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Athletic Training

As hard as humans work, they often play just as hard—in the athletic arena, from collegiate and professional sports to various recreational leagues enjoyed by people of all ages. Athletic trainers are certified health care providers who impart knowledge and skill to address the many facets of athletic activity, from preventing, treating, and assessing injuries to facilitating rehabilitation and return to activity along with counseling on proper nutrition and general health and wellness. It’s much more than taping a sprained ankle or standing on a sideline at a game. A major in Athletic Training at MTSU offers the skills needed to pursue this exciting career path. Students approach preparing for this profession through a holistic integrated health care/medical model with numerous academic and clinical experiences. The program is based on the essentials and guidelines of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) of the American Medical Association and the Board of Certification (BOC). The program has been accredited at the entry-level since 2002.

Hands-on training a must

Hands-on training a must

Hands-on, clinical education experiences form a key component of the Athletic Training program, with students learning under the direct supervision of an athletic trainer. Students have opportunities for a variety of clinical experiences, ranging from working with athletic trainers for area high school and college teams to summer experiences with professional sports franchises such as the Tennessee Titans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Arizona Cardinals. Students are also exposed to other allied health professionals such as physical therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners; they also have opportunities to interact with physicians. And while other university programs offer only two years of clinical experience, the MTSU program offers three years to better train students for the real world.

Not just about athletes

Not just about athletes

Think about an athletic trainer as a medical professional who is a cross between an emergency medical technician (EMT) and a physical therapist. Athletic trainers can be found in a variety of settings, from working in the performing arts arena with renowned groups such as Cirque du Soleil and Disney World and Disney Land to working within industrial and corporate settings to assist employees with proper safety measures and onsite physical rehab for workplace injuries. Other avenues in which the athletic trainer may obtain employment are with the military/law enforcement, as a physician extender, and in clinical outreach.

Athletic trainers can find careers within a variety of organizations, from professional sports organizations to corporations interested in employee wellness to hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. Examples include 

  • Administrator
  • Athletic trainer (high school, college, or professional settings)
  • Corporate fitness and wellness
  • Emergency room sports medicine liaison
  • Physician extender
  • Surgical and casting technologist

Employees of MTSU alumni include, but are not limited to

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Baptist Hospital
  • Doctors Hospital, Georgia
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Hamilton Medical Center, Georgia
  • Southern Tennessee Medical Center
  • STAR Physical Therapy
  • Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Vanderbilt Sports Medicine

Athletic Training students are encouraged to join MTSU's Student Athletic Trainer Association(SATA). The purpose of SATA is to promote interest in athletic training and educate the members on relative subjects in sports medicine. Click here for more information.

Professional Organizations

Click here for a list of affiliation sites.

Written Simulation Exams

Written Exams

Undergraduate

For students who want to become athletic trainers, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Athletic Training is available. Undergraduate degree curriculum for Athletic Training;contains both an academic and clinical component. The academic component is based upon a firm science foundation with emphasis on anatomy and physiology. It is imperative that students have a solid background and understanding of anatomy and human movement.

The clinical component of the program is based upon a formal clinical rotation sequence under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) who is an approved clinical instructor. The first sequence of clinical experiences are part of clinical courses ATHT 3000-3001-3002 and 3003. In ATHT 3000 and 3001, students are rotated through clinical experience at Middle Tennessee State University MTSU. In ATHT 3002 and 3003, clinical rotations are in local high schools and other traditional sport settings off campus. Clinical experiences require an average of 20 hours per week, often including weekend sport coverage. After the students have successfully completed coursework in therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation, they complete a practicum in a sports medicine/physical therapy clinic under the supervision of either an ATC or physical therapist. This practicum is done through an entire summer session. During a student's;the senior year, students they complete their last sequence of the clinical component and are assigned to semi-independent experiences with traditional sports experiences under the supervision of an ATC or other approved medical or allied health care provider.

Graduate

Graduate programs in the department leading to Master of Science (M.S.) degrees are majors in Exercise Science; Health and Human Performance, which has two concentrations: Health and Physical Education; and Leisure and Sport Management, which also has two concentrations: Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry.

The Health and Human Performance Department also offers a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Human Performance with a specialization in Exercise Science.

Other programs offered by HHP

Other undergraduate majors offered by the Health and Human Performance Department that lead to a B.S. include Exercise Science; Health Education with two concentrations: Community and Public Health and Health Education and Lifetime Wellness; Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies; and Physical Education.

