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Athletic Training Program Overview

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Our Athletic Training students have great opportunities to be hired into various clinical settings. Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 22.8 percent.

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. They apply protective or injury-preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, and braces. They also develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur on the field. They also work in healthcare facilities, including offices of physical therapists and in hospitals.

This is a five-year program

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) requires all students to graduate from a master’s level athletic training program in order to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam (BOC), which allows a student to become a certified athletic trainer.

Since 2018, any freshman who attends WSU only has the option of completing the Master’s in Athletic Training which is a comprehensive five-year program that requires a student to be at WSU for all five years. The amount of time necessary to complete this for a transfer student may vary. Questions can be directed to the program’s academic advisors.

Job locations of our 2022 MAT graduates
  • University of South Carolina
  • Work Right (workplace wellness)
  • Duke University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Texas A&M University (Corpus Christi)
  • Harvard University
  • SPT – Sports Physical Therapy
  • Fort Bliss (El Paso, TX)
  • Gonzaga University

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