Contrary to the name, athletic trainers work with more than just athletes. Athletic trainers, under the direction of a physician, specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses for individuals of all ages and skill levels who are physically active. Their other services consist of emergency care, therapeutic intervention, and rehab. The curriculum for this degree program involves health care administration, anatomy, biology, injury prevention, hands-on clinical experience, first aid and emergency care, physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition.
The job outlook for athletic trainers is expected to grow 30 percent by 2020, which equates to over 5,000 jobs. ATs work in physicians? offices, clinics, hospitals, schools, occupational health departments, and police and fire departments. Although $41,600 was the median salary back in 2010, more than 70 percent of certified ATs hold master?s degrees. To become a certified athletic trainer you must graduate from an accredited athletic training program and then pass the exam administered by the Omaha-based Board of Certification (depending on your state regulations). Graduates should also think about joining the National Athletic Trainers? Association. NATA members can stay abreast of the current athletic trainer trends, have access to continuing education and professional development information, and build their professional networks.
Texas State University offers 2 Athletic Training/Trainer degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 26 Athletic Training/Trainer students graduated with students earning 17 Master's degrees, and 9 Bachelor's degrees.
Texas Lutheran University offers 2 Athletic Training/Trainer degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 5 Athletic Training/Trainer students graduated with students earning 4 Master's degrees, and 1 Bachelor's degree.
University of the Incarnate Word offers 1 Athletic Training/Trainer degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 8 Athletic Training/Trainer students graduated with students earning 8 Bachelor's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Texas State University San Marcos, TX||28 : 1||38,187|
|The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX||45 : 1||48,635|
|Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX||38 : 1||12,323|
|West Texas A & M University Canyon, TX||30 : 1||9,970|
|Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX||15 : 1||5,294|
|Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX||17 : 1||1,476|
|Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX||24 : 1||12,969|
|The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX||20 : 1||51,090|
|Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX||25 : 1||5,969|
|Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX||19 : 1||2,276|
|Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, TX||22 : 1||2,324|
|University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX||26 : 1||8,175|
|Baylor University Waco, TX||16 : 1||18,033|
|Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX||27 : 1||11,452|
|Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX||24 : 1||68,726|
|Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX||15 : 1||11,024|
|Houston Baptist University Houston, TX||27 : 1||3,741|
|Texas A & M University-Commerce Commerce, TX||31 : 1||12,109|
|Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX||18 : 1||1,770|
|East Texas Baptist University Marshall, TX||22 : 1||1,593|