Kinesiology (Athletic Training)

The Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training at St. Edward’s prepares you for a career as an athletic trainer, motivating others with the principles of injury prevention and rehabilitation. We emphasize hands-on learning through training in the field.

You’ll study all aspects of human anatomy, physiology and movement. After completing your courses and supervised fieldwork, you’ll be recommended for the test administered by the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Once this process is completed, you’ll be ready to work as an athletic trainer in a variety of settings.

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (Athletic Training)


As a BA in Kinesiology major with an emphasis in Athletic Training, you’ll explore the principles and theories related to fitness and the human body — from the basics of biomechanics to exercise physiology. You’ll learn to diagnose injuries, design rehabilitation plans and fitness regimens, and implement physical therapy techniques.

Most students select this degree with the goal of becoming an athletic trainer or a fitness consultant. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — fully prepares you for your supervised athletic-training internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training and the necessary certification, graduates may work as athletic trainers or fitness consultants with health clubs, hospitals, sports teams, schools and corporations. Advanced degrees are required for careers as nutritionists, occupational or physical therapists, or chiropractors.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training complete core courses, which include Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics, Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities, Evaluation of Athletic Injuries, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport and Kinesiology.

BA in Kinesiology majors with an emphasis in Athletic Training complete supporting courses, which include Biology Principles, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Introduction to Chemistry.

Students are required to participate in six hands-on athletic training practica. Most students complete this internship within the St. Edward’s University athletic department. Other sites include the UT–Austin and Huston-Tillotson athletic departments.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (Athletic Training).


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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