Pre-Athletic Training

The DBU Pre-AT Program equips students for athletic training school in a variety of ways:


Determining Your Calling to Athletic Training 

DBU professors and advisors want to come alongside you as you determine your calling to athletic training. Whether it is helping you think through how your gifts can be used or where the Lord might be leading you, we are here to help.


Preparing You Academically for Athletic Training

Learn the foundational skills needed to thrive in athletic training. Students will leave DBU with the knowledge needed to do well in post-grad athletic training programs.


Preparing You Personally and Professionally for Athletic Training

Connect with other students on similar career paths and network as you learn together. Take advantage of real-world experience through internship opportunities and other shadowing programs.  


Preparing You for national certification and licensure in Athletic Training

Through the pre-athletic training program at DBU, students are given the tools needed to set them up for success in gaining national certification and licensure. Students will receive personalized guidance from their advisor to help them make decisions such as where to continue their education in pursuit of athletic training.

DBU Pre-Athletic Training Advisor

Office: Ebby Halliday 

Dr. Adam Ross

Chair, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Kinesiology

Dr. Ross serves as the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, as well as the Director and advisor of the BS Health Sciences and BA/BS Kinesiology degrees. Dr. Ross has 12 years of professional experience in the world of athletic performance development working for Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Baylor University, the Houston Astros Baseball Organization, Florida State University and Dallas Baptist University.

DBU Pre-AT Alumni Profiles


Courtney Bland

DBU Class of 2015

Texas Health Sciences Center Class of 2017

I transferred to DBU as a sophomore after completing my freshman year at a community college in Houston. God made it very evident that DBU would soon become home. My time at DBU was invaluable. I had the opportunity to get plugged into Student Life organizations, intimate class settings, and experience unique proficiencies that I would not have had the chance to partake in at a Division I university. I initially wanted to become a physical therapist and had accumulated hundreds of observation hours in every PT setting except sports medicine. I applied and became a student athletic trainer during my senior year, which changed the trajectory of my career path entirely. Working with the student-athletes daily granted the opportunity to cultivate relationships and walk alongside them before, during, and after injury. I remember vividly the Lord’s confirmation when I applied for the Master’s of Athletic Training program at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. My time and experiences at DBU prepared me for that next step in becoming an allied health care provider. My professors genuinely cared about my future and who I was apart from academia. I was inspired, invested in, and spiritually mentored by many. God’s provision would no sooner direct me back to DBU as the Head Women’s Athletic Trainer after graduating from TTHSC in 2017. I am currently entering my fourth year in this role, overseeing all women’s sports but primarily working with women’s soccer, as well as teaching in the Kinesiology department. After graduating and experiencing other institutions, I cannot imagine doing this vocation anywhere else. I have planted deep roots here and plan to start a family here. I currently reside in Mansfield, attend Creekwood church, coach at a local CrossFit gym, am a mountain bike enthusiast, enjoy time with family and friends, and love being on the water any chance I get. 

Pre-Athletic Training Concentration

The degree in Health Sciences is offered by the Department of Kinesiology through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The purpose of the Health Sciences Program is to serve as a degree that is focused on pre-professional preparation for entrance into graduate programs. This program, specifically through an identified area of concentration, will help students recognize and meet specific entrance requirements for health-related degree programs at the master's or doctoral level. Students should meet with their advisor to discuss their concentration and steps after graduation.

Through the BS Health Sciences degree program at Dallas Baptist University, along with many degrees, students have the opportunity to gain practical experiences through both for credit and not for credit internship and observation experiences. Students are able to meet with their advisors to find a location that best fits their professional pursuits, location, and personal interest. These experiential learning opportunities are critical to the development and execution of many of the skills, abilities, and dispositions that will be required to be a successful student at the next level as well as a successful professional once you enter the field.

Athletic training is a profession that incorporates the prevention, examination, diagnosis, immediate treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions among an athletic population (, 2020). Athletic trainers are a group of highly trained and qualified individuals that are categorized as multi-skilled health care professionals due to their role in numerous situations such as prevention of injury and illness, immediate care of injured athletes, and the rehabilitation of that athlete from a range of injuries and dysfunctions among many others. The path to becoming an Athletic Trainer currently requires at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited athletic training program, however, after the start of the Fall 2022 term, requirements will be increased to a Master’s degree requirement from an accredited program. Along with holding this degree, individuals pursuing a career in Athletic Training will also need to pursue national certification and licensure (state-dependent). With an expected job growth rate of 16% through 2029 and an average median salary of $48,440 (, 2020), this is certainly an expanding field where you can exercise your calling to serve others through human movement and rehabilitation. For more information on this profession follow the links below.

Although Dallas Baptist University will not be your final stop on your journey to becoming an Athletic Trainer, we are well-equipped to provide you everything you will need in order to feel confident as you apply to a newly required Master of Athletic Training degree program during your final semesters of your undergraduate preparation.

Further Advanced Degree Preparation

As you pursue your undergraduate degree, it would be wise to focus on building tools to prepare you for applying to your advanced degree program. Graduate school applications, more specifically, applications for Master of Athletic Training programs often focus on following components:

  • Academic Record (GPA and Pre-Requisites)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Observation Hours and Experiential Learning
  • GRE Score

Pre-Requisite Courses

While admission to a Master of Athletic Training program does not require applicants to hold a specific degree or come from a specific major, there are many pre-requisite courses that are needed in order to meet entry requirements and set yourself apart as a qualified candidate. To aid in your preparation for applying to your advanced level athletic training program, DBU has a directed BS in Health Sciences degree that has a concentration in Pre-Athletic Training aiming to provide a Christ-centered education as you complete your pre-requisites and earn your undergraduate degree. It is to be noted that many schools require an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 with a minimum grade requirement in pre-requisite courses.

Observation Hours and Experiential Learning

As you pursue a career in athletic training it is of great importance to gain relevant and realistic information about the profession through structured experiential learning. Many Master of Athletic Training programs requires observation experiences as part of their admissions process. In order to best prepare you for this requirement, DBU makes a dedicated effort to connect you with qualified individuals to observe, intern under, and serve with during your required internship experience. Certified Athletic Trainers with whom you might work serve in many different settings including high schools, higher education, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, performing arts, military, and many more.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States. This population growth brings a great need in many career fields, one of which is careers in health science-related disciplines. Studying health sciences in the DFW area creates an excellent opportunity for experiential learning through volunteering, scheduled observation hours, or structured internship programming. All of these are critical to the Dallas Baptist University Health Sciences degree programming and your successful application to terminal degree programs as you seek to serve in the field of Athletic Training. The BS in Health Sciences degree at Dallas Baptist University has an intentional approach to experiential learning as we have practical experience built into your course requirements. In your pursuit of this degree, you will find yourself living, learning, and serving in one of the most dynamic areas in the United States as you prepare to act out God’s call for your life.