Athletic Training Degree (B.S.)

Why Major In Athletic Training?

Athletic Training Major Student Learning Outcomes
Pass Rates for Board of Certification Exam

Westfield State University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

Commission on AccreditationAthletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is based on the development of specified educational competencies and clinical proficiencies through a combination of formal classroom and clinical instruction and clinical experience. Athletic trainers’ work settings can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial settings, military and law enforcement, and the performing arts (NATA, 2008).

Our athletic training concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and prepares students for the National Athletic Trainer’s Board of Certification Exam.

Requirements for the Athletic Training Major

Requirements for the Athletic Training Major - 69 Credits

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is based on the development of specified educational competencies and clinical proficiencies through a combination of formal classroom and clinical instruction and clinical experience. Athletic trainers’ work settings can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial settings, military and law enforcement, and the performing arts (NATA, 2008)

ATEP Entrance (Acceptance) Requirements

A student wishing to enter the Athletic Training Education Program must be enrolled in the Department of Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, as an Athletic Training major, and must apply for entrance into the Program. Only students formally accepted into the ATEP may serve as athletic training students, gaining clinical experience in an athletic training setting. The number of students accepted each year will vary in accordance with retention and graduation rates. The ATEP is a minimum 6-semester commitment and, therefore, students are encouraged to apply during their first year. On-campus and off-campus clinical experience is required in addition to the academic requirements. Admission to the Program is competitive and based on the following criteria.

Application Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in applying for entrance to the ATEP must meet the following prerequisite requirements:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  2. Successful completion of 14 academic credit hours.
  3. Completion of MOVP 0102 (Introduction to Athletic Training) and BIOL 0237 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I) with a minimum combined GPA of 2.5.
  4. Documentation of a current physical examination, including immunization documentation, on file in WSU Health Services.

Application Materials

Students meeting the eligibility requirements must submit the following materials to be considered for admittance into the ATEP. The application, available from the program Director, contains the information and forms necessary for application.

  1. Completion of a program application.*
  2. Completion of 35 hours of active observation in the WSU ATEP, including 20 hours in the athletic training room and 15 hours at athletic practices or competitions.
  3. Submit a typed journal documenting your observations in the athletic training room and at athletic practices/events.
  4. Submit three favorable recommendations.
  5. Attendance at a minimum of four WSU ATEP approved colloquia.
  6. Copy of First Aid and CPR Certification.
  7. Completion of a Medical History questionnaire, job demands analysis, and musculoskeletal exam.
  8. Submit a signed copy of the Technical Standards for Admission Form.**
  9. Submit a signed copy of the Athletic Training Student Agreement Form
  10. Admission interview. Once the application materials have been completed and are on file in the Program Director’s office, an admission interview with the ATEP Student Selection Committee will be arranged. This committee typically consists of the three members of the program faculty and the three members of the clinical staff. Successful completion of the interview requires a mean score of 2.5.

* The deadline for submission of application materials is April 15th for spring applicants and November 15th for fall applicants. The deadline may be extended for transfer students. All application materials will be kept on file in the student’s portfolio in the program Director’s office.

** Candidates for admission to the ATEP are required to verify they understand and meet the technical standards of the program and its accrediting agency. The technical standards for admission are published in the ATEP Student Manual.

Transfer students will be considered on an individual basis based on college policies explained in the Admission section of the University Bulletin, in addition to courses, clinical education/ experience, and competencies/clinical proficiencies completed at the previous institution. Any courses considered equivalents to the required courses must be presented to the Department chair and/or Program Director for approval prior to application. Bring a copy of the course description, the course syllabus, and proof of your completion with grade for review.

Progression Through the Program

Once accepted into the Athletic Training Education Program, the student will be required to meet the major’s clinical requirements and the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department (outlined below). Progression through the Athletic Training Education program will require the student to complete 3 levels of preparation, each requiring an increasing level of proficiency and responsibility. Specific requirements for progression to each level of the program are published in the ATEP Student Manual.

    Requirements for the Movement Science Major - 29 Credits

    All majors in the department of Movement Science, Sports and Leisure Studies must complete the twenty-nine (29) credits of courses specified below. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the Major Core Classes is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

      Major Core Classes

      • MOVP 0100 - Introduction to Exercise Science
      • MOVP 0105 - Foundations of Movement Science I
      • MOVP 0106 - Foundations of Movement Science II
      • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
      • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
      • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
      • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
      • MOVP 0204 - Kinesiology
      • MOVP 0205 - Physiology of Exercise

      Note:

      In order to progress through the major, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department as outlined in the Professional Development section below.

        Athletic Training Classes - 40 Credits

         

        • MOVP 0102 - Introduction to Athletic Training
        • MOVP 0190 - First Aid and Emergency Care *
        • MOVP 0191 - Athletic Training Skills **
        • MOVP 0212 - Concepts of Nutrition
        • MOVP 0234 - Evaluation of Upper Extremity Injuries
        • MOVP 0235 - Evaluation of Lower Extremity Injuries
        • MOVP 0237 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience **
        • MOVP 0319 - General Medical Aspects of Physical Activity
        • MOVP 0323 - Therapeutic Modalities
        • MOVP 0327 - Therapeutic Exercise
        • MOVP 0328 - Fitness/Rehab for Special Populations
        • MOVP 0334 - Organization and Administration in Athletic Training
        • MOVP 0337 - Athletic Training Research and Clinical Decision Making **^

        Note:

        * The Emergency Medical Technician course, MOVP 0211, may be taken in place of MOVP 0191.

        ** These courses must be taken for two semesters.

        ^ Advanced Standing is required for MOVP 0337, Athletic Training Research and Clinical Decision Making. Additional information regarding the Clinical Experience may be obtained from the Clinical Education Manual available from the ATEP Clinical Coordinator.

          Professional Development Procedures

          In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

            Intermediate Standing

            Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors.

            • Minimum GPA of 2.3 in the following courses:
            • MOVP 0100 - Introduction to Exercise Science
            • MOVP 0105 - Foundations of Movement Science I
            • MOVP 0106 - Foundations of Movement Science II
            • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning or MOVP 203
            • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
            • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
            • Additional Requirements (all Movement Science/Athletic Training majors):Personal Statement Resume First Aid / CPR Certification Membership in a professional organization Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points Two (2) Faculty Recommendations Two (2) examples of best work Additional Requirements (specific to Physical Education concentration):Students must show proof of registration and/ore scores for the Communication (Reading) and Literacy (Writing) portion of the MTEL tests Students must keep a monthly fitness log using a logging system approved by the Coordinator of the Physical Education program Keep a record of competencies met for NASPE standards Students progress toward meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits).  All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher candidacy.   Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.

            Advanced Standing

            Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

            • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major core area (29 credits)
            • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses in the concentration (Placement in the Teaching Practicum requires a 2.8)
            • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
            • Personal Statement
            • Resume
            • First Aid / CPR Certification
            • Membership in a professional organization
            • Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points (in addition to those earned for Intermediate Standing)
            • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department
            • Five (5) samples of best written work
            • Supervising Practitioner Recommendations

            Additional information can be found in the MSSLS Department manual.

              Additional Graduation Requirements

              All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .