Athletic Training Program

The athletic training program expects to accept the last undergraduate cohort in Fall 2018. CAATE is requiring all athletic training programs to move to a master’s degree to maintain their accreditation. Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and CAATE, HSU will begin a Masters in Athletic Training (MAT) degree in June 2019. There will be a 3 year-2 year option available to HSU students, providing you the opportunity to earn both your bachelor’s and MAT degrees in 5 years.

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. (

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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David Stuckley- Director of Athletic Training Education

David Stuckey

Director of Athletic Training Education & Associate Dean, School of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation 325-670-1378


  • Athletic Training (B.S.H.S.)


Why study Athletic Training at HSU?

Athletic Training student puts bandage on football players hand

Hands-on Experience

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.

Athletic Training students in class

National Exposure

Students are challenged to attend professional symposia & become involved professionally through national & regional symposia attendance, 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.

Athletic Training student puts bandage on basketball player's ankle

Excellent Outcomes

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!

Program Details

Athletic Training (ATTR) courses:

  • ATTR 1101 – Taping, Bracing & Equipment Fitting
  • ATTR 1310 – Introduction to Athletic Training (Fall)
  • ATTR 1320 – Essential Clinical Skills in Athletic Training
  • ATTR 2321 – Field Experience I (Fall 2)
  • ATTR 2322 – Field Experience II (Spring 2)
  • ATTR 3321 – Field Experience III (Fall 3)
  • ATTR 3322 – Field Experience IV (Spring 3)
  • ATTR 3310 – Rehabilitation/Reconditioning for Athletic Trainers (Fall 3)
  • ATTR 3340 – Therapeutic Modalities for Athletic Trainers (Spring 3)
  • ATTR 3350 – Injury/Illness Evaluation I — process/lower extremity (Spring 1)
  • ATTR 3351 – Injury/Illness Evaluation II — upper extremity (Fall 2)
  • ATTR 3352 – Injury/Illness Evaluation III — head-face/spine/thorax/abdomen (Spring 2)
  • ATTR 4321 – Field Experience V (Fall 4)
  • ATTR 4322 – Field Experience VI (Spring 4)
  • ATTR 4140 – Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers (odd fall semesters/junior-senior year)
  • ATTR 4141 – Pathology for Athletic Trainers (odd fall semesters/junior-senior year)
  • ATTR 4142 – Medical Aspects of Sports (odd fall semesters/junior-senior year)
  • ATTR 4144 – Current Topics in Athletic Training (even fall semesters/junior-senior year)
  • ATTR 4240 – Organization & Administration of Athletic Training Programs (even fall semesters/junior-senior year)

Required supporting courses:

  • FSSC 3302 – Essential Elements of Nutrition
  • FSSC 3313 – Kinesiology (Fall/Spring)
  • FSSC 3314 – Exercise Physiology (Fall/Spring)
  • FSSC 3360 – Instruction of Strength & Conditioning (Fall/Spring)
  • FSSC 4304 – Statistical Methods (Fall/Spring)
  • BIOL 2410 – Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Spring)
  • BIOL 3418 – Advanced Anatomy (Fall)
  • MATH 1310 – College Algebra (Fall/Spring/Summer)
  • CHEM 1301 – Essentials of Chemistry I and CHEM 1101 (Lab)  (Fall)
    CHEM 1310 – General Chemistry I and CHEM 1110 (Lab) (Fall/Spring)
  • PSYC 1301 – Intro to Psychology (Fall/Spring)
  • PSYC 4321 – Psychological Counseling (Fall) [Prerequisite – PSYC 1301 (Fall/Spring)]

Clinical Experiences (all required unless otherwise indicated):

Clinical experiences involving direct patient care under preceptor supervision. Emphasis areas include:

  • Variety of sports involving injuries/conditions of the upper extremity, lower extremity, trunk, head & protective equipment-intensive
  • Non-orthopedic patients
  • Patients across the lifespan
  • Patients of varying activity levels
  • Patients of a variety of socioeconomic statuses

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.

Full AT Admissions Criteria are:

  1. Completion of at least 12 semester hours
  2. Prerequisite course:
    ATTR 1310 – Introduction to Athletic Training (Grade of B or higher)
  3. Overall GPA of at least 2.5 in all other coursework

Student selection criteria will also be based upon the following:

  1. Accurate completion of AT admissions application
  2. Completion of the AT Admissions Questionnaire
  3. Letter of recommendation from former supervising athletic trainers/coaches/allied health/medical professionals (use form provided).
  4. Signed AT technical standards document (located here).
  5. Performance evaluations provided by professional supervisors during scheduled observation experiences. This will include work ethic, punctuality, adherence to policy(dress code, confidentiality, etc.), professionalism, etc.
  6. Personal interview with AT program faculty, preceptors and/or current AT students

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:

  1. 2.5 minimum overall GPA
  2. 3.0 minimum GPA in ATTR courses
  3. Satisfactory progression on clinical skills, professionalism and annual practical evaluations (see appropriate Field Experience course syllabus)
  4. NATA membership Graduation requirements include all of the above, plus:
    1. Application submitted for BOC exam (credit given in ATTR 4322)

Athletic training students admitted to the program begin taking advanced course work in athletic training and are enrolled each semester in clinical/field experiences with preceptors in NCAA-sponsored sports at HSU, as well as clinical/field experiences at:


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 AT 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:

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 5 7 4 5 7 16
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 5 5 4 6 6 16
Number of students who passed the examinaiton on the first attempt. 4 4 4 5 5 14
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 80 80 100 83 83 88
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 5 5 4 5 5 14
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 100 100 100 83 83 88


