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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.
Rebekah Bower, M.S., A.T., A.T.C.
135 Wright State Physicians Building
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
- Complete all AT Program coursework with a CGPA of 2.5 or better*
- Complete all clinical hours and rotations*
- Complete Expectation (skills) Contracts at each level*
- Demonstrate progressive satisfactory Professional Development Evaluations*
- Pass BOC Examination
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Three Year Aggregate # of students graduating from program 13 18
46 # of students graduating from program who took exam 12 15 15 42 # of students who passed exam on 1st attempt 9 14 14 37 % of students who passed exam on 1st attempt (70% min required) 75.0% 93.3% 93.3% 88.1% % 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 11 14 15 40 % of students who passed exam regardless of # of attempts 91.7% 93.3% 100.0% 95.2%
- Secure employment in AT setting, including graduate assistant positions
- 2014-15: 20 graduates, (most graduated summer 2015); 15 employed in AT setting (1 of which is also in graduate school for MBA; 1 in graduate school for Sports Management), 1 in PT school, 2 preparing for the BOC exam in January/February 2016, 2 interviewing for AT employment
- 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
- 2012-13: 13 graduates; 9 employed in AT setting, 1 Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, 1 in PA school, 1 student teaching PE/Health
- 2011-12: 8 graduates; 6 employed in AT setting
- Complete Alumni Survey. View the 2013-14 Alumni Survey Results (PDF).
*All four are required for graduation from the AT Program so 100% of graduates (2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13) have completed these 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.
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:
- Completed Athletic Training Program Application (PDF)
- 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)
- Typed statement of 250 words or less describing life experiences the applicant brings to WSU's Athletic Training Program,
- Unofficial high school and college (if applicable) transcripts,
- Medical History Form (PDF) including full immunization records
- Proof of current physical
- Signed Technical Standards Form (PDF)
- Copy of WSU acceptance letter
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.
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October 2015 - Kevin Swartz, Athletic Training Student/Cross Country runner featured on the WSU Newsroom
It is not uncommon in undergraduate athletic training programs like ours here at WSU that there may be a student or two who happen to also be student-athletes. Kevin Swartz is one of those students. There is a feature article on Kevin and his fellow Cross Country running wife, Jessica, from the WSU Newsroom. You can find the article by clicking HERE! Best wishes to the newlyweds!
October 2015 - 18th Annual Sports Medicine Conference
An enthusiastic group of young would be athletic training students attended the 18th Annual Sports Medicine Conference held on campus. This conference was for high school students who are interested in athletic training and sports medicine. Many of the students were accompanied by their parents. The students learned how to evaluate and rehabilitate injuries to help them in their efforts as athletic trainer aides in their high schools. Parents learned about Wright State and how to navigate the maze of college selection.
September 2015 - Tony Ortiz Athletic Training Scholarship Award made
Senior athletic training student, Erin Poston, was selected as the winner of the 2015-2016 Tony Ortiz Athletic Training Scholarship. Congratulations to Erin! A well-earned, well-desrved honor!
September 2015 - Brian Anderson from the Institute for Collegiate Sports Medicine visit WSU ATP
Mr. Brian Anderson from the Institute for Collegiate Sports Medicine visited Wright State recently. Although Brian was only on campus for less than 24 hours a lot was accomplished. Brian had discussions with the ATP faculty and students about a fund raiser for Athletic Training Student Organization. Look for more information coming soon, but we will be making EKG and echocardiogram testing available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the WSU ATP. Your insurance will be billed and a portion of the money collected come back to the Athletic Training Student Organization.
The fund raiser ties in quite nicely with an opportunity Brian sponsors a study abroad opportunity. The trip takes place over Spring Break 2016 and this years trips is the Greek (both ancient and modern) Influences on Sports and Sports Medicine. Several of our students have expressed a strong desire to go on this trip. Funds raised from the cardiac testing fund raiser will be applied to the cost of the trip which will help to decrease the overall costs to the students. Although nothing has been determined yet, AT faculty also have an opportunity to make this trip. (Becky will probably pull rank and keep Siobhan and Scott at home!)
Finally, Brian made a formal presentation to the students entitled, Eating that Frog: Time Management for Students. He offered them several good nuggets of information and tips to help them manage their time.
September 2015 - Athletic Training Research Projects for the 2015-16 Academic Year
The Athletic Training Program has 11 research projects underway this year. Three of the projects are examining different aspects of sports-related concussions: 1. Comparison of Concussion Rate and Severity between Football Teams Wearing or not Wearing the Guardian Cap; 2. Comparing Concussion Rates and Severity Based on Virginia Tech Helmet Rating System; 3. Relationship between Football Helmet Fit and Concussion Rates and Severity.
The new Dynavision unit purchased over the summer will be used in two studies: 4. Effects of a Physical Challenge has upon Dynavision Performance; 5. Comparison of Training on Dynavision with Concussion Vital Signs Performance.
A second Concussion Vital Signs neurocognitive test battery study will be examining the Reliability of Concussion Vital Signs under Varied Conditions.
There are two different studies making comparisons: 7. Functional Movement Screening Assessment Comparing Assessor Ratings from Three Different Skill Levels; 8. Comparison of Kinesio Tape, Rock Tape and a Sham Tape for Shoulder Function.
The final three studies examine: 9. the Rate of Stress and Sleep Quality and its Effect upon Injuries/Illness Incidence and Recovery, use of improper nomenclature regarding 10. "Trainer" vs. "Athletic Trainer" in the Media: Occurrence Rate and Change Agents, and the final study is a continuation of a project done last year entitled 11. Intramural Sport Injury Rates.
Although students must design, conducted and complete a research project as part of their curricular requirements for the Athletic Training Program, they are not doing these project all alone. The Athletic Training Faculty of Dr. Scott L. Bruce, Ms. Becky Bowers, and Ms. Sioghan Fagan will provide oversight and supervision of these students and their projects.
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.