Message from the Director:

The West Liberty University Athletic Training Program is proud to announce it is currently in the process of transitioning to a Master’s degree. Part of this transition is a “teach-out” process for remaining Athletic Training students that are currently in the undergraduate program. The University Administration has made the decision not to accept any new students into the AT Program at this time as part of this transition.

However, any prospective student wishing to pursue Athletic Training will be enrolled in the Exercise Physiology Pre-Athletic Training concentration and have the opportunity to complete the Masters of Science in Athletic Training as part of a 3+2 program (Bachelor’s degree Exercise Physiology + Master’s degree Athletic Training) in 5 years. Click here to learn more about the Pre-Athletic Training concentration area and 4-year Plan of Study in Exercise Physiology.

Current Athletic Training students that are “in-program” will not be affected, and they will complete a “teach-out” plan that includes: continuing the curriculum and clinical requirements;  on-time graduation provided the student completes the coursework; and eligibility verification to sit for the BOC examination.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Dr. David R. Hanna PT, MS, ATC

Program Director/Professor

[email protected]

304-336-8547 (o)

304-312-2983 ©

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Mission Statement

The Mission of the WLU Athletic Training Program (ATP) is to graduate a student that demonstrates effective communication and ethical decision making while always considering patient‐centered values.  In addition, the ability to practice and apply for evidence‐based medicine in patient care is vital.  As well as providing a culture of peer mentoring and leadership that builds knowledge, strengthens clinical skill application, and facilitates an environment of continuous learning, while constantly advocating for the profession of athletic training in various healthcare settings.

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BOC Pass Rate Table 2016-2017 2017-20182018-2019 3-Year Aggregate
Number of students graduating from WLU AT program46414
Number of students graduating from WLU AT program that took exam46313
Number of students from WLU AT program that passed the exam on the first attempt 4329
Percentage of students from WLU AT program that passed the exam on the first attempt 100%50%67%69%


Number of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts4329
Percentage of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts 100%50%67%


West Liberty University Athletic Training Program Probation Clarification

On behalf of the Athletic Training Program at West Liberty University, I would like to inform all potential students about the Probation status…

CAATE Standard 11:

  1. Outcomes – BOC Data Analysis

Data Analysis: Programs must meet or exceed a three year aggregate of 70 percent first-time pass rate on the BOC exam.

There are 109 standards, and our program has met all but this one.  Therefore, we are required by the CAATE to display a “probation” disclaimer on our website using a CAATE drafted statement.  The Program is also required to submit and analytical report and and action plan for the future. I encourage anyone with concerns to visit the CAATE website which reveals the accreditation status of all Athletic Training Programs in the country.  This is public information and the Program is complying fully with the CAATE.

The Program has successfully completed this process and is confident the plan will provide compliance in the next review cycle for 2019.  The Program is and will continue to accept eligible students into the Program at the undergraduate level without hesitation.

Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Dr. David R. Hanna, Program Director


The West Liberty University Athletic Training Program  is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective May 20, 2022. The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed. For questions about the Athletic Training major at WLU or the accreditation status listed above, please contact:

Dr. David R. Hanna PT, DPT, MS, ATC

Program Director/Associate Professor

Athletic Training Program