Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Overview

photo of students working together in a training room

The baccalaureate program in athletic training (AT) is a separate major within the Department of Kinesiology and Health in the College of Education and Human Services. In order to be eligible to apply to the AT Program, students should be accepted as degree-seeking students at Wright State University.

The Athletic Trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with the physically active. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the sports medicine team.  Athletic trainers work in a wide variety of setting such as high schools, colleges/universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, the military, performing arts, public service and safety, extreme sports, as a physician extender and many other health care settings.

The Wright State AT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2016-17.

Contact Information

Rebekah Bower, M.S., A.T., A.T.C.
135 Wright State Physicians Building
(937) 245-7621
rebekah.bower@wright.edu

Admission

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the WSU Athletic Training Program must have a minimum of a 2.5* CGPA

*After May 2016 the requirements will be: 2.75 CGPA and either an ACT composite of 21 or an SAT composite of 1000.

Admission Process

1

Students interested in athletic training should forward the following information to the Program Director on or before February 1st (for the fall cohort) or July 1 (for the spring cohort).

Please complete and submit the following:

  1. Completed Athletic Training Program Application (PDF)
  2.  Three Recommendation Forms (PDF) (3), one from each of the following individuals: 
    • A current or former employer/administrator
    • A current or former teacher
    • A certified athletic trainer or coach (Please note: if an applicant has not worked with an athletic trainer or coach, he/she may add a 2nd letter from one of the first two categories above)
  3.  Typed statement of 250 words or less describing life experiences the applicant brings to WSU's Athletic Training Program,
  4. Unofficial high school and college (if applicable) transcripts,
  5. Medical History Form (PDF)  including full immunization records
  6. Proof of current physical
  7. Signed Technical Standards Form (PDF)
  8. Copy of WSU acceptance letter 
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Applications will be reviewed by the Athletic Training Program faculty.  Interviews will be conducted with qualified individuals on the WSU campus with Athletic Training Program faculty.  Students will be notified of admittance into the program by March 15th (Fall Cohort) or August 15th (Spring Cohort).

50% Interview Used to determine interest in ATP, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and commitment to be an athletic trainer
10% Essay Used to determine what unique strengths the candidate would bring to our program
20% Previous grades & test scores Used as a possible predictor of academic success
10% Recommended coursework Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology
10% Recommendation forms Used to determine work ethic and ability to work with others

 

NOTE: Athletic training students are required to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5*. Current WSU students with CGPA of less than a 2.5* will not interviewed or considered for admission.

*After May 2016 the requirements will be: 2.75 CGPA and either an ACT composite of 21 or an SAT composite of 1000.

You will be admitted to University College as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

 

Faculty & Staff Directory

Rebekah Bower, M.S., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Kinesiology & Health
Title:
Senior Lecturer, Director of Athletic Training
Address:
Wright State Physicians Bldg, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7621

Carlie Ann Clark, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator of Athletic Training
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7559

Corey James Ellis, MD

Department:
Orthopedic Surgery
Title:
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery & Family Medicine
Address:
Wright State Orthopaedics And, Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7333

Siobhan E. Fagan, M.Ed., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Kinesiology & Health
Title:
Senior Lecturer, Clinical Education Coordinator
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7620

Jason L. Franklin, M.S., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Health
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7551

Adam C. Horseman, M.S., L.A.T., A.T.C

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Athletic Trainer
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7553

Matthew W. Lawless, MD

Department:
Orthopedic Surgery
Title:
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery; Associate Program Director, GSH, Orthopaedic Surgery, BSOM
Address:
Miami Valley Hospital, 30 E Apple St Ste 2200, Dayton, OH 45409-2939
Phone:
937-208-2091

Brad Muse, M.A., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator of Athletic Training
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7558

Jessica Leigh Stanley, MS.Ed., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Athletic Trainer
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Phone:
937-245-7555

Program Outcome

Desired Wright State Athletic Training Program Outcome

Students graduating from the Wright State AT Program will be well prepared to enter the field of athletic training.

