Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Kinesiology

Undergraduate Programs
Athletic Training

The major in athletic training prepares students to work with athletes, physicians, and coaches to ensure the health care and well-being of the competitive and recreational athlete.  The Michigan State University athletic training major blends clinical and academic learning experiences.  Students will gain knowledge and skills in evaluation and the treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and will be prepared to organize and manage athletic training programs.  The Michigan State University student majoring in athletic training is exposed to state-of-the-art philosophies, equipment, and research.

A student in this major will complete a two-year athletic training curriculum while working in a variety of clinical settings.  These settings include on-campus rotations within the athletic department, high schools, and various clinics.  Through clinical education, the student will encounter experiences requiring immediate decision-making, physician consultation, injury evaluations, and communications with coaches, student-athletes, and approved clinical instructors.  Students who complete this major will be eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training is designed to prepare students for job opportunities in collegiate, professional, clinical, high school, and industrial settings.  Students who graduate from this program may enter professional physical therapy programs, medical programs, or graduate studies in kinesiology. The degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).

Admission

Admission to the athletic training major is competitive and requires completion of at least 31 credits. A limited number of students are admitted. The deadline for application to the major is February 1. The decision regarding admission to the major is based on the following criteria:

  1. Submission of the following: (a) an application to the major in athletic training; (b) an essay expressing reasons for selecting the field of athletic training; and (c) three letters of personal reference.
  2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade-point average of 2.5 in these courses:
    KIN    125    First Aid and Personal Safety (3)
    KIN    126    Introduction to Athletic Training(3)
    KIN    127    Taping and Bracing in Athletic Training (1)
    KIN    227    Observations and Introduction to Clinical Skills in Athletic Training (2)
    KIN    228    Clinical Rotation and Skills: Introduction in Athletic Training (1)
    KIN    320    Pathology of Sports Injury (3)
  3. A minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the following courses: Chemistry 141, Kinesiology 216, Kinesiology 251, Mathematics 103, and Physiology 250.
  4. University grade-point average of 2.5 or above.
  5. Interview with the Michigan State University Athletic Training Admissions Board. 
  6. Space availability in the formal clinical curriculum sites.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training

  1. The University requirements for Bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. 

    Students enrolled in the Athletic Training major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Kinesiology may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses:  Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250.  The completion of Chemistry 161 and Kinesiology 251 satisfies the laboratory requirement.  Chemistry 141 and 161, Kinesiology 251, and Physiology 250 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2. a. below.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Athletic Training major is met by completing Kinesiology 345. That course is referenced in item 2. b. below.
  2. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course (18 credits):     
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    KIN 216 Applied Human Anatomy 3
    KIN 251 Principles of Human Movement 4
    MTH 103 College Algebra 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    b. All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (40 credits):
    KIN 121 The Healthy Lifestyle 3
    KIN 125 First Aid and Personal Safety 3
    KIN 126 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
    KIN 127 Taping and Bracing in Athletic Training 1
    KIN 173 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
    KIN 217 Applied Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
    KIN 227 Observations and Introduction to Clinical Skills in Athletic Training 2
    KIN 228 Clinical Rotation and Skills: Introduction in Athletic Training 1
    KIN 250 Measurement in Kinesiology 3
    KIN 310 Physiological Bases of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 320 Pathology of Sports Injury 3
    KIN 330 Biomechanics of Physical Activity 3
    KIN 345 Sport and Exercise Psychology (W) 3
    KIN 360 Physical Growth and Motor Behavior 3
    KIN 411 Laboratory Experiences in Exercise Physiology 2
    KIN 465 Adapted Physical Activity 3
    c. The following course (1 credit): 
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    d. All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (15 credits):
    KIN 421 Lower Body Injury Evaluation 3
    KIN 422 Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries 3
    KIN 423 Therapeutic Modalities 3
    KIN 425 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training 3
    KIN 426 Upper Body Injury Evaluation 3
    e. One 3-credit, 400-level course in the Department of Kinesiology, as approved by the Director of Athletic Training.
    f. Successful completion of the final clinical rotation, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in the following (4 credits):
    KIN 427 Clinical Rotations in Athletic Training 4
    g. A candidate must meet a minimum clinical evaluation score as required by the program director based on performance in clinical rotation experiences and competency.
    h. Meet professional standards as designated by the department.