR 2107 (Taping and Wrapping Practicum) during the first year of the declared major.

Transfer students may complete the freshman and sophomore course requirements at another institution providing those courses meet university policy on transfer credit. Prior clinical experience will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer students must meet with the program director for help with verification of transfer credit. Competency examinations may be required.

Students may declare athletic training as a major upon admission to the university. However, all students must be admitted to the ATP Professional Clinical Program before they can participate in hands-on patient interaction. Students may apply to the Professional Clinical Program after meeting the entrance requirements below. Exceptional students may apply to the program a semester early if they exceed minimum grade requirements and demonstrate a high level of professionalism and integrity. See Early Acceptance Criteria below.

Once admitted to the Professional Clinical education phase of the ATP, the student will be assigned to work under the supervision of one or more clinical preceptors. The maximum number of athletic training students maintained in the Professional Clinical Program at any one time will be limited and entrance to the clinical phase is competitive.

Application scores are based on GPA, faculty recommendations, student application letter, professional foundational behaviors and timely completion of the application process. Once the applicant has submitted all of the required materials to the ATP admissions committee, consisting of ATP faculty, on campus Clinical Preceptors and one non-ATP faculty member, will meet to review materials and rank them with a numerical score. Applicants with the highest overall application scores will be given preference when clinical space is limited. The application process includes the following:

Regular Acceptance Criteria

  • Completion of EXS 2203, ATR 2107, ATR 2307, ATR 2205, and ATR 2209 with a grade of “B” or better. (A grade of B is a minimum requirement for consideration. A grade of A receives more points toward admission.)
  • Completion of BIO 2401, and BIO 2402 with a grade of “C” or better. (A grade of C is a minimum requirement for consideration. Grades of A or B receive more points toward admission.)
  • Students must also submit all Required Documentation.

Early Acceptance Criteria

  • Completion of EXS 2203, and ATR 2209 with a grade of “A”.
  • Completion of BIO 2401 with a “B” or better and an overall average of 4.5 or better on observational student evaluations.
  • Students must also submit all Required Documentation.

Direct Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

All regular admission criteria and required documentation, plus prior post-high school athletic training observation or clinical experience and a letter of recommendation from a previous supervising athletic trainer or AT preceptor.

Required Documentation

  • Letter to the Athletic Training Program Director indicating a desire to seek a career in Athletic Training and a request for admission to the Professional Clinical portion of the program.
  • Current transcript as proof of GPA for the previously listed course requirements.
  • Completed recommendation form and letter from a classroom professor
  • Proof of student liability insurance
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine (series must have been started and must be completed within the first year of the Professional Clinical Program) and other required vaccinations (refer to the current Texas Wesleyan University Athletic Training Program Policies and Procedures Manual ).
  • Completed medical history and physical examination. (All medical information will remain confidential and kept with the student file in a locked cabinet.)
  • Completed Technical Standards form.

Once admitted to the Professional Clinical Program, students must continue to meet all requirements for retention in the program. Included in these requirements are the maintenance of a minimum of 2.0 overall GPA and a 2.50 GPA within Athletic Training specific coursework Students must make no less than a “C” in Athletic Training major (ATR and EXS) courses to progress through the program. Other specific requirements are found in the Texas Wesleyan University Athletic Training Program Student Handbook given to each student upon entrance to the ATP.

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)

English (9)

ENG 1301Composition I3 Credits
ENG 1302Composition II3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324Introduction to Creative Writing3 Credits
ENG 2326Exploring American Lit3 Credits
ENG 2327Exploring World Lit3 Credits
ENG 2328Exploring British Lit3 Credits

Speech (3)

SPC 1301Fund of Speech3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)



MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.


