Western Michigan University's Department of Human Performance and Health Education offers an entry-level professional program leading to a bachelor's degree in athletic training.
The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled allied health professional specializing in sports medicine. In cooperation with physicians and other health care professionals, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the sports medicine health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, clinics, professional sports and other health care settings.
Beyond the classroom
As a student in WMU's athletic training program, you will be provided with a diverse and cooperative clinical environment through clinical practicum courses and clinical rotations. You will be placed in the University's Intercollegiate Athletic Department of Medical Services as well as various clinical sites including area sports medicine clinics, Division III intercollegiate athletics and area high schools. Students will gain hands-on experience in the classroom and while working alongside athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians.
After you graduate
WMU's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, which means that upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Examination.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in athletic training are working as:
- Athletic trainers
Among the organizations they work for are:
- High schools
- Colleges or universities
- Sports medicine clinics
- Industrial medicine
- Physician extenders
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