BA in Athletic Training

Program Design and Accreditation

The department of human performance studies (HPS) offers a four-year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in athletic training. The Athletic Training Program (ATP) consists of a one-semester preprofessional phase and a three-and-a-half-year professional phase. Students begin their sequenced program in the fall of their first year enrolled at WSU. The program of study incorporates academic course requirements with clinical experiences to encompass the entry-level professional qualifications of the athletic trainer. The academic structure involves 80 hours of courses, laboratories and practicums to fulfill the NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies. Students engage in areas of concentration for upper body and lower body injuries, sports that use protective equipment, and general medical conditions. The final year of the program incorporates a clinical internship through local affiliated sites. The ATP has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


The Board of Certification (BOC) is the certifying agency for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The mission of the BOC is to provide exceptional credentialing programs for health care professionals to assure the protection of the public. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the national membership organization for the profession of athletic training. The mission of the NATA is to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession. Athletic training students are eligible to sit for the BOC certification exam upon graduation from a CAATE accredited program.

Technical Standards

Wichita State University is committed to the principle that no qualified individual, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits or services, programs or activities of the university, or be subjected to discrimination by the university as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A copy of the technical standards for admission into the ATP is available in the ATP program director's office. The ATP adheres to the policies for academic accommodation as determined by the Office of Disability Services. The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations for students who experience physical or mental disabilities. Students are required to provide appropriate documentation to the director of disability services before classroom services are provided. Services are based on the student’s need for academic accommodation.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students wishing to transfer must have completed at least one year of athletic training experience at the college level, completed a care and prevention course or equivalent, a taping section or lab and have clinical hours endorsed by a supervising athletic trainer. In addition, the transfer student must have completed all admission requirements for the preprofessional and professional phase of the program. Students should contact the ATP program director if they have any questions.

Probation and Dismissal

Students are placed on probation for the next semester if their cumulative WSU GPA falls below 2.500. Preprofessional students placed on probation jeopardize their admission to the professional phase. Students on probation will not be academically dismissed from the ATP until:

  1. They accumulate 12 or more attempted hours after being placed on probation,
  2. Fail to earn at least a 2.500 GPA semester average, and
  3. Their cumulative or WSU grade point average remains below a 2.500.

Students dismissed for academic reasons may seek readmission to the ATP and the College of Education by appealing, in writing, for an exception to the regulations. Students should contact the ATP program director and the College of Education for specific procedures.

Special Requirements and Costs

Students are responsible for all application expenses, including the purchase of professional liability insurance in the minimum range of $1,000,000–$3,000,000, security background clearance and demonstrated proof of standard health insurance before beginning the professional phase of the ATP. Students enrolled in HPS 130, are required to pay a departmental cost-recovery fee for the use of consumable athletic training materials in order to meet the objectives of the course as outlined in the WSU Undergraduate Catalog. Students are required to provide their own transportation to each clinical site. Students should contact the ATP program director if they have any questions about these special requirements and costs.

Clinical Affiliation and Education

The ATEP has affiliation agreements with various health facilities in Wichita to assist with the clinical education of the athletic training student. The clinical affiliates include a variety of settings. Clinical education involves the rotation of specific experiences tailored to meet program standards and objectives. The athletic training student must complete the academic course(s) relating to these experiences before the clinical rotation assignment. The entire clinical rotation process is a three-year commitment. Students can contact the ATP program director for information on student responsibilities, expectations and policies for clinical education assignments.


A prospective student interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in athletic training needs to request an application from the AT program director or the department of HPS. The applicant must meet all admission requirements by WSU.

  1. Application to preprofessional program: An ATP application for the preprofessional program can be completed by visiting the athletic training website, or it can be obtained from the AT program director.  The student application file for the preprofessional program must be complete by March 1st and include:
    1. Letter of interest;
    2. Complete application;
    3. Three letters of recommendation; and
    4. Completion of WSU admission criteria.
  2. Application to professional program: In order for the student to be selected into the professional program of the ATP, the student must complete the following criteria before formal admittance is granted. All professional program criteria must be completed by November 15th and include:
    1. Completed health examination;
    2. Immunization verification;
    3. Personal background check;
    4. Record of work or volunteer hours;
    5. Signed technical standards;
    6. Current CPR certification;
    7. Purchase of liability insurance;
    8. Personal interview with Athletic Training Advisory Committee and ATP faculty; and
    9. Completed core courses with a B average or better:
      HPS 114Introduction to Athletic Training3
      HPS 317CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer2
      HPS 130Taping and Bandaging in Athletic Training1
      HP 203Medical Terminology2

Program Requirements

Students must have a total of 120 credit hours to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Requirements for the BA degree in athletic training are as follows:

Foundation Courses
ENGL 100English Composition3
or ENGL 101 College English I
ENGL 102College English II3
COMM 111Public Speaking3
MATH 111College Algebra3
Fine Arts Elective
Fine arts course3
One humanities introductory course3
One humanities introductory course3
One fine arts/humanities further study course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSY 111General Psychology3
S/B introductory course3
S/B further study course3
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
BIOL 210General Biology I4
CHEM 211General Chemistry I5
Further study course3
HPS and Athletic Training Core
HPS 114Introduction to Athletic Training3
HPS 317CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer2
HPS 130Taping and Bandaging in Athletic Training1
HPS 131Instrumentation in Athletic Training1
HP 203Medical Terminology2
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology5
or HS 290 Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
HPS 229Applied Human Anatomy3
HS 301Clinical Pharmacology3
HPS 328Kinesiology - Biomechanics3
HPS 331Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HS 331Principles of Dietetics & Nutrition3
HPS 350Upper Extremity Assessment4
HPS 351Lower Extremity Assessment4
HPS 352General Medical Conditions in Athletics3
STAT 370Elementary Statistics3
or HPS 762 Statistical Concepts in Human Performance Studies
HPS 440Concepts in the Prescription of Exercise3
HPS 450Therapeutic Modalities3
HPS 451Therapeutic Exercise3
HPS 490Physiology of Exercise3
HPS 442Administration of Athletic Training3
HPS 541Strength Training and Conditioning3
HPS 121Professional Practicum2
HPS 220Athletic Training Practicum2
HPS 221Athletic Training Practicum II2
HPS 320Athletic Training Practicum III2
HPS 321Athletic Training Practicum IV2
HPS 420Athletic Training Practicum V2
HPS 421Athletic Training Practicum VI2
Total Credit Hours120

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in athletic training program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from this program. The requirement can be met by successfully completing all of the following program course requirements: HPS 220, HPS 221, HPS 320, HPS 321, HPS 420 and HPS 421.