School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

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About the Athletic Training Program

In 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance established the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level.  Therefore, the athletic training program is no longer accepting applications for admission into the undergraduate program.  However, WSU’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the AT Program is accepting applications for its first cohort of graduate students to start summer of 2022.  For more information on the MAT program, please visit the MAT program page or contact the Program Director, Rebekah Bower, at rebekah.bower@wright.edu or (937) 245-7621. Wright State’s athletic training program was initially accredited in 2002, has continuing accreditation through 2026, and has a long history of producing excellent athletic training professionals.

Athletic Training is defined as:

"Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first-aid, and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences." — NATA web site, 2015

The athletic training program prepares you to sit for the national Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer examination which meets the certification in Ohio as regulated by the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board.  Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio.  If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

Wright State University's Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX  78731-3101.

Contact Information

Rebekah Bower, M.S., A.T., A.T.C.
Program Director, Athletic Training Program
136 Wright State Physicians Building
937-245-7621
rebekah.bower@wright.edu

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Academics and Curriculum

Because the program is no longer accepting applications for admission into the undergraduate program, the university has removed the curriculum from the academic catalog.  However, details are available by contacting the Program Director, Rebekah Bower at rebekah.bower@wright.edu.

Wright State AT Program Costs

Year 1 = $460

  • NATA Membership ($75)
  • ATrack Assessment System Dues ($45)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Wright State ATP polo shirt ($30)
  • Gas Costs ($72)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($55)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)
  • Course fees
    • ATR 2610 - fall ($75)
    • ATR 2620 - spring ($50)
    • ATR 2840 - spring ($25)
    • ATR 3020 - spring ($25)

Year 2 = $385

  • NATA Membership ($75)
  • ATrack Assessment System Dues ($45)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Wright State ATP polo shirt ($30)
  • Gas Costs ($108)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($55)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)
  • Course fees
    • ATR 3030 - fall ($25)
    • ATR 3840 – fall ($25)
    • ATR 3600 – spring ($25)
    • ATR 3850 – spring ($25)

Year 3 = $405

  • NATA Membership ($75)
  • ATrack Assessment System Dues ($45)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($55)
  • Gas Costs ($180)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)
  • Course fees
    • ATR 4840 – fall ($25)
    • ATR 4860 – spring ($25)

Year 4 (when applicable) = $255

  • NATA Membership ($75)
  • ATrack Assessment System Dues ($45)
  • Athletic Training Student Organization (ATSO) Membership Dues ($15)
  • Background Check – Ohio BCI/FBI ($55)
  • Gas Costs ($180)
  • Two-step TB test (costs vary, approximately $40)
  • Influenza vaccination (costs vary, approximately $25)

Program Outcomes

Desired Wright State Athletic Training Program Outcome

MISSION

The mission of the Wright State University Athletic Training Program is to educate students in the domains of athletic training, preparing them to assume the role of a healthcare professional in a variety of employment settings and to optimize the quality of healthcare provided to patients of all ages and physical capabilities, thereby maximizing their health-related quality of life.

PROGRAM Goals

GOAL 1:  Program faculty will be highly qualified and professionally diverse role models who exemplify excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in order to provide comprehensive educational experiences for students.

  • 2020 – 2021 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives.

GOAL 2: Athletic training graduates will be prepared to pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam and become entry-level athletic trainers.

  • 2020 – 2021 Assessment:  Achieved objectives related to preceptor evaluations of students and student exit survey data.  In regards to the Alumni Survey, the benchmark of 80% of AT graduates would feel prepared in the 5 domain areas was met in 4/5 areas.  However, the program only had 2 graduates and 1 out of 2 indicated “underprepared” in the Healthcare Administration & Professional Responsibility domain while the other indicated “prepared”.  In addition, the program did not meet the benchmark of “80% of the AT Program graduates will pass the BOC on the first attempt”.  This year all 4 AT graduates took the BOC and 3/4 passed on the first attempt for 75%, which is an improvement over the previous year.  The ATP faculty have met and established an action plan for the 1 remaining AT student in the undergraduate program.

