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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training.

Sideline support. On-field strength.

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)

Special opportunities

  • 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
  • Join the Athletic Training Student Organization and participate in various leadership and educational opportunities with other students and professionals with similar goals
  • 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

Related Athletic Training Resources

Career opportunities

  • 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

Board of Certification (BOC) Pass Rate

Employers

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

Perspectives

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

Requirements/Curriculum

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

ATR100

Personal Health

3

ATR230

Prevention and Care of Injuries

3

ATR231

Prevention and Care Lab

1

ATR310

Clinical I

2

ATR323

Clinical II

2

ATR325

Therapeutic Modalities

4

ATR326

Therapeutic Modalities Lab

0

ATR330

Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity

4

ATR331

Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity Lab

0

ATR340

Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity

4

ATR341

Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity Lab

0

ATR350

Therapeutic Exercise/Rehabilitation

4

ATR351

Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Lab

0

ATR402

Manual Therapies

4

ATR403

Manual Therapies Lab

0

ATR420

Clinical III

2

ATR423

Clinical IV

2

ATR433

Administration in Athletic Training

2

ATR443

General Medical Conditions and Pharmacology

3

ATR450

Senior Seminar

1

EXS103

Nutrition

3

EXS315

Exercise Technique and Prescription

3

PED104

First Aid and CPR

2

PED205

Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology

3

PED245

Anatomy and Physiology II

3

PED321

Kinesiology

3

PED322

Physiology of Exercise

3

PED405

Measurement and Evaluation

3

Curriculum


Admissions Information

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