Major Details

Athletic Training B.S.

The major academically prepares students interested in a career as a certified athletic trainer. Upon graduation students will be eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Board of Certification examination. The program encompasses specific coursework in the areas of the sports sciences and athletic training. The program was granted initial CAAHEP accreditation in April 2004.

Students are required to formally apply for acceptance into the major. Traditionally this process will take place during the second semester of the candidate’s freshman year. Students must accumulate 200 hours of observation prior to beginning their clinical courses.

The student will formally accumulate 800 clinical hours under the supervision of a clinical instructor. The majority of the clinical hours will be completed on campus with the opportunity to complete the balance of the clinical hours off campus at an approved clinical site.

Students are required to attend monthly sports medicine seminar as part of their formal clinical education. This aspect of the program allows the student the opportunity to interact and discuss current sports medicine related topics with a variety of allied health professionals.

The major also prepares students for continued study at the graduate level in a variety of areas in the sports sciences, or other allied health field.


The following is an overview of the formal admission policy and procedures:

1. Candidates must be in good academic standing with the university.

2. Candidates must sign an 'Intent to Major' form in the registrar's office.

3. Candidates must meet with the Program Director during the semester they plan to enroll in the program.

4. Current enrollment or completion of the following courses with a 2.5/4.0 GPA: ATR100, PED104, PED205, ATR230, and PSY101.

5. Possess an overall GPA of 2.0/4.0 scale.

6. Letter of Application addressed to the Program Director and screening committee.

7. Names and contact information for two references.

8. Interview by the screening and selection committee.

*Applications for fall admission should be submitted by March 1st.

9. Students not admitted will be notified and advised by the Program Director.

10. Once admitted to the program and prior to clinical the a student must:

A. Comply with the health policy (see below) and submit all supporting documentation.

B. Submit TB test results annually.

C. Submit a signed Technical Standards Policy.

D. Purchase and submit proof of coverage for allied health student liability insurance annually.

E. Submit a copy of current First Aid and "CPR for the professional rescuer" certification.

F. Students admitted to the program are required to consent to a state criminal background check and the Family Care Safety Report. The information is confidential; but is required for clinical placement outside of the university. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student.

G. Transportation from William Woods to clinical sites is the responsibility of the student.

H. Items A,B,D,F and G are the financial responsibility of the student. Failure to comply will exclude the student from the clinical portion of the program until all documentation is complete.


Once admitted to the program, students are responsible to submit the following documentation:

1. Physical examination form signed by a physician. The form shall include an endorsement by the physician that states the student is physically able to meet the requirements of the program. See Technical Standards.

2. Vaccination records including: Rubella, Tetanus, Mumps, Polio, Chicken Pox and HBV vaccination. The student may decline the HBV vaccination, but must have a signed waiver for the vaccine, on file in the Program Director's Office.

3. The physical examination and vaccinations are the financial responsibility of the student. Failure to comply with the health policy will exclude the student from the clinical portion of the program until all documentation is complete.

Clinical Education

Academic Policy

Athletic Training Students must take the following as part of their common studies requirements: PSY 101 (Social Science);MAT 111, MAT 120 or higher levels (Mathematics); BIO 105/106 or BIO 114/115 and CHM 114/115 (Natural Science).

Course List - Total Hours: 56

Course # Course Title Hours
ATR100 Personal Health    3
ATR103 Nutrition    2
ATR230 Prevention and Care of Injuries    2
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
ATR420 Clinical III    2
ATR423 Clinical IV    2
ATR433 Administration in Athletic Training    2
ATR443 General Medical Conditions and Pharmacology    3
EXS315 Exercise Technique and Prescription    3
PED104 First Aid and CPR    2
PED205 Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology    3
PED221 Physiology of Exercise    3
PED245 Anatomy and Physiology II    3
PED321 Kinesiology    3
PED405 Measurement and Evaluation    2

Athletic Training Education Program 4 year Course Sequence


Academic Catalog 2009