Sports Medicine

West Chester University

Carolyn Jimenez, Ph.D., ATC
216 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Department of Sports Medicine

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. Fundamental to such a career is successful completion of the certification examination given by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in the Department of Sports Medicine provides all the prerequisites for the BOC exam. 

Click here to see our 3 year BOC Exam pass rate data (classes of 2012-2014).

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, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

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WCU AT Students and Faculty in London England in May 2014

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

The BS in Athletic Training program at West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our last accreditation was in 2008 and we were re-accredited for 10 years.


The Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Physiology with a Concentration in Athletic Training

The MS in Exercise and Sport Physiology with a concentration in Athletic Training is a post-certification degree program and is offered in collaboration between the Departments of Kinesiology and Sports Medicine.  The program is appropriate for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in athletic training or students with a strong science and/or exercise science background.  The program is a 42 credit, 2 year degree program that mandates the completion of a Master’s thesis.  Coursework includes Cadaver Anatomy (SMD 500 & 501), Orthopedic Surgical Techniques (SMD 595), Seminar in Sports Medicine (SMD 592), Evidence-Based Sports Medicine (SMD 505) as well as Selected Topics in Sports Medicine (SMD 693). For more information about this program, visit the AT concentration page.

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available to students who are BOC credentialed and eligible for Pennsylvania state certification.  Positions are available with West Chester University varsity athletics and local area high schools/colleges.  Assistantships include a full-tuition waiver for 12 credits and yearly stipend of $5,000.  All related graduate fees are the responsibility of the student.  Position notifications are posted on the NATA placement vacancy list.  For more information contact Dr. Katherine Morrison at


Come on out to our

1st Annual Alumni and Friends Speaker Series!!!

The WCU Department of Sports Medicine invites you to attend the first annual alumni and friends speaker series. Our program is rich in its tradition of accomplished professionals. The purpose of this event is to highlight alumni and friends as well as our current students. Please join us to reconnect with fellow colleagues. Proceeds of this event will go to the alumni and friends fund which is used to offset costs and to provide opportunities for networking at professional development events.

2.5 BOC CEUs Available

Thursday, March 26, 2015

6:00pm - 9:00 pm

WCU Alumni & Foundation Center

202 Carter Drive, West Chester, PA  19383

TICKETS:  $50 

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6:00 PM

Poster Session- Current WCU Athletic Training Students

6:45 PM

Welcome Address- Phil Donley

6:50 PM


7:15 PM

Rose Schmieg, '85
"Athletic Training Education: Positioning programs for possibilities in a changing healthcare market"

8:00 PM

Vincent Hudson, '83
"Challenges and Opportunities the Affordable Care Act Creates for Athletic Training"

8:45 PM

Panel Discussion/Q&A

9:00 PM

Closing Remarks- Phil Donley


Vincent Hudson, PhD, DPT, MBA, ATC, has been rehabilitating sports injuries for 28 years. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for OAA Orthopaedic Specialists in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has worked with professional athletes in the NBA, NFL and MLB, including serving as Team Physical Therapist for the Orlando Magic and as a consultant with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Phillies.

Rose Schmieg, DHSc, MS, PT, ATC has been working with the physically active for 30 years. She currently serves as the program director of Shenandoah University's entry level masters in athletic training program. She has served as the director of the Physical Therapy Department at Shenandoah. In addition to her current program director position, she serves as the program director for the university's certificate program in performing arts medicine. This certificate is the first one to be offered throughout the country.

WCU College of Health Sciences is recognized by the BOC to offer continuing education for certified athletic trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum 2.5 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified athletic trainers should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.

This program includes content at the essential and advanced level in the five domains of athletic training.


****4th Annual WCU AT Golf Outing! ****

4th Annual Golf Outing: Sunday April 26, 2014

9am Shotgun Scramble Tourament

Ingleside Golf Course, Thorndale, PA

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A special thank you to Alum Brett Phelan for

his 2014 Tournament Sponsorship!


"The Wrap" 2014 AT Newsletter

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Check out our AT Newsletter "The Wrap" that recaps the outstanding 2014 Fall Semester!!!