Department offerings also include a major in Speech and Theatre with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; this program leads to either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

The department offers undergraduate minors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Communication Disorders, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education.

Click here to access the Athletic Training Program Application for Admission.

Athletic Training, B.S.

Department of Health and Human Performance 
615-904-8453
Bill Whitehill, program coordinator
William.Whitehill@mtsu.edu

 

The Athletic Training Program consists of four academic years and is a limited enrollment program. The program's academic and clinical foundation is based upon the National Athletic Trainer's Association Educational Competencies and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education accreditation standards and guidelines for entry-level athletic training education programs. The program consists of 120 credit hours, which include General Education, athletic training core courses, and major auxiliary courses. Students enter the program as pre-athletic training majors and must complete the first year of pre-athletic training curriculum consisting of General Education and athletic training prerequisite courses. Students then make formal application for admission to the last three years, which includes 62 hours of athletic training courses. When a student applies for admission and is accepted, the student is then classified as an Athletic Training major. Transfer students are evaluated on an individual basis and substitutions made at the discretion of the Athletic Training Program faculty based on Accreditation standards and guidelines. The number of students accepted into the program is limited, making the application process competitive.

Students seeking admission to the program must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average. The application process includes the following:

  • completion of a formal application, which includes three letters of recommendation;
  • successful completion of ATHT 3570 and ATHT 3580 and BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 with a minimum grade of B- in each;
  • successful completion of pre-program clinical observations as part of ATHT 3570;
  • successful completion of pre-program clinical proficiencies;
  • successful completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours;
  • interview with Athletic Training program admission committee.

After students have met the admission requirements, acceptance is based upon weighted criteria. Meeting minimal admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

All students must sign a technical standards document as part of the application process. This document is attached to the program application form and is in the Athletic Training education program manual.

Once a student is admitted, he/she must follow a prescribed course of study, which includes both academic and clinical courses. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50. Students must achieve a B- or better in all ATHT courses and a C- or better in BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; NFS 1240; EXSC 4240, EXSC 4260, EXSC 4830; and the natural sciences to continue in the program. If a student does not achieve a B- or better in an ATHT course and a C- or better in the above courses he/she must retake the course.

Only admitted students are allowed to register for athletic training clinical courses (ATHT 3000, ATHT 3001, ATHT 3002, ATHT 3003, ATHT 4430, ATHT 4950, and ATHT 4990). These courses require a structured clinical rotation under an approved clinical instructor/supervisor. Clinical courses provide the student with a variety of athletic training experiences including contact-collision, collision, and non-contact sports for males and females in the collegiate, high school, and professional sport environment. Students also take a practicum (ATHT 4430) in athletic training at the completion of their junior year, which requires a clinical rotation in a non-traditional sport environment (i.e., sports medicine clinic, physical therapy clinic). Students must complete all clinical courses with a minimum grade of B- or better. If a student fails to get a minimum grade of B-, the student cannot matriculate on to the next clinical course. The student will be on leave from the clinical portion of the program for one year. The student can, however, continue taking academic coursework that does not require clinical courses as co-requisites or prerequisites upon approval of the program director. A student must successfully pass ATHT 3000 ATHT 3001, ATHT 3002, and ATHT 3003 with a B- or better before continuing on to ATHT 4950 and the semi-independent field experience.

Matriculation and progression each year in the Athletic Training program depends on successful completion of a comprehensive written and oral examination scoring 80 percent or better. The exam is given at the end of the spring semester of the first and second year. Each student will be given three attempts to successfully complete these exams; failure to score 80 percent or higher after three attempts will result in remediation. The student must meet with the athletic training program faculty and the designation of specific course work will be identified for the student to retake in order to learn and master the material.

Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 to graduate from the program. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a B.S. in Athletic Training and become eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Examination (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer.

Curriculum: Athletic Training

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Pre-Athletic Training Program

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

 

  • BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

    4 credit hours

    Completion of  BIOL 1030 and  BIOL 1031 or a grade of C or better in high school chemistry and biology within the last five years is strongly recommended. Corequisite:  BIOL 2011 . Meets requirements for many pre-health professional programs including nursing. Structure and function of the cell, integumentary, skeletal, muscle, and nervous systems. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.  

