Sports Medicine

West Chester University

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

Athletic Training Clinical Experiences

One of the strengths of the Athletic Training Education Program is our clinical education component. Students in the program will have the opportunity to take the knowledge, skills and attitudes obtained in the coursework and apply it in a variety of clinical settings. All students will spend some time in the WCU athletic training rooms, learning under the direct supervision of our faculty approved clinical instructors. The WCU Athletic Department currently sponsors 13 varsity sports for women and 9 for men.

The Sturzebecker Health Science Center Athletic Training Room is the base of operations for athletic training services. A smaller, but complete, athletic training room is housed in the Hollinger Field House for basketball, indoor track and volleyball.

Athletic training students also gain valuable clinical experience at affiliated clinical sites. At least one certified athletic trainer staffs each of these sites. All of these individuals are approved clinical instructors and shares our philosophy on clinical education. Our students learn along side of these professionals as they perform their duties throughout the various athletic seasons.

Athletic Training students assigned to off-campus clinical sites are responsible for their own transportation to and from those sites.


Sample Affiliated Clinical Sites:

  • Downingtown West High School
  • Great Valley High School
  • Glen Mills Schools
  • Swarthmore College
  • Ursinus College
  • West Chester East High School
  • West Chester Rustin High School
  • Widener University

Clinical experiences are provided in a number of high school, college, and university settings under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Due to potential scheduling conflicts, athletic training students may be excluded from playing varsity sports during their four semesters of clinical experience. Students enrolled in SMD315/316 and 417/418 must have current certification in CPR and first aid, be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccination or sign a vaccination declination, and have professional liability coverage. Criminal background checks and child abuse clearances may be required for certain experiences. Students in clinical assignments are required to wear specified uniforms as per the policy and procedures manual. Clinical experiences may begin prior to the offical start of the semester.