HSU Athletic Training is dedicated to the development of future athletic training professionals through our athletic training degree program. We strongly believe that our warm and inviting campus, with its dedicated professionals, provide students with unique and rewarding opportunities to grow personally and professionally as athletic trainers through an “education enlightened by faith.”
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers – health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. (www.nata.org)
Hardin-Simmons University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184. The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2019-2020 academic year.
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At HSU, you will get access to five separate clinical experiences in orthopedic surgery, general medical, rehabilitation, spine/physical medicine & rehabilitation, and high school. Students get about 1,000 clinical hours during their program.
Students are challenged to become involved professionally through national and regional symposia attendance and poster and oral presentations. More than 25 Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) and 4 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) scholarships have been awarded to HSU students. HSU athletic training faculty have earned several professional awards, including NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and inducted into the SWATA Hall of Fame. HSU athletic training faculty and preceptors are frequent presenters at local, regional and national symposia.
The program’s first-time BOC exam pass rate is 87%. HSU athletic training graduates that apply to graduate programs have a 100% acceptance rate!
All courses and course descriptions for the Athletic Training degree can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Clinical experiences involving direct patient care under preceptor supervision. Emphasis areas include:
These experiences will include a minimum hours requirement of 152 clinical hours/semester and a maximum of 400 clinical hours/semester (no more than 120 clinical hours/month. These hours standards do not include required clinical hours during scheduled university breaks, including, but not limited to, August pre-season sport activities, Christmas break and Spring Break. These standards recognize clinical hours will fluctuate based on the clinical assignment and calendar.
Incoming students must meet the AT admissions criteria below. Students who transfer to HSU will also have to meet these requirements to gain acceptance into the program. The Director of Athletic Training Education will review the transfer student’s transcript to determine if transferring courses and credits meet AT degree requirements. Please refer to the complete AT Transfer Policy here.
All applications become the property of HSU and are maintained in the student’s AT application file. The application materials are reviewed by the program director to assure minimum acceptance requirements are met, and provided to other AT faculty. The students’ interests and future goals are considered, as well as strengths and weaknesses considered relevant to the students’ educational process and possible future athletic training career. After reviewing the application materials, the student’s application score is calculated utilizing the Applicant Evaluation Worksheet and the AT director makes a determination of the student’s acceptability into the program.
If a student meets the criteria and demonstrates characteristics indicative of success in the athletic training profession, he or she is accepted. If there are more qualified candidates than there are positions in the program, the candidates are rank ordered according to academic records and personal qualifications using the application score sheet.
If a student shows promise of success in the field, but has an area of concern or has not completely met a criterion, the student may be admitted provisionally. The student must repair the deficiency within a mutually agreed upon period of time (usually one semester).
To maintain good standing in the AT, students must maintain minimum GPA and other requirements listed below:
View the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook.
The first certified/licensed athletic trainer came to Hardin-Simmons in 1982 and the athletic training tradition at HSU was born. From 1986-1999, Hardin-Simmons had a strong internship-based athletic training program. In 1999, HSU began offering a major leading to a Bachelor of Behavior Science (BBS) degree in Athletic Training. The AT program was initially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in 2005.
HSU’s Athletic Training program underwent reaccreditation during the 2009-2010 academic year and is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2019-2020. Athletic training students who successfully complete the AT degree are eligible for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) and the Texas Athletic Training Licensing exam through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. If the BOC exam is passed, the student will not have to take the Texas AT exam. Successful completion of these credentialing examinations will provide the athletic training graduate with Texas licensure and national certification as an athletic trainer.
Students starting after August 1, 2017, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences (BSHS) degree in athletic training. The first MAT cohort is expected to begin in June 2019.
The program’s official BOC exam data for 2013-2018 is presented below:
Hardin-Simmons University requires an annual university-level program assessment process. The outcomes and success criteria are selected by the program faculty. Program outcomes for the 2016-17 academic year may be found here.
A summary of university-level outcomes data may be found here.
After admission to clinical program
David Stuckey, associate professor of kinesiology and director of athletic training education was invited to give two presentations at the 2018 Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium. Stuckey presented on IV Fluids: Legal Issues, Risks & Benefits and Thoracoabdominal Injuries in Athletes during the July meeting in Arlington, TX.
Wade Green, director of athletic training services and HSU athletic training preceptor was invited to give to presentations at the 2018 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium. Green presented on Selected Colorectal Pathologies in Athletes: The Athletic Trainer’s Role in Primary Care Diagnosis and Management and Athletic Groin Pain: Making Sense of Pathology and Enhancing the Clinical Approach during the June meeting in New Orleans.
David Stuckey, associate professor of fitness & sports sciences and Director of Athletic Training Education, presented on Needle Decompression of Tension Pneumothorax at the 2017 NATA Annual Symposium in Houston on June 23, 2017.
Bryan Lange, assistant professor of athletic training and Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator, and Wade Green, Director of Athletic Training Services & Clinical Preceptor, presented on Hip Impingement at the 2016 NATA Annual Symposium in Baltimore, MD.
David Stuckey, associate professor of fitness & sport sciences and Director of Athletic Training Education, presented on Primary Upper-Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis at the 2015 NATA Annual Symposium in St. Louis, MO.
David Stuckey, associate professor of fitness & sport sciences and Director of Athletic Training Education, presented Video-Aided Simulation-Based Training to Improve Interdisciplinary and Clinical Performance of Emergency Care Competencies at the NATA Athletic Training Educator’s Conference in Dallas, TX March 1, 2015.