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1710 - College Algebra

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DSPM 0850 or two years of high school algebra; a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement. Topics include functions--linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic; analysis of graphs; linear systems; inequalities; counting principles; and probability. Graphing calculator required. Course may be taken by correspondence. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ATHT 3570 - Psychomotor Skills in Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Various athletic training topics with emphasis on the application of supportive and protective taping. A minimum of 60 directed clinical hours of observation and experiential learning required.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Application to Program and Program Admission

Admitted Athletic Training Program

Sophomore Fall

  • ATHT 3000 - Clinical A in Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ATHT 3570, ATHT 3580. Psychomotor skills used in the application of protective equipment, emergency procedures, care and treatment of athletic injuries, and use of basic modalities. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

  • ATHT 3590 - Athletic Training Medical Documentation and Terminology

    2 credit hours

    Athletic training medical terminology and how to utilize appropriately for medical records and documentation, medical insurance and reimbursement, allied/medical health teams, case studies, and medical referrals. Not a substitute class for HUM 2130.

 

  • ATHT 3900 - Human Structure and Movement in Sport and Injury

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and/or BIOL 2030/BIOL 2031. Corequisite: ATHT 3901. Exposure to the structural and functional components of human anatomy, including musculoskeletal origins, insertions, actions, and innervations; the ability to identify landmarks, surface markings, and palpations on a live model; to describe functional movements in various sport activities, then classify and identify which muscles work together to create the motions, identify normal and atypical patterns and characteristics. Emphasis placed on normal walking and running gait, posture, throwing, kicking, and jumping.

  • ATHT 4200 - Acute Trauma and Emergency Care in Athletic Training

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ATHT 3580 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ATHT 4201. Competencies and proficiencies used in the identification, evaluation, management, and prevention of acute traumatic conditions in sports requiring emergency care in. In addition, administrative and risk management aspects of planning for an emergency injury/illness situation.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • ATHT 3950 - Evaluation and Assessment of Injuries to the Lower Extremities

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ATHT 3570; BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011. Corequisite: ATHT 3001 or permission of instructor. Evaluation and assessment of athletic injuries to the lower extremities and lumbar spine.

  • ATHT 3001 - Clinical B in Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ATHT 3000; corequisite: ATHT 3950. Psychomotor skills used in the evaluation and assessment of injuries to the lower extremities. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

  • NFS 3000 - Nutrition Principles for Physical Activity and Health

    3 credit hours

    The fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationships to physical activity, weight management, and health. Restricted to Exercise Science and Athletic Training students.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

  • BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011. Corequisite: BIOL 2021. Meets requirements for many pre-health professional programs including nursing. Structure and function of endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems. Biology majors passing both BIOL 2010/BIOL 2111 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 with a C or better may substitute both courses for BIOL 3020. However, the substitution is not recommended for pre-med students and does not count for upper-division hours. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Fall

  • ATHT 3002 - Clinical C in Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ATHT 3001; corequisite: ATHT 3960. Psychomotor skills used in the evaluation and assessment of injuries to the upper extremities and thorax. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

  • ATHT 4000 - Strength, Conditioning, and Human Performance

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ATHC 4000.) Prerequisites: BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 or BIOL 2030/BIOL 2031; PHED 4910 or ATHT 3900/ATHT 3901  and weight training; or by permission of instructor. Theories and principles of strength training and conditioning and techniques used to become a strength and conditioning specialist or personal fitness trainer.

 

  • ATHT 4500 - Therapeutic Medications and Ergogenic Aids in Sports

    3 credit hours

    Principles, theories, and issues of the physiological and psychological response to pharmacological use and abuse of therapeutic medications and ergogenic aids in sports. Taught fall semester, odd years.

  • ATHT 4820 - Organization and Administration of Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Provides the basic knowledge necessary to organize and manage an allied health care professional setting, specifically in athletic training. Information on current laws, professional standards, ethics, and issues of confidentiality addressed. Taught fall semester, even years.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • ATHT 4960 - Rehabilitation Techniques

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ATHT 3950 and ATHT 3960. Methods and techniques in the selection and application of rehabilitation techniques.

  • ATHT 3003 - Clinical D in Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ATHT 3002. Psychomotor skills used in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

 

  • EXSC 3830 - Physiology of Exercise  4 credit hours  AND

    EXSC 3830 - Physiology of Exercise

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: C or better in BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011; EXSC 3831 must be taken concurrently. Examines acute response and chronic adaptations of the body to physical activity, exercise, and sports participation, and their impact on homeostasis. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

    NOTE: For Exercise Science majors only.

