West Chester University
Carolyn Jimenez, Ph.D., ATC
216 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
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 WCU 3 year results for BOC Exam.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Offering our first Cadaver Lab Spring 2013!