Wright State Athletic Training Program Outcome Data

  1. Complete all AT Program coursework with a CGPA of 2.5 or better*
  2. Complete all clinical hours and rotations*
  3. Complete Expectation (skills) Contracts at each level*
  4. Demonstrate progressive satisfactory Professional Development Evaluations*
  5. Pass BOC Examination
      2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Three Year Aggregate
    # of students graduating from program 10 11

    16

    37
    # of students graduating from program who took exam 9 8 16 33
    # of students who passed exam on 1st attempt 8 7 13 28
    % of students who passed exam on 1st attempt (70% min required) 88.89% 87.50% 81.25% 84.84%
    % of students who passed exam on 1st attempt (national pass rate) 82.30% 80.29% 80.65% 81.08%
    # of students who passed exam regardless of # of attempts 9 7 16 32
    % of students who passed exam regardless of # of attempts 100.00% 87.50% 81.25% 86.49%
  6. Secure employment in AT setting, including graduate assistant positions
    1. 2014-15: 19 graduates, (most graduated summer 2015); 7 employed in AT setting - 1 of which is also in graduate school for MBA, 1 in grad school for Sprts Management, 1 in PT school, 2 preparing for the BOC exam in October 2015, 7 interviewing for AT employment
    2. 2013-14: 13 graduates; 8 employed in AT setting, 2 Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers, 1 in OT school, 1 in PT school, 1 applying to medical school
    3. 2012-13: 13 graduates; 9 employed in AT setting, 1 Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, 1 in PA school, 1 student teaching PE/Health
    4. 2011-12: 8 graduates; 6 employed in AT setting=
  7. Complete Alumni Survey. View the 2012-13 Alumni Survey Results (PDF).

*All four are required for graduation from the AT Program so 100% of graduates (2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11) have completed these requirements.

Program News

Summer 2015 - Athletic training program round-up

A lot has happened in a very short period of time, since the calendar turned to 2015.  Here is a brief summary of the events:

  • April 2015 - A new program requirement was instituted for the 2014-15 academic year.  Senior level students are now required to conduct a research project that culminates in a research poster for presentation at the OATA, GLATA, or NATA meetings.  Under the direction of Dr. Scott L. Bruce, Assistant Professor/Director of Research in the WSU Athletic Training Program, eight different research projects were completed.  The student presented their posters are part of the Celebration of Research Day on campus in April.  Below is the bibliography of the studies:
    • Briggerman J, Charles , Hibberd Z, Bruce SL. Injury Rate in Intramural Sports. Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Chambers A, Walker-Gundolff B, Beasley K, Bruce SL. Comparison of Athletic Training Room Facilities and it Relationship to the Percent of Athletes Injured. Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Gustin ML, Schnippel EH, Bruce SL. Association of Biodex Balance of Injury Risk. Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Pontius KS, Bruce SL. Comparison of Post-graduate Placement by Routes to BOC Eligibility. Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Rush JR, Torres MM, Lipscomb KJ, Bruce SL. Reliability of Three Core Muscular Endurance Tests. Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Schroeder KN, Fritz RE, Herbst HA, Bruce SL. Athletic Training Education Program Faculty Scholarship: An Assessment of the Quantity and Quality. Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Swartz KM, Eshbaugh JT, Bruce SL. Comparison of BESS, Biodex Balance System SD, and Sway Balance App Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    • Whip M, Afsarifard L, Bruce SL. Clinical Prediction Model - ImPACT Scores vs. Incidence of Injury. Research Poster presented at Celebration of Research - 2015; April 10, 2015; Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • May 2015 - WSU ATP sent 23 athletic training students to Mason, OH and the Great Wolf Lodge for the 2015 OATA State Meeting and Symposium.  We were able to boast once again that we had the largest attendance of any of the 26 AT Programs in Ohio.  As always Becky and Siobhan were busy with a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities.  Scott Bruce spoke on concussions; his presentation was entitled: Alternative Diagnostic Tools for Concussion Assessment
  • Spring 2015 - Scholarship winners - Leah Afsarifard won the Tony Ortiz Scholarship this past year.  Jared Rush won an NATA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship.  Congratulations to both of the winners.  We are very proud of you.
  • June 2015 - For this years NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium held in St. Louis, MO, in addition to all of the ATP Faculty and several AT Staff members attending, 8 athletic training students were also able to attend meeting.  Scott Bruce took part in a "Rapid Fire" research presentation.  He use a part of his dissertation to generate the research poster for this presentation.  It was entitled: Prediction Modeling for Board of Certification Exam Success for a Graduate Athletic Training Program.
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