  • EXSC 3831 - Physiology of Exercise Lab

    0 credit hours

     Corequisite: EXSC 3830. Laboratory to accompany EXSC 3830.

    NOTE: For Exercise Science or Athletic Training majors only.

 

  • ATHT 4970 - Therapeutic Modalities  4 credit hours  AND

    ATHT 4970 - Therapeutic Modalities

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; ATHT 3950, ATHT 3960. Corequisite:  ATHT 4971.  Principles, theories, methods, and techniques in the application of selected therapeutic modalities. Includes a laboratory experience of psychomotor skills used in the application of therapeutic modalities.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • ATHT 4500 - Therapeutic Medications and Ergogenic Aids in Sports

    3 credit hours

    Principles, theories, and issues of the physiological and psychological response to pharmacological use and abuse of therapeutic medications and ergogenic aids in sports. Taught fall semester, odd years.

  • ATHT 4820 - Organization and Administration of Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Provides the basic knowledge necessary to organize and manage an allied health care professional setting, specifically in athletic training. Information on current laws, professional standards, ethics, and issues of confidentiality addressed. Taught fall semester, even years.

 

  • ATHT 4980 - Advanced Evidence-Based Medicine in Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ATHT 3980 and ATHT 4960. Evidence based medicine is used to produce clinical relevant questions and the research process to investigate those questions. Emphasis on writing and developing sound research question and proposal, literature review, experimental design and methodology, and presentation techniques explored.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • ATHT 4975 - Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Health, and Rehabilitation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410, ATHT 4960, or permission of instructor. Explores psychosocial issues of sport, health, and rehabilitation. Mental health and psychological problems and referrals; intervention strategies, interaction skills, and psychological techniques for injury, rehabilitation, return to play, adherence, sport performance, and sport enhancement. Introduces substance abuse, disordered eating and nutritional issues, and catastrophic injury and illness.

  • ATHT 4990 - Senior Seminar in Athletic Training

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ATHT 4960, ATHT 4970. Offers preparation for the BOC examination and discussion of current research in athletic training and sports medicine. Engages students in the process of reviewing, analyzing, discussing, and synthesizing research. Includes an athletic training field experience.

 

  • PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730. Required corequisite: PHYS 2011. Web-based discussion class to be taken in conjunction with cooperative-learning based problems lab PHYS 2011. Classical mechanics traditionally covered in a first-semester college physics course. Kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Class time used for discussion of the Web-lecture material and for the administration of exams.

  • PHYS 2011 - Physics Problems Laboratory I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730. Required corequisite: PHYS 2010. Group-oriented problems course taken in conjunction with the Web-based discussion class PHYS 2010. Students work in groups with the topics presented in the PHYS 2010 discussion class. Covers kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Skills associated with the development of experimental investigations including graphical analysis and estimation of uncertainties emphasized. Two two-and-one-half-hour laboratory sessions.

OR

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  AND

    CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, and properties of gases. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

Athletic Training Program Costs

Athletic training students pay the same fee schedules as do all other undergraduate students at the University. These fees are described in detail elsewhere in this catalog. Additional expenses incurred by athletic training students include

  1. the cost of a uniform package - varies in price (yearly);
  2. liability insurance - $35 (yearly);
  3. membership into the National Athletic Trainer's Association (yearly);
  4. maintenance of professional rescuer CPR (yearly);
  5. verification of immunization;
  6. their own transportation to and from clinical sites including, but not limited to, vehicle and fuel costs.
  7. the cost of a background check, if required by the clinical site.

Clinical sites may be assigned to a student within a 60-mile radius of the MTSU main campus. Students are required to have a minimum of four off-campus clinical rotations, with a maximum of six off-campus clinical rotations, to complete the clinical component of the Athletic Training Program.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Athletic Training, B.S., Academic Map 

Dr. Helen Binkley
Associate Professor
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Brent Chiasson
Assistant Athletic Trainer
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Alison Ness
Assistant Athletic Trainer
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Kristi Phillips
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Drew Shea
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Robbie Stewart
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Dr. William Whitehill
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Athletic Training

ATHT 3000 - Clinical A in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ATHT 3570, ATHT 3580. Psychomotor skills used in the application of protective equipment, emergency procedures, care and treatment of athletic injuries, and use of basic modalities. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

ATHT 3001 - Clinical B in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ATHT 3000; corequisite: ATHT 3950. Psychomotor skills used in the evaluation and assessment of injuries to the lower extremities. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

ATHT 3002 - Clinical C in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ATHT 3001; corequisite: ATHT 3960. Psychomotor skills used in the evaluation and assessment of injuries to the upper extremities and thorax. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

ATHT 3003 - Clinical D in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ATHT 3002. Psychomotor skills used in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. A minimum of 200 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an approved clinical instructor required.

