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Athletic TrainingMajor

We combine challenging course work with clinical experiences. After successfully completing the program, you’ll be eligible to take the Board of Certification examination.


What is Athletic Training at WVU like?


The Athletic Training (AT) program at West Virginia University prepares students to enter the healthcare field and practice sports medicine. Certified athletic trainers are highly qualified health professionals, trained in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. The AT program prides itself on a strong network of alumni who work throughout the United States and internationally.

The undergraduate Athletic Training curriculum provides a solid background in anatomy and physiology, as well as orthopedic assessment, rehabilitation and biomechanics. These are a few of the classes that help prepare you to successfully complete the Board of Certification exam.

The program contains a didactic and clinical component allowing you to practice classroom topics concurrently.

You may combine Athletic Training with another major; however, an additional one to two semesters may be required to complete both areas of study.

Athletic Training program highlights:

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What makes Athletic Training at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

The graduate program in Athletic Training has yearly research studies in which undergraduates may participate. In addition, seniors complete ATTR 424 Senior Seminar Research Paper.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Board of Certification examination. Students who successfully complete the undergraduate curriculum have a 100% (three-year aggregate) pass rate. Once students pass this examination, they can practice as a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and seek job opportunities at the professional, collegiate, secondary, clinical or corporate setting.

Most graduates continue with their education with a graduate assistantship in a variety of disciplines or in a related medical field such as physical therapy, physician’s assistant or medical school. Most graduate assistantships allow students to earn their master's degrees by working for their tuition and stipend as an athletic trainer in the collegiate or high school settings.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Athletic Training major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Athletic Training at WVU?

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Popular Courses

ATTR 218:
Gross Anatomy Lab

Analysis of gross anatomy and systems of the trunk and extremities; cadaver laboratory experience.

ATTR 323:
Athletic Injury Rehabilitation

Designed for the practical applications of athletic training rehabilitation techniques to the lower extremity.

ATTR 326:
Clinical Drug Application

Designed to provide students with the skills to make basic drug application issues and interactions within the athletic training setting.

ATTR 427:

Designed to provide in-depth study of normal and abnormal biomechanics of the lower extremity and spine.

BIOL 235:
Human Physiology

(Intended for non-biology majors.) An introductory course in the function of the human.

SEP 425:
Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury

This upper level course involves the study of various topics related to the psychological aspects of sport injury. In general this course will examine issues associated with the onset, treatment and rehabilitation of sport injury.

Cost and Aid

How much does Athletic Training at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $402
Per Semester $4,824
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,648
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,092
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,184
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,392
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,784
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Athletic Training at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Athletic Training major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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