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 professional program prepares students for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam and a career as an Athletic Trainer. The Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (caATe) accepted our application for the degree change in December 2016. The newly accredited degree level for the WCU Athletic Training Program is the Master of Science in Athletic Training.