Department of Kinesiology and Health

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

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Overview

The Wright State University's College of Education and Health Services (CEHS) is in the process of proposing a new master’s degree program in athletic training (AT). As a result, the athletic training program is no longer accepting applications for undergraduate admission. The initial class is anticipated to begin in the Summer of 2020 culminating in a Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Training (MSAT) as specified by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In 2015, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Strategic Alliance established the professional degree in AT at the master’s level. Institutions wishing to establish an entry-level, graduate AT program (GATP) must do so by 2022. Wright State AT Program was initially accredited in 2002 and has a long history of producing excellent athletic training professionals.  

Athletic Training is defined as:

"Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first-aid, and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences." — NATA web site, 2015

Wright State University Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78731-3184.  The program will have its next comprehensive review during the 2026-2027 academic year. 

Contact Information

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

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Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.


Wright State AT Program Costs

Year 1 = $411

  • NATA/ATrack Membership/Assessment System Dues ($75)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Wright State ATP polo shirt ($30)
  • Gas Costs ($72)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($51)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)
  • Course fees
    • ATR 2610 - fall ($75)
    • ATR 2620 - spring ($50)
    • ATR 2840 - spring ($25)
    • ATR 3020 - spring ($25)

Year 2 = $336

  • NATA/ATrack Membership/Assessment System Dues ($75)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Wright State ATP polo shirt ($30)
  • Gas Costs ($108)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($51)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)
  • Course fees
    • ATR 3030 - fall ($25)
    • ATR 3840 – fall ($25)
    • ATR 3600 – spring ($25)
    • ATR 3850 – spring ($25)

Year 3 = $356

  • NATA/ATrack Membership/Assessment System Dues ($75)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($51)
  • Gas Costs ($180)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)
  • Course fees
    • ATR 4840 – fall ($25)
    • ATR 4860 – spring ($25)

Year 4 (when applicable) = $206

  • NATA/ATrack Membership/Assessment System Dues ($75)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($51)
  • Gas Costs ($180)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)

Program Outcomes

Desired Wright State Athletic Training Program Outcome

MISSION

The mission of the Wright State University Athletic Training Program is to educate students in the domains of athletic training, preparing them to assume the role of a healthcare professional in a variety of employment settings and to optimize the quality of healthcare provided to patients of all ages and physical capabilities, thereby maximizing their health-related quality of life.

PROGRAM Goals

GOAL 1:  AT Program faculty will be highly qualified and professionally diverse role models who exemplify excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in order to provide comprehensive educational experiences for students.

  • 2017-2018 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives except a few “neutral” or “somewhat disagree” ratings on course evaluations primarily related to course materials and motivation to learn about a particular subject.  However, faculty members have reviewed texts utilized for the ATP courses and have made changes for the upcoming year. 

GOAL 2: Athletic training graduates will be prepared to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become entry-level athletic trainers.

  • 2017-2018 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives (i.e. preceptor evaluations, exit and alumni survey data) except did not meet benchmark “80% of AT Program graduates will pass the BOC on the first attempt”.  This year 14/21 (67%) of the 2017-2018 graduates passed on the first attempt. However, upon re-examination 18/21 (86%) have passed the exam. ATP Faculty have met and established several new practices and resources for 2018-2019 (ie. multiple mock exams & new online resource with testlets) to address this concern and increase first time pass rate. 

GOAL 3: AT Program preceptors will be highly qualified professional role models who exemplify excellence in clinical practice.

  • 2017-2018 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives.

GOAL 4:  The AT Program will provide opportunities for high-quality clinical education at diverse, safe, and professional affiliated sites.

  • 2017-2018 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives.

GOAL 5:  Athletic training students will participate in activities that will contribute to their professional development and the advancement of the field of athletic training.

