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Prospective Students
Welcome to Athletic Training Program web page for prospective students. Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to hearing from you. If after reviewing the links on this page you have questions contact, Rebekah Bower, Interim Program Director.

The vision of the WSU AT Program is to provide the opportunity for the student to gain knowledge, skills, experiences, and to develop positive attitudes in working with the physically active injured or ill.

Transfer Students
Transfer students are accepted on a case-by-case basis.  These students must follow the same application process as new students.  The athletic training curriculum is six (6) semesters + internship in duration beginning each fall and spring.  The program is sequential and therefore, cannot be completed in less time. The application deadline is February 1st for the following fall and July 1 for the following spring. 

Program Information & Important Downloads
Program Application
Recommendation Forms
Technical Standards Form
Medical History Form
Physical Exam Form

Estimated Costs
Semester Fees (tuition, room & board, books, etc.)

Professional Association Memberships

OATA/NATA - NATA membership is required by the 2nd year in the program.  Joining the NATA provides OATA membership or students may join OATA directly in year 1.

  • OATA - $75 per year
  • NATA - $95 per year ($90 if pay online)

Financial Aid & Scholarships Links




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Program Information
Application Process
Students interested in athletic training should forward the following information to the Interim Program Director on or before February 1 (fall cohort) or July 1 (spring cohort)

  1. Completed Application Form,
  2. Recommendation Forms (3), one each from the following individuals:
    • A current or former employer/administrator
    • A current or former teacher
    • A certified athletic trainer or coach (if an applicant has not worked with an athletic trainer or coach, he/she may add a 2nd letter from one of the first two categories above)
  3. Typed statement of 250 words or less describing life experiences the applicant brings to WSU's program,
  4. Unofficial high school and college (if applicable) transcripts,
  5. Medical History Form including HBV records,
  6. Proof of current physical,
  7. Signed Technical Standards Form,
  8. Copy of WSU acceptance letter.

Applications will be reviewed by the staff, interviews conducted with qualified individuals, and students notified of admittance into the Athletic Training Program by March 15th (Fall Cohort) or August 15th (Spring Cohort).

 
NOTE: Athletic training students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Current WSU students with GPA under 2.5 will not interviewed or considered for admission.

Selection Criteria

Unfortunately we cannot accept everyone who applies. The criteria we utilize are as follows:

50% Interview Used to determine interest in ATEP, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and commitment to be an athletic trainer
10% Essay Used to determine what unique strengths the candidate would bring to our program
20% Previous grades & test scores Used as a possible predictor of academic success
10% Recommended coursework Alegebra, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology
10% Recommendation forms Used to determine work ethic and ability to work with others

Course Descriptions

ATR 2610 (4 hours) Basic Principles of Athletic Training: This is the first course in a series of three. This will serve as the introductory course in the basic principles, theories and techniques in caring for the physically active.

ATR 2620 (4) Athletic Emergency Care: The recognition and management of athletic emergencies will be the focus of this class. The relationships of other allied health care providers in similar situations will also be discussed and studied.

ATR 3020 (3) Strength and Conditioning Concepts for Athletic Trainers: This course will provide the opportunity to learn and practice various tests and techniques to improve strength, flexibility, power, agility, speed, endurance, body composition, and cardiovascular fitness levels.

ATR 3030 (4) Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training: This course will provide the student with the basic skills necessary to develop a therapeutic exercise program for injuries/conditions of the physically active. (Prerequisite: ATR 261, 284, 262, 286, and HPR 250, 251)

ATR 3600 (3) Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training: This course will involve the study and practical application of therapeutic modalities/medications for the treatment of athletic injuries/conditions of the physically active. Modalities may include superficial heat and cold, hydrotherapy, massage, traction, compression units, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, medications and other modalities, as they become available. (Prerequisite: ATR 261)

ATR 3610 (4) Assessment of Athletic Injuries IThis is the second course in a series of three. This course will emphasize assessment skills for athletic injuries/conditions of the physically active. (Prerequisite: ATR 261)

ATR 3620 (4) Assessment of Athletic Injuries IIThis is the second course in a series of three. This course will emphasize assessment skills for athletic injuries/conditions of the physically active. (Prerequisite: ATR 261)

ATR 4600 (4) Advanced Athletic Training: This is the third course in a series of three. This course focus on advanced athletic training principles, theories and techniques. (Prerequisite: ATR 361)

ATR 4610 (4) Organization & Administration of Athletic Training Programs: This course will emphasize the organization and management of an athletic training facility/program.

