Athletic Training Degree (B.S.)

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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).

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.  

Requirements for the Athletic Training Major

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 of Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies 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 Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, 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):
      • MOVP 0102 Introduction to Athletic Training
      • BIOL 0237 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • 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 Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, 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 Movement Science 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 Movement Science, Sports and Leisure Studies 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

      • Scientific Foundations (21 credits)
      • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
      • MOVP 0194 - Musculoskeletal Structure and Function
      • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
      • ** course is required for PE, AT, EXS or can be substituted with MOVP 0203 Motor Development and Behavior for Sports Medicine majors.
      • MOVP 0204 - Kinesiology
      • MOVP 0205 - Physiology of Exercise
      • MOVP 0212 - Concepts of Nutrition
      • MOVP 0215 - Sports and Exercise Psychology
      •  From below, select the courses required by your concentration 
      • Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits; Concentration specific required selection)
      • MOVP 0266 - Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice (Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, and Adventure Education)
      • MOVP 0302 - Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Education (Physical Education)
      • MOVP 0337 - Athletic Training Research and Clinical Decision Making (Athletic Training)
      • Cultural Competence (select 3 credits; Concentration Specific Required Selection)
      • EGST 0260 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology [Note:pre-req EGST 0101/0102] (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Adventure Edu
      • MOVP 0325 - Women and Sport (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Adventure Education)
      • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education (Physical Education)

      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

        • Scientific Foundations
        • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
        • MOVP 0212 - Concepts of Nutrition
        • MOVP 0331 - Sport and Exercise Psychology
        • MOVP 0204 - Kinesiology
        • MOVP 0205 - Physiology of Exercise
        • MOVP 0194 - Musculoskeletal Structure and Function
        • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
        •   
        • Evidence Based Practice
        • MOVP 0337 - Athletic Training Research and Clinical Decision Making
        • EGST 0260 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology

        Required Course List - 42 Credits

        • BIOL 0129 - General Biology I
        • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
        • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
        • MOVP 0102 - Introduction to Athletic Training
        • MOVP 0190 - First Aid and Emergency Care
        • MOVP 0191 - Athletic Training Skills
        • MOVP 0130 - Tapping, Wrapping and Padding
        • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
        • MOVP 0225 - Medical Terminology and Documentation
        • MOVP 0234 - Evaluation of Upper Extremity Injuries
        • MOVP 0235 - Evaluation of Lower Extremity Injuries
        • MOVP 0237 - Athletic Training Clinical Experience
        • MOVP 0323 - Therapeutic Modalities
        • MOVP 0327 - Therapeutic Exercise

        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 are that the student maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall, which must include the following 2 courses:

            • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
            • MOVP 0194 - Musculoskeletal Structure and Function

            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 .