  • 2017-2018 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO)

AT students will be competent with the knowledge, skills, and abilities in the eight (8) Professional Knowledge content areas as specified by the NATA Executive Committee for Education’s 5th Edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies:

CONTENT AREA 1: Evidence based practice

CONTENT AREA 2: Prevention and Health Promotion

CONTENT AREA 3: Clinical Examination and Diagnosis

CONTENT AREA 4: Acute Care of Injury and Illness

CONTENT AREA 5: Therapeutic Interventions

CONTENT AREA 6: Psychosocial Strategies and Referral

CONTENT AREA 7: Healthcare Administration

CONTENT AREA 8: Professional Development and Responsibility

  • 2017-2018 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives in each of the content areas with minimal concerns.  AT Faculty have developed strategies to address these concerns in the up-coming academic year.

CLINICAL INTEGRATION PROFICIENCIES (CIPs)

ATP students will be able to synthesize and integrate knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making into actual patient care.

  • 2017-2018 Assessment:  The 2017-2018 graduates completed all nine (9) of the Clinicial Integration Proficiencies (CIPs). In addition, all underclassmen are making satisfactory progress. 

To review the full WSU ATP Assessment Plan and 2017-20178 results, email Program Director Rebekah Bower at rebekah.bower@wright.edu

Program BOC Pass Rate

 

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

3 yr. aggregate

Number of students graduating from program

18

19

22

59

Number of students graduating from program who took exam

18

19

21

58

Number of students who passed the exam on the first attempt

17

15

14

46

Percentage of students who passed the exam on the first attempt

94

79

67

79

Number of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts

18

17

18

53

Percentage of students who passed the exam regardless of the number of attempts

100

89

86

91

 

Program Retention Rate*

 

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

3 yr. aggregate

Number of students beginning program (cohort numbers)

34

32

5

71

Number of students returning from subsequent year 2

26

24

3

53

Program retention rate (%)

76

75

60

75

Number of students returning for subsequent year 3

20

23

N/A

N/A

Program retention rate (%)

59

71

N/A

N/A

N/A: Third-year data not available yet for the 2017-2018 cohort (2019-2020)

 

Program Graduation Rate*

 

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

3 yr. aggregate

Number of students graduating from program

18

19

22

59

Student graduation rate (%)

75

56

76

68

*The WSU ATP retention and graduation rates appear lower than anticipated because students can be admitted directly from high school into the program.  This results in lower retention and graduation rates than programs which only admit upperclassmen.   

 

Program Employment Rate**

 

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

3 yr. aggregate

Number of students employed as AT

16

14

13

43

Student employment rate as AT (%)

89

74

59

73

Number of students employed as other

1

3

5

9

Student employment rate as other (%)

6

16

23

15

Number of students not employed

1

2

3

6

Student not employed rate (%)

6

11

14

10

**Students who enter the WSU ATP as upperclassmen finish the program requirements and graduate at the end of July each year. Therefore, the data listed above is only 2-months post-graduation versus the national norm for this data of 6-months post-graduation.  


Faculty and Staff Directory

Athletic Training Faculty

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

Brian Edwards, Ph.D.

Department:
Kinesiology & Health
Title:
Assistant Professor

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

Athletic Training Staff

Emily Albanese, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator Athletic Traning
Address:
725 University Blvd, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Brianna Albers, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator of Athletic Training
Address:
Physician Building, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Eric Bornholdt, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator Athletic Traning
Address:
725 University Blvd, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Jason L. Franklin, AT, MS

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

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

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

Sally Trout, M.A.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Certified Athletic Trainer
Address:
Wsu Physicians Bldg, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Liz Verplank, M.A.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Certified Athletic Trainer/ Insurance Coordinator
Address:
Wsu Phyicians Bldg, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Physicians

Corey J. Ellis, MD

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

Matthew W. Lawless, MD

Department:
Orthopaedic Surgery\, Sports Medicine\, and Rehabilitation
Title:
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Address:
Premier Health, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1 Wyoming St, Dayton, OH 45409-2722