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By Brooke Thibodaux, staff writer
March may be better known as March Madness or Women’s History
Month, but William Woods University also celebrated National Athletic
Training Month.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association defines “certified athletic trainer”
as “a unique health care provider who specializes in the prevention,
assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.”
More students than ever before are pursuing degrees in athletic training at
William Woods. The WWU athletic training education program has
experienced a 72 percent increase in declared majors—from 18 to 31
students—just in the past four years.
During the same time, the program has achieved a board of certification
national exam passing rate of 73 percent. Not all graduates choose to sit for
the board of certification exam, but for those who do, the national overall
passing rate is 40.35 percent.
“We have been lucky to have great students come through our program over
the last four to five years,” Anthony Lungstrum, WWU athletic training
education program director, said. “Combine that with great faculty and
clinical instructors, our students not only do well on the national exam, but
also after graduating.”
Lungstrum said this success is due to a combination of several factors.
“We have a separate competitive admissions process before students can be
accepted into the program. In addition, all of our faculty and clinical
instructors have the same goal in mind – to prepare our students to be
successful, not only on the board of certification exam, but
also professionally.”
Cindy Robb, an athletic training instructor at WWU for 10 years, has seen the
program develop from an internship program to an accredited program.
Initially, the program was nationally accredited in 2004 by the Commission of
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is currently
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
(CAATE) until the 2017-2018 academic year.
“The smaller classes lend themselves to greater instructor-student interaction
in the classroom and in clinical situations,” Robb said. “We work hard to
provide quality instruction, hands-on learning and valuable practical
experience under the supervision of accredited instructors.”
Senior Sara Pinkston agrees, “Since your classes are smaller, you get really
close interactions with your teachers. Your clinical rotations are more focused
because you are able to talk directly with your athletic training supervisor.
You really get to know your athletes; it’s not like 17 teams you have to take
care of all at once.”
The program also has made improvements that expand opportunities for
students, such as increasing the number of sites for students to complete
their clinical experiences. The Sloan Orthopedic Clinic in Jefferson City was
recently added as an affiliated clinical site. Lungstrum is also in the process of
establishing an agreement with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
“All of our affiliated clinical sites provide our athletic training students with
real life, hands-on experience in a wide variety of athletic training and allied
health settings,” he said.
Athletic training education program expands, improves
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