Athletic Training B.S.A.T.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
College Trigonometry 1
Nutrition and Health
Introductory Physics I 2
Major Requirements 60
Research Methods in Kinesiology
Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology
Prevention of Injury and Illness in Athletic Training
Pathology and Care of Athletic Injury and Illness
Structural Kinesiology
Physiological Aspects of Exercise
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
Administrative Principles in Kinesiology
Evaluation of Lower Extremity Injuries
Evaluation of Upper Extremity Injuries
Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training
Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation
General Medical and Pharmacological Issues in Athletic Training
Senior Seminar in Athletic Training
Guided Major Electives
Major Clinical Requirements
Clinical Skills in Athletic Training I
Clinical Skills in Athletic Training II
Clinical Applications in Athletic Training I
Clinical Applications in Athletic Training II
Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training I
Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training II
Select 3 credit hours of Electives
Total Credit Hours124

Note: Athletic Training Majors must complete Fundamentals to include:

Credit Hours
MATH   1112College Trigonometry3
CHEM   1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I4
CHEM   1212KPrinciples of Chemistry II4
PHYS   1111KIntroductory Physics I4

Students not able to complete Fundamentals in Areas A2, D, and F will take these courses as part of their Guided Major Electives and/or as course substitutions in the major program requirements. Students may substitute Calculus I (MATH   1441) and Principles of Physics I (PHYS   2211K)/Principles of Physics II (PHYS   2212K) for Fundamentals with advisor approval.

Program Admission Criteria

Athletic Training major applicants must meet the University entrance requirements as described in the University General Catalog.  All applicants must apply for admission to both the University and the Athletic Training Major.  Once admitted to the University, students should contact the Student Services Center for advisement.  In order to be considered for admission into the Athletic Training major, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements by the application deadline (See the department for application dates):

  1. Attained admission to Georgia Southern University.
  2. Possess a total institution GPA of 2.75 or better on all course work attempted (both transfer course work and work completed at Georgia Southern University are considered).
  3. Completed a minimum of 15 credit hours, and enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during the time of application. Total credit hours must reflect at least 4 credit hours completed from Area D and/or F.
  4. Completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I (KINS   2531)/Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (KINS   2511) and Human Anatomy and Physiology II (KINS   2532)/Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (KINS   2512) with a “C” or better (Completed no later than Summer B term of the application year).
  5. Attained a minimum grade of “C” in all Area D and Area F course work attempted.
  6. Completed, by the deadline, an Application Package that includes the following:
    1. A completed Application Form.
    2. Copies of college transcripts for all work completed to date.
    3. Blood-borne pathogen training. Contact athletic training faculty for information regarding the training session.
    4. Documented observation credit hours in an approved athletic training environment. These credit hours must be documented and signed by a certified athletic trainer. These credit hours must have been accrued within the last year.
    5. A one-page, double-spaced, typed writing sample addressing the following: the single most important attribute for an effective allied health care provider; personal traits or attributes you possess which will allow you to become an effective allied health care provider.
  7. Three letters of recommendation.
  8. Completed a personal interview with the Athletic Training Admission Committee.

Upon Formal Acceptance Into the Program

Students must show proof of the following documents:

  1. Proof of CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid Responding to Emergencies Certification.
  2. Record of annual physical.
  3. Record of immunizations.
  4. Technical standards signed.
  5. Student liability insurance.
  6. Health insurance.
  7. Background check.

All of the Following Requirements Must Be Met for Student Progression in the Program

  1. Students must maintain a total institution GPA of 2.50 or better on all course work.
  2. Students must successfully complete all clinical field experiences related to course content and objectives.
  3. Students must adhere to the ATEP dress code.
  4. Students must provide their own transportation for off campus experiences.
  5. Students must not have been found in violation of the Georgia Southern Student Conduct Code. Students found in violation of the Student Conduct code, may, depending upon the seriousness of the violation, be placed on program probation or dismissed from the program.
  6. Students must not violate the NATA Code of Ethics for practicing athletic trainers. Students found in violation of the Code of Ethics will be dismissed from the program.

Honors in Athletic Training

To graduate with a Honors in Athletic Training, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program; 
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (HONS   4610) over three semesters
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project at the time of graduation;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation

Other Program Requirements

Students are responsible for:

  1. Transportation for off-campus clinical sites.
  2. The purchase of their uniforms.
  3. The cost of a background check.
  4. Maintaining personal health and liability insurance.
  5. Additional expenses may include the cost of professional dues and the Board of Certification Examination.

Transfer Student Admission Into the Athletic Training Major

Prospective students who wish to transfer to Georgia Southern University and pursue a degree in Athletic Training must apply for the program and submit to the same selection process as other candidates. Please refer to application for prerequisites. Acceptance of transfer prerequisite or regular course work is subject to the approval of the Registrar's Office and the Program Director pending review of content (syllabus, course description, etc.). Other courses may be counted toward the degree requirements for Athletic Training; however, every student must take the following courses at Georgia Southern University in order to receive a degree in Athletic Training:

Credit Hours
KINS   2321Clinical Skills in Athletic Training I2
KINS   2322Clinical Skills in Athletic Training II2
KINS   3321Clinical Applications in Athletic Training I2
KINS   3322Clinical Applications in Athletic Training II2
KINS   3330Prevention of Injury and Illness in Athletic Training3
KINS   3331Pathology and Care of Athletic Injury and Illness3
KINS   3541Structural Kinesiology4
KINS   4330Evaluation of Lower Extremity Injuries3
KINS   4331Evaluation of Upper Extremity Injuries3
KINS   4332Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training3
KINS   4333Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation3
KINS   4334General Medical and Pharmacological Issues in Athletic Training3
KINS   4618Senior Seminar in Athletic Training 1
KINS   4721Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training I2
KINS   4722Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training II 2

Clinical experiences obtained outside of Georgia Southern University Athletic Training Education Program will not be accepted.

An athletic trainer is a qualified allied health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with physical activity. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and/or other health care settings. The athletic trainer functions in cooperation with medical personnel, athletic personnel, individuals involved in physical activity, parents, and guardians in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery systems. The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following domains: risk management and injury prevention, pathology of injuries and illnesses, assessment and evaluation, acute care of injury and illness, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, general medical conditions and disabilities, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, psychosocial intervention and referral, health care administration, professional development and responsibilities. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and clinical experience, the athletic trainer is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the domains. For additional information, contact the Department of Health Sciences & Kinesiology, College of Health Professions, 2115 Hollis Building, (912) 478-0200.