GOAL 3: AT Program preceptors will be highly qualified professional role models who exemplify excellence in clinical practice.

  • 2020 – 2021 Assessment:  Achieved all objectives.

GOAL 4:  The AT Program will provide opportunities for high-quality clinical education at diverse, safe, and professional affiliated sites.

  • 2020 – 2021 Assessment: Achieved all objectives.

GOAL 5:  Athletic training students will participate in activities that will contribute to their professional development and the advancement of the field of athletic training.

  • 2020 – 2021 Assessment: Achieved all objectives.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO)

AT students will be competent with the knowledge, skills, and abilities in the eight (8) Professional Knowledge content areas as specified by the NATA Executive Committee for Education’s 5th Edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies:

CONTENT AREA 1: Evidence based practice

CONTENT AREA 2: Prevention and Health Promotion

CONTENT AREA 3: Clinical Examination and Diagnosis

CONTENT AREA 4: Acute Care of Injury and Illness

CONTENT AREA 5: Therapeutic Interventions

CONTENT AREA 6: Psychosocial Strategies and Referral

CONTENT AREA 7: Healthcare Administration

CONTENT AREA 8: Professional Development and Responsibility

  • 2020 – 2021 Assessment: Achieved all objectives in each of the content areas with minimal concerns.  AT faculty have developed strategies to address these concerns in the up-coming academic year.

CLINICAL INTEGRATION PROFICIENCIES (CIPs)

ATP students will be able to synthesize and integrate knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making into actual patient care.

  • 2020 – 2021 Assessment: The 2019-2020 graduates completed all nine (9) of the Clinical Integration Proficiencies (CIPs). In addition, all underclassmen are making satisfactory progress. 

To review the full WSU ATP Assessment Plan and 2020-2021 results, email Program Director Rebekah Bower at rebekah.bower@wright.edu

For program data regarding BOC Pass Rate, Student Retention Rate, Student Graduation Rate, and Student Employment/Placement Rate: https://www.e-accred.caate.net/programs/334/bocpassrate

Faculty and Staff Directory

Athletic Training Faculty

Rebekah Bower, M.S., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Kinesiology & Health
Title:
Senior Lecturer, Director of Athletic Training
Address:
Wright State Physicians Bldg, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Brian Edwards, Ph.D., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Kinesiology & Health
Title:
Assistant Professor
Address:
Wright State Physicians Bldg, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Siobhan E. Fagan, M.Ed., A.T., A.T.C.

Department:
Kinesiology & Health
Title:
Senior Lecturer, Clinical Education Coordinator
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Athletic Training Staff

Emily Albanese, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Certified Athletic Trainer 1
Address:
725 University Blvd, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Brianna Albers, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator of Athletic Training
Address:
Physician Building, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Justin Durham, M.A.T.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator, Athletic Training
Address:
Physicians Building, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Jason L. Franklin, AT, MS

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Associate Athletics Director for Sports Health
Address:
Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Kyle Hickey, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Coordinator, Athletic Training
Address:
Physicians Building, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Robert Slowik, M.S.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Certified Athletic Trainer
Address:
725 University Blvd, Beavercreek, OH 45324-2640

Liz Verplank, M.A.

Department:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Title:
Certified Athletic Trainer/ Insurance Coordinator
Address:
Wsu Phyicians Bldg, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Physicians

Corey J. Ellis, MD

Department:
Family Medicine
Title:
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery
Address:
Wright State Orthopaedics And, Wright State Physicians, 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Matthew W. Lawless, MD

Department:
Orthopaedic Surgery\, Sports Medicine\, and Rehabilitation
Title:
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Address:
Premier Health, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1 Wyoming St, Dayton, OH 45409-2722

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