The Department of Athletic Training and Nutrition (ATN) offers an undergraduate program in Athletic Training. The Athletic Training (AT) Program at Weber State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which enables students to obtain eligibility for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The AT Program is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in allied health care. The program will provide students with skills in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers are employed in corporations, high schools, physical therapy clinics, universities, professional organizations, the military, factories, and hospitals.
Program Director: Matthew Donahue, PhD, LAT, ATC firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Required support courses and professional knowledge courses will not be accepted if older than 10 years. Required athletic training major courses will not be accepted if older than 5 years.
- Program Prerequisites: Submit application and be accepted to Weber State University. Formally declare Athletic Training as an intended major with the ATN advisement coordinator. (See Admission Requirements below).
- Minor: Not required.
- Grade Requirements: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses required for this major. Experiential credit will not be accepted for any Athletic Training major requirements.
- Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; 40 of which must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 and above).
The ATN department advisement coordinator will serve as the academic advisor prior to admission to the program, and will assist with advisement through completion of the program of study. Call the ATN Department Advisor, Rachel Brock (801-626-6696) for more information or to schedule an appointment (also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List). It is the responsibility of the student to schedule the required meetings with the advisor. Once students are admitted to the athletic training program, advising for major required courses will be provided by the Program Director, Dr. Matthew Donahue (email@example.com).
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Note: Due to the elimination of undergraduate athletic training programs nation-wide, the Spring 2018 Semester will be the last semester that applications will be accepted. Students wishing to graduate with a major in athletic training must be admitted and (via the selection process outlined below) and provided an athletic training cohort code no later than the Spring 2018 semester and must begin the professional phase of the program no later than the Fall of 2018; no deferred applicants will be considered. Athletic Training Education is moving to master’s level, meaning that individuals wishing to become a certified athletic trainer and sit for the National Board of Certification examination must have graduated from an accredited professional Master’s program. Weber State University offers this program currently; students who plan to become Certified Athletic Trainers and apply to an Athletic Training Master’s program may elect to major in Athletic Therapy and will be eligible to apply to WSU’s Masters of Science in Athletic Training program. (Please see Athletic Therapy (BS) and Master of Science in Athletic Training (MS) ).
- All applicants will be ranked using a numerical scale on the following criteria:
- Cumulative Overall GPA
[0-4 weight in selection formula = 20%]
- AT 1500 - Introduction to Athletic Training (First Semester) grade
[0-4 weight in selection formula = 20%]
- AT 3300 Evaluation and Care of Musculoskeletal Injuries: Lower Extremities grade [0-4 weight in selection formula = 20%]
- Letter of Application [0-4 weight in selection formula = 15%]
- Strength of athletic training student’s commitment as reflected in interview responses. [0-4 weight in selection formula = 25%]
- Students receiving the highest scores in the rating process will be invited to enter the athletic training major. The selection committee is comprised of the AT Program faculty and Weber State University AT students and/or preceptors. Approximately twenty students can be chosen to enter the major each year, in compliance with accreditation guidelines concerning preceptor-to-student ratios. Selection into the AT Program is competitive and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
- Applicants not invited to enter the athletic training program may reapply the following year. All applicants who eventually re-apply must meet all requirements in effect at the time of application. Students are encouraged to contact the AT Program Director for current admission requirements.
- All students selected for athletic training program must provide evidence of being able to meet the Technical Standards for Admission of the program. Only those students who verify that they can meet those technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, will be allowed to enter the program.
- After students are selected into the Athletic Training Major, retention in the program will be based on the following criteria:
- Grade ‘B-” or better in all athletic training major courses (includes clinical application courses).
- Grade “C” or better in all the professional knowledge and support courses.
- Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.7.
- Students must maintain a semester GPA of 3.0.
- Adhere to Athletic Training Policies and Procedures.
- Adhere to AT Program AT Student Handbook Policies.
- Students who fail to meet the retention criteria will be placed on probation in the Athletic Training major for one semester. If standards are not met by the end of the probationary period, the student may be dismissed from the major at the discretion of the program director. Students who receive any grade below a “B-” in an athletic training major course, or below a “C” in any professional knowledge course, and/or support course must repeat that course and receive the minimum grade or higher to remain in the major. Failure to repeat the course (when offered) will result in dismissal from the program. Athletic Training Policies and Procedures are available in the athletic training student handbook.
- Students who fail to earn a minimum grade of “B-” or higher in any clinical application or major required course will not be allowed to progress in the AT Program until they repeat the course and receive a grade of “B-” or higher. Students may only repeat a class once; failure to earn the minimum grade on the second attempt will result in dismissal from the program.
- Athletic Training Majors may NOT enroll in the on-line offerings of the athletic training courses (with the exception AT 3200). Students WILL NOT receive credit towards the major requirements for on-line AT courses (those which begin with notation “AT”). If a student has taken any on-line AT courses, prior to or following secondary admission to the AT Program, the student must retake those courses in the traditional face-to-face classroom setting. The hands-on skills taught in these classes are vital to the education of athletic training students.
Refer to Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements.