Master of Science
The educational objective of this program is to provide a curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Athletic Training. This degree is designed for students who are interested in careers in Athletic Training or related fields in which this certification and title is applicable. Upon graduating, students will be well versed in the field of Athletic Training, have a working knowledge and skill set based on the competencies set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and be prepared to sit for the National Board of Certification Exam from the (BOC).
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.
First-time freshmen and transfer students wanting to complete a degree in Athletic Training will begin their coursework in Exercise Physiology, Pre-Athletic Training. This undergraduate coursework will ensure students complete all necessary pre-requisite requirements for the MS in Athletic Training.
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Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to provide quality healthcare to a diverse patient population in various healthcare settings.
Outcome 2: Students will understand the roles and responsibilities of an athletic trainer across a variety of health care settings.
Outcome 3: Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret current evidence-based research and apply it to clinical practice.
Outcome 4: Students will be able to communicate effectively to a variety of people in various health care professions.
|BOC Pass Rates||2017-18||2018-19||2019-20||3-Year Aggregate|
|Number of students graduating from WLU AT program||6||4||4||14|
|Number of students graduating from WLU AT program that took exam||6||3||2||11|
|Number of students from WLU AT program that passed the exam on the first attempt||3||2||0||5|
|Percentage of students from WLU AT program that passed the exam on the first attempt||50%||67%||0%||45%|
|Number of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts||3||2||0||5|
|Percentage of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts||50%||67%||0%||45%|
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 please contact: Dr. David R. Hanna PT, DPT, MS, ATC
Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 16% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active..