Major in Athletic Training

The program of study in Athletic Training is designed for students who are interested in a career in allied health care specializing in the care of athletes and physically active individuals. Athletic trainers function as integral members of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports organizations and other health care settings. The athletic trainer specializes in the prevention, assessment, management, rehabilitation and health care administration of athletic ­injuries and illnesses.

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is designed to provide an effective blend of ­theoretical and practical learning experiences in athletic training by incorporating extensive academic and clinical education experiences. The ATP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Successful completion of the Athletic Training Education Program prepares an individual as a candidate for the National Athletic Trainers’ Board of ­Certification examination.

The goals of the ATP are first and foremost to provide students with a quality, well-rounded education. Second, the ATP seeks to provide the necessary competencies and proficiencies in a formalized multidimensional academic and clinical setting for students to be successful in the field of athletic training. Last, the ATP provides opportunities for students to participate in community events and professional activities that will instill a sense of active participation in their communities and chosen profession.

The ATP is a capped major with a limited enrollment. As such, admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the program.

Screening Process for the Accredited Athletic Training Program

Students desiring to major in Athletic Training are admitted to the Pre-Athletic Training Program. Students seeking admission into the Athletic Training major are required to have completed the following courses

BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS4
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
KNES 235PHYSICAL WELLNESS FOR A HEALTHY AMERICA3
KNES 291INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING3
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 103EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY3

Prospective students must submit the following materials as part of the screening procedure: program application (including personal statement); signed technical standards verifying that, with appropriate accommodation, they meet the technical standards for an entry-level athletic trainer; and verification of health status form (signed by the applicant’s health care provider).

Transfer Students

Transfer students must submit a copy of an official transcript to show completion of equivalent course work at their previous institutions. Students transferring to the ATP need to provide documentation they have satisfied the competencies and proficiencies addressed in KNES 291. Students need to provide verification they have satisfied these required skills at the sending institution under the direction of a Towson University-approved clinical instructor. If verification is not available, the student will meet with the coordinator of the ATP and work through the checklist. If the student has not been exposed to, and evaluated in, these proficiencies, the student will need to complete KNES 291 at Towson University.

The Pre-AT student will make formal application, which includes all of the materials stated below, to the coordinator of the ATP no later than the second Friday in May: official transcripts, directed observation hours, two letters of recommendation, essay and clinical skills worksheet.

Evaluative Criteria

Seven criteria are evaluated as part of the admission process in accepting students into the ATP:

  1. Overall GPA – Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in their college courses to be able to apply to the ATP.
  2. Prerequisite Courses GPA – Six classes are used to calculate the prerequisite courses GPA:
    KNES 291INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING3
    KNES 235PHYSICAL WELLNESS FOR A HEALTHY AMERICA3
    BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS4
    HLTH 103EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY3
    HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
    PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
  3. Observation Hours – Students are assigned by the ATP coordinator or clinical ­coordinator of education to a variety of clinical settings at Towson University, which include athletic training rooms, athletic practices and competitive events, to gain valuable observation hours.
  4. Letters of Recommendation – Students seeking admission into the ATP will be asked to secure two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their personality, academic success, intellectual abilities and clinical abilities.
  5. Interview – Candidates seeking admission to the ATP are given a formal interview conducted by the Athletic Training Admission Committee.
  6. Essay – Applicants will submit a one-page essay explaining their reasons for pursuing the major in Athletic Training.
  7. Clinical Skills Worksheet – Students are expected to complete the clinical skills worksheet during the course of the academic year (September - March). The worksheet will consist of skills that each student should be proficient in performing (i.e., making an ice bag, taping an ankle, wrapping a thigh).

In addition to the evaluation criteria, the following must be completed and turned in to the program coordinator prior to beginning clinical hours:

  1. program application
  2. acceptance of ­technical standards and
  3. verification of health status form.

Acceptance into the program is based upon the stated criteria and the number of available ­openings in the program. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Offers of admission into the ATP are presented on a competitive basis to those ­individuals who are most qualified. Students must apply for admission to the program by the second Friday of May in the spring term. Candidates will be notified of acceptance/rejection in the first week of June by mail.

Appeal Procedures

Students who are not admitted into the program can re-apply three times, but it will still take six terms to complete the required class and clinical workload. If the student does not maintain an overall GPA of 2.50, a C or better in all didactic athletic training courses, and a grade of satisfactory in all clinical courses, the student will be placed on probation for one year. If the student does not rectify the stated deficiency within the one-year period the student will be dropped from the program.

For more detailed information regarding the ATP at Towson University please refer to the Athletic Training Education section at www.towson.edu/kinesiology.

Program Requirements

The requirements for the major in Athletic Training include 25–26 units of lower-level courses and 56 units of KNES courses. The specific requirements for the major in Athletic Training are as follows:

KNES Required Courses (56 Units)
KNES 235PHYSICAL WELLNESS FOR A HEALTHY AMERICA3
KNES 291INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING3
KNES 309TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS3
KNES 311BIOMECHANICS3
KNES 313PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE3
KNES 316LOWER EXTREMITY AND SPINE EVALUATION4
KNES 363NUTRITION FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT3
KNES 381BASIC CLINICAL ATHLETIC TRAINING I 12
KNES 382BASIC CLNICAL ATHLETIC TRAINING II2
KNES 385INTERMEDIATE CLINICAL ATHLETIC TRAINING I2
KNES 386INTERMEDIATE CLNICAL ATHLETIC TRAINING II2
KNES 388ADVANCED CLINICAL ATHLETIC TRAINING I2
KNES 389ADVANCED CLINICAL ATHLETIC TRAINING II 12
KNES 415UPPER EXTREMITY AND SPINE EVALUATION4
KNES 417ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING3
KNES 427THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES4
KNES 428THERAPUETIC MODALITIES FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES4
KNES 431SEMINAR IN ATHLETIC TRAINING3
KNES 432GENERAL MEDICAL ASPECTS4
Lower-Level Required Courses (22-23 Units)
BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS4
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
BIOL 222
222L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
4
CHEM 121
121L
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4-5
or PHYS 202 GENERAL PHYSICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 103EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY3
Total Units78-79
1

A lab fee of $25 will be assessed to each student in KNES 381 and KNES 389 for supplies used in both classes.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 1904KNES 2913
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3HLTH 1013
HLTH 1033KNES 2353
PSYC 1013TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core3Core3
 Students must apply to Athletic Training Major after this term.
 16 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
KNES 3164KNES 3822
KNES 3812KNES 4154
Core3Core3
Core3Elective3
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
KNES 3093KNES 3133
Core3KNES 3862
KNES 3113KNES 4274
KNES 3852CHEM 121
121L
4
KNES 4253PHYS 2025
 14 18
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
KNES 3633KNES 3892
KNES 3882KNES 4313
KNES 4173Core3
KNES 4324Core3
Elective3Core/Elective3
 15 14
Total Units 124
  1.  Demonstrate professional behaviors, clinical skills, critical thinking and decision-making, capabilities that allow for the effective implementation of athletic training care.
  2.  Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills in working with physically active individuals and sports medicine team personnel from varying ethnic, socioeconomic, religious affiliations in providing athletic training care.
  3.  Demonstrate appropriate cognitive knowledge that allows for effective implementation of athletic training care. This cognitive knowledge includes acute care of injury and illness, assessment and evaluation of injuries, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, medical documentation and general medical conditions.