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Athletic Training

Athletic Training Major

Due to the changes in the profession, the CAATE now requires a masters degree in Athletic Training. Our program will NOT be making the transition from a undergraduate level to the graduate (masters degree) level. Southwest Baptist University has elected to voluntarily withdraw and teach out the existing program.

Athletic trainers help educate athletes on how to prevent injuries, and evaluate and assess injuries when they do occur. SBU's athletic training program will prepare you to be a skilled, dedicated, caring and ethical allied health professional in athletic training or another allied health field.

After graduating from SBU's athletic training program, you will be equipped to take the BOC exam to become a certified athletic trainer. You also could choose to take certification exams to become a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate school in athletic training, physical therapy or other fields.

Due to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) transitioning all accredited programs from the undergraduate to the graduate level, the final admitted class of students into the professional phase of the program will be the fall of 2018. The program will continue to receive applications to the program through March 1, 2018.

Students entering into the University as freshman for the Fall of 2018 or later will be prepared for CAATE accredited graduate-level athletic training programs by majoring in Sports Medicine.


pass rate

(Overall BOC Exam Pass Rate, 3-year Aggregate)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Gain valuable hands-on, real-world athletic training experience by working with SBU's 18 NCAA Division II athletic teams
  • Learn from expert faculty who hold the terminal degree recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association
  • Engage in diverse clinical experiences within the settings of high school, physician extender, orthopedic, sports medicine family practice, pediatrics, sports medicine rehabilitation, physical therapy, ambulance, and surgical observation.

Faith Integration

At SBU, you will learn the athletic training profession from the perspective of a Christian worldview. For example, you will be challenged to consider how an injury affects the whole person — body, mind and soul — and then learn how to work with the injured person and the emotions they are experiencing due to the injury. The goal of SBU's athletic training program is to produce highly qualified athletic trainers who are skilled, dedicated, caring and ethical professionals and are servant leaders as they interact with coworkers, clients and patients.


Athletic training graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers including:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Graduate schools

Athletic training graduates have continued their education as institutions such as:

  • SBU's own Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program
  • Ohio University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Western Michigan University

Whether it be for networking, picking their brains for extra knowledge or advice, or simply just catching up, the AT faculty at SBU is always willing to help even years after graduation. SBU provides quality education in the healthcare realm within the context of a Christian environment.

Louis Davis '14, Athletic Trainer at Peak Sport & Spine Rehab, and Doctor of Physical Therapy student at University of Missouri
Louis Davis, AT alum

program information

The Athletic Training Education Program at Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered academic unit providing quality didactic and relevant clinical experiences preparing entry level athletic training students to be skilled, dedicated, caring, and ethical allied health professionals.

SBU's athletic training program is accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education).

Application and admission

Students must apply and be accepted into this professional allied health program. Application is to be submitted by March 1 of the student's freshman year for entry into the professional phase of the program beginning in the fall of the sophomore year. The number of appointments to the program at SBU will vary from year to year depending on space availability and appropriate supervisory capacity according to accreditation standards.

If you are interested in pursuing an athletic training degree, you will begin as a pre-athletic training student and will be enrolled in the Intro to Athletic Training course during your first semester at SBU. Athletic training faculty will instruct you as to the application process for the athletic training program and you will make application during your freshman year.

Application Checklist:

The following information is required before a student may enter the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education Program:

  1. Application Form
  2. Log of Directed Observation/Athletic Training Student Hours
  3. Directed Observer Evaluation Form
  4. ADA Technical Standards Form

Assessment & Resources

BOC Pass Rates

Athletic Training Student Manual

athletic training Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
ATH 2013 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
KIN 1162 Foundations of Personal Fitness/Wellness 2
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

BIO 2204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ATH 3033 Functional Anatomy 3
ATH 3013 Athletic Training Techniques I 3
ATH 3022 Athletic Training Practicum I 2
ATH 3093 Emergency Medicine 3
Total hours 15


PHS 1004 Physical Science Elective 4

Spring Semester

BIO 3304 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ATH 3103 Sports Performance 3
ATH 3114 Athletic Training Evaluation: Above Diaphragm 4
ATH 3122 Athletic Training Practicum II 2
ATH 3133 Pharmacology 3
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

ATH 3124 Athletic Training Evaluation: Below Diaphragm 4
ATH 3143 General Medical and Pathologies 3
ATH 4022 Athletic Training Practicum III 2
PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
COM 2393 Interpersonal Communications 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

ATH 4014 Therapeutic Modalities 4
ATH 4034 Sports Rehabilitation 4
ATH 4113 Athletic Training Administration 3
ATH 4133 Psychosocial Strategies 3
ATH 4122 AT Practicum IV 2
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

ATH 4223 Functional Movement 3
ATH 4833 Evidenced Based Practice 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
ATH 4963 Field Experience I 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
Total hours 14

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
  Cultural Studies elective 3
ATH 4973 Athletic Training Field Experience II 2-3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
Total hours 14-15

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Athletic Training Plan

Southwest Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.