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Program: B.S., Athletic Training

Program Description

Notice: The new accreditation standards for professional programs in athletic training require that the professional degree be offered at the master’s level. As a result, the Athletic Training Program/Major will accept its last cohort for the B.S. in Athletic Training in Spring 2020 and plans to accept the first cohort for the proposed M.S. in Athletic Training in Summer 2022.

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 taxpayer 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 is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

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 (24-30 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 General Biology (3)
BIOL 101L General Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 211 Human Anatomy (2)
BIOL 212 Laboratory Studies in Human Anatomy (1)
BIOL 281 Human Physiology (3)
FCS 207 Nutrition for Life (3)
KIN 337/L Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries and Lab (3/1)
MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)
PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Alternatively, students may take the following courses to fulfill the General Biology and Human Anatomy requirement for the major. This pathway is recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in allied health-related programs, such as physical therapy or medicine.

BIOL 106 Biological Principles I (3)
BIOL 106L Biological Principles I Lab (1)
BIOL 107 Biological Principles II (3)
BIOL 107L Biological Principles II Lab (1)
BIOL 382/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (3/1)
BIOL 383/L Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (3/1)

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 143B Urban Street Dance II (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 123A Archery (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 (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.
18 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: BIOL 101 or BIOL 106 satisfies B2 Life Science; BIOL 101L or BIOL 106L satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 140 satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; KIN 345/L satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; PSY 150 and KIN 306 satisfy D1 Social Sciences; and FCS 207 satisfies E Lifelong Learning and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Total Units in the Major: 89-95

General Education Units: 30

Additional Units: 0-1

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120-125


Department of Kinesiology
Chair: Rosa Angulo-Barroso
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.