Overview 

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).

Topics Covered 

  • Introduction to Athletic Training 
  • Taping, Padding and Wrapping 
  • Evaluation of Upper/Lower Extremities 
  • General Medical Aspects of Physical Activity 
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Modaltities 
  • Fitness and Rehabilitation for Special Populations 
  • Organization and Administration of Athletic Training 
  • Research and Clinical Decision Making 

Program Highlights

Clinical experience in a variety of settings including on-campus (with our athletic teams) and in the surrounding community (high schools, colleges, universities).

Schedule of Coursework 

Clinical rotations begin during the second academic year. 

Outcomes

Preparation for a career as an athletic trainer in a variety of work settings, including 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)

Admission Requirements

Once in the Sports Medicine and Human Performance Major students must apply to be formally accepted into the program.

  • 120

    Credits

  • 3 YEARS

    Clinical Rotations

Requirements

Requirements for the Athletic Training Major - 69 Credits
About the Program

"Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession." (https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training obtained on 2/2018)

Requirements

All majors in the Department Sports Medicine and Human Performance must complete the twenty-five (25) 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.

Students applying into the Athletic Training Major should expect the following in order to be considered for acceptance into the AT Program:

  • Students must be enrolled in the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance as an Athletic Training Major Preliminary, and must apply for entrance into the program during the second semester of the freshman year.
  • Only students formally accepted in the Athletic Training Program (ATP) may serve as athletic training students and be considered for clinical experience in an athletic training setting.
  • The number of students accepted each year varies in accordance with retention and graduation rates.
  • The ATP is a minimum of 6-semester commitment, and therefore, students are encouraged to apply during their first year.
  • On-campus and off-campus clinical experiences are required, in addition to academic requirements.
  • Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following eligibility requirements and application criteria:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.3
    • Successful completion of 14 academic credit hours
    • Combined GPA of 2.7 in the following two completed courses: (minimum B- in both):
    • Documentation of a current physical examination, including records of immunizations, must be on file in the WSU Health Services.
    • A complete application to the program
Application Materials

There are two ways a student can apply to the Athletic Training Program: 1) Enroll in the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance and then apply into the Athletic Training Program, 2) Apply directly to the Athletic Training Program. Such students will be considered "Pre-admits" until the a) minimum requirements are met, b) application completed, c) interviewed with the athletic training faculty, staff, and upper-level students, and d) have received a letter of acceptance from the Program Director.

Transfer students will be considered on an individual basis. Any courses considered equivalents to the required courses must be presented to the Department Chair and/or Program Director for approval prior to submitting the application. A copy of the course description, syllabus and proof of completion with grade earned are required before the course can be accepted as an equivalent. Athletic training major courses will only be considered equivalent if the course is being transferred from a CAATE Accredited College or University.

In order to progress through the Athletic Training Education Program, students must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the Sports Medicine and Human Performance (SMHP) Core Classes
  • Meet academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn both Intermediate and Advanced Standing in the Movement Science Department, as outlined in the Departmental Bookmarks section.
  • Successfully complete all of the required Athletic Training Courses
  • Meet all of the clinical rotation requirements
  • Meet the program requirements for progression to each Athletic Training level. These requirements are published in the ATP Student Manual published on PLATO.
Requirements for the Movement Science Major - 27 Credits

All majors in the department of Sports Medicine and Human Performance must complete the twenty-seven (27) 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

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 Core Requirements - 27 Credits
Required Course List - 42 Credits
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 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
  • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
  • OR
  • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
  • 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/or scores for the Communcation (reading) and Literacy (writing) portion of the MTEL tests. 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. Student progress towards 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 cadidacy. 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.

Accreditation

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.

Westfield State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.  

CAATE Accredited Program
Athletic Training Club
Members of the Athletic Training Club attend the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Convention annually and bring back valuable hands-on

Advisor

Sports Medicine Club

To provide the students with information concerning the sports medicine field and its various related professions. To allow the students various service learning and civic engagement opportunities through at least one (1) service project and one (1) professional development event each semester.

Advisor

Still have questions?

Program Director: 
Dr. Paul Higgins
phiggins@westfield.ma.edu