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Program: B.S., Athletic Training

Program Description

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other allied health professionals to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients across age and care continuums. The practice of Athletic Training encompasses prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program. Accredited programs include formal instruction in the above-mentioned areas, as well as clinical education experiences during each of the 5 semesters of the program.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the department.

Program Requirements

The B.S. in Athletic Training has a separate application from the CSUN admissions process. Admission criteria include GPA, observation hours, letters of recommendation and a personal interview with the selection committee. For further information, please go to the Athletic Training major/AT program page located on the Department of Kinesiology website. The AT major/AT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The 2-year AT program provides students with academic and clinical experiences designed to prepare them for the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination and a successful career in the field.

1. Athletic Training Prerequisite Coursework (24 units)

All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the Spring semester in which the student intends to apply to the AT program.

BIOL 101/L General Biology and Lab (3/1) (GE, Natural Sciences)
BIOL 211 Human Anatomy (2)
BIOL 212 Laboratory Studies in Human Anatomy (1)
BIOL 281 Human Physiology (3)
FCS 207 Nutrition for Life (3) (GE, Lifelong Learning)
KIN 337/L Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries and Lab (3/1)
MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4) (GE, Basic Skills-Mathematics)
PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology (3) (GE, Social Sciences)

2. Lower Division Kinesiology Core (6 units)

KIN 200 Foundations of Kinesiology (3)

Kinesiology Movement Courses (3 units)

Choose one course from each of the following categories:
a. Dance

KIN 137A Dance, Ballroom I (1)
KIN 139A Ballet I (1)
KIN 139B Ballet II (1)
KIN 141A Jazz Dance I (1)
KIN 141B Jazz Dance II (1)
KIN 142A Dance, Latin America I (1)
KIN 142B Dance, Latin Dance II (1)
KIN 143 Urban Street Dance (1)
KIN 144A Dance, Modern I (1)

b. Fitness

KIN 125A Fitness for Life (1)
KIN 126A Strength Training (1)
KIN 128 Fitness Walking (1)
KIN 129A Running Conditioning I (1)
KIN 135A Aerobic Dance I (1)
KIN 136A Aqua Aerobics (1)
KIN 147 Pilates (1)
KIN 148 Dance Conditioning and Somatic Practices (1)
KIN 149 Yoga (1)
KIN 177A Swimming for Non-swimmers (1)
KIN 178A Swimming I (1)
KIN 179A Swimming Conditioning (1)

c. Sport

KIN 122A Badminton I (1)
KIN 124A Basketball I (1)
KIN 130A Karate I (1)
KIN 131A Taekwondo (1)
KIN 132A Aikido (1)
KIN 133A Tai Chi Ch’uan (1)
KIN 134 Shaolin Kung Fu (1)
KIN 152A Soccer I (1)
KIN 155A Golf I (1)
KIN 164A Handball I (1)
KIN 172 Ultimate Frisbee (1)
KIN 185A Tennis I (1)
KIN 185B Tennis II (1)
KIN 191A Track and Field I (1)
KIN 195A Volleyball I (1)

3. Upper Division Kinesiology Core Courses (21 units)

KIN 300 Foundations and Analysis of Human Movement (3)
KIN 305 Historical and Philosophical Bases of Kinesiology (4)
KIN 306 Socio-Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (3)
KIN 345/L Biomechanics and Lab (3/1)
KIN 346/L Physiology of Exercise and Lab (3/1)
KIN 377 Motor Learning and Control (3)

4. Upper Division Athletic Training Required Courses (38 units)

5. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.

Total Units in the Major: 89

General Education Units: 31

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


Chair: Konstantinos Vrongistinos
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
(818) 677-3205

Student Learning Outcomes

Athletic Training students will:

  1. Practice professional conduct at all times.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency of athletic training skills.
  3. Perform differential diagnoses for musculoskeletal and general medical conditions.
  4. Synthesize treatment plans for musculoskeletal conditions.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of entry-level content knowledge and clinical reasoning.