ATHT 3570 - Psychomotor Skills in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Various athletic training topics with emphasis on the application of supportive and protective taping. A minimum of 60 directed clinical hours of observation and experiential learning required.

ATHT 3580 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
3 credit hours

Modern principles in the care, prevention, and management of sports injuries.

ATHT 3590 - Athletic Training Medical Documentation and Terminology
2 credit hours

Athletic training medical terminology and how to utilize appropriately for medical records and documentation, medical insurance and reimbursement, allied/medical health teams, case studies, and medical referrals. Not a substitute class for HUM 2130.

ATHT 3900 - Human Structure and Movement in Sport and Injury
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and/or BIOL 2030/BIOL 2031. Corequisite: ATHT 3901. Exposure to the structural and functional components of human anatomy, including musculoskeletal origins, insertions, actions, and innervations; the ability to identify landmarks, surface markings, and palpations on a live model; to describe functional movements in various sport activities, then classify and identify which muscles work together to create the motions, identify normal and atypical patterns and characteristics. Emphasis placed on normal walking and running gait, posture, throwing, kicking, and jumping.

ATHT 3901 - Human Structure and Movement in Sport and Injury Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: ATHT 3900. Laboratory to accompany ATHT 3900.

ATHT 3950 - Evaluation and Assessment of Injuries to the Lower Extr
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ATHT 3570; BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011. Corequisite: ATHT 3001 or permission of instructor. Evaluation and assessment of athletic injuries to the lower extremities and lumbar spine.

ATHT 3960 - Evaluation and Assessment of Injuries to the Upper Extr
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ATHT 3570; ATHT 3950; BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021. Corequisite: ATHT 3002 or permission of instructor. Evaluation and assessment of athletic injuries to the upper extremities and thorax.

ATHT 3980 - Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine in Athletic Tra
2 credit hours

For Athletic Training majors only. Introduces the concepts of evidence-based medicine and practice in the field of athletic training.

ATHT 4000 - Strength, Conditioning, and Human Performance
3 credit hours

(Same as ATHC 4000.) Prerequisites: BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 or BIOL 2030/BIOL 2031; PHED 4910 or ATHT 3900/ATHT 3901  and weight training; or by permission of instructor. Theories and principles of strength training and conditioning and techniques used to become a strength and conditioning specialist or personal fitness trainer.

ATHT 4080 - Alternative Therapies in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

(Same as HLTH 4080.) Examines the didactic and psychomotor concepts of various alternative and complementary therapies as they relate to the profession of athletic training.

ATHT 4200 - Acute Trauma and Emergency Care in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ATHT 3580 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ATHT 4201. Competencies and proficiencies used in the identification, evaluation, management, and prevention of acute traumatic conditions in sports requiring emergency care in. In addition, administrative and risk management aspects of planning for an emergency injury/illness situation.

ATHT 4201 - Acute Trauma and Emergency Care in Athletic Training La
0 credit hours

Prerequisite: ATHT 3580 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ATHT 4200. Laboratory to accompany ATHT 4200.

ATHT 4430 - Practicum in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ATHT 3003, ATHT 4960, and ATHT 4970. Athletic training internship in a nontraditional athletic training setting. A minimum of 150 clinical hours under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor required.

ATHT 4500 - Therapeutic Medications and Ergogenic Aids in Sports
3 credit hours

Principles, theories, and issues of the physiological and psychological response to pharmacological use and abuse of therapeutic medications and ergogenic aids in sports. Taught fall semester, odd years.

ATHT 4820 - Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Provides the basic knowledge necessary to organize and manage an allied health care professional setting, specifically in athletic training. Information on current laws, professional standards, ethics, and issues of confidentiality addressed. Taught fall semester, even years.

