No matter the sport, injury is inevitable. When injuries happen, quality care should be inevitable as well. Athletic trainers (ATs) evaluate and treat sports- and activity-related injuries under the supervision of a physician: medical doctor, osteopathic physician or chiropractor. Often times, they’re the first care provider on the scene, running in from the sidelines to check out an injury, from junior sports to college to professional sports.
An athletic trainer's work isn’t restricted to sports. They work for industrial workplaces, in the military, with performing artists, in athletic departments at schools and more.
The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program at William Woods University will prepare you with the skills needed to work in any of these settings. We focus on building strong examination skills focusing on manual (hands-on) evaluation and treatment methods.
Graduates will learn the skills of orthopedic examination, therapeutic interventions and general medical screening—skills necessary to pursue a career in any of our practice settings ranging from the traditional (college, high school) to emerging settings (industrial medicine, performance medicine or as physician extenders).
A program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Gain hands-on experience with William Woods University athletic teams, working one-on-one with dedicated athletes—helping them recover, build strength and prevent future injuries
Enhance your study with internships and training through our own NAIA athletic program through nearby institutions
Take advantage of the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation
Partner with some of the biggest names in sports medicine and rehabilitation
Earn additional certifications to stand out upon entering the job market
Complete training in RockTape and Graston Technique, and upon graduation and licensure as an athletic trainer, be certified in each. These certifications are some of the most prestigious in the industry and better prepare our graduates to increase patient outcomes while also making them marketable candidates in the field
Learn from, and work with, professors who have real-world, sports medicine and clinical training experience, and hold the nation’s highest levels of athletic training certifications
Grasp advanced understanding through innovative coursework, such as Manual Therapy beginning fall 2016, which emphasizes hands-on treatments including massage, myofascial release and joint mobilizations
Follow a prescribed four-year plan that prepares you to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam
Pursue an exciting career as an athletic trainer, working with athletes at varying levels: high school, college and professional
Or, move into a growing approach to athletic training entering a variety of workplaces—ranging from factory settings to major companies such as Nike and Google, who have identified the need for corporate wellness, and have on-site clinics
Find your niche in a specialized area of this workplace setting working with performers
Work in outpatient rehabilitation clinics or as physician extenders for orthopedic surgeons
Earn a teaching certificate and teach classes such as health
Advance, and join the near 70 percent of athletic trainers who hold advanced degrees in athletic training, exercise physiology, physical or occupational therapy, medicine, chiropractic and more— a number that will be increasing as the profession becomes an Entry Level Masters degree by 2022
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William Woods University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.
Effective December 31st, 2016, the William Woods University Athletic Training Education Program has voluntarily withdrawn accreditation of the undergraduate program from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The university will no longer be accepting applicants to the undergraduate athletic training education program. Graduation of the final undergraduate cohort will occur in May 2019.
William Woods University is transitioning to a 5-year Entry-Level Master of Science in Athletic Training program that will also lead to completion of a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in biology. The graduate level program will continue to emphasize hands-on evaluation and treatment methods. The program is currently unaccredited but expected to be accredited by the graduation of the 1st cohort in May 2021.
Our alumni have found careers working all over the country:
Westminster College – Fulton, MO
William Woods University - Fulton, MO
Children’s Hospital of Alabama – Birmingham, AL
Mary Lanning Healthcare System – Hastings, NE
Greenlee Textron – Rockford, IL
BLM Wellness Center – Lacey, WA
My professors in the athletic training program were professional and personable. They took the time to get to know me and my learning style. They have the real-life experience to learn from, in addition to the book knowledge. They have inspired me to continue my education to attain my master's degree while working as a graduate assistant for Peak Performance Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in Columbia, Missouri. I hope to one day inspire and encourage athletic training students in the same manner.
— Myra Belshe, ATC, LAT, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
It's a lot easier to go on job interviews when the entire athletic training faculty is rooting for you, and to do well on those interviews with the hands-on experience and unique education you receive at William Woods. You're not just getting a good education; you're getting a running start on your future with a lot of support, guidance and encouragement from professionals who have already been there.
— Kathryn Buehrle, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 59 core major credits, 200 observation hours, 800 clinical hours under the supervision of a clinical instructor and more.
Courses you may take
This course will provide basic knowledge of current personal health concepts and their application. Students will have the opportunity to discover theoretical and practical perspectives that will affect the quality of life. The students will study potential health problems as well as the steps taken by individual and groups to reduce risk of health problems for individuals, families, and communities.
Prevention and Care of Injuries
Emphasizes the prevention and care of injuries and the use of training room equipment. (Special fee) Prerequisite: PED 205.
Prevention and Care Lab
Lab class taken in conjunction with ATR 230 – Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries. Hands-on learning in basic athletic training techniques. (Prerequisite: PED205)
The Clinical I course is the beginning of the athletic training student's formal clinical experience. (The student is required to complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours under the supervision of a clinical instructor in the traditional athletic training setting.) The emphasis of the course is placed on the development of injury prevention, injury assessment, injury management skills and demonstration of assigned clinical proficiencies.
