Academics

Athletic Training

Program Details

Students who major in Athletic Training are preparing for a career as a certified athletic trainer (AT). The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The curriculum includes classroom, clinical education instruction, and 800 hours of practical experience in the field. Thus, the program prepares students for success on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification examination while building qualified entry-level professionals. Graduates of the program work in high schools, clinics, hospitals, and in other sport medicine settings. Students complete five clinical education/field experience classes within intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, and outpatient rehabilitation settings to demonstrate application of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Competencies and Clinical Proficiencies. Athletic Training majors also complete a 12-week internship at a site of their choosing during their last semester before graduation.

The clinical experience begins during the first semester through a Student Mentor Program. Upper-level students assist new students in developing athletic training skills, which allow them to gain valuable academic and clinical experiences.

Student Activities

Athletic Training students are encouraged to be members of the Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) through which they can further their scholarship, leadership, service, and professional skills. Students demonstrating academic excellence are invited to join Phi Epsilon Sigma, the departmental honor society. In addition, a wide variety of student activities and organizations are also available to Western students.

Special Opportunities in Athletic Training

The Department of Kinesiology is located on the north edge of campus in Brophy Hall. The facility contains a dedicated athletic training laboratory, gymnasium, pool, dance studio, fitness room, weight room, athletic training facilities, and laboratory spaces, plus five electronic classrooms and two computer labs. The average class size in Athletic Training courses is 14 students.

Department Minors

  • Coaching
  • Scuba Diving

Additional Resources

Athletic Training (AT) Courses

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

100 Introduction to Athletic Training. (1) Introductory course in Athletic Training, examining educational and professional responsibilities. This course is designed to help students formalize their decision to study Athletic Training and will provide an initial experience for students considering a career in Athletic Training.

110 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries. (3) An introduction to athletic injuries, assessment, and treatment. Includes laboratory instruction in athletic taping and basic Athletic Training skills. Prerequisite: AT 100; permission of program director. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

200 Lower Extremity. (3) Assessment and immediate care of athletic injuries of the lower extremity. Prerequisites: AT 110; KIN 292 and KIN 293 or concurrent registration in these courses and permission of program director. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

210 Upper Extremity. (3) An in-depth study of athletic injuries involving the upper extremity. Evaluation, immediate care, and rehabilitation of these injuries are discussed. Prerequisites: AT 110; KIN 292 and KIN 293 or concurrent registration in these courses and permission of program director. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

211 Clinical Education and Experience in Athletic Training I. (1) Instruction, practice, and evaluation of NATA clinical proficiencies and clinical experience in clinical settings. Prerequisite: permission of program director.

300 Therapeutic Modalities. (3) An introduction to the physiological principles and operational procedures of contemporary therapeutic modalities as they relate to the immediate care, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Prerequisite: admission to ATEP and permission of the program director. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

301 Clinical Education and Experiences in Athletic Training II. (1) Continuation of instruction, practice, and evaluation of NATA proficiencies, and experience in clinical settings. Prerequisite: AT 211 and permission of the program director.

305 Therapeutic Exercise. (3) Concepts and principles of rehabilitation program design including determination of goals, progressions, and criteria for return to competition. Includes fundamentals of therapeutic exercise principles for common rehabilitation protocols. Prerequisite: admission to ATEP and permission of the program director. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

310 Head, Neck, Spine, and Abdomen. (3) Assessment and care of athletic injuries including the regions of the head, neck spine, and abdomen. Prerequisites: KIN 292, KIN 293, and permission of the program director. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

311 Field Experience in Athletic Training I. (1) Field experience in Athletic Training in various clinical settings. Also includes continuation of practice and evaluation of NATA clinical proficiencies. Prerequisites: AT 301 and permission of the program director.

315 Advanced Rehabilitation Techniques. (2) Instruction and application in rehabilitation program design and progression strategies for various pathologies and diagnoses will be explored. Prerequisites: AT 300, AT 305, and junior status. 1 hr. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

401 Field Experience in Athletic Training II. (1) Continuation of Field Experience I. Practice and evaluation of NATA clinical proficiencies. Prerequisites: AT 311 and permission of the program director.

403 Pharmacological Issues in Athletic Training. (3) Study of pharmacological issues in Athletic Training. Prerequisites: admission to the ATEP and permission of the program director.

405 Medical Conditions and Pathologies in Athletic Training. (3) Study of the pathology of general medical conditions common to athletes and physically active individuals. Prerequisite: admission to the ATEP and permission of the program director.

410 Athletic Training Administration. (3) Development and administration of an Athletic Training program including employment, documentation, budget, and facilities. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: permission of the program director; ENG 280.

411 Athletic Training Professional Preparation. (1) Preparation, practice, and assessment of educational competencies and clinical proficiencies in Athletic Training. Prerequisites: AT 401 and permission of the program director.

413 Senior Seminar in Athletic Training. (1) Foundational behaviors of professional practice in Athletic Training. Prerequisite: senior standing in Athletic Training program.

420 Internship. (12) An internship with an approved affiliated site, under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer; designed for the practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting. Prerequisites: Admission to the ATEP and permission of the program director.

Contact Information

Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Renee Polubinsky, Chairperson
Email: RL-Polubinsky@wiu.edu
Location: Brophy Hall 220B
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-2050

Kinesiology Website

Kinesiology Directory

College of Education & Human Services (COEHS)

Dr. Erskine Smith, Dean
Email: ER-Smith@wiu.edu
COEHS Email: coehs@wiu.edu
Location: Horrabin Hall 117G
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1690

COEHS Website

Athletic Training Advising

Angela Comrie
Horrabin Hall 91
Phone: (309) 298-1438
Email: AD-Comrie2@wiu.edu

Brophy Hall