Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

The undergraduate athletic training major at West Virginia University is a four-year program within the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in the Department of Sports Sciences.  The program is designed to prepare the student to become a professional athletic health care practitioner.  Students may combine athletic training with another major; however, an additional one to two years may be required to complete both areas of study.

The athletic training major at WVU is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  West Virginia is one of 345 institutions in the United States with an accredited undergraduate curriculum.

The program also requires students to complete various clinical experiences in the WVU athletic training rooms, local sports medicine clinics, high schools, and general medical rotation. Upon graduating from the athletic training major, students are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination would allow the successful candidate to seek employment within the high school, college, professional, clinical, military or industrial settings.  Students may also pursue additional education by attending graduate school or enrolling in a health professions program such as physical therapy, physician assistant, or medical school.

Application Requirements

An individual desiring to become an athletic training student must first spend time in the prospective athletic training student (PATS) program by enrolling in and successfully completing ATTR 101.  In order to gain a basic working knowledge of the athletic training profession, PATS complete observation hours in the athletic training rooms in combination with other course requirements.  The application process includes:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Two reference evaluation forms must be submitted
  • An application to the program must be submitted
  • Students must complete a minimum of seventy-five observational hours in the WVU athletic training rooms under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
  • Current enrollment in or successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to making application to the program (BIOL 101/BIOL 103, BIOL 102/BIOL 104; ATTR 101, ATTR 121, ATTR 122; ENGL 101)
  • Students must have a C- grade or better in BIOL 101/103, BIOL 102/104, and ENGL 101, and a grade of B- or better in ATTR 101, 121, and 122 to be considered a viable candidate.

Each student applying to the program will be interviewed in the presence of full-time faculty/staff athletic trainers and the educational graduate assistant.  Selection for admission into the program is based on interviews and other criteria.  These criteria include: academic performance, reference evaluation forms, outside experience, WVU experiences, and a written case study.  Students are eligible to apply to the athletic training program during the spring semester of their first year at WVU.   An average of fifteen students are accepted annually; however, the accepted class size may be greater or less than fifteen students.  The WVU Athletic Training Education Program has established technical standards.  These standards are the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the programs' accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)).  In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be admitted into the program.  Please visit our athletic training website to view these standards.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is required.
GEF 1, 3, 5, 6, & 7 (may vary depending on overlap)15
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Pre-Major Requirements (Minimum GPA of 2.75)
ATTR 101Prospective Athletic Training (Minimum Grade C-)1
ATTR 121Sport Injury Control and Management (Minimum Grade C-)3
ATTR 122Sports Injury Control and Management Lab (Minimum Grade C-)1
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2 - Minimum grade of C-)
4
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8 - Minimum grade of C-)
4
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (Minimum grade of C-)3
Minimum of 75 observation hours are also required.
Major Requirements (Minimum GPA of 2.75)
Minimum grade of C- in all ATTR major required courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHPR 170Health of the Individual3
EXPH 365Exercise Physiology 13
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition3
PATH 300Introduction to Pathology3
PHYS 101Introductory Physics (GEF 8)4
PSIO 441Mechanisms of Body Function4
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
SEP 425Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury3
ATTR 218Gross Anatomy Lab1
ATTR 219Gross Anatomy3
ATTR 220Taping/Bracing and Padding2
ATTR 221Advanced Athletic Training 13
ATTR 222Orthopedic Assessment 13
ATTR 281Athletic Training Practicum 12
ATTR 282Athletic Training Practicum 22
ATTR 301Athletic Training Practicum 32
ATTR 302Athletic Training Practicum 42
ATTR 321Therapeutic Modalities3
ATTR 323Athletic Injury Rehabilitation2
ATTR 324Athletic Injury Rehabilitation 22
ATTR 325Organization & Administration3
ATTR 326Clinical Drug Application1
ATTR 332Orthopedic Assessment 23
ATTR 403Athletic Training Practicum 52
ATTR 404Athletic Training Practicum 62
ATTR 424Athletic Training Senior Seminar (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills and Capstone Requirements)3
ATTR 426Medical Aspects of Athletic Training3
ATTR 427Biomechanics3
Electives (to reach minimum 120 credits for degree)11
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Once accepted into the athletic training program, the student will have a minimum of three years to complete both the clinical and didactic portion of the program.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ATTR 1011ATTR 1213
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
4ATTR 1221
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 8)
4
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3HN&F 1713
WVUE 1911GEF 53
MATH 126A, 126B, 126C, or 128 (GEF 3)Dependent upon MATH Placement exam scores. MATH 128 is a prerequisite for PHYS 101. Students not placing into MATH 128 will need to take additional courses until they are able to take MATH 128.3 
 15 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ATTR 2181ATTR 2213
ATTR 2193ATTR 2822
ATTR 2202ATTR 3323
ATTR 2223ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ATTR 2812SEP 4253
CHPR 1703EXPH 3653
 14 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ATTR 3012ATTR 3022
ATTR 3213ATTR 3242
ATTR 3232ATTR 3253
PSIO 4414ATTR 3261
GEF 73ATTR 4273
Elective3CHEM 115 (GEF 8)4
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ATTR 4032ATTR 4042
ATTR 4243GEF 63
ATTR 4263Electives8
PATH 3003 
PHYS 101 (GEF 8)4 
 15 13
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

Athletic Training

The goal of the program is for students to graduate with the essential skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them to successfully complete the BOC exam and to be able to work successfully in the field of athletic training.

