The athletic trainer is an allied health care 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. The WMU Athletic Training Professional Program (ATPP) is dedicated to providing a quality education to the students that are enrolled in the athletic training education curriculum. The didactic courses provide a foundation of knowledge that is further developed during clinical practicum courses and clinical rotations.
Western Michigan University's Undergraduate Athletic Training Professional Program (ATPP) is dedicated to providing a quality education to the students that are enrolled in the athletic training education curriculum. The ATPP offers a diverse and cooperative clinical education environment that includes the University's Intercollegiate Athletic Department of Medical Services as well as several off-campus clinical education sites. The didactic courses provide a foundation of knowledge that is further developed during clinical practicum courses and clinical rotations. All components combine to prepare the student for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and a professional career as an entry-level athletic trainer.
As an ATPP student, you are expected to be reliable, dependable, loyal, diligent, dedicated, and honest in all your efforts. We also expect you to conduct yourself with the highest level of integrity, to be committed to your academics, and to represent yourself, our staff, our program, and the University with professionalism beyond reproach. Being an athletic training student at WMU is a significant responsibility. You are not only responsible for the health and welfare of the athletes in your care but you represent the University and our program. Our students are to work together to 'bring each other along' by encouraging the best from each other and challenging each other to be their best. When issues arise, our students are to work respectfully and professionally to resolve the situation, and to learn and grow from the situation. Students must also realize that to be a successful athletic training student you must be willing to step out of your comfort zone daily. Stretch yourself! We are creating students and future professionals who ask questions!
Questions? Contact Dr. Gayle Thompson
The Athletic Training Professional Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Graduates of CAATE accredited programs are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination.
Athletic Training is a selective admission program. To meet eligibility, prospective students must complete all pre-program requirements and an application.
Prepares students for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination in pursuit of a career as an entry level certified athletic trainer.
Students are provided with a diverse and cooperative clinical environment through clinical practicum courses and clinical rotations. Students are placed in the University's Intercollegiate Athletic Department of Medical Services and various other clinical sites including area sports medicine clinics, Division III intercollegiate athletics and high schools.
Transfer Students and any students planning to transfer in the future, are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Gayle Thompson, AT, ATC, Program Director, Undergraduate Athletic Training Program, directly to discuss your specific needs for a smooth transition to WMU.