The Clinical II course is a continuation of the athletic training student's clinical education. The student will be assigned a clinical instructor in the traditional athletic training setting, and is required to complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours. The emphasis for the course will be placed on the continued development of injury management, prevention and rehabilitation skills, communication skills, documentation and administrative skills, and demonstration of assigned clinical proficiencies. Prerequisites: ATR 310
The purpose of this course is to introduce and develop problem solving skills in the use of therapeutic modalities which will include physical agents, manual and mechanical skills. Course content will include both formal lecture and laboratory activities. Required concurrent enrollment in ATR326
Therapeutic Modalities Lab
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR325 Therapeutic Modalities. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques. Required concurrent enrollment in ATR325
Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity
The purpose of this course is to develop a sound knowledge of painful musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Emphasis will include evaluation techniques for head, cervical spine, and upper extremity. The course will include lecture and laboratory experience. Must be taken concurrently ATR 331.
Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity Lab
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR 330 Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques.
Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity
The purpose of this course is to develop sound knowledge of painful musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Emphasis will include evaluation techniques for the lumbar spine, the lower extremity, posture and gait. The course will include both lecture and laboratory experience. Must be taken with ATR341.
Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity Lab
This course is designed to provide the scientific and practical evidence to the application and techniques of therapeutic rehabilitation. The student will have the opportunity to use patient data including history subjective, and objective information to create a plan regarding injuries from head to toe. Students will learn how to follow a physician’s protocol and how to advance through the different stages of healing. As a student in this class, participation will be required in completing and demonstrating different rehabilitation techniques and skills. To be taken with ART 351.
Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Lab
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR 350 Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques.
This course is designed to implement hands-on treatments based on examination findings. Manual therapies are designed to work with the neuromyofascial system to decrease pain while restoring function. This course will cover historical perspective on myofascial techniques and joint mobilizations. The course will also allow for the certification in Graston Technique and Functional Movement Taping through RockTape.
Manual Therapies Lab
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR 402 Manual Therapy. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques.
The Clinical enables the student exposure to complete a minimum of 200 hours in the traditional or non-traditional athletic training setting, under the direction of a clinical instructor. The student will acquire knowledge and skills used in the practice of the athletic training profession. Emphasis will be placed on refining skills in athletic injury prevention, injury management, injury rehabilitation and demonstration of assigned clinical proficiencies. Prerequisites: ATR 323
The Clinical is the culmination of the student athletic trainer's clinical athletic training experience. The student is expected to complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours and demonstrate assigned clinical proficiencies. The student will be assigned to a clinical instructor in either the traditional or clinical athletic training setting. The emphasis of the course is increasing knowledge and refining skills preparing the student for the NATABOC examination. Prerequisites: ATR 420
Administration in Athletic Training
The purpose of this course is to introduce and develop skills in organization, budgeting, and administrative procedures in athletic training and sports medicine settings. Prerequisite: ATR330/331
General Medical Conditions and Pharmacology
This course is designed so that the upper level athletic training student has exposure to the examination of the human body and associated non-orthopedic techniques used in the assessment of athletic injuries. Topics include recognition of general medical conditions and an overview of basic pharmacological principles and medications commonly used to treat illness. Prerequisite: ATR330/331
This portion of the Capstone Experience will focus on preparation for the Senior Assessment and Senior Presentation, self-reflection on career choices and preparation for graduate program and/or career through: resume writing and critique, analysis of the job market and consideration of the perceived match between career plans and academic and personal strengths. In addition, students will begin to prepare for the Board of Certification exam to be taken before or after graduation.
This course will introduce nutrient functions and the effects of various supply/demand states on physical well-being. Discussion will include the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and hydration on performance.
Exercise Technique and Prescription
Properly performed exercise has enormous health benefits. It reduces the risk of many diseases, increases functional capacity, and improves the quality of our lives. In this course you will learn proper aerobic and anaerobic exercise techniques. After learning proper techniques you will learn how to prescribe exercise to varying populations.
First Aid and CPR
This course is designed around the American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED. In this course the student will be educated on proper Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the adult, child and infant. Also, the student will be taught how to identify and care for several sudden illnesses, as well as, proper First Aid techniques and procedures for bodily injuries ranging from minor bleeding to severe musculoskeletal conditions. Upon completion of this course, proper demonstration of skills, and meeting American Red Cross guidelines the student will receive American Red Cross certification in CPR/AED for Adult, Child, and Infant, as well as certification in First Aid. This certification will last for two (2) years. Physical Requirements: The student will also have to perform several skills that will require them to be in a crouched, kneeling, or squatted position for a minimum of five (5) minutes.(Special fee)
Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology
An overview of the human body and how it functions. Emphasis will be placed on skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine and digestive systems.
Anatomy and Physiology II
An overview of the human body and how it functions. Emphasis will be placed on the internal organs and their functions, along with the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine and nervous systems. (Prerequisite: PED205)
An application of mechanical principles to human movement. Prerequisite: PED 205
Physiology of Exercise
This course is designed to study the responses and adaptations of the functions of the human body during muscular exercises. Material is pertinent to teaching, coaching, and individuals interested in exercise.
Measurement and Evaluation
An examination of the various tools of measurement and an analysis of the purposes, values, and limitations of these tools in relation to objectives. Field experience is included.