Choose one of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403Fundamentals of Science4 Credits
BIO 1406Contemporary Biology4 Credits
BIO 1407Animal Life4 Credits
BIO 1408Plants & Human Affairs4 Credits
BIO 1409Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics4 Credits
BIO 1410Introduction to Biology I4 Credits
BIO 1413Local Spring Flora4 Credits
BIO 1414Cats, Chromosomes & Codons4 Credits
BIO 1415Exploring Human Biology4 Credits
BIO 1420Introduction to Biology II4 Credits
BIO 2401Human Anatomy & Physiology I4 Credits
BIO 2402Human Anatomy & Physiology II4 Credits
CHE 1403Nature of Physical Science4 Credits
CHE 1404Physical Science & Environment4 Credits
CHE 1405Forensic Science I4 Credits
CHE 1415General Chemistry I4 Credits
CHE 1416General Chemistry II4 Credits
CHE 1418Chemistry in Context4 Credits
NSC 1402Introductory Astronomy4 Credits
PHY 1401University Physics I4 Credits
PHY 1402University Physics II4 Credits
PHY 1410Fundamentals of Physics I4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324Fundamentals of Modern American History3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:


Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311Introduction to Jewish Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1312Introduction to Christian Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1313Introduction to Ethics3 Credits
REL 1321Introduction to Comparative Religions3 Credits
REL 1323Introduction to Interfaith Leadership3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220Basic Concepts of Wellness2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301Introduction to Business3 Credits
ECO 2305Principles of Economics I3 Credits
FIN 1325Personal Finance3 Credits
GEG 2304World Geography3 Credits
GEG 2305Human Geography3 Credits
HUM 2340The Human Experience I3 Credits
HUM 2341The Human Prospect3 Credits
IST 2300Introduction to International Studies3 Credits
MCO 1302Mass Media & Society3 Credits
POL 2311American Government I3 Credits
PSY 1301General Psychology3 Credits
PSY 2342Psychology of Everyday Life3 Credits
SOC 1302Cultural Anthropology3 Credits
SOC 2301Intro to Sociology3 Credits
SOC 2302Social Problems3 Credits
SOC 2390Minority Groups3 Credits
SSC 2360Social Justice3 Credits
WSP 2304Hon Sem Social Literacy3 Credits
WSP 2340Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative3 Credits

Required Related Courses


BIO 2401Human Anatomy & Physiology I4 Credits
BIO 2402Human Anatomy & Physiology II4 Credits

BIO 2401, BIO 2402* may be used to satisfy the GEC.


PSY 2420Statistics4 Credits

Major Requirements

Athletic Training

ATR 2107Supportive Taping & Wrapping Practicum1 Credit

ATR 2205Medical Terminology2 Credits
ATR 2209Intro to Ath Training - Field Problems I2 Credits
ATR 2307Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries3 Credits
ATR 3108Injury Eval Laboratory1 Credit

ATR 3118Athletic Injury & Illness Evaluation I1 Credit

ATR 3210Basic Pharmacology2 Credits
ATR 3308Athl Injury Eval3 Credits
ATR 3309Field Problems in Athletic Training3 Credits
ATR 3318Athletic Inj & Illness Evaluation II3 Credits
ATR 3340Gen Med Concepts Athletic Train3 Credits
ATR 4104Therapeutic Modalities Lab1 Credit

ATR 4105Therapeutic Exercise Techniques Lab1 Credit

ATR 4120Boc Exam Review1 Credit

ATR 4240Organization & Admin in Sports Medicine2 Credits
ATR 4304Therapeutic Modalities3 Credits
ATR 4305Therapeutic Exercise Techniques3 Credits
ATR 4309Field Problem Athletic Training III3 Credits
ATR 4313Field Problem in Athletic Training3 Credits

Exercise Science

EXS 1300Founda of Exercise Science3 Credits
EXS 2203First Aid2 Credits
EXS 2301Anatom Basis for Phys Activity3 Credits
EXS 2304Data Collection3 Credits
EXS 3100Biomechanics Laboratory1 Credit

EXS 3300Biomechanics3 Credits
EXS 3316Nutrition for Sport & Exercise Performan3 Credits
EXS 4111Exercise Physiology Lab1 Credit

EXS 4122Strength and Conditioning Laboratory1 Credit

EXS 4301Issues in Sports & Exercise Seminar3 Credits
EXS 4311Physiology of Exercise3 Credits
EXS 4322Strength & Conditioning3 Credits
EXS 4325Sport Psychology3 Credits

any two activity courses2 Credits

Total Hours (123)


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