  • Content Knowledge- Students will demonstrate knowledge and disciplinary concepts related to athletic training.
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional knowledge and practice.
  • Programming and Assessment - Students will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills (and best practices) for assessing needs and for designing, implementing and evaluating injury prevention and treatment approaches in a clinical setting.
  •  Professionalism and Ethics - Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, techniques for lifelong learning, and will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to allow them to be successful with regard to working as an athletic training or applying to graduate school and/or professional programs to help advance their careers.
  • Technology - Students will be able to demonstrate the use of different forms of technology to assess skills and provide meaningful feedback.

Courses

ATTR 101. Prospective Athletic Training. 1 Hour.

An introduction to the clinical and educational components of athletic training including observation hours and basic skill acquisition.

ATTR 121. Sport Injury Control and Management. 3 Hours.

Training, conditioning, protection, and other injury prevention measures. First aid, emergency service, and care related to physical education and athletics.

ATTR 122. Sports Injury Control and Management Lab. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Basic skills in athletic conditioning, application of taping and bracing, equipment fitting, record keeping, modality set-up, emergency procedures for athletic- related injuries and the proper management of open wounds. Pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) may differ on regional campuses.

ATTR 218. Gross Anatomy Lab. 1 Hour.

Analysis of gross anatomy and systems of the trunk and extremities; cadaver laboratory experience.

ATTR 219. Gross Anatomy. 3 Hours.

Designed to provide an overview of body systems and gross anatomy of the trunk and extremities.

ATTR 220. Taping/Bracing and Padding. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Practical application of adhesive tape, elastic wraps, and bracing techniques for prevention and protection of athletic injuries to support an athletes return to play.

ATTR 221. Advanced Athletic Training 1. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Designed to provide an in-depth analysis of life-threatening situations and internal injuries associated with athletics.

ATTR 222. Orthopedic Assessment 1. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Designed to provide in-depth analysis of athletic injury mechanisms to the lower extremity; injury recognition, injury evaluation techniques, and muscle isolation techniques.

ATTR 281. Athletic Training Practicum 1. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Structured methods of practical application and evaluation of clinical skills and academic knowledge of athletic training students and their progress through the athletic training program.

ATTR 282. Athletic Training Practicum 2. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Structured methods of practical application and evaluation of clinical skills and academic knowledge of athletic training students and their progress through the athletic training program.

ATTR 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ATTR 301. Athletic Training Practicum 3. 2 Hours.

PR: Junior standing and consent. Structured methods of practical application and evaluation of clinical skills and academic knowledge of athletic training students and their progress through the athletic training program.

ATTR 302. Athletic Training Practicum 4. 2 Hours.

PR: Junior standing and Consent. Structured methods of practical application and evaluation of clinical skills and academic knowledge of athletic training students and their progress through the athletic training program.

ATTR 321. Therapeutic Modalities. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Designed to investigate tissue repair, physiology of hot and cold treatment, therapeutic modalities and pharmacology relevant to athletic injury management.

ATTR 323. Athletic Injury Rehabilitation. 2 Hours.

PR: ATTR 219 and ATTR 221 and ATTR 222 and ATTR 332. Designed for the practical applications of athletic training rehabilitation techniques to the lower extremity.

ATTR 324. Athletic Injury Rehabilitation 2. 2 Hours.

PR: ATTR 219 and ATTR 221 and ATTR 222 and ATTR 323 and ATTR 332. Designed for the practical application of athletic training rehabilitation techniques to the upper extremity.

ATTR 325. Organization & Administration. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Designed to analyze various issues and policies in athletic training relevant to training room administration, liability, drug testing, record keeping, and other selected topics.

ATTR 326. Clinical Drug Application. 1 Hour.

PR: ATTR 321 and ATTR 323. Designed to provide students with the skills to make basic drug application issues and interactions within the athletic training setting.

ATTR 332. Orthopedic Assessment 2. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Designed to provide in-depth analysis of athletic injury mechanics to the upper extremity; injury recognition, injury evaluation techniques, and muscle isolation techniques.

ATTR 403. Athletic Training Practicum 5. 2 Hours.

PR: Senior standing and consent. Structured methods of practical application and evaluation of clinical skills and academic knowledge of athletic training students and their progress through the athletic training program.

ATTR 404. Athletic Training Practicum 6. 2 Hours.

PR: Senior standing and consent. Structured methods of practical application and evaluation of clinical skills and academic knowledge of athletic training students and their progress through the athletic training program.

ATTR 424. Athletic Training Senior Seminar. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Practical application of athletic training techniques.

ATTR 426. Medical Aspects of Athletic Training. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Designed to provide students the exposure to a variety of medical concerns, illnesses, and conditions that may occur within the various clinical settings of athletic training.

ATTR 427. Biomechanics. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Designed to provide in-depth study of normal and abnormal biomechanics of the lower extremity and spine.

ATTR 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

ATTR 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

ATTR 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled couses.

ATTR 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

ATTR 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

ATTR 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

ATTR 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.


Faculty

Associate Professors

  • Michelle Sandrey - Ph.D. (University of Kansas)
    Graduate Program Director
  • Vincent G. Stilger - HSD, ATC (Indiana University)
    Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • Damien Clement - Ph.D. West Virginia University

Adjunct Associate Professor

  • John C. Spiker - M.Ed. (University of Pittsburgh)

Lecturers

  • Greg Dahmer - M.A. (West Virginia University)
  • Patty Hatches - M.S. (West Virginia University)
  • Samantha Young - M.S. (University of Arizona)

Clinical Instructors

  • Brittany Arnold, ATC - M.S. (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Allison Hetrick, ATC - M.Ed. (University of Cincinnati)
  • Amy Hile, ATC - M.A. (University of Connecticut)
  • Randall Meador, ATC - M.S. (West Virginia University)
  • David Kerns, ATC - M.S. (Ohio University)
  • Chris Worrell, ATC - MTA (George Washington)