The growing field of athletic training provides a unique experience of professionalism and interaction with athletes and athletic injuries. An athletic trainer encounters many scenarios during an average workday. Making decisions, devising treatment protocols, serving as a liaison to the physician, documenting daily notes, and providing emergency first aid care are just a few of the scenarios an athletic trainer encounters. Athletic trainers manage athletic training rooms, order supplies, and provide athletic education on many health topics, like nutrition, exercise, injury prevention, rehabilitation and wellness.
The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) defines, measures, and continually improves Athletic Training education. WJU's AT Program is in good standing with CAATE and is currently accredited through the 2024-25 school year. As a CAATE accredited program, students completing WJU's graduation requirements may sit for their Board of Certification exam at the end of their final semester. WJU currently has a three-year aggregate first-time passing rate of 92% (national average 83%). Our students traditionally score higher than the national average within each domain of athletic training as well.
Graduates will go on to work in a variety of settings, including high school, college and professional sports, clinics, hospitals, and industry. The Wheeling Jesuit athletic training program also is a perfect undergraduate degree for those wanting to continue on for a doctoral level physical therapy degree at Wheeling Jesuit.
Unique features of the WJU program include:
- The most up-to-date campus facilities allowing students to experience modern technologies, theories and health care concepts and application.
- Twenty one men's and women's sports at the NCAA Division II level, with a rich tradition of success at the conference, regional and national levels.
- Faculty who have had over three decades of experience including clinical, high school, collegiate (NCAA Div. I and II), and professional (NFL-Pittsburgh Steelers) settings.
- Easy access to high schools, corporate and private clinics, and professional teams, provide students with numerous, real-life settings in secondary education and professional clinical care.
- Problem-based learning, with a "guide by your side," is unique across the country.