The 3+2 Accelerated Program provides students with two degrees. A B.S. in Health Science:
Sports Medicine Studies Concentration and an M.S. in Athletic Training.
Twelve credits towards the completion of the B.S. degree will satisfy the first twelve
credits of the M.S. degree requirements at the undergraduate tuition rate.
West Chester University was the 5th accredited program in the entire United States,
first in Pennsylvania (1970); there are currently over 370 accredited programs. This
long standing history assists our students in their professional networking abilities
to obtain employment following graduation.
West Chester University currently ranks first out of 370 programs throughout the country
in the average number of Athletic Training graduates on an annual basis.
The program values the importance of ensuring our students learn from program faculty
not only in the classroom but the clinical setting too. In addition to teaching academic
coursework program faculty work as athletic trainers providing healthcare services
to the inter-collegiate athletic teams and serve as preceptors for students during
on-campus clinical rotations.
The program has a cadaver laboratory for students to learn about human anatomy and
an Athletic Training skills lab with video recording capabilities as well as high
fidelity simulated mannequins to help demonstrate student learning outcomes.
The AT program has 10 dedicated faculty members, 8 faculty members with doctoral degrees
all of whom have a wide array of scholarly interests including: AT Education, Clinical
Reasoning, Heat and Hydration, Osteoarthritis, Socialization, and Sport Psychology.
As part of a student's curriculum they will complete clinical experiences underneath
the supervision of a preceptor in a variety of settings. Because of its' location
and professional network WCU is able to offer students a wide variety of clinical
placements across the life span from adolescence to the elderly including both amateur
and professional athletes.