Major Areas of Study
Athletic Training Major
The Athletic Training major is designed to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of the profession of athletic training. The major blends classroom instruction and structured clinical experiences through a process that results in your eligibility to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination upon graduation from Wesleyan.
The major holds accredited status from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). You must complete all application procedures and be formally admitted into the program at the end of the freshman year to pursue this major at Wesleyan.
Students who wish to combine athletic training with a second major in teacher education must fulfill all requirements of both the athletic training program and the teacher education program, including the specific requirements for the desired teaching field (s). This combination will require more than four years to complete.
West Virginia Wesleyan’s Athletic Training Education Program requires six semesters of formal field work experience. Participation in varsity sports and/or other heavy extracurricular activities will make the completion of the ATEP within four years VERY difficult. If you choose to participate in these activities, you will need to stay at Wesleyan for at least one additional semester or one full academic year to complete all requirements including the field work experience.
Mission Statement: The mission of the WVWC ATEP is to prepare undergraduate athletic training students to sit for the NATABOC national certification examination as per JRC-AT and NATA guidelines and requirements. Successful graduates will be prepared to explore graduate study and/or obtain employment as certified athletic trainers in the various allied health and medical arenas. The liberal arts foundation at WVWC will ensure that ATEP graduates have a broad educational foundation that includes meaningful engagement in human inquiry and interaction as based on the fourteen goals of the Wesleyan experience.
Upon completion of the WVWC ATEP, the graduate will be able to :
- Think creatively and critically
- Communicate effectively in both the written and spoken word
- Act responsibly and within the ethical, professional, clinical, and legal parameters of the certified athletic trainer
- Demonstrate citizenship and community involvement through service.
Exercise Science Major
The Exercise Science major allows the student to benefit from theoretical as well as hands-on applied laboratory skills in modern metabolic testing, performance enhancement, physiologic assessment, and applied exercise prescription. You will also be exposed to formal research/thesis procedures and scientific writing necessary for current research publications in the field. Many students use applied exercise science in concert with studies in biology as a pre-medicine track. Exercise Science majors must complete a 120 hour Clinical Internship between the junior and senior year of study.
Physical Education Major
In conjunction with Wesleyan's Education Department the Physical Education major provides two teacher certification options: 5-Adult or PreK-Adult. Elementary Education majors can also earn an endorsement in physical education (5-9).