ATHT 4920 - Independent Study
3 credit hours

(Same as EXSC 4920/HLTH 4920/PHED 4920/LSTS 4920.) Independent study topics based on a study plan prepared in cooperation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a formal paper and/or comprehensive examination. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward degree.

ATHT 4950 - Pathology of Sport Illness and Consideration of Special
3 credit hours

Pathology of special problems and general medical conditions of athletes and others involved in physical activity. Includes an athletic training field experience.

ATHT 4960 - Rehabilitation Techniques
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: ATHT 3950 and ATHT 3960. Methods and techniques in the selection and application of rehabilitation techniques.

ATHT 4965 - Aquatic Exercise and Therapeutic Rehabilitation Techniq
3 credit hours

(Same as EXSC 4965/LSTS 4965.) Examines the various uses of the aquatic environment to develop, maintain, and improve physical performance with practical development of skills and techniques and aquatic exercise programming. Combines both didactic and laboratory activities in an experiential learning environment.

ATHT 4970 - Therapeutic Modalities
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; ATHT 3950, ATHT 3960. Corequisite:  ATHT 4971.  Principles, theories, methods, and techniques in the application of selected therapeutic modalities. Includes a laboratory experience of psychomotor skills used in the application of therapeutic modalities.

ATHT 4971 - Therapeutic Modalities Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite:  ATHT 4970. Laboratory to accompany  ATHT 4970.

ATHT 4975 - Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Health, and Rehabilitati
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSY 1410, ATHT 4960, or permission of instructor. Explores psychosocial issues of sport, health, and rehabilitation. Mental health and psychological problems and referrals; intervention strategies, interaction skills, and psychological techniques for injury, rehabilitation, return to play, adherence, sport performance, and sport enhancement. Introduces substance abuse, disordered eating and nutritional issues, and catastrophic injury and illness.

ATHT 4980 - Advanced Evidence-Based Medicine in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ATHT 3980 and ATHT 4960. Evidence based medicine is used to produce clinical relevant questions and the research process to investigate those questions. Emphasis on writing and developing sound research question and proposal, literature review, experimental design and methodology, and presentation techniques explored.

ATHT 4990 - Senior Seminar in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ATHT 4960, ATHT 4970. Offers preparation for the BOC examination and discussion of current research in athletic training and sports medicine. Engages students in the process of reviewing, analyzing, discussing, and synthesizing research. Includes an athletic training field experience.

ATHT 4999 - Independent Research in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Gives students the opportunity to complete the project begun in ATHT 4980 or a new project with the potential for local, regional, national, or international presentations and publications. Course set up independently depending on the type of research project the student is going to perform.

Our Philosophy

It is our philosophy at MTSU to provide each student with a holistic education that includes a vast array of professional experiences. There are five goals of the program:

  • To provide each student with a quality undergraduate education
  • To prepare each student to successfully pass the BOC examination and gain their athletic training certification.
  • To develop each student into a quality citizen who will be active in the community and in the profession.
  • To assist students in securing employment and or further educational opportunities upon graduation.
  • To provide continuing education opportunities for alumni.​

Admission Criteria

Prior to be considered as a candidate for admission into the program, a student must have completed a letter of application including 3 three recommendations. The student must have also completed 24 hours of academic course work and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. After meeting these requirements, acceptance into the program is based upon 4 four weighted criteria. Students with the top 20 scores will be considered for admission into the program.

Overall grade point average of 2.5 or better 45 pts
Grade of B- or better in ATHT 3580, ATHT 2590, BIO 2010 20 pts
Clinical evaluation of 60 observation hours 45 pts
Interview 15 pts
Total points 125 pts


Forms and Manuals 

Graduate Rate and BOC Examination Pass Rate

  2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 MEAN Values for 3 years
Graduates 5 11 12  
First Time pass 4 11  
% First Time Pass 0.80 0.82  1.00 0.87
Other Pass 0 0  
% Other Pass Rate 0.00 0.09  0.00 0.03
Total Pass Rate 0.80 0.91 1.00 0.90
Did Not Take or Did Not Complete Exam Process 1 1 0  
% Did Not Take or Did Not Complete Exam Process 0.20 0.09 0.00 0.10


For more information about the Athletic Training program, you may contact: Dr. Helen Binkley, Department of HHP, MTSU, Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. (615) 904-8192 or Helen.Binkley@mtsu.edu.