Non-Teacher Certification Majors
This course of study is designed to prepare students for careers as athletic trainers, physical therapists, recreational directors, and coaches. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The student selects a degree without teacher certification or has the option for an area of specialization in EC-12 education. Consult the information for teacher education here for complete information on areas of specialization in EC-12 Physical Education.
Athletic Training Concentration
St. Edward's University offers an academic program by which an individual can qualify to sit for the licensure test administered by the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers through the Texas Department of State Health Services. The board is responsible for granting approval based upon performance on the appropriate examination. The required courses of study and the experiential requirements are delineated below.
State of Texas Athletic Trainers License
To be licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas, an individual must meet the following university and general requirements:
- Hold valid standard First Aid and adult CPR certifications.
- Perform and document 1,800 clock hours of field experience under the direct supervision of a state-licensed athletic trainer. Experience must be completed in five fall and/or spring semesters, with no less than 600 clock hours completed within each academic year (KINE 1151-4157, Practica in Athletic Training).
- Earn a baccalaureate degree.
- Successfully complete the Texas Athletic Trainer Written Examination and the Texas Athletic Trainer Practical Examination and receive subsequent approval of the Board of Athletic Trainers for the state of Texas.
- Complete the following courses at St. Edward's:
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
KINE 1320 Safety and First Aid
KINE 2335 Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries
KINE 2344 Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness
KINE 3334 Musculoskeletal Anatomy
KINE 3347 Evaluation of Athletic Injuries
KINE 3348 Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities
KINE 4337 Exercise Physiology
For more information, refer to the Texas Department of Health Athletic Trainer Licensing website.
Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis
Physical therapy is a health profession whose primary purpose is the promotion of optimal human health and function through the application of scientific principles to identify, prevent, assess, correct or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school systems, nursing homes, public health services, home health agencies, sports clinics, athletic teams, research facilities, private offices and the military.
The major in Kinesiology with a pre-professional program for Physical Therapy provides students with the appropriate academic prerequisites to apply for entrance into graduate Physical Therapy programs in the state of Texas and nationwide. Since schools vary in entrance requirements, students should become familiar with the specific requirements of each program of interest and complete the recommended support courses as electives.