In conjunction with national changes to the Athletic Training Profession, Waynesburg University has transitioned the Athletic Training Program from a Bachelor of Science to a Master of Science degree. Therefore, students interested in becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer through Waynesburg University can do so by enrolling in the Integrated Concurrent 5 Year Program (Exercise Science/Master of Science in Athletic Training).

The profession of athletic training includes injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, wellness protection, immediate and emergency care, organizational and professional health and well‐being. As vital members of a medical team, Certified Athletic Trainers provide immediate care for the physically active who sustain injuries as well as continual care following surgery, rehabilitation, and return to activity. Waynesburg University is committed to the concept that professional education requires rigorous academic preparation that is cultivated by clinical experiences.

Waynesburg University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 23, 2018, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The Athletic Training Program remains accredited by the CAATE with the next accreditation review during the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Mission Statement of the Athletic Training Program (ATP)

The Waynesburg University ATP seeks to prepare Athletic Training Students for successful careers by instilling a comprehensive liberal arts education and in-depth study in Athletic Training. The program provides opportunities for students to achieve balance between academic scholarship and the acquisition of skills necessary for careers in athletic training and health care. The curriculum design provides opportunities for the development, synthesis, and demonstration of cognitive competency and professional behavior. The curriculum is guided by the Athletic Training Educational Competencies established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association along with the Christian principles on which the University was founded. The NATA Code of Ethics guides our efforts to provide the means, inspiration and values that will enable our athletic training students to pursue successful, productive, and compassionate lives of service.

Clinical Field Experience

The purpose of the clinical field experience is to shape students into clinicians who are experts in patient care in a variety of clinical settings. Students will practice their clinical skills under direct supervision of a preceptor, which will enhance communication and critical thinking skills needed to advance in the profession. All preceptors, faculty, and administrators involved in the professional Master of Science Athletic Training Program are committed to the preparation of future Certified Athletic Trainers by equipping them with professional leadership capacity, critical thinking skills, theoretical and practical knowledge, and the psychomotor skills necessary to assume lifelong careers as healthcare professionals.

Integrated Concurrent 5 Year Program

Students who are interested in Athletic Training as a senior in high school, Waynesburg University offers an integrated 5-year Exercise Science to Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.

The integrated 5-year program at Waynesburg University was developed to allow students interested in Athletic Training a direct and efficient route to complete the Athletic Training Program and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam. Undergraduate students will enroll in the Exercise Science Pre-AT Curriculum. The Exercise Science Pre-AT Program provides education in movement and exercise for all individuals and meets the pre-requisite requirements needed for entrance into the Professional Master of Science Athletic Training Program (MSAT) at Waynesburg University. During the student’s junior year, the student will apply for admission into the MSAT Program. Applying to the MSAT program will require transcripts, resume, interview, completion of 50 clinical observation hours, two professional references, and completion of the graduate application.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Integrated Concurrent 5 year program include:

  • Acceptance to Waynesburg University as an undergraduate student declaring Exercise Science as their Major.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Program following the student’s junior year include:

  • Completion of all general education requirements
  • A 3.0 GPA
  • C or above in all pre-requisite courses:
    • Biology with lab
    • Chemistry with lab
    • Physics with lab
    • Statistics
    • Human Anatomy with lab
    • Human Physiology with lab
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Exercise Physiology
  • Completion of graduate application, resume, and two professional references
  • Completion of Clinical Observation Experience
    • Minimum of 50 hours
      • Completed on the "Clinical Observation" form included on the graduate application
    • Must be completed with a qualified Athletic Training Preceptor
      • Must have current BOC credential
      • Must hold current state licensure or registration
  • Interview with Faculty of the MSAT program

Purpose, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose

The purpose of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Waynesburg University is to prepare students for a career in athletic training that leads to the students fulfilling a path of life, leadership, and service with and among others.

Goals

The goal of the ATP is to:

  1. Provide an educational program for students desiring to obtain BOC certification.
  2. Develop competent and confident students entering the profession of Athletic Training as health care providers.
  3. Provide students the ability to practice their knowledge, skills and abilities (via the didactic education) in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of qualified healthcare preceptors.
  4. Incorporate leadership abilities identified within the Christian faith
  5. Prepare students to critically, creatively, and practically think about patient care
  6. Allow students to compete for scholarly awards, scholarships, and grants.

Program/Student Learning Outcomes

The students, upon completion of the ATP, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor competence in the 8 content areas of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies (ATEC). (G1,2,3)
  2. Integrate communication skills, both written and oral, as a health care provider within the larger context of the health care system to be able to work collectively with other allied health care providers. (G2-6)
  3. Assess and construct ethical, moral, and legal behavior as an athletic trainer. (G1-4)
  4. Manage patient care (based on the development of knowledge, clinical experience, critical thinking, and evidence-based decision making) to integrate current technological, innovative, and evidence-based approaches to effectively practice with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings, and with other allied healthcare professionals. (G1-6)
  5. Integrate the Christian tradition/mission to lead a life of leadership, purpose, and service with and among others. (G1,2,3,6,)
  6. Critique and generate research to enhance the quality of care for the healthcare profession, specifically within the athletic training field. (G2-6)

BOC Exam Pass Rate

In order to obtain a certification in athletic training, a student must graduate from an athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The student must also pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination to obtain credentialing to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Information regarding this process is available at www.bocatc.org. The data for graduates from the Waynesburg University Athletic Training Education Program are presented in the table below.

BOC Pass Rate Data

  2015
-2016
2016
-2017
2017
-2018
3 yr
aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 4 4 7 15
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 4 4 7 15
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 2 2 5 9
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 50% 50% 71% 60%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 3 4 7 14
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 75% 100% 100% 93.3%

Source: CAATE