Sports Medicine

West Chester University

Carolyn Jimenez, Ph.D., ATC
216 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Department of Sports Medicine

The Department of Sports Medicine, within the College of Health Sciences, has as its primary role the preparation of students for careers in athletic training and related health care fields. Fundamental to such a career is successful completion of the certification examination given by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in the Department of Sports Medicine provides all the prerequisites for the BOC exam. 

Click here to see our 3 year BOC Exam pass rate data (classes of 2013-2015). (updated 12/2015)

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who work collaboratively with physicians. The services provided by ATs are injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation.  As part of a sports medicine health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

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WCU AT Students and Faculty in London England in May 2014

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

The BS in Athletic Training program at West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our last accreditation was in 2008 and we were re-accredited for 10 years.


The Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Physiology with a Concentration in Athletic Training

The MS in Exercise and Sport Physiology with a concentration in Athletic Training is a post-certification degree program and is offered in collaboration between the Departments of Kinesiology and Sports Medicine.  The program is appropriate for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in athletic training or students with a strong science and/or exercise science background.  The program is a 42 credit, 2 year degree program that mandates the completion of a Master’s thesis.  Coursework includes Cadaver Anatomy (SMD 500 & 501), Orthopedic Surgical Techniques (SMD 595), Seminar in Sports Medicine (SMD 592), Evidence-Based Sports Medicine (SMD 505) as well as Selected Topics in Sports Medicine (SMD 693). For more information about this program, visit the AT concentration page.

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available to students who are BOC credentialed and eligible for Pennsylvania state certification.  Positions are available with West Chester University varsity athletics and local area high schools/colleges.  Assistantships include a full-tuition waiver for 12 credits and yearly stipend of $5,000.  All related graduate fees are the responsibility of the student.  Position notifications are posted on the NATA placement vacancy list.  For more information contact Dr. Katherine Morrison at


****2016 PATS Student Symposium at WCU! ****

Friday April 1 - Saturday April 2nd 2016


Friday Schedule

Registration 3:30-4:30 pm

Program 4:30-10:00 pm

Saturday Schedule

Program 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The Symposium will include multiple speakers, breakout sessions, and a quiz bowl.  Click HERE for the AGENDA! This is a great opportunity for your professional development and networking amongst peers, leaders in the profession, and the PATS executive board. Registration is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 and the program is scheduled from 4:30pm - 10:00pm on Friday, and 8:00 - 4:00pm on Saturday.


On Saturday we will have several breakout sessions (total of 10) for you to choose from.  Each be offered a total of three times throughout the day on Saturday.  Upon receipt of your registration, a link will be sent to you within 1 week to select three breakout sessions of your choice. We expect the sessions to fill up, so it is recommended that you complete and send back to the link upon receipt.

Breakout sessions include:

     A) Cadaveric Dissection (Carolyn Jimenez, PhD, LAT, ATC)

     B)  Psychological Considerations of Concussions (Dr. Lindsey McGuire, PhD, LAT, ATC)

     C) Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Dr. Alison Gardiner-Shires, PhD, LAT, ATC)

     D) HEAT Institute (Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek, PhD, LAT, ATC)

     E) Gait Analysis (Dr. Katherine Morrison, PhD, LAT, ATC)

     F) Shoulder Dyskinesis (Mr. Phillip Donley, MS, PT, LAT, ATC)

     G) Nutrition (Dr. Regina Subach, EdD, RD, CSSD, LDN)            

     H) Drugs and Alcohol in Athletics (Dr. James Brenner, PhD, CHES)

     I) Oriental Medicine (Jennie Petrone MS, LAT, ATC, LOM)

     J) Kinesiotape Demonstration (Akinori Kashiwagi, MA, LAT, ATC)

     K) Effect of Concussions on Normal Speech Patterns (Louis Daudet)


We hope to see you there!

5th Annual WCU AT Golf Outing!!!!

Sunday, April 24th

Ingleside Golf Course

Join us for some FUN!

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8 AM Registration

9AM Shotgun Scramble Start


"The Wrap" 2014 AT Newsletter

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Check out our AT Newsletter "The Wrap" that recaps the outstanding 2014 Fall Semester!!!