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Athletic Training, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University offers a professional athletic training education program fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Ninety-eight percent of the program’s graduates are currently employed in the field or pursuing graduate education, while 100 percent of graduates have become Certified Athletic Trainers.
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Key facts:

  • The Western Carolina University Athletic Training Education Program prepares students to become successful athletic trainers. The program promotes critical thinking and problem solving in a hands-on curriculum that exposes students to a wide variety of clinical education opportunities. Students interact with faculty and clinical instructors in the classroom, the laboratory and during clinical education experiences so that they can apply their knowledge to a “living laboratory.” 
  • In addition to athletic training courses such as Introduction to Athletic Training, Therapeutic Exercise, and Organization and Administration in Athletic Training, the major requirements include emergency medical care and nutrition and dietetics courses. Students may also further their education through the Western Athletic Training Association, which promotes and recognizes the Athletic Training Education Program and the field of athletic training.
  • Most athletic training education graduates opt for a master’s degree in a field directly related to athletic training. More than 95 percent of students who pursue graduate degrees do so as graduate assistants, receiving tuition waivers and stipends to assist with their continued education. Other students enter the workforce immediately and find employment in a variety of settings, from schools, colleges and universities to physician offices and sports medicine and rehabilitation clinics. 
  • Job seekers also find employment opportunities in hospitals and military, industry and performing arts settings. With employment growth for athletic training currently higher than other comparable health care fields, it is estimated that more than 12,000 new and replacement positions will open in the field within the next few years.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    123 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered for B.S in Athletic Training include:

  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Education
  • Clinical Anatomy & Biomechanics
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Emergency Procedures in Athletic Training
  • Clinical Physiology and Pathology
  • Clinical Education 
  • Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Measures for the Lower Extremity
  • Clinical Measures for the Upper Extremity
  • Analysis of Dysfunction of the Lower Extremity
  • Analysis of Dysfunction of the Upper Extremity
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Spine
  • Therapeutic Exercise

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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