David Stuckey, associate professor of fitness & sport sciences and Director of Athletic Training Education, presented on IV Fluids for Athletes: Legal Issues, Risks & Benefits at the 2014 NATA Annual Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.
David Stuckey, Associate Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education was inducted into the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Hall of Fame at the 2016 SWATA Annual Meeting & Symposium in Arlington, TX. Stuckey was honored for his service to the SWATA primarily in the areas of student leadership/education and college/university athletic training.
2018-’19 – Kylie Drost, junior in athletic training from Converse, TX, has been selected to serve on the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Senate.
2017 – Cory Penfold, as a senior in athletic training from Garland, was awarded a scholarship from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association in June, 2017 and another from the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association in July, 2017.
2017 – Fifteen HSU athletic training students attended the 2017 NATA Annual Symposium in Houston, TX, June 21-23, 2017. They attended various educational sessions & networked with other athletic training students and professionals from across the U.S.
2016 – Five HSU athletic training students attended the 2016 NATA Annual Symposium in Baltimore, MD June 22-25. They were able to see new AT-related equipment, attend educational sessions & meet other students & professionals.
2015 – Nine HSU athletic training students attended the 2015 NATA Annual Symposium in St. Louis, MO, held in June. The students enhanced their AT education by hearing speakers from across the nation.
2014 – Danyelle Neal, as a junior in athletic training from Abilene, was selected as one of 19 students to attend the Institute for Collegiate Sports Medicine Student Leadership Workshop, held in Long Beach, CA, May 18-20, 2013. Students from AT programs across the country apply to be invited to the workshop. Guest speakers discuss current trends in AT with the intent to build leadership skills in future young AT professionals. Students stayed on the Queen Mary while the workshop sessions were held onboard.
Neal is the second HSU AT student to be selected to attend the workshop. In 2009, Emily Jones, ATC was selected to attend the meeting, which was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
2014 – Elissa Panigua, as a junior in athletic training and honors from Ft. Worth, was selected to serve on the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Student Senate for the 2014-15 year. She serves as membership chair for the Senate. She was selected from numerous applicants from SWATA which includes Texas and Arkansas.
2015 – The HSU athletic training program had two teams that competed in the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Quiz Bowl, held as a part of the SWATA Student Competency Workshop, held January 22-24, 2015 in Arlington, TX. The teams placed first and third of 11 teams in the Jeopardy-style contest featuring questions related to athletic training. Other teams included students from Midwestern State University, East Texas Baptist University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas-Austin.
The HSU team of Bandi Harris, senior in athletic training from Lamesa, Elissa Panigua, junior in athletic training from Ft. Worth & Lindsay Rawlins, junior in athletic training from Hughes Springs, won the event. They will take part in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Quiz bowl against 9 other teams from across the country. That event will be held at the NATA’s Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, which will be in late June in St. Louis, MO.
The team of Shiloh Reaves, senior in athletic training from Johnson City, Stephen Twilleager, senior in athletic training from Copperas Cove & Jaclyn von der Heide, senior in athletic training from Hurst, placed third in the contest.
Athletic Training Students in the News:
This video produced by HSU athletic training students was awarded first place in a National Athletic Training Month promotion contest, sponsored by the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA). The students will be recognized and the video shown at the 2009 SWATA symposium in Arlington in July. The video is also posted on the SWATA and National Athletic Trainers’ Association web sites. This is just one example of professional involvement demonstrated by our athletic training students.
The Hardin-Simmons University Athletic Training Program (AT Program) provides the opportunity for professional preparation and growth of athletic training students and staff members, through a combination of formal and informal education along with structured clinical experiences in a Christian environment. Both the classroom and clinical education provide environments for AT students to obtain the resources and experiences necessary to meet their individual needs to become credentialed athletic trainers, by keeping literature, equipment and techniques current with technological and scientific trends to promote the evidence-based practice of AT.
The AT Program aims to build a positive reputation among athletic training students, student-athletes, parents, administrators, physicians, community and region by maintaining a professional and ethical environment to ensure the graduate is prepared to become a successful athletic training professional. This preparation must include knowledge and skills, values, ethics, and effective critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The program intends to be distinguished for its high-quality faculty, staff and students and be recognized for clinical excellence and innovation.
Various assessments are performed to provide feedback for continual improvement of the AT program. These assessments focus on leadership strengths and improving individual weaknesses in AT students, faculty and preceptors. This commitment to the constant evaluation of program strengths and weaknesses allow for necessary improvements to enhance the AT Program.
Excellence in AT education and professional practice are the pillars which support the program. The AT students, faculty and preceptors will demonstrate compassionate professionalism, integrity and ethical behaviors as an evidence-based practitioner.
Harrison Cruz ’18
The Athletic Training Program at Hardin-Simmons University is unique in that it does not just establish the fundamentals but it does so in a way that cultivates character and influences a strong passion for the profession. The young minds who enter the program are encouraged daily to practice a level of professionalism and compassionate care that is a reflection of Christ’s love.
Thomas Fielding, LAT, ATC ’17
The Hardin-Simmons Athletic Training program is the best of the best. They foster young professionals who are more than competent in the realm of Athletic Training, as well as networking. Even more so, they create a family. Classmates, as well as staff members, are people I can and do, turn to for advice or even an ordinary chat. I would not be who I am today without the HSU AT program.
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