Programs of Study
The Athletic Training education program at The University of Tulsa is an undergraduate program that leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. The program is fully accredited by CAATE. Students can begin the athletic training program during the fall of their freshman year. The athletic training major consists of 74 credit hours that focus on competencies within the twelve NATA educational domains:
- Risk management and injury prevention
- Pathology of illness and injuries
- Assessment and evaluation
- Acute care of injury and illness
- 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
The program is designed to provide structured didactic (classroom) and clinical experiences to prepare a student for an entry-level position in athletic training. Didactic courses are sequenced to maximize student learning. "Core" athletic training courses must be taken in sequence (see current degree plan); practicum courses must be taken concurrently with the appropriate didactic course. Students enroll in a clinical experience course that corresponds with specific didactic and practicum courses. The purpose of these courses is to give the students a structured clinical experience, gain clinical experience, complete required proficiency and learning over time evaluations.
Beginning in the fall semester of the freshman year, prospective athletic training students observe in the athletic training room. Following formal admission to the program, which occurs at the conclusion of the fall semester, students begin the sequence of clinical rotations which provide each student with the opportunity to work with approved clinical instructors in a variety of rotations including contact (high risk)/non-contact sports, team/individual sports, male/female sports, upper extremity/lower extremity sports, and general medical.
Athletic training students must earn a 'B' in each ATRG course, except Clinical Experience courses which require a 'C'. In the event that the minimum grade is not earned, the student must repeat the course. Athletic training students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.8 on the 4.0 scale. Any student who falls below this standard or is not making progress in the ATRG courses will be placed on probation for the following semester. A student will be notified of their probation status in a letter from the program director. The letter will also explain the progress that must be made during the subsequent semester in order to be removed from probation. A student will be dismissed from the program if adequate progress is not made. Petition for readmission must be made to the program director. The ATRG Council will make readmission decisions following a formal petition by the student.
Students in the athletic training program can follow several tracks to increase their marketability or to prepare for further schooling:
- Students may obtain a minor in an area of interest (i.e. biology, Spanish, psychology).
- Students may obtain secondary education teacher certification. (This is a double degree and will take 5 years to complete)
- Students may take courses that will serve as prerequisites for graduate school or a professional school (i.e. medical school, physicians assistant, physical therapy).
Each student is assigned an athletic training faculty member as an advisor who will work with the individual in determining the appropriate option based on the interests of the student.