Athletic Training Students at WSU

Our Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) is to provide a comprehensive program of academic coursework and field experience that will educate athletic training students for entry-level positions in the profession of athletic training. The ATP strives to meet the standards, educational competencies, and clinical proficiencies for athletic training education through professional service, research activities, and curriculum design. The ATP abides by the policies and procedures as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Board of Certification (BOC), and the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

 

 

AT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS CLOSED.
At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for Pre-Professional Phase Students.
Wichita State AT Program is transitioning to a Graduate Degree. 
Contact Dr. Rich Bomgardner, AT Program Director

Athletic Training Transition to Graduate Degree

Thank you for your interest in the Wichita State Athletic Training Program. At this time, the Athletic Training major in the Department of Human Performance Studies has begun the transition to a graduate degree.  This transition is required by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) for all Athletic Training programs in every state across the country.  The CAATE has implemented a Fall 2022 deadline for the last undergraduate cohort class of students to enter the professional phase (sophomore year) and must complete the program by Spring 2025.  The graduate degree must be fully approved and implemented by Summer 2025.  If a student cannot complete the undergraduate program by Spring 2025, the new graduate program will not be allowed to start, as per CAATE requirements.

Therefore, the Athletic Training major at WSU will begin to phase out the undergraduate program in Fall 2020.  This means we will no longer accept applications, review application or admit students into the current undergraduate Athletic Training program.  The last group of freshman students were admitted to the pre-professional phase this semester (Fall 2020) and are in the process of completing their requirements for the professional phase of the program to ensure completion by Spring 2025

Also, the final group of transfer students who meet those specific requirements (listed on the WSU AT website) will enter the professional phase in Fall 2021.  Future students (students enrolling at WSU after Fall 2020) wanting to pursue athletic training as a major are encouraged to enter the undergraduate exercise science program. These students will be able to transition into the new graduate Athletic Training program in Summer 2025.   In addition, student cohorts currently enrolled in the Early AT to PT program will be required to complete the current AT program by Spring 2024.  The final Early AT to PT graduating class will be Spring 2024.  A new, revised AT to PT track will resume after the new graduate AT program is implemented.

If you have questions, please contact the AT Program Director, Dr. Rich Bomgardner.


Athletic Training Program

The Athletic Training Program at WSU consists of a one-semester Pre-Professional phase and a three and one-half year Professional phase. Students begin their sequenced program in the fall of their first year enrolled at WSU. The program of study incorporates academic course requirements with clinical experiences to encompass the entry-level professional qualifications of the athletic trainer. 

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2022-2023
  • Over 80 credit hours of courses, laboratories, and practicums
  • Engage in areas of concentration for upper body and lower body injuries, sports that use protective equipment, and general medical conditions

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Athletic Training

Program Description

The Department of Human Performance Studies (HPS) offers a four-year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training. The ATP consists of a one-semester Pre-Professional phase and a three and one-half year Professional phase. Students begin their sequenced program in the fall of their first year enrolled at WSU. The program of study incorporates academic course requirements with clinical experiences to encompass the entry-level professional qualifications of the athletic trainer. The academic structure involves over 80 credit hours of courses, laboratories, and practicums to fulfill the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies. Athletic training students engage in areas of concentration for upper body and lower body injuries, sports that use protective equipment, and general medical conditions. The ATP has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through 2022-2023. The CAATE issued the ATP accreditation upon successful completion of a site visit and review of accreditation criteria.

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Admission Requirements

Prospective WSU students:

    1. WSU Athletic Training Program is currently transitioning to a graduate degree. To learn more information about our transition, please click here.
    2. Transfer students are considered on a case by case basis. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in the program  prior to their transfer. Students interested in transferring into the undergraduate AT program must be formally accepted and begin no later than Fall 2021, as the program is in transition to a graduate degree. For more information about our transition, please click hereTo schedule an advising appointment, please contact the College of Applied Studies Advising Center at (316) 978-3300, option 2.

Current WSU students: 

  1. WSU students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in the program  prior to changing their major. Students interested in transferring into the undergraduate AT program must be formally accepted and begin no later than Fall 2021, as the program is in transition to a graduate degree. For more information about our transition, please click here. To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the College of Applied Studies Advising Center at (316) 978-3300, option 2.

Degree Plans

Please know that these are sample degree plans. If you would like an academic advisor to create a degree plan for you, please contact the College of Applied Studies Advising Center at (316) 978-3300, option 2. 

Cost

Tuition and Fees
Learn more about tuition and fees at Wichita State. 

Tuition Discount Programs
WSU offers tuition discounts for out-of-state students paying nonresident tuition. Find out more about tuition discounts at WSU. 

WSU Merit Scholarships
Students admitted to WSU are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to both incoming freshman and transfer students. Learn more about merit scholarships at WSU. 

College of Applied Studies Scholarships
Both prospective and current exercise science majors are eligible for scholarships through the College of Applied Studies. Only one application is necessary to apply for all scholarships available to students in the College of Applied Studies. Complete the College of Applied Studies Scholarship Application.

Special Requirements and Costs
Students are responsible for all application expenses, including the purchase of professional liability insurance in the minimum range of $1,000,000-$3,000,000, security background clearance and demonstrate proof of standard health insurance before beginning the professional phase of the ATP. Students enrolled in HPS 130 - Taping and Bandaging in Athletic Training are required to pay a Department Cost-Recovery Fee for the use of consumable athletic training materials in order to meet the objectives of the course as outlined in the WSU Undergraduate Catalog. Students are required to provide their own transportation to each clinical site. Students should contact the ATP Coordinator if they have any questions about these special requirements and costs.

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