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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

MAJOR 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 have specific grade requirements and are used to calculate the prerequisite GPA
    1. SP M 190 with a grade of B or better
    2. SP M 191 with a grade of B or better
    3. SP M 271 with a grade of C- or better
    4. SP M 272 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:
    1. ENGL 111G
    2. MATH 121G/142G/190G/191G/192G/291G
  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. 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.


Degree Requirements

Athletic Training Required Courses (73 credits)

HNDS 251Human Nutrition

3 cr.

SP M 190Introduction to Athletic Training

3 cr.

SP M 191Medical Terminology

3 cr.

SP M 250Emergency Response in Sports Medicine

2 cr.

SP M 271Anatomy & Physiology I

3 cr.

SP M 271 LAnatomy and Physiology Laboratory

1 cr.

SP M 272Clinical Practicum I

2 cr.

SP M 273Clinical Practicum II

3 cr.

SP M 307Pathophysiology and Human Function(s)

3 cr.

SP M 308Exercise Physiology

3 cr. (2+2P)

SP M 310Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Injuries

4 cr.

SP M 320 LPalpation and Anatomical Kinesiology Laboratory

3 cr.

SP M 371Anatomy and Physiology II

3 cr.

SP M 371 LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab

1 cr.

SP M 372Clinical Practicum III

3 cr.

SP M 373Clinical Practicum IV

3 cr.

SP M 375Therapeutic Exercise

3 cr.

SP M 410Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Upper Extremity Injuries

4 cr.

SP M 411Pharmacology in Athletic Training

2 cr.

SP M 415Therapeutic Modalities

4 cr.

SP M 420Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation and Diagnosis of Core, Spine and Head Injuries

3 cr.

SP M 422Clinical Practicum V

3 cr.

SP M 423Clinical Practicum VI

3 cr.

SP M 424Clinical Practicum VII

3 cr.

SP M 425Organization and Administration in Athletic Training

3 cr.

Three credits from any of the following:

STAT 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences

3 cr.

STAT 271GStatistics for Psychological Sciences

3 cr.

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

or

SP M 412Inferential Statistics in Sport and Exercise Science

3 cr.

Athletic Training Elective (Minimum 5 credits)

Electives must be chosen from the list below or approved by the AT Program Director

SP M 303Health and Exercise Psychology

3 cr.

SP M 304Psychology of Sport

3 cr.

SP M 305Applied Biomechanics

3 cr.

SP M 305 LApplied Biomechanics Laboratory

1 cr.

SP M 309Neurophysiology and Human Function

3 cr.

SP M 330Exercise Testing and Prescription

4 cr.

SP M 341Motor Development

3 cr.

SP M 342Motor Learning

3 cr.

SP M 409Clinical Biomechanics

3 cr.

SP M 409 LClinical Biomechanics Laboratory

1 cr.

SP M 451Advanced Exercise Physiology

3 cr.

SP M 456Exercise for Special Populations

3 cr.

SP M 458Physical Dimensions of Aging

3 cr.

SP M 460Principles of Strength and Conditioning

3 cr.

SP M 460 LPrinciples of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory

1 cr. (2P)

SP M 465Ethics and Legal Issues in Athletic Training

3 cr.

SP M 499Advanced Athletic Training I

1-3 cr.

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