Major Areas of Study
Athletic Training Major
The Athletic Training major provides students with 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 students’ gaining eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) 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 major 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.
Students who graduate from the program and subsequently pass the national certification exam will be qualified to be employed as athletic trainers in secondary schools, in colleges and universities, for professional athletic teams, in sports medicine clinics, or in industrial preventive medicine clinics. In addition, students will be well prepared to pursue graduate level studies in Athletic Training and, upon completion of specified prerequisite coursework, advanced degrees in movement science, exercise physiology, physical therapy, medicine (including physician’s assistant programs), health, and physical education.
The prospective Athletic Training student is strongly advised to consider fully the demands of extensive classroom and fieldwork demands of the Athletic Training Program (ATP). Participation in varsity sports and/or other heavy extracurricular activities will make completion of the ATP within four years VERY difficult. Once a student is accepted into the ATP, he/she can participate in only one sport during the academic year (i.e., Fall and Spring baseball or cross country/track, etc. constitutes two sports), due to the inability of completing required competencies and clinical proficiencies during each of the practicum courses, and the importance of the clinical experience in making one more proficient, and thus more marketable in the Athletic Training field. The Athletic Training student must be available for clinical experience assignment throughout the academic year. Students should also keep in mind that the ATP does not offer clinical practicum experiences in the May/Summer terms. Remember, the more clinical experiences one misses due to athletic or other obligations, the more he/she will have to overload at other times to “catch-up” on missed clinical experience opportunities. Those who choose to participate in these activities may need to stay for at least one semester or one full academic year to complete all requirements and the minimum of six semesters of fieldwork experience. Every attempt will be made to accommodate these students; however, student athletes and others that will have extensive time demands outside the ATP are required to communicate this to the Program Director and academic advisor during the first semester at WVWC.
Mission Statement: The mission of the ATP is to prepare undergraduate athletic training students to sit for the BOC national certification examination as per CAATE and BOC guidelines and requirements. Graduates will be proficient in all five domains of athletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the WVWC ATP, the graduate will be able to:
1. Think creatively and critically.
2. Communicate effectively in both the written and spoken word.
3. Act responsibly and within the ethical, professional, clinical, and legal parameters of the athletic trainer.
4. Demonstrate citizenship and community involvement through service.
5. The ATP will maintain or exceed a three year aggregate 70% minimum first time pass rate on the BOC examination as per CAATE standards. BOC Exam Results
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).