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Department of Kinesiology

Athletic Training Program Description

The University of Texas at Arlington offers three undergraduate degrees in Athletic Training through its CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP). Athletic Training Students may chose from a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training, or a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with Teacher Certification. The ATEP received initial CAAHEP accreditation in 2003 and is now accredited by CAATE through 2018.

The UT Arlington ATEP has a current enrollment of approximately 50 students (Level II through Level IV).  To be considered for admission, applicants must have a prerequisite course GPA of 2.5 or higher, schedule an advising meeting with the program director, posses a current CPR, AED, and First Aid Card, and meet other CAATE requirements which will be discussed during academic advising.

Once admitted into the program, students will have the opportunity to be placed with experienced clinical instructors in multiple clinical sites throughout the north Texas area.  These settings include: high schools, universities, sports medicine clinics, and professional sport teams.

Graduates from the UT Arlington ATEP have found employment in a variety of settings including: college/university athletics, high schools, and sports medicine clinics.  In addition, UTA graduates have been successful in entering Athletic Training Master’s programs around the nation, along with schools of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs.

What makes the UT Arlington Athletic Training Education Program unique?

  • Experienced faculty and clinical instructors
  • Multiple clinical sites in the Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth areas that athletic training students can experience
  • A dedicated ATEP Teaching/Research Lab devoted to the instruction of athletic training students and sports medicine research
  • Excellent first time taker pass rates on the state licensure exam
  • Diversity of students on campus and in the ATEP
  • Opportunities for students to participate in sports medicine research projects
  • Research interests of the faculty, including concussion diagnosis, assessment, and management, cognitive effects of concussions upon student-athlete learning, exertional heat illness, efficacy of various therapeutic modality protocols, neuromuscular control in rehabilitation, tissue temperature and muscle response to various therapeutic modalities, post-operative pain, critical-thinking and clinical decision-making skills among athletic training students, and the use of standardized patients in athletic training education.
  • A new Special Events Center for the UT Arlington campus which will be over 200,000 square feet and will house a state of the art Athletic Training Room (to open in December 2011) (see http://www.uta.edu/eventcenter/ for more information)
  • The opportunity for students to become involved in the  Maverick Society of Athletic Training Students (MSATS) which provides social programs and community service initiatives each year

Program Statistics

  • ATEP full time faculty: 4 (all with doctoral degrees)
  • UTA Clinical Faculty:  3 (full time), 3 (graduate assistants), 1 (teaching assistant)
  • Approved Clinical Instructors:  45 (area high schools, universities, sports medicine clinics, and professional sport teams)
  • Clinical sites: 27
  • Average enrollment: 25-30
  • Average number of students admitted yearly: 22
  • Average number of students who apply: 40
  • Length of the program of study: 8 semesters
  • Number of credit hours in the degree: 120-129 semester credits (depending on degree plan chosen)

To set up an advising meeting with the ATEP Program Director, email Dr. Paul Krawietz, at: pkrawietz@uta.edu.

The Athletic Training Education Program is divided into four levels. These program phases are described below:

Level I Phase

The Level I Phase is typically completed during the student’s freshmen spring semester at UT Arlington, and includes formal classroom and skill instruction as well as structured skill clinical education experiences in the athletic training setting. The Pre-professional requirements include:

  • KINE 2420 Introduction to Athletic Training (4 credit hours) [Grade of B or better]*
  • KINE 2130 Clinical Practicum I (1 credit hour) [grade of B or better]*
  • Completion/documentation of a minimum of 120 hours of clinical education experience in the UT Arlington athletic training room(s) and/or other approved clinical education sites.**
  • Successful completion/documentation of required athletic training skills with a score of 80% or better.

* Transfer students may complete the Level I coursework and clinical requirements at their current junior or senior college or complete them upon arrival to UT Arlington. Contact Dr. Krawietz to determine what courses and/or clinical hours will be accepted for credits.

** Students must complete all clinical placement prerequisites (Word) in order to be placed in a clinical education rotation.

Level II - IV Phase of Study

The Level II - IV Phase of the program requires a minimum of five semesters of classroom study and structured clinical education. Students must complete a minimum of 1500 hours of clinical education experience during their professional phase of study. Completion of the program requirements will enable students to be eligible for the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam and the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers' Licensing Exam.