Student Graduation Rate Graduation rate (taken from United States Department of Education): Measures the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree-or certificate seeking students by showing the percentage of these students who complete their degree or certificate within a 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.  Graduation rate is calculated as:  the sum of students with a Graduated status divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with the status of leave of absence (medical) or deceased).
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students graduating from program 5 7 4 5 7 16
Student Graduation Rate (%) 62 64 40 62 78 59


Student Employment Rate Graduate employment/placement rate:  Percentage of students within 6-months of graduation that have obtained positions in the following categories:  employed trainer, employed as other, and not employed. Employment rate is calculated as:  the sum of students with an Employed as an Athletic Trainer or as an Athletic Trainer and in a degree or residency program then divided by the total number of students in the cohort (excluding students with a Not Employed, due to military service and Deceased)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3 YR Aggregate
Number of students Employed as AT 3 4 2 3 3 8
Student Employment Rate as AT (%) 60 57 50 50 43 47
Number of students employed as other 2 2 1 1 2 4
Student Employment Rate as other (%) 40 29 25 17 29 24
Number of students not employed 0 0 1 2 2 5
Student Not Employed Rate (5%) 0 0 25 33 29 29

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.


  • Black and/or khaki pants/shorts $40 (approximate)

After admission to clinical program

  • NATA membership $90 annually ($360)
  • ATTR 1320 course fee $150
  • ATTR Field Experience course fees (6) $85 ($510)
  • Liability Insurance $17 annually ($51)
  • Clothing (approximate) $400
  • Shoulder pack/diagnostic tools $100
  • Transportation $100 (approximate)

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.

Stuckey inducted into SWATA Hall of Fame

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.

Athletic Training Faculty in the News:

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:

  • Early, Texas, native Kayla Dickerson received the Julius Olsen Medal, given by Hardin-Simmons University during the spring commencement exercises in Behrens Auditorium May 11, 2013.
  • Kayla Dickerson was chosen to receive the coveted NATA Foundation Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation, which is sponsored by the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
  • Athletic Training Students who qualified for the American Southwest All-Academic Honor Roll:
    • Cole Barker, Senior, Paris, Texas
    • Kayla Dickerson, Junior, Early, Texas
    • Brianna Dory, Junior, Midland, Texas
    • Jay Hiller, Junior, Arlington, Texas
    • Seth Manly, Senior, Hawley, Texas
    • Jesse Rawlings, Junior, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
    • Chelsee Smith, Junior, Springtown, Texas
    • Rachel Simpson, Junior, San Angelo, Texas
    • Sarah Stevenson, Sophomore, Mineral Wells, Texas
    • Jessica Thorman, Junior, McKinney, Texas
  • HSU Named for having Athletic Trainer Staff of the Year by ASC West
  • Summer 2009 activities: 8 HSU athletic training students attended the 2009 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium in San Antonio in June. The students attended educational sessions, networked with peers and professionals and spoke with Hall of Fame athletic trainers.
  • Emily Jones, senior in athletic training from Snyder, TX, became the second HSU athletic training student to be awarded a scholarship from the NATA Research and Education Foundation. Emily was one of 41 undergraduate students from across the nation receiving such a scholarship. Emily also attended the 2009 Student Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Collegiate Sports Medicine Foundation, held in May. She was one of 20 students selected from a national pool to attend the workshop.
  • 3 HSU athletic training students attended the 2009 Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium in Arlington in July. The award winning video produced by Cole Barker, sophomore in athletic training from Paris, TX and Seth Manly, sophomore in athletic training from Hawley, TX, was played for the SWATA membership. Emily Jones and Erin Hohmann were awarded SWATA scholarships; becoming the 15th and 16th HSU students to win SWATA scholarships. Emily and Erin were two of the 17 SWATA scholarship recipients. Emily Jones was part of the SWATA Student Senate steering committee; the Senate, using rules and procedures determined by the steering committee, is scheduled to be formed in Spring, 2010. Emily also spoke to the Board of Directors and the membership of the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association (TSATA) about her February, 2009 experience at the NATA iLead Conference in Washington, DC. Emily’s attendance at iLead was funded by the TSATA.

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) 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 practical experiences in a Christian environment. Both the classroom and various clinical settings provide a superb environment for athletic training 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 in the athletic training community.

Objectively, the AT 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 athletic training student is prepared to become a successful athletic training professional upon graduation. This preparation must include not only knowledge and skills, but values, ethics, and effective critical- thinking and decision-making skills.

The dedicated faculty of the HSU AT strive to be leaders in all domains of athletic training. These goals and philosophy will be the foundation on which the entire program is supported. The athletic training faculty will project an image of a skilled, hard-working, integrity-driven and compassionate professional while using ethics, professionalism and good judgment, centering on the well-being of the athletic training student to guide our attitudes and actions.

To ensure excellence in athletic training education, frequent evaluations will be conducted, geared to developing strengths and leadership qualities, as well as improving individual weaknesses, in all students and AT faculty members. These evaluations, as well as credentialing examination results and first-year graduate and employer surveys, will directly enhance the AT. This commitment to the constant evaluation of program strengths and weaknesses will allow necessary improvements to be made to strengthen the AT.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide students desiring to attend a small, Christian university with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in athletic training which will prepare them to provide the broadest range of athletic training services, including injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, through both classroom and clinical experiences.
  2. To provide athletic training students with the knowledge, skills, values and abilities to successfully complete all requirements for state licensure and BOC certification.
  3. To effectively prepare students to enter the athletic training profession in their chosen setting, so they may enhance the provision of health care through prevention, diagnosis and intervention with emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions.
  4. To promote athletic training as an allied health profession, and to positively impact public perception of athletic training and its role in the global health care community.

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.