Page 19 - The Woods Magazine - Summer 2012

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More students than ever before are pursuing
degrees in athletic training at William Woods.
The WWU athletic training education program
has experienced an 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
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.
Nationally 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.”
May graduate
Sara Pinkston
“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.
Students gain experience and acquire
clinical skills in internship and practicum
courses under the supervision of a certified
athletic trainer. Most of the clinical
experiences occur on-campus, but a number
of opportunities are available off-campus,
in such settings as colleges, clinics, and
high schools.
“I’m more confident in my abilities now.
I can go into the training room and have an
injury come in and know pretty much what
I’m doing, with bones, muscles, and
everything,” Pinkston said.
Career Opportunities
Athletic training students are preparing to
work in the areas of prevention and care of
athletic injuries. Career opportunities include
high school faculty and staff, professional
sports athletic training, corporate and
industrial settings, recreation field athletic
training, college faculty and staff, private
clinics, and hospitals.
At WWU, athletic training majors
follow a prescribed course of study in
exercise physiology, kinesiology,
orthopedic and non-orthopedic assessment,
therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation,
therapeutic modalities, nutrition, personal
health, human anatomy, human physiology,
first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
and general psychology.
The athletic training program is housed
in the Center for Human Performance, which
opened in 2002. The facility provides
state-of-the-art care to William Woods student
athletes and, at the same time, enhances the
university’s ability to provide clinical
experiences for athletic training students.
The facility includes two whirlpools, a
metabolic cart that tests cardiovascular fitness,
an electric stimulator machine, an isokinetic
testing machine, an ultrasound machine for
the treatment of injuries, and ice machines to
produce ice to be applied to injuries.
smaller classes lend themselves
to greater instructor/student
interaction in the classroom
and in clinical situations...
-Cindy Robb