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 The Department of Kinesiology is the training site and/or testing site for the following certifications:

  •  Athletic Training Licensure
  • Health Fitness Instructor Certification (ACSM)
  • Leadership and Ropes Course Facilitator Training

Athletic Training Licensure

The Athletic Training program of Texas Woman’s University prepares undergraduate students for Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Licensure in Athletic Training.  Through this licensure, an individual may execute the practice of Athletic Training as directed by the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers.  To meet DSHS requirements, students must complete twenty-four (24) hours of combined academic credit from each of the following course areas:  Human Anatomy, Health/Wellness, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Athletic Training and Therapeutic Exercise/Modalities.  In addition to the required coursework, students must complete an 1800-hour clinical internship under the supervision of a Licensed Athletic Trainer.  This clinical experience may be completed in the Texas Woman’s University Athletic Training program or through an affiliated clinical site.  The internship is based upon the academic calendar and must be completed during at least five fall and/or spring semesters while the student is enrolled at TWU.  This is a minimum of three years.  Upon the completion of the baccalaureate degree and the 1800-hour clinical internship, students are eligible to sit for the Texas DSHS State Licensure examination.  For more information regarding Texas State Licensure, visit http://www.dshs.state.tx/at/default.shtm.


It is our goal to assist every Student-Athlete in staying healthy and injury-free.  The Athletic Training Staff, in conjunction with our team of medical professionals, will coordinate the delivery of professional and comprehensive preventative, management and rehabilitation services to all Pioneer Athletes.  Each of our Athletic Training Students is an integral part of our athletic department.  Upon acceptance into our program, all new Athletic Training Students are required to complete a one-semester probationary period before being assigned to an athletic team.  As the student progresses, we provide formal instruction based upon the National Athletic Trainers Association competencies for entry-level Athletic Trainers.  Texas Woman’s University provides its students with a thorough educational experience that will prepare them for a career in Athletic Training in the collegiate, secondary school or public sectors.  For more information about our program, contact Kris Ring.

Health Fitness Instructor Certification

The TWU Department of Kinesiology provides the opportunity to become a certified Health/Fitness Instructor (HFI) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It is expected that once each academic year, the ACSM HFI examination will be offered through the Department of Kinesiology at TWU. There are many organizations currently offering certifications in the fitness industry, however certifications through the ACSM are considered to be the “gold standard” and are highly desirable by potential employers. The Health and Fitness Track is designed primarily for those individuals who provide leadership in programs of a preventive nature for apparently healthy individuals in corporate, commercial, or community settings.

Leadership and Ropes Course Facilitator Training

The Department of Kinesiology is heavily involved in the development of leadership.  One important area that has been instrumental in developing leadership skills is through participation in ropes courses.  For students interested in working in this area the department offers facilitator training for undergraduate and graduate students.  Students can become Certified Challenge Course Facilitators certified by National University Experiential Resources Association (NUERA) in low and/or high ropes courses.  The Department through its collaborative and cross-disciplinary initiatives offers students unique opportunities to develop these skills.  Students interested in becoming certified would enroll in KINS 4003.

The use of ropes/challenge courses and initiative games has gained tremendous popularity in the last 10-15 years, evolving from simple, low ropes elements, to the very safe and sophisticated high-impact challenge courses of today.  The ropes/challenge course provides an invaluable set of tools not only for personal growth and change, but also for professional development, leadership and teambuilding.  Treatment centers, corporations, hospitals, schools, churches, correction facilities, camps, and other organizations across the country have added ropes/challenge courses to enhance their services to youth and adults.  This certification is open to all students in Kinesiology as well as students across the University.

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