216 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
The Department of Sports Medicine, within the College of Health Sciences, has as its primary role the preparation of students for careers in athletic training and related health care fields. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who work collaboratively with physicians. The services provided by ATs are injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation. As part of a sports medicine health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals in the promotion of a safe environment for sport and physical activity.
The Department has been preparing athletic trainers since 1970 and was the fifth accredited program throughout the United States (currently there are over 370 accredited programs) and the first in the state of Pennsylvania. The Department is responsible for offering of several programs:
The Master of Science in Athletic Training program prepares students for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam and a career as an Athletic Trainer. West Chester University is petitioning the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (caATe) to complete a substantive change to create an entry-level Master of Science in Athletic Training program beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year.
The undergraduate athletic training program of West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (caATe). View our 3 year BOC Exam pass rate data (classes of 2014-2016). (updated 9/2016)