WSU College of Education Athletic training

The athletic training program at WSU is a rigorous three-year bachelor of science program beginning with a highly competitive admissions policy. Once you are accepted into the program you will have access to some of the highest quality learning opportunities available. If you are interested in the human body, competition, and serving people the profession of athletic training may be for you. The program at WSU is currently accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE).

Athletic training education uses a competency-based approach both in the classroom and clinical setting. Educational content is based on cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill), and affective (professional behaviors) competencies and clinical proficiencies. Due to the availability of clinical experiences, you may NOT be a varsity athlete and an athletic training student.

Become a certified athletic trainer

Certification for athletic training requires the successful completion of a bachelors or masters degree in athletic training from an institution that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and successful completion of the national exam given by the Board of Certification.

Program advantages

  • A staff of 18 certified athletic trainers with a variety of specializations and expertise
  • Knowledgeable academic faculty who love to teach
  • Opportunities to work with Division 1 athletes
  • The athletic training facilities of a division 1 Pac-12 athletic institution
  • Opportunities for research development and presentation
  • Leadership opportunities in the student club and district/national organizations
  • Travel to conventions
  • Clinical partnerships with local physical therapy clinics, high schools, and general medical clinics
  • Clinical partnership with Lewis and Clark State College – annual host of the NAIA World Series
  • Networking with more than 30 medical professionals in the area
  • Personal mentoring


Acceptance to the Athletic Training Program at Washington State University is based on a competitive application process. The application deadline for fall admittance is April 1.The following are required for application:

  • A grade of C or better in Human Anatomy (KINES 262), Techniques in Athletic Training (KINES 267), and First Aid and Emergency Response (KINES 263)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 including the semester of application
  • Typed application form and written responses to Applicant Questions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed technical standards document
  • 20 hours of observation in the WSU athletic training clinic  (see the clinical coordinator for details)

After completion of the application each applicant will be contacted for an interview.

View the application documents »

Transfer students

  • Due to course sequencing and pre-acceptance observation requirements this program requires 7 semesters at WSU including 1 semester prior to admission to the program and 6 semesters after acceptance. Regardless of previous coursework, completion of this program will require 3.5 years.

Clinical education

The Athletic Training Program at WSU includes a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical education. Your clinical assignments will rotate each of six semesters for a well-rounded experience during which you will average 15-20 hours per week. Students will be responsible for purchasing personal professional liability insurance each year.

  • Semester 1: You will have an opportunity to become oriented with all of the athletic training facilities and staff certified athletic trainers as you rotate through assignments with most of the sports offered on campus.
  • Semester 2: You will be assigned a staff certified athletic trainer as a mentor and will gain valuable experience working with the sports to which your mentor is assigned.
  • Semester 3 and 4: These rotations include time spent in a physical therapy clinic, high school, general medical clinic, local NAIA college, and with a faculty researcher. Transportation to and from the off-campus clinical education experiences will be at the students' expense.
  • Semester 5 and 6: Your third year in the program you will be assigned as the senior student to a mentor and assist with the daily responsibilities of providing treatment and care for the teams to which your mentor is assigned as well as gaining familiarity with the administrative duties for which your mentor is responsible.
  • Hosting: Throughout your clinical education you will have opportunities to “host” visiting teams. This includes setting up the sidelines and being available to assist visiting athletic trainers and student-athletes.
  • Other Opportunities: Students may have opportunities to work with special events in the area such as high school state tournaments and the NAIA World Series.


Applications for College of Education scholarships through the College of Education can be found on-line and are due January 31.

The Department of Athletics at WSU also offers four endowed scholarships to students in the athletic training program. They are: the Damien Ficek Memorial Scholarship, the Clifford M Phibbs Excellence Endowment for Sports Medicine, the Anita Preston Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Medicine, and the Dr. Ed and Laura Tingstad Athletic Medicine Endowment.

Career opportunities

Certified Athletic Trainers are allied health care professionals who provide medical services to active populations in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Professional, collegiate and high school athletics
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Hospitals and physicians’ offices
  • Corporate and industrial offices
  • Health clubs
  • The arts

Available facilities

These facilities are available to Athletic Training Program at WSU. To learn more visit the athletics website.

  • Athletic Medicine Treatment Center
  • Cougar Mania Hydrotherapy Facility
  • Smith Gymnasium
  • Physical Education Building
  • Bohler Addition Varsity Weight Room
  • Bohler Gym and Saneholtz Court
  • Hollingberry Field House
  • Outdoor Tennis Center
  • Friel Court in Beasley Coliseum
  • Mooberry Track
  • Gibb Pool
  • Martin Stadium and Athletic Center
  • Bailey-Brayton Field
  • Lower Soccer Field
  • Wawawai Landing
  • Indoor Practice Facility

Affiliated clinical sites

  • WSU Athletic Training Clinic
  • WSU Health and Wellness Services
  • Palouse Medical
  • Lewis and Clark State College
  • Proformance Physical Therapy
  • Summit Physical Therapy
  • Pullman High School
  • Moscow High School
  • Lewiston High School
  • Inland Orthopaedics Clinic
  • University of Idaho Athletic Training