Athletic Training Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements

Four Major Steps:

Complete General Education course work (51 units).

This curriculum is composed of a minimum of 51 units of course work, the majority of courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years will be General Education in nature. For specific information concerning the General Education curriculum, consult the current SJSU Schedule of Classes ("General Education Requirements") or an advisor in the Assessment Office.

Complete the required core curriculum in Kinesiology (25 units).

All Kinesiology students, regardless of their emphasis, must complete the following curriculum. Students must pass all major classes with a grade of C- or better.

Lower Division (3 units):
KIN 70 Introduction to Kinesiology - 3

Upper Division (22 Units):
KIN 155 Exercise Physiology - 3
KIN 158 Biomechanics - 3
KIN 160 History of Sport and Physical Education - 3
or KIN 161 Philosophical Perspectives of Sport - 3
or KIN 164 Sociocultural Perspectives - 3
KIN 165 Motor Development - 3 or
KIN 166 Motor Learning - 3
KIN 175 Measurement and Evaluation - 3
KIN 185 Senior Seminar - 3

KIN *** Activity Courses - 4 (4 courses from 4 of 6 movement areas)

Complete the selected emphasis in Athletic Training (36 units).

Curriculum for Athletic Training Program:

KIN 197A Practicum in Athletic Training I - 1
KIN 197B Practicum in Athletic Training II - 1
KIN 197C Practicum in Athletic Training III - 1
KIN 197D Practicum in Athletic Training IV - 1
KIN 162 Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription - 3
KIN 167 Sport Psychology - 3 or
KIN 168 Psychology of Coaching - 3
KIN 186 Pharmacology in Sports Medicine - 3
KIN 188 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries - 2
KIN 189 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries Lab - 1
KIN 191A Advanced Assessment of Lower Extremity Injuries - 3
KIN 191B Advanced Assessment of Upper Extremity Injuries - 3
KIN 193 Organization andAdministration in Athletic Training - 2
KIN 194 Therapeutic Exercise - 3
KIN 195 Therapeutic Modalities - 3
HS 001 Understanding Your Health - 3 or
HS 104 Community Health Promotion - 3
NuFS 8 Nutrition of the Health Professions - 3 or NuFS 9 Introduction to Human Nutrition - 3

Complete the clinical practicum experience

Requirements for the Athletic Training Program (ATP):

The ATP includes a variety of clinical practicum experiences completed concurrently with the Kinesiology/Athletic Training curriculum coursework. During this time, each athletic training student will sequentially rotate through various established practicum sites.

Experiences gained in the rotational sequence will include all of the following domains of athletic training: 1) injury prevention; 2) recognition and evaluation of injuries; 3) management/treatment and disposition of injuries and illnesses; 4)rehabilitation; 5) organization and administrant of athletic training programs; and 6) education and counseling of athletes, parents, and coaches.

Athletic Training Student (ATS) clinical practicum courses include providing coverage of athletic events, as well as first aid, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer (Preceptor). These experiences may occur in the following settings:

  • NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics: San José State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Stanford University, Menlo College, and Santa Clara University.
  • Community/Junior Colleges: Foothill College
  • Allied Health Care Facilitates: Team Clinic 
  • High Schools: The King's Academy High School, Archbishop Mitty High School, Harker School, Bellarmine College Prep, and Menlo School.
  • Professional Sports: San Jose Sabercats Arena League Football.
  • The sports represented and supported at the affiliated clinical practicum sites include, but are not limited to: Football, Soccer (M/W), Volleyball (M/W), Wrestling, Basketball (M/W), Cross-Country (M/W), Golf (M/W), Tennis (M/W), Baseball, Softball, Swimming (M/W), Water Polo (M/W), Gymnastics (M/W), Diving (M/W), Field Hockey, Lacrosse (W), Crew (M/W).

Practicum Requirements:

Students must complete four athletic training practicum courses - KIN 197A, 197B, 197C, and 197D. Each practicum course requires a minimum of 200 practicum hours in addition to the satisfactory completion of required level-specific competency evaluations. Completing clinical practicum courses requires approximately 12-15 hours per week depending on the semester and clinical practicum requirements. Due to the fact that event and daily schedules vary from site to site and semester to semester, scheduling the rotation of clinical experiences is the responsibility of the Clinical Coordinator for the ATP within the San José State University Department of Kinesiology.

Scheduling of practicum experience hours within the affiliated clinical site/s each semester is the responsibility of the Preceptor and each Athletic Training Student (ATS).

Over the course of 4 semester practicum courses, the ATS will experience upper and lower extremity sports, equipment intensive experiences, men's and women's sports, contact and non-contact sports, as well as a variety of allied health care settings.

Practicum Rotations:

1st/2nd Semesters: KIN 197A (Practicum in Athletic Training I) and KIN 197 B (Practicum in Athletic Training II) ATSs will learn basic skills and have the opportunity to apply classroom theories and practices. ATSs will be assigned in 2, 8-week rotations per semester (4 rotations total) to the Preceptors who work with a variety of athletes and/or patients in a variety of allied health care settings. Practicum hours are organized as follows:

  • ATSs remain with Preceptors and their sport or allied health center for the rotation as assigned.
  • ATSs are reassigned to Preceptors for a new rotation every 8 weeks.
  • ATSs assist with daily practice/event coverage and daily treatment and/or rehabilitation.
  • ATSs may have the opportunity to travel with a team/sport.
  • ATSs hours and experiences at the affiliate practicum site/s may varyconsiderably according to Preceptors/team assignments.

3rd Semester: KIN 197C (Practicum in Athletic Training III) ATSs will continue to build on cognitive, psychomotor, and affective
proficiencies and competencies while engaged in team assignments, clinical rotations, and/or athletic training room coverage. Practicum experiences are organized as follows:

  • ATSs are assigned to Preceptors and should work with more autonomy in that assignment with patients or athletes is overseen by the Preceptors.
  • ATSs have the responsibility of recognizing and assisting in the treatment of individual maladies.
  • ATSs are assigned to an Preceptors for an entire 16 week semester.
  • ATSs assigned to an Preceptors who oversees basketball or gymnastic teams may have to complete their rotation at an affiliated site during their third year in the program (i.e., season begins and ends during mid-semesters).

4th Semester: KIN 197D (Practicum in Athletic Training IV) ATSs will be allowed the time continue to build on more advanced cognitive, psychomotor, and affective proficiencies and competencies while engaged in team assignments, clinical rotations, and/or athletic training room coverage. Practicum experiences are organized as follows:

  • ATSs are assigned to Preceptors and should have appropriate autonomy for an individual in their lastpracticum semester as overseen by the Preceptors.
  • ATSs are responsible for recognizing, evaluating, and treating maladies.
  • ATSs are assigned to Preceptors for an entire 16 week semester.
  • ATSs may have the opportunity to observe orthopedic and/or other surgeries.
  • ATSs have the opportunity to work with the a team physician and orthopedist in injury evaluation,treatment, and rehabilitation including the opportunity to question and participate in decision outcomes for the athlete's injury.

Practicum Evaluations:

The Preceptors affiliated with the Department of Kinesiology and the undergraduate ATP will assess the athletic training students perofmance twice each semester. ATS Progression:

The ATS is expected to meet appropriate deadlines set for each academic year for the completion of proficiencies, competencies, and curriculum responsibilities in the Professional ATP.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the ATP Director, Dr. KyungMo Han at (408) 924-3041 or send email to Thank you for your interest in our ATP.