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Students studying Exercise Science at Angelo State.

Exercise Science Athletic Training Specialization

Mission Statement

The AT specialization provides the academic and clinical education requirements for athletic training students to meet guidelines for state licensure by the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers of the Texas Department of State Health Services. We strive to provide the best opportunities for all athletic training students to succeed by providing quality instruction, supervision, and a variety of clinical experiences. The AT specialization will strive to provide the most efficient and effective treatments available to help prevent and manage athletic related injuries or illnesses for student athletes. Treatment of injuries and illnesses will be based on sound medical and rehabilitative principles in conjunction with consideration of personal and team goals based on physician recommendations and protocols.

Specialization Design

The Department of Kinesiology will offer a 4 year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a specialization in Athletic Training. Courses in the specialization of athletic training will be taken in a specific sequence with advising from the Department of Kinesiology. Clinical rotations include, but are not limited to, sport assignments with ASU athletic teams, high schools, sports medicine clinics, and team physicians. 

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with AT specialization is set to meet the requirements to be able to sit for the Texas Department of State Health Services Athletic Training Licensure Examination. These requirements include:  

  1. A Person shall hold a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree which includes at least 24 hours of combined academic credit from each of the following course areas:
    • Human Anatomy
    • Health, disease, nutrition, fitness, wellness, emergency care, first aid, or drug and alcohol education
    • Kinesiology or Biomechanics
    • Physiology of Exercise
    • Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, or Care and Prevention of Injuries
    • Advanced Athletic Training, Advanced Sports Medicine, or Assessment of Injury
    • Therapeutic Exercise or Rehabilitation or Therapeutic Modalities
  2. A person must have completed an apprenticeship program in athletic training that:
    • Consists of 1800 clock hours completed in college or university intercollegiate sports programs
    • Is based on the academic calendar
    • Is completed during at least five fall and/or spring semesters
    • Is completed while enrolled as a student at a college or university for at least 1500 of the 1800 clock hours
  3. All applicants must hold current certification in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or current certification for emergency medical services (EMS) with the Department of State Health Services.
  4. Applicants must successfully complete the Texas Athletic Trainer Written Examination and Texas Athletic Trainer Practical Examination. 

Technical Standards

Angelo State University is committed to the principle that no qualified student with a disability, shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of the university, or be subjected to discrimination by the university, as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and subsequent legislation.

Candidates for selection to the AT specialization must demonstrate the following standards: 

  1. The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and engage in problem solving so as to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm. 
  2. Have sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients. 
  3. Have the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level and consistent with competent professional practice. 
  4. Have the ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately. 
  5. Have the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress. 
  6. Have the perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training program as outlined and sequenced. 
  7. Have the flexibility to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations. 
  8. Have affective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care. 

Admission Policies and Procedures

A prospective student interested in pursuing an athletic training specialization must fill out an application on-line. The applicant must meet all regular ASU admission requirements prior to submitting an application for athletic training specialization.

  1. Admission Requirements for Athletic Training
    • High school graduate: a graduate from an accredited high school will be eligible for admission to ASU Athletic Training specialization when all admission requirements have been met:
      • Admission to Angelo State University
      • Application to AT specialization
    • Transfer student: a transfer student from an accredited college and/or university will be eligible for admission to ASU Athletic Training specialization when all admission requirements have been met:
      • Admission to Angelo State University
      • Application to AT specialization
      • Official transcripts of all college and/or university courses
      • Cumulative 2.00 GPA on all college and/or university course work
  2. Requirements for Application Selection
    • Application: a program application can be completed by visiting the Athletic Training tab on the ASU Athletics website. The prospective student’s file must contain the following:
      • Completed application
      • List of three references
      • Immunization records (verification or declination of Hepatitis B vaccine)
      • Volunteer/Observation hour verification
    • Selection Process: a student is eligible for selection to the program after having completed the application file. Candidates will be selected on a basis of transcript evaluation, volunteer/observational hours, ACT/SAT test scores, and overall GPA. All transfer students must possess a cumulative 2.00 GPA on all prior college and/or university course work. The program will accept no more than 20 students per year. 

Unsafe Clinical Practice

The nature of athletic training is such that students are involved in the direct delivery of student-athlete health care. The primary purpose of any program is to provide educational opportunities for students. However, when direct student-athlete health care is involved in the learning experience, the safety and well-being of patients, clients, and student-athletes is of paramount concern. Athletic training experiences are structured so that as a student progresses through the program they will demonstrate increasing independence and competence in providing athletic training services.

A student whose performance in a clinical internship is judged to be unsafe by the Athletic Training Staff, based upon established standards for student-athlete and patient care, may be dismissed from the program at any time.

Students will be allowed due process as established by the University policies and procedures following course failure or program dismissal. Pending a final determination of the case, the status of the student may be restricted both didactically and clinically for reasons of the safety or well-being of persons or property as determined by the President of the University. 


Students in the AT specialization rely on the Angelo State University library as well as various medical and non-medical health care facilities for study and research. A variety of books, journals, and other materials specific to the AT specialization may be found in the ASU library, in addition, many reference materials are available for use in the athletic training room. The athletic training room, classrooms, and laboratories are located in the Junell Center and Center for Human Performance buildings. The AT specialization has the faculty, equipment and laboratories necessary to create a variety of instructional experiences to aid the students during the process of learning in the field of athletic training.

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