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.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (45 CREDIT HOURS):
• Introduction to Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
• Safety and First Aid
• Physical Activity, Recreation and Sports for Special Populations
• Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries
• Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness
• Management of Kinesiology and Sports Programs
• Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics
• Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology and Sports
• Evaluation of Athletic Injuries
• Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities
• Exercise Physiology
• Coaching Theory and Practice
• Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport and Kinesiology
• Practica in Athletic Training (6 times)
V. SUPPORTING COURSES (10 CREDIT HOURS):
• Biology Principles
• Human Anatomy and Physiology I
• Introduction to Chemistry
VI. ELECTIVES (14 CREDIT HOURS):
In addition to the core and supporting courses, students must complete 14 hours of electives.
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
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.