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Athletic Training (BS)

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Affiliation: School of Health Sciences and Education
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science
Minors Offered: None 


The athletic training major is designed to prepare students to successfully pass the BOC Certification exam and enter the field of athletic training as a certified athletic trainer. Students participate in a curriculum that combines classroom, laboratory and a progressive clinical education experience, designed for the students to apply information learned in the classroom and labs to hands on situations involving real patients and athletes.


Enrollment in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is not guaranteed with acceptance to the University. A separate application process is required. The application process begins in the fall when students enroll in two specific courses: AT 120 Introduction to Athletic Training and ES 205 First Aid and CPR. In addition to these courses, students must also complete and submit an application packet by November 1. Admission to the ATEP is competitive, and students who have completed the pre-athletic training requirements are not assured admission into the ATEP. Applicants are selected for admission based on performance in the prerequisite courses, performance in the athletic training practicum, meeting with Clinical Coordinator, evaluations by Clinical instructors, recommendation forms and completion of all the admission requirements included in the application packet. Admission decisions are announced by November 21. Students not admitted may reapply the following year. The application materials for Truman’s ATEP include: biographical information form, recommendation forms, grade release form, physical examination form, technical standards form, a description of the Athletic Training progression, and a blood borne pathogens training form. A description of the admission requirements and application can be found on the program’s website http://hes.truman.edu/atmaj/.  


Truman State University’s Athletic Training Education Program’s (ATEP) mission is, via a liberal arts and sciences education, to develop critical thinking athletic training professionals who are capable of meeting the diverse demands of the field.


  • To prepare students to pass the BOC Certification Exam.
  • To provide students, through a program of progressive clinical experiences, the skills necessary to perform the duties of a Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • To instill the professionalism, discipline, and ethics required to be a successful Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • To encourage students to actively investigate questions and ideas through reading journals, participating in continuing education, and research in athletic training-related areas.
  • To furnish students with the clinical and academic skills to work in the variety of venues employing Certified Athletic Trainers.
  • To expose students to the various job opportunities available to employing Certified Athletic Trainers in a variety of venues.
  • To prepare students for the opportunity to attend graduate school or other medical professional schools/training.
  • To integrate the academic courses: anatomy, human physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and psychology with the clinical education of students in the athletic training program.
  • To continue to determine the reliability and validity of athletic training course content and clinical experiences.
  • To provide students with an exemplary undergraduate education that is grounded in liberal arts and sciences as well as prepare them for pre-professional, professional, and master’s level programs that grow naturally out of the philosophy, values, content, and desired outcomes of a liberal arts education.  



To recognize outstanding students in the major.


Any Athletic Training major who attains the following will receive Departmental Honors. Students must apply through the Health and Exercise Sciences Department Office during the graduating semester. Applications will be mailed out each semester to degree candidates who qualify for the overall GPA requirement.

  1. Major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Complete a research project and present at Truman’s Student Research Conference, a professional conference, or publish a paper (a paper that has been submitted or accepted for publication will qualify)*
  4. Obtain a passing score on the CHES, BOC, or ACSM’s HFI.
  5. Receive concurrence from majority of Health Science, Exercise Science or Athletic Training faculty.

*Present means the individual was a major contributor to the research project (assisted in data collection, assisted in data reduction and analysis, and assisted in preparation of the manuscript, poster or oral presentation). A major contributor is one who participates substantively in all parts of the project, not a person who simply assisted with data collection. The faculty mentor is responsible for verifying level of participation. 


Liberal Studies Program Requirements: 34-58 Credit Hours

Missouri Statute Requirement: 1-3 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 12-16 Credit Hours


*May be used to fulfill LSP requirements. A student may not count both PHYS 185 and PHYS 186 toward the LSP.


Electives to Total: 124 Credit Hours

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