Exercise Science & Athletic Training

The School of Exercise Science & Athletic Training at West Virginia Wesleyan College serves to prepare you for a wide range of graduate study and/or careers in the fields of health and wellness, fitness, exercise physiology, sports medicine, and other allied health fields.

The Athletic Training major provides students with theoretical knowledge and an 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 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.

Upon completion of the WVWC ATP, 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

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 Pass Rate, Graduation Rate, Retention Rate, and Employment/Placement Rate.

Letter from the Program Director Regarding Athletic Training Program Transition

BSAT Athletic Training Student Handbook

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 years of study.

 

  • Faculty

    Dan Martin
    Director, MSAT Program

    Office: Gym 202 | Email: martin_d1@wvwc.edu

     

    Greg Bradley-Popovich
    Associate Professor

    Email: bradley_g@wvwc.edu

     

    Rae Emrick
    Associate Professor
    Director, School of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
    Athletic Training Program Director

    Email: emrick_r@wvwc.edu

     

    Scott Street
    Associate Professor
    Clinical Education Coordinator Athletic Training Program

    Email: street_s@wvwc.edu

    Drew Mason
    Assistant Professor

    Email: mason_d@wvwc.edu

  • Majors
    • Exercise Science – B.S.
      • To foster the development of the student’s critical thinking skills through emphasis on problem-based didactic and clinical experiences.
      • To encourage the development of the student’s communication skills, both verbal and written, utilizing a variety of courses throughout the program.
      • To prepare the student to become competent in the scope of practice for exercise physiologists per the American College of Sports Medicine.
      • To provide the student with an experience throughout the program involving on-campus, off-campus sites with diverse populations of age, gender, race, physical and mental ability, etc.
      • To provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to become appropriately credentialed.
      • To prepare the student with the necessary skills to obtain graduate school and/or job placement upon graduation.
    • 5-Year Master of Athletic Training
      • To foster the development of the student’s critical thinking skills through emphasis on problem-based didactic and clinical experiences.
      • To encourage the development of the student’s communication skills, both verbal and written, utilizing a variety of courses throughout the program.
      • Act responsibly and within the ethical, professional, clinical and legal parameters of the certified athletic trainer
      • To prepare the student to become competent in the five performance domains of athletic training.
      • To provide the student with an experience throughout the program involving on-campus, off-campus sites with diverse populations of age, gender, race, etc.
      • To provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to become appropriately credentialed.
      • To prepare the student with the necessary skills to obtain graduate school and/or job placement upon graduation.
    • Health and Human Performance

      The Health and Human Performance major enables students for careers in Community Health and Wellness, Corporate Wellness, Personal Training, Athletic Coaching, Athletic Strength Coach and Medical Sales. The Health and Human Performance professionals trained in this program gain the knowledge and skills to affect lifestyle choices. Employment opportunities exist in corporate, clinical/medical, not-for-profit organizations, commercial/private settings and academic institutions.