The year 2018 marked the 50th year anniversary for the SDSU Athletic Training Program! It was a year of celebration for the many accomplishments and outreach this program has had across the globe. The ripple effect since 1968 is immense! Join us in a journey through time via our 50th anniversary website. Enjoy numerous videos, pictures, and historical timelines. It is an opportunity to connect with alumni and celebrate the multitude of accomplishments and influence!
The San Diego State University Athletic Training Program began with the appointment of Robert J. Moore, PT, ATC as a full-time, tenured Faculty/Athletic Trainer and two athletic training students in September 1968.
September 1969 marked the addition of the first female athletic training student. She became the first woman to gain NATA Certification from SDSU. At this time the Athletic Training Department became co-educational even though there were no varsity women’s sport teams at San Diego State University. At this time, the graduate assistant athletic training position was also established to help care for the athletes.
In the mid 1970’s a Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program was established. This enabled the Athletic Department to add a part-time Assistant Athletic Trainer position and admitted a second female athletic training student intern.
In September 1977, an Emphasis in Athletic Training under the B.A. Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences with-in the Physical Education major was offered. It consisted of 3 athletic training specific courses. The Athletic Training program continued to attract many students due to its reputation of excellence and its co-educational opportunities.
The academic course offerings continued to expand to meet the needs of the growing profession of Athletic Training. In 1992, a B.S. Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences with a Physical Education major and Specialization in Athletic Training was offered with 7 athletic training specific courses. The growth of the academic program included a prosperous climate of mutual support cooperation between the academic and clinical aspects of the program. The athletic training students continued to complete their internship hours at SDSU and four other institutions in the area.
The Athletic Training Specialization became an Emphasis within the Kinesiology major. Becoming an Emphasis gave students more recognition of their focus through documentation of the emphasis on their transcripts.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) granted initial accreditation for the SDSU Athletic Training Program as a BS Degree in Kinesiology with an Athletic Training Emphasis. This program continues the rich clinical experiences along with 12 robust athletic training specific courses.
In accordance with the growth of the athletic training profession and the accreditation requirement, the SDSU Academic Senate approved the induction of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.
The athletic training program underwent its third accreditation review and received continuing accreditation with the new accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE), with its next accreditation review in 2023-2024.
With the athletic training profession’s mandate to transition all athletic training education programs to a master’s level, SDSU received the California State University, Chancellor’s Office approval to start a Master of Science Degree Program in Athletic Training (MSAT). The first MSAT student cohort will begin in May 2022.