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Dave Dennis
Department Chair
Email: ddennis@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2164

Department of Athletic Training


A career in athletic training is unique because it combines a well-rounded knowledge of the sports industry with an expertise in training, conditioning and medicine. As an athletic trainer, you'll interact with athletes at all skill levels--from those on the little league team to those on a professional playing field. On any given day, you may find yourself administering emergency first aid, making medical decisions, devising and documenting treatment protocols or serving as a liaison to a physician. Your responsibilities may extend to the management of a training facility, patient education on health topics such as nutrition, exercise, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and communication with other colleagues under the "sports medicine" umbrella, including other athletic trainers, coaches, physicians, nurses, insurance companies and physical therapists.

Athletic Training Education Program Mission Statement

Wheeling Jesuit University's Athletic Training Program (ATP) as a subsidiary of the Department of Athletic Training has a mission which is to reinforce the University's mission of educating young men and women for life, leadership, and service with and among others. In addition, the ATP mission is to educate, disseminate, and apply knowledge in health and rehabilitation sciences. The department strives to develop critically thinking, innovative, and evidence-based professionals who engage in Jesuit tradition of life-long learning and leadership in the areas of clinical practice, research, and community service.

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