Program Director’s Message
Welcome to the Athletic Training Program at TCU. The Athletic Training Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), is housed in the Department of Kinesiology in the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The academic units and programs represented by Harris College are focused on the mission of enhancing global health through education, scholarship, and innovation with the larger vision of preparing professionals who will go on to transform global health in ways that impact the world. We offer a student-centered experience that prepares competent and confident athletic training professionals with state-of-the art athletic training, academic and simulation facilities, interprofessional education opportunities, and faculty and preceptors who are dedicated to teaching and mentoring our students.
Currently, Athletic Training Students begin their coursework and clinical experiences during their first year in the program as they work toward a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (BSAT) degree. Clinical experiences include TCU Athletics, local high schools, and physical therapy clinics. Students also complete a general medical rotation with our TCU Team Physicians. The program continues to add practice settings to meet the individual needs and professional goals of our students including public safety (police and fire) and the industrial/occupational settings. Our students are very close and work together in class, during clinical education and experiences, and with the Athletic Training Students’ Association (ATSA).
Most of our students pursue a graduate assistant position in athletic training or a related discipline following graduation, while others have gone straight into practice settings including high schools, industrial, and physician offices, or have completed a CAATE Athletic Training Residency Program. The TCU Athletic Training Program has alumni working in various practice settings including professional sports, collegiate/university, secondary school, industrial, and performing arts.
Due to the transition of Athletic Training education to the graduate degree, the program accepted our last cohort into our undergraduate model during the fall of 2019. Moving forward, TCU will be offering two options for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree; a five-year (3+2) program for incoming freshman and a two-year program for students who have already completed their baccalaureate degree. Our graduate curriculum has been approved by the university and we are awaiting approval from our regional accreditor (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) before completing the final steps for transition with our accrediting body (CAATE). We plan to accept our first graduate cohort in the Spring of 2021 with a Summer 2021 start date.
I encourage you to visit campus to discuss your academic goals and learn how TCU can help you reach them. Please contact me at any time to arrange a visit, or should you have any additional questions about the program. I hope to hear from you regarding your potential as an athletic training student at TCU. Go Frogs!
Stephanie Jevas, PhD, LAT, ATC
Director, Athletic Training Program