student athletic training performs muscle therapy exercise on athlete's leg

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Major

Studying sports medicine at SBU will equip you for success in allied healthcare programs that require graduate degrees. As an undergraduate student majoring in sports medicine, you will experience coursework and clinical experiences that will help you pursue your goals and explore a variety of professional opportunities.

SBU's sports medicine degree will prepare you for allied healthcare programs including, but not limited to, entry-level master's in athletic training, doctorate of physical therapy, physician's assistant, occupational therapy, chiropractic school and medical school.

Faculty will work with you to tailor your clinical experiences and studies to your specific interests. Possible clinical settings include NCAA Division II athletic training, Citizens Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic, Parkview Orthopedics, operating room and emergency services at area hospitals, Vision Source, Tweedie Chiropractic, and more.

The Sports Medicine degree is offered through SBU's College of Science and Mathematics




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The SBU Advantage

  • Engage in hands-on clinical and practical learning experiences that are selected specifically for your interests and career goals.
  • Use your knowledge to help others through opportunities such as an annual integrated healthcare mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
  • Learn from qualified and experienced faculty in small class cohort sizes for an exceptional educational experience.

Faith Integration

At SBU, you will learn skills for allied healthcare professions 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. SBU's sports medicine program produces skilled, dedicated, caring and ethical professionals who are servant leaders as they interact with coworkers, clients and patients.

As a sports medicine major at SBU, you also will have various opportunities to use your skills and education, combined with your Christian faith, to help others in need. For example, the department participates in an annual integrated healthcare mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

Articulation Agreement for Master Of Athletic Training

Southwest Baptist University has established an articulation agreement with Culver-Stockton College beginning fall 2019. Students graduating from SBU's Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine program will receive priority consideration for Culver-Stockton College's Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree program.

This strategic partnership will provide an avenue for a quality educational experience for SBU students wishing to pursue athletic training certification. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) requires a graduate degree for athletic training certification, effective in 2022.

sports medicine Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
ATH 2013 Introduction to Sports Medicine 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 & Information Management 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 14


Fall Semester

BIO 2204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ATH 3033 Functional Anatomy: Above Diaphragm 3
ATH 3013 Athletic Training Techniques I 3
ATH 3022 Clinical I 1
KIN/BIO 2243 Nutrition 3
 ATH 3093 Emergency Medicine 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

BIO 3304 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ATH 3103 Sports Performance and Nutrition 3
ATH 3114 Ortho Evaluation: Above Diaphragm 4
ATH 3121 Clinical II 1
ATH 4133 Functional Anatomy: Below Diaphragm 3
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

ATH 3124 Ortho Evaluation: Below Diaphragm 4
ATH 4021 Clinical III 1
PSY 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
ATH 3133 Pharmacology 3
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

ATH 4034 Treatment and Rehabilitation 4
ATH 4121 Clinical IV 1
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
COM 2393 Interpersonal Communications 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 18


Fall Semester

ATH 4223 Functional Movement 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
KIN 4003 Kinesiology 3
ATH 4833 Evidenced Based Practice 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
  Cultural Studies 2-3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 17-18

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.

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Sports Medicine — Physician Assistant Track

Sports Medicine — Physical Therapy Track