Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science

student using weight machine

Admissions requirements

Program overview

The athletic trainer is an allied healthcare professional that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and immediate care of injuries as well as the rehabilitation and reconditioning of acute and chronic medical conditions and injuries. Athletic training professional program courses are a combination of lecture and hands-on skills labs that provide the foundation of knowledge which is applied directly to clinical education experiences. The program offers a diverse and cooperative clinical education environment that includes the University's Intercollegiate Athletics Department of Athletic Training as well as several off-campus clinical education sites. All components combine to prepare the student for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and a professional career as an entry-level athletic trainer.

Why athletic training at WMU?

The athletic training program at WMU...

  • is a CAATE accredited program that allows student to sit for the BOC examination after graduation.
  • provides a hands-on and practical education that students use immediately.
  • individualizes clinical education experiences to prepare students for their future career goals.

Who should apply?

Students interested in careers in athletic training and sports medicine. This program is challenging and time intensive. It requires students to be reliable and dedicated to their academic coursework as well as their clinical education experiences. Interested students should take HPHE 1530 Intro to Athletic Training along with HPHE 1100 Taping & Bracing. Applications are submitted the following Fall while enrolled in HPHE 2530 Injury & Illness Management.

Career opportunities

New opportunities in the field of athletic training are constantly being explored.

Traditional settings include:

  • intercollegiate athletics
  • high schools
  • professional sports
  • sports medicine clinics

Emerging settings include:

  • military
  • performing arts
  • police/fire departments
  • industrial settings

Helpful links

Board of Certification

Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association

Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society Inc.

National Athletic Trainers' Association

WMU Student Professional Association of Sports Medicine—SPASM

WMU Athletic Training Program facebook page

Faculty