West Liberty’s Exercise Physiology program is nationally accredited through the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. The American Society of Exercise Physiologists, the professional organization representing and promoting the profession of exercise physiology, is committed to the professional development of exercise physiology, its advancement, and the credibility of exercise physiologists.Exercise Physiology is the identification of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of health and fitness, rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic diseases and/or disabilities, and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested in athletics, sports training, and human adaptability to acute and chronic exercise.
The Athletic Training program at West Liberty University received full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) on March 11st, 2016. The Athletic Training program met all 109 standards required by CAATE and was awarded 5-year accreditation.
“To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, he or she must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.
Eligibility for the BOC exam is contingent upon completion of a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that must instruct the Competencies within the curriculum” (taken from the National Athletic Trainers Association website).
The Director of Athletic Training program, Dr. David Hanna noted, “The Athletic Training program will begin moving toward a Master’s degree format in the near future. The CAATE requires every program to be a Master’s program by the year 2026.”