Athletic Training, B.S.

Department

Department of Kinesiology

Scott Sailor, Chair
South Gym, Room 112
559.278.2016
www.fresnostate.edu/kinesiology

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Kinesiology - Exercise Science Option, B.S.
BS in Kinesiology - Physical Education Option, B.S.
BS in Athletic Training, B.S.
BS in Kinesiology - Physical Education Blended Option
BS in Kinesiology - Sport Administration, B.S.
CRED in Single Subject Credential - Physical Education
MA in Kinesiology - Exercise Science Option, M.A.
MA in Kinesiology - Sport Psychology Option, M.A.
MA in Kinesiology, M.A.
MA in Kinesiology - Sport Administration Option, M.A.
MN in Sports Coaching, Minor
PREB in Pre-Athletic Training

Courses Offered

The term kinesiology means "the study of movement," and the academic discipline of kinesiology comprises the subdisciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, athletic training and sports medicine, sports administration, physical education, and fitness and health promotion. The overall objective of the programs in kinesiology is to improve the lives of students by providing insight, education, and practical experience in exercise, sport, and physical activity. Programs in kinesiology open doors to relevant and rewarding professional careers.

The Department of Kinesiology is composed of a cohesive, creative, and dynamic group of well-educated faculty with a wealth of practical and professional experience. Students are engaged in educational and clinical research programs and practical experiences which incorporate leading-edge technology and best practices. The curriculum and associated instruction provide a solid foundation for future learning and professional growth. The program incorporates many opportunities for professional certification through prestigious national organizations and governing bodies. Students become experts in exercise, fitness, performance, and wellness.

The Athletic Training Major is designed for students with professional goals in athletic training. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students completing the program may be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The program has high academic and performance standards that include completion of a three-year competency-based clinical education program. California residents are given preference over out-of-state and international students in this and other impacted programs.

The Exercise Science Option provides a comprehensive foundation in the biological, physical, and technological sciences which fully prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in fitness, wellness, health promotion, human performance, and preventive and rehabilitative sciences. Flexible and personalized educational and career development strategies are hallmarks of this program. Exercise science faculty provide instruction and advising that is based upon extensive practical and professional experience.

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Option offers National and State standards-based curricular emphasis in physical education pedagogy, movement development and analysis, teaching strategies, and application of physical activities designed for students with professional goals to teach physical education. The PETE program allows teacher candidates to complete specified unit requirements in General Education and the Physical Education Teacher Education Option. Upon completion of the PETE program, teacher candidates will have access to teaching careers in the K-12 school setting. The PETE program is an accredited program that adheres to the standards outlined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

The undergraduate Sport Administration Option prepares students for entry-level careers in the sport industry and graduate studies in Sport Administration. Students learn a combination of skills related to sport and undergo a strategic career analysis, evaluate their marketability within the sport industry, learn how to differentiate themselves from the competition, network with leading sport personnel and organizations, and develop a career plan and resume -- all while gaining essential hands-on sport industry experience.

Obtaining a Master of Arts is a very effective strategy for career advancement. At the master's level, the Department of Kinesiology offers options in Exercise Science, Sports Administration, and Sport Psychology, and curricular emphases in physical education. There are 13 graduate faculty members in the department. The exercise science and sport psychology labs are fully equipped with research-standard technology. Graduates of this program have achieved remarkable success in professional careers as well as in doctoral programs in prestigious universities.

A degree in kinesiology can lead to very bright career prospects in health care, sports and athletics, education, and other professional avocations.

Activity Classes

The activity program is dynamic, diverse, rewarding, and fun. The focus is on quality experiences in fitness, skill, and personal development. Activity courses are offered in aquatics, dance, individual activities, and team sports. These courses are open to all students, and as many as 8 units of activity classes can be counted toward graduation (12 units for kinesiology majors).

Facilities

The facilities include a gymnasium; 12 tennis courts; a mat/gymnastics facility; a weight/cardio room; two multipurpose/dance rooms; an all-weather track; multi-purpose fields for softball, soccer, football, ultimate Frisbee, and golf; a putting green and associated sand bunkers; a swimming complex; and outdoor basketball courts. Modern, well-equipped instructional and research labs in exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports and exercise psychology, and athletic training are central components of the department.

Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Athletic Training Major

Policies and Procedures for B.S.A.T. Admission. The Department of Kinesiology offers a program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training (BSAT). The degree requires a minimum of 120 semester units. The Athletic Training Program requires four semesters of athletic training and other required courses in addition to the required prerequisite courses. The General Education requirements are the same for all CSU Fresno students.