ATR 4820(3) Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers: This course is designed to provide phaarmacological information that pertains to the sports medicine care of the physically active.

Clinical Courses:

ATR 2840 (2) Basic Skills in Athletic Training: This is the first clinical/practicum course in a series of ten to meet the competencies of athletic training. The emphasis will be on taping, bandaging, padding and other basic competencies pertaining to the care of the physically active. (Must be taken with ATR 261)

ATR 3840 (3) Lower Body Assessment Skills: This is the fourth clinical/ practicum course in a series of ten to meet the competencies of athletic training. The emphasis will be on lower body injury assessment skills. (Must be taken with ATR 361)

ATR 3850 (3) Upper Body Assessment Skills: This is the fifth clinical/ practicum course in a series of ten to meet the competencies of athletic training. The emphasis will be on upper body injury assessment skills.

ATR 4840 (3) Clinical & Surgical Rotations: This is the seventh clinical/practicum course in a series of ten to meet the competencies of athletic training. The emphasis will be on research, clinical and surgical rotations to expose students to different environments and situations.

ATR 4850 (3) Advanced Rehabilitation Skills: This is the eighth clinical/practicum course in a series of ten to meet the competencies of athletic training. The emphasis will be on advanced rehabilitation techniques and programs.

ATR 4860 (3) Medical Conditions in Athletic Training: This is the ninth clinical/practicum course in a series of ten to meet the competencies of athletic training. The emphasis will be on medical conditions and related basic skills. (Must be taken with ATR 460)

ATR 4870 (10) Athletic Training Internship: This is the tenth clinical/practicum course in a series of ten to meet the competencies of athletic training. A culminating internship for athletic training students in one of the following settings: high school, college, sports medicine clinic, industrial, or professional sports. The student can schedule this internship any semester with the Director of Athletic Training. (Prerequisite: all ATR courses, both content and clinical).

Other Required Courses

PSY 1010 (4) Psychology: The Science of Behavior: Introductory course in basic concepts of psychology.

STT 1600(4) Statistical Concepts: A non-technical introduction to fundamental ideas in statistics.  Statistical ideas are introduced through examples, showing how statistics has helped solve major problems in various fields.

HED 1230 (4) Personal & Community Health: Discussions of personal health problems including basis for mental health, maintenance of health, selection of health services, physical fitness, nutrition, quackery, industrial and home safety, and health of the physically active.

KNH 2500 (4) Basics of Anatomy and Physiology I: This course will cover a general study of anatomy and physiology, correlating both structure and function of the human body.

KNH 2530 (4) Kinesiology: An analysis of muscular interrelationships in basic body movements and principles of mechanics as they relate to fundamental and complex motor skills in physical education activities. (Prerequisites: HPR 250/251 or ANT 201/202 or equivalent).

KNH 2550 (4) Applied Exercise Physiology: Practical applications in exercise physiology for the physical educator, coach, and athletic trainer. Methods of conditioning, training, implementation, and other special considerations included. (Prerequisite: HPR 250/251 or equivalent).

KNH 2620 (3) Nutrition for Fitness and Sports: Nutrient and food energy needs of the individual who is physically active and for the individual who works with the physically active. 

BIO 1010 (2) Medical Terminology: Spelling, recognition, and understanding contemporary specialized medical and scientific vocabulary that is based on the Latin and Greek languages.  Emphasis on terminology of medical sciences.  

CHM 1210/L(4.5) Introduction to Chemistry: Historical approach to the fundamentals of chemistry: composition and structure, properties and transformations of matter.

ANT 2100(5) Human Structure & Function I: Study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered include anatomical terminology, biochemistry, cells, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations, and endocrine system. Laboratory exercised use human material.  

ANT 2120(5) Human Structure & Function II: Study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered include nervous system, special senses, muscular system, and lymphatic system. Laboratory exercises use human materials