Athletic Training Program (BSAT)

Aquinas College is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731 3101. This accreditation is indicated by the accompanying CAATE seal. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective in August of 2020. All enrolled students must complete their degree by May of 2020.

>Two-Year Kinesiology Rotation of Courses
*Two year course rotations are not binding and are subject to change

>Four Year Suggested Couse Sequencing

Major Requirements:
Sixty-two (62) credit hours and the senior clinical experience (KN440)

Completion of clinical proficiencies. See the Program Director for further details.

Required prerequisites and course sequencing: Due to the progressive nature in educating a student in the Athletic Training profession, it is imperative for a successful student in this program to adhere to the sequence of courses. A student may not enroll in a course without the required prerequisite. See course descriptions for applicable prerequisites and the AT web page for the current course sequencing.

Required Courses:


  • KN149 Clinical Experience I (1)

    The practical application of skills of taping and bandaging techniques for athletic injury. Open to students in the Athletic Training Program only. Prerequisites: KN158 and KN350 both passed with a “B” or better or permission from the Program Director. 

  • KN158 Health Education—First Aid (3)

    Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course

  • KN200 Surface Anatomy (2)

    This course is designed to introduce prospective allied health professionals to the bones and landmarks, joints and movements, and the muscles of the human body. Offered every year in the fall semester. Prerequisite: None

  • KN249 Clinical Experience II (1)

    Practical application of emergency injury management. Open to students in the Athletic Training Program only. Prerequisites: KN 354 - “B” or better or permission of the instructor. 

  • KN250 Physiology of Exercise (4)

    Study of the physiological responses to exercise and sport. Emphasis on energy expenditure, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and their adaptation to training. Lab required. Offered fall semester for Athletic Training majors and spring semester for Exercise Science majors. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160

  • KN251 Nutrition for Sports Performance (3)

    An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on the role that nutrition plays in the physiological response to exercise in sport. This includes the composition of pre, during and post physical activity meals, the role that nutrients play in performance, disordered eating, and food as an ergogenic aid. Prerequisites: None

  • KN256 Anatomical Kinesiology/Biomechanical Kinesiology (4)

    Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160.

  • KN257 Therapeutic Exercise (2)

    This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic exercise plays in the successful return of athletes to sports. Offered fall semester for Exercise Science majors and spring semester for Athletic Training majors. Prerequisite: KN350

  • KN349A Clinical Education III (1)

    Practical application of skills and clinical evaluation of the lower extremity conditions Only open to students in the Athletic Training Program. Prerequisite: KN365 - “B” or better or permission of the instructor. Offered spring semester only.

  • KN349B Clinical Education III (1)

    Practical application of skills and clinical evaluation of the upper extremity conditions Only open to students in the Athletic Training Program. KN366 - “B” or better or permission of the instructor. Offered fall semester only. 

  • KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/Physical Education (3)

    Organized principles involved in theories of conditioning, prevention of injuries and procedures for handling emergency situations. Includes basic taping, injury recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN200 or equivalent for Athletic Training majors, BY 150 or equivalent for non-AT majors. Additional fees may be required.

  • KN354 Advanced Athletic Training (3)

    Advanced study of athletic injuries with emphasis on pathologies of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. This course will also look at various surgical techniques and emergency skills. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN366 (grade of B or better), permission of Program Director

  • KN356 Therapeutic Modalities (2)

    This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic modalities play in successful return of athletes to sports. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN365, KN257 or permission of instructor.

  • KN357 Integrated Rehabilitation (3) WI

    The goal of this course is to educate students in rehabilitation techniques so that they are able to design treatment plans utilizing both therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercises for all sports injuries. Offered spring semester Prerequisite: KN257, KN356, 365, all with a “B” or better or permission of instructor

  • KN360 Pharmacology and General Medical Conditions (2)

    Course covers the general principles of pharmacology as they relate to the practice of Athletic Training and exercise. Also included are discussions of medical conditions and the effects of exercise on various common medical problems. Offered spring semester odd years. Prerequisite: KN350 - “B” or better or permission of instructor.

  • KN365 Evaluation Procedures I (3)

    Lower extremity muscle and joint testing for evaluation of athletic injuries. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: KN350 - “B” or better or permission from the Program Director

  • KN366 Evaluation Procedures II (3)

    Upper extremity muscle and joint testing for evaluation of athletic injuries. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN365 - “B” or better or permission of the Program Director.

  • KN367 Administration and Psychosocial Aspects for the Allied Health Care Professionals

    Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures,facility planning/logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration of an allied health care facility. This course will also look at ethics, diversity and cultural competence related to health care as well as the psychosocial aspects related to rehabilitation of injury. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN350.

  • KN440 Senior Clinical Experience (SCE) (6-12)

    Practical application of the concepts of the athletic training profession and applied in a real-world clinic setting. The SCE usually is done in an equipment –intensive setting. Only open to students in the Athletic Training program. Prerequisite: Completion of KN357, 354.

  • KN449 Clinical Experience IV (1)

    Practical application and clinical evaluation of skills introduced in the Athletic Training Program in rehabilitation course (KN357). Only open to students in the Athletic Training program.

  • KN460 Athletic Training Capstone (2)

    Course is open to Athletic Training majors in their last semester of the athletic training program. All topics will be covered in a culminating experience in preparation for a career in Athletic Training. Prerequisites: Completion of all other courses in the Athletic Training major. Offered spring semester.

  • BY155 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) NL

    An introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology for nursing and athletic training students. Not applicable toward the biology major or minor. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Offered every fall.

  • BY156 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3)

    A continuation of BY155 the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology for nursing and athletic training students. Not applicable toward the biology major or minor. Three (3) hours lecture/two (2) hours lab. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BY155. Offered every spring. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Biological Science requirement.

  • PG100 Introductory Psychology (3) SS1/SS2

    Psychology as the science of human behavior and experiences; related areas of human functioning; focus on human research; theory and research methods, biological basis of behavior, human development, cognition, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality and abnormal behavior.

  • PG202/SY202 Research Methods (4) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the research process: scientific method, basic nature of research, analysis of major research designs used in lab, field, and natural environment; how to write a research proposal, conduct an experiment, write a research report; lecture and lab. Prerequisite: PG100 or SY101 and SY/CN/PG 151 or equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Social Science General Education requirement.