Students who are enrolled and/or registered in their final semester prior to graduation or have already graduated are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Applicants must meet all criteria for admission to the university and to the athletic training major. Admission to the program is a two-step process: (1) admission to the university and then (2) admission to the Athletic Training major. Only two (2) prerequisites may be in progress at the time of application to the Athletic Training major.

All students who have been admitted to Fresno State, but have not yet been admitted to the Athletic Training Program, will be admitted to the university as "pre-athletic training" students. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the Athletic Training program.

Eligibility to apply to the BSAT

  • Specific health criteria must be met. Students with physical limitations who cannot meet clinical course objectives may be unable to satisfactorily complete the requirements for a B.S. in Athletic Training. Contact the coordinator of the Athletic Training program regarding specific physical requirements.
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75.
  • The following ten (10) prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the first day of classes for the program.

1. G.E. Area A1 (COMM 3, 7, or 8) (3 units)
2. G.E. Area A2 (ENGL 10/ENGL 5B) (3 units)
3. G.E. Area B2 (BIOL 10 or 1A) (3 units)
4. G.E. Area B4* or Statistics
5. G.E. Area E (KINES 32 + KAC) (3 units)
6. Anatomy and Physiology I w/ lab (BIOL 67A) (4 units)
7. Anatomy and Physiology II w/ lab (BIOL 67B) (4 units)
8. Introduction to Athletic Training (KINES 38) (3 units)
9. Pre-Observation in Athletic Training (KINES 43) (1 unit) or completion of at least 200 clinical observation hours in a settings employing a certified athletic trainer.
10. First Responder and Emergency Care (PH 49) (3 units) or Emergency Medical Technician

Total (30 units)
See G.E. list for approved courses.

  • Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum C grade. CR/NC grades are not acceptable except in those courses which are designated CR/NC grading only
  • A GPA of 3.0 is required in the ten prerequisite courses
  • A maximum of two different prerequisite courses may be repeated once to improve grade
  • Online, Web-based, or distance learning science and laboratory courses taken at other institutions must be approved by the athletic training program director.

Applying to the Program/Selection Criteria

The program is on impacted status (i.e., the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the Athletic Training major is very competitive. Only applicants with the highest composite scores in the ten prerequisite courses, who do well on their personal interview score, and with strong professional letters of recommendation will be offered admission. Applicants not selected may reapply each year, but must compete with the entire new applicant pool.

Selection process for the Athletic Training Program:

* Students must submit an Athletic Training Program application.
* Students must submit sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, except for Fresno State.
* Students will be ranked according to overall grade point average (GPA) and GPA in the ten prerequisites courses.
* Letters of recommendation will be reviewed and scored based on specific criteria. Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a certified athletic trainer.
* Composite scores will be calculated from overall GPA + prerequisite course GPA + and letters of recommendation scores.
* Interviews will be granted to applicants with the highest composite scores.
* Interview performance will be reviewed and scored based on specific criteria.
* Interview score will be added to the composite score (see above). Those with the highest scores (beginning with the highest score and in descending order) will be offered admission to the program, until all vacancies are filled.

Students who have been admitted to the major and fail to attend the first day of class, without prior arrangement with the athletic training program director, will be dropped from the major and not considered for future admission.

Application Filing Period

  • Fall Admission Athletic Training Program Application Deadline - February 1, prior to fall admission
  • Cohorts for the athletic training major are only admitted each fall semester. Athletic Training Program applications are available January 1-31 and must be submitted by Feb.1 of each year.
  • University applications are available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply.

* Dates are subject to change. Additional information and applications can be obtained online at http://fresnostate.edu/chhs/kinesiology/undergraduate/athletic-training/ or by calling the athletic training program director at 559.278.2543. The program application includes additional instructions and deadlines. The university application form can be obtained online at http://www.calstate.edu/apply.

Leave of Absence from Athletic Training Program

  • In order to request a leave of absence (LOA), a student must submit the following in writing, to the athletic training program director:
    Dates of the LOA (start and end dates)
    Detailed reason required for the LOA
    Contact information during the time of the LOA
  • Leaves will only be granted to students who have been admitted to the program and have completed at least one semester in the program.
  •  A leave of absence may be granted for up to one year.
  • Students must also meet University requirements for a leave.

Request to return from leave of absence

  • In order to be reinstated into the athletic training program, students must request reinstatement, in writing, to the athletic training program director.
  • Students may be asked to fulfill the following requirements before reinstatement from an LOA is granted:
      Letters of recommendation or clearance to return from involved parties (i.e., counselors, physicians, rehabilitation specialists, financial institutions, etc.)
      Re-enroll in up to 6 units of coursework in order to remediate loss of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Students will only be allowed reinstatement on a space-available basis and must receive permission from the program director in order to enroll in classes. Students will receive written notice of reinstatement to the major.

