HomeAcademics at HSUUndergraduate Major & Minor ProgramsAthletic Training (Pre-Athletic Training) Athletic Training (Pre-Athletic Training) Hardin-Simmons University transitioned its athletic training program to a Master of Athletic Training in 2019. The last remaining undergraduate students will graduate in May 2022 & the program will be officially closed. The Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has been notified of HSU’s intent to voluntarily withdraw from CAATE accreditation. HSU intends to restart an updated MAT program in Summer 2022. We expect to begin accepting applications in January 2022. The new MAT program will have to complete the full CAATE accreditation process for new programs. The new MAT program will utilize robust technology to deliver course content online, combined with several intensive on-campus sessions to learn the hands-on skills required to be a successful athletic trainer. The program will also include a 3-2 option, providing you the opportunity to earn both your bachelor’s and MAT degrees in 5 years. A specific undergraduate major is not required for admission into the MAT program; however, students must make certain they have successfully completed all required prerequisite courses. Exercise Science is the major most congruent with MAT prerequisite courses. For more information, see the Master of Athletic Training web page. Hardin-Simmons University is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective May 13, 2022. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed. Contact Us David Stuckey, M.S., LAT, ATC Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Director of Athletic Training Education, College of Health Professions Request Information Loading... Majors Athletic Training (B.S.H.S.) Minors — Why study Athletic Training at HSU? 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. National Exposure 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. Excellent Outcomes HSU athletic training graduates that apply to graduate programs have a 100% acceptance rate! Program Details CoursesClick to Open All courses and course descriptions for the Athletic Training degree can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. 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. Orthopedic Surgery – Abilene Sports Medicine & Orthopedics (minimum 3 weeks; 8 hours/week) General Medical – Abilene Community Health Center (minimum 3 weeks; 4 hours/week) Rehabilitation – D1 Elite Physical Therapy/D1 Sports Physical Therapy (minimum 3 weeks; 8 hours/week) High School (optional) – Abilene High School or Cooper High School (minimum 3 weeks; 10-15 hours/week) RequirementsClick to Open To maintain good standing in the AT, students must maintain minimum GPA and other requirements listed below: 2.5 minimum overall GPA 3.0 minimum GPA in ATTR courses Satisfactory progression on clinical skills, professionalism and annual practical evaluations (see appropriate Field Experience course syllabus) NATA membership Graduation requirements include all of the above, plus: Application submitted for BOC exam (credit given in ATTR 4322) View the Athletic Training Program Student Handbook. OutcomesClick to Open 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: 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 3 YR Aggregate Number of students graduating from program. 5 7 4 6 8 13 8 10 31 Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 5 5 4 6 8 12 6 9 27 Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 4 4 4 5 6 2 2 8 12 Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 80 80 100 83 75 17 33 89 44 Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 5 5 4 5 6 7 2 8 17 Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 80 100 100 83 75 58 33 8 63 Student Graduation and Employment/Placement Rate 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 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 3 YR Aggregate Number of students graduating from program 5 7 4 5 8 13 8 10 31 Student Graduation Rate (%) 62 64 40 75 89 81 73 71 75 Student Employment/Placement 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 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 3 YR Aggregate Number of students Employed as Athletic Trainers 3 4 2 3 3 5 3 5 13 Student Employment Rate as Athletic Trainer (%) 60 57 50 50 38 38 38 50 42 Number of students employed as other 2 2 1 0 2 3 4 0 7 Student Employment Rate as other (%) 40 29 25 0 25 23 50 0 22 Number of students not employed 0 0 1 3 2 4 1 5 10 Student Not Employed Rate (5%) 0 0 25 50 25 31 12 50 32 Student Retention Rate (modified from United States Department of Education): Measures the percentage of students who have been admitted to the professional program who return to the institution to continue their studies the following academic year 2015 (Grad 2019) 2016 (Grad 2020) 2017 (Grad 2021) 3 YR Aggregate 13/16 (81.25%) 11/11 (100%) 9/11 (81.8%) 28/33 (84.8%) Athletic Training Program FeesClick to Open Pre-clinical 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) Criminal Background Check $20 Liability Insurance $17 annually ($51) Clothing (approximate) $400 Shoulder pack/diagnostic tools $100 Transportation $100 (approximate) Faculty Professional ActivitiesClick to Open 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: Nata News-MDAT Head Athletic Trainer at HSU Regarded as Unsung Hero by Peers Prof Honored as Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Student Professional ActivitiesClick to Open 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. Athletic Training Education Mission StatementClick to Open 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. Athletic Training Program Goals and Objectives To provide students desiring to attend a 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. To provide athletic training students with the knowledge, skills, values and abilities to successfully complete all requirements for state licensure and BOC certification. To effectively prepare students to research, critically appraise and appropriately utilize evidence in their clinical problem-solving and decision-making. 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. To provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for students, faculty and preceptors to develop themselves as lifelong learners and patient advocates. Our Students SayClick to Open 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.