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Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training


Athletic trainers carry out a field evaluation on a football player


Please note: the Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training is no longer accepting students and will be replaced with the Master of Science in Athletic Training program

In this program, students complete a rigorous education that combines didactic, psychomotor, affective competencies and clinical proficiencies necessary to become a successful athletic trainer.

The focus of the Athletic Training Program is to promote critical thinking and problem solving in a hands-on curriculum which will expose students to a wide variety of clinical education opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Athletic Training is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CaATe).


The B.S. in Athletic Training requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 75 major hours, and 6 hours of electives.

Criteria for Admission

Provisional admission to the program occurs each year with an application deadline of April 10 (during the freshmen year) and August 10 (for transfers).  Full admission to the program occurs each year with an application deadline of December 15.

Students are eligible for provisional admission to the Athletic Training Program during the spring semester of the first year at WCU.  Application deadline for provisional admission is 5 pm on April 10th.  Transfer students who take ATTR 150 over the summer must apply by 5 pm on August 10th.

  1. Successful Completion of Application for Provisional Admission
  2. Completion of 150 "Introduction to Athletic Training" with a C+ or better

Provisional admission will be granted to students who:

  1. Are declared Athletic Training Majors
  2. Complete the application by the deadline, following all directions.
  3. Have earned an overall GPA of 2.0
  4. Have completed ATTR 150 with a C+ or Better
  5. Have the endorsement of WCU AT Faculty

Full admission to the Athletic Training Program promotes quality education and ensures exceptional opportunities for hands-on learning under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.  Full admission to the program typically occurs at the completion of the student's third semester at WCU.  Application deadline for full admission to the ATEP is December 15 of the application year.

1.  Successfully complete the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C+ or higher:

a.  ATTR 150 "Introduction to Athletic Training"

b.  ATTR 210 "Clinical Anatomy & Biomechanics"

2. Successfully complete the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C+ or higher in two of the three additional courses with no prerequisite courses below a grade of C (Students must be provisionally admitted prior to being eligible to take these courses):

a. ATTR 265 "Clinical Physiology"

b. ATTR 221 "Therapeutic Modalities I"

c. ATTR 283 "Clinical Education I"

3. Complete ATTR 183 "Introduction to Clinical Education" with a grade of "S" (satisfactory)

4.  Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher

5.  Pre-requisite GPA of 2.75 or higher

6. Successful Completion of Application for Full Admission by application deadline

7. Endorsement of WCU AT Faculty

8.  Grades earned on the first or second attempt at a course will be counted towards admission


Financial Information

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Students in the Athletic Training Program incur additional expenses beyond those required for all WCU students. Students must become student members of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, purchase uniforms, equipment and supplies needed for clinical practice, professional liability insurance, receive additional vaccinations, pay a $200 per semester program fee, and (in some cases) purchase textbooks.

Additionally, students complete off-campus clinical education experiences throughout the program and are expected to furnish their own transportation to and from off-campus clinical education sites, housing, and food costs.

These estimated annual expenses are: NATA membership, $100; travel expenses, $1,000; uniforms, $200; clinical equipment, $100; additional vaccines, $50; liability insurance, $30; books, $200; Criminal Background Checks, $50.

Students are also responsible for the costs of any additional required criminal background checks or drug screenings as required by the College of Health & Human Sciences, the School of Health Sciences or the student's clinical education site.

Loans, scholarships, and other financial aid may be available to qualify students in the specific health disciplines. Awards are made on the basis of need, academic promise, and personal qualifications. For complete information, contact the WCU Financial Aid Office.

Additional scholarships are available through professional organizations related to athletic training and several Western North Carolina Sports Medicine Facilities.


Athletic Training Faculty

The faculty and staff of WCU’s Athletic Training Program are committed to students’ success and to building strong, competent athletic training professionals.

Core Faculty

Dr. Melissa Snyder, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Undergraduate Program Director, Associate Professor

Dr. Tara Peterson, EdD, LAT, ATC

Coordinator of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor

Dr. Ashley Thrasher, LAT, ATC

MSAT Program Director, Assistant Professor

Dr. Jessica Kirby, LAT, ATC

Teaching Assistant Professor


Medical Directors

Dr. Larry Supik, MD

ATP Medical Director

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