 

Progression in the major

Criteria for retention, progression, and graduation from the program requires a minimum grade of C in all required major courses and "credit" in courses offered for CR/NC grading only. Required major courses may be repeated only once to achieve a C or credit grade. Any student who must repeat more than two major courses will not be permitted to continue in the major.

Refer to the Student Handbook, Baccalaureate Degree Athletic Training Program, for complete progression and retention policies.

Expenses

Students must be prepared to incur any additional cost such as uniforms, malpractice insurance, health insurance, stethoscopes, course materials, lab fees, etc., and be responsible for their own transportation to clinical facilities. A current CPR certification, a physical examination, and specific immunizations are required. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the students' tenure in the program.

Clinical Facilities

As part of the athletic training program, students are required to complete 1,200 clinical hours, working under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Clinical placements are determined in consultation with the program director, and Fresno State and affiliated clinical staff. A wide variety of clinical placements are available. Placement facilities include Fresno State Athletics, Fresno Pacific University, Sierra Pacific Orthopedic and Spine Center, and several high schools within Fresno County.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements, Athletic Training Major

1. Athletic training requirements (68 units)

Core Program* (15 units)
PH 48 or 49; KINES 38, 43; BIOL 67A, 67B

Major requirements (48 units)
KINES 116, 118, 121, 137, 138A, 138B, 139, 140A, 140B, 141, 142S (4 units); 143A-D (8 units), 163; KINES 180T (Human Structure)

Electives (5 units)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total (120 units)**

**G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. . See advisor for details.

Advising Notes for BSAT

  1. Required major courses may be repeated only once to achieve a C or credit grade.
  2. Any student who must repeat more than two major courses will not be permitted to continue in the major.
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in courses for the athletic training major, except in those courses which are designated CR/NC grading only.
  4. General Education and elective units may be used toward a minor (see departmental minors) or supplemental credential. Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  5. A grade of C or higher in all required coursework is necessary for successful completion of the major. Any course required as a prerequisite must be completed with a grade of C or better before registration in the subsequent course.
  6. Lower-division courses taken at other institutions may be accepted as being equivalent to lower-division requirements in the department. Petitions to have courses accepted should be completed during the first semester in the major.

Faculty

The Department of Kinesiology is composed of a cohesive, creative, and dynamic group of well-educated faculty with a wealth of practical and professional experience. Students are engaged in educational and clinical research programs and practical experiences which incorporate leading-edge technology and best practices. The curriculum and associated instruction provide a solid foundation for future learning and professional growth. The program incorporates many opportunities for professional certification through prestigious national organizations and governing bodies. Students become experts in exercise, fitness, performance, and wellness.

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Roadmap

B.S. in Athletic Training

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Careers

Measuring athletic performance

The term kinesiology means "the study of movement," and the academic discipline of kinesiology comprises the subdisciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, athletic training and sports medicine, sports administration, physical education, and fitness and health promotion. The overall objective of the programs in kinesiology is to improve the lives of students by providing insight, education, and practical experience in exercise, sport, and physical activity. Programs in kinesiology open doors to relevant and rewarding professional careers.

The Department of Kinesiology is composed of a cohesive, creative, and dynamic group of well-educated faculty with a wealth of practical and professional experience. Students are engaged in educational and clinical research programs and practical experiences which incorporate leading-edge technology and best practices. The curriculum and associated instruction provide a solid foundation for future learning and professional growth. The program incorporates many opportunities for professional certification through prestigious national organizations and governing bodies. Students become experts in exercise, fitness, performance, and wellness.

What You Can Do

Kinesiology students move towards careers in teaching, coaching, allied health, athletic training, and/or in the fitness/wellness industry.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Teaching/Pedagogy
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Evaluation of Athletic Injury/Illness
  • Rehabilitation of Athletic Injury/Illness
  • Variety of Activity Classes

What You Can Learn

The Athletic Training Major provides instruction in academic areas designed to prepare students for careers athletic training. Classes include athletic injury/illness evaluation and rehabilitation.

The Exercise Science Option prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in fitness, wellness, health promotion, human performance, and preventive and rehabilitative sciences.

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Option offers National and State standards-based curricular emphasis in physical education pedagogy, movement development and analysis, teaching strategies, and application of physical activities designed for students with professional goals to teach physical education.

The General Option is designed for students interested in professional careers that are not specifically addressed by the other three options in Kinesiology. As such, students select from one of three specialized emphases, including Coaching, Personal Fitness Training, and Sport Administration.

About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004
FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Kinesiology
California State University, Fresno
5275 N. Campus Drive - M/S SG28
Fresno CA 93740-8018

Building/Room:
South Gym 111

Phone/Email:
Phone: (559) 278-2016 
FAX: (559) 278-7010
Email