There are many Athletic Trainer job opportunities and settings available upon graduation such as the following: high schools, clinics, many healthcare settings, graduate schools, colleges, fine arts, armed forces, professional teams, and even physician extenders, which is becoming very popular with Athletic Trainers. Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health-care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches, and parents.
The WLU AT Undergraduate Program is currently not accepting new students at this time as part of the transition process to the Master’s degree. Prospective students (as of April 2020) can enroll in the Exercise Physiology Pre-Athletic Training Concentration and be eligible for the 3+2 program for the Masters of Athletic Training Degree. Please click here for more information on the course sequence for Exercise Physiology. More information on the MSAT from Graduate Studies will be available soon.
No. Students will become certified in CPR and FA during a class they are required to take within the athletic training program curriculum.
Yes. The AT student will work with the academic advisor to ensure prerequisites for postgraduate healthcare professions are completed while majoring in AT. Degrees such as physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, master’s degree’s in health-related fields, can all be pursued with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. It is up to the student, however, to complete all pre-requisites for a given professional degree based on the requirements of a chosen University or College.
AT specific core classes are not offered online; however, some required coursework in the major (Department of Health and Human Performance courses) and general studies requirements do have some offerings online.
Because of the clinical education component of the Athletic Training Program, it is very difficult to work while in this program. Although it is not prohibited, it is very difficult, because of the clinical practicums.
Yes. You may attempt to do both. The program will work with a student-athlete as much as possible regarding clinical hours. However, the student will be responsible to obtain the same amount per clinical practicum as a non-athlete.
No. Athletic Training is a stand-alone, four-year undergraduate degree.
Nothing is required; however, internships can be set up with various settings if a student chooses to. If so, it will be linked to a practicum class. This will occur on a case-by-case basis.
Students must maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA and earn nothing lower than a C in all AT major classes.
Students are required by the CAATE to receive clinical experiences in a variety of settings. The WLU AT program has clinical sites which include local high schools, physical therapy clinics, and a general medical facility, in addition to its own University athletic training rooms. See our clinical sites page for more information.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has mandated all undergraduate Bachelor’s degree Athletic Training Programs submit for the transition to a Master’s degree or drop programs by the year 2026. After 2026, the Athletic Training major will no longer be offered as an undergraduate program (Bachelor’s), only as a graduate program degree (Master’s) for all institutions across the country who complete the transition process.
The WLU Athletic Training Program is currently transitioning to a Master’s degree program pending approval to meet the CAATE transition timeline. The current students in the program will complete the remaining coursework and clinical requirements during the transition period. Please contact the Program Director for more information and any questions related to the Master’s degree transition and the WLU Athletic Training Program.