Wayne State College now also partners with Midland University in Nebraska and Northwestern College in Iowa, where you can earn your bachelor's degree from WSC and a master's degree in athletic training in just five years.
About the Pre-Athletic Training Program
Athletes and active people put their bodies under stress often, sometimes even daily. Increased activity can sometimes lead to injury. This is where athletic trainers come in to help, caring for injuries or providing education to promote wellness. Athletic trainers are health care professionals that practice in the field of sports medicine. They work with or under a physician to provide services and treatment for injuries. As a part of a health care team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The pre-athletic training program at Wayne State College will prepare you to provide these services. After completing program requirements, you’ll be ready to pursue graduate work at a professional school and obtain your athletic training degree.
Be sure to check out WSC's special agreements with graduate schools (University of Nebraska-Omaha, Midland University, and Northwestern College) to see if one of these options is right for you.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. from WSC in Applied Human and Sport Physiology
The pre-athletic training program is designed for students who want to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. After earning your bachelor’s degree in applied human and sport physiology at WSC, you will be ready to move on to another institution for a master’s degree in athletic training. After earning your master’s degree, you may sit for the Board of Certification exam. Learn more at bocatc.org (Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer).
Special Agreement Options:
- Agreement with the University of Nebraska-Omaha: Wayne State College has an early admission agreement with the University of Nebraska-Omaha's athletic training master's program. Additionally, UNO reserves two spots each year in the program just for WSC graduates.
- Agreement with Northwestern College (Iowa): Northwestern College’s athletic training master’s program reserves two spots each year just for WSC students. This is for those pursuing the 3+2 route as well as the traditional route.
- 3+2 Program with Midland University (Nebraska): The 3+2 pathway allows you to receive both your bachelor's degree in applied human and sport physiology from WSC and your master's degree in athletic training from Midland, all in five years. You'll complete three years at WSC, then two years at Midland. At the end of five years, you will receive your MAT and be ready to sit for the Board of Certification exam.
- 3+2 Program with Northwestern College (Iowa): The 3+2 pathway allows you to receive both your bachelor's degree in applied human and sport physiology from WSC and your master's degree in athletic training from Northwestern, all in five years. You'll complete three years at WSC, then two years at Northwestern. At the end of five years, you will receive your MAT and be ready to sit for the Board of Certification exam.
For program (four-year program at WSC): 57
For 3+2 program: Varies. Must complete 97 total hours at WSC before transferring to Midland or 90 total hours at WSC before transferring to Northwestern.
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120
Department: Health, Human Performance, and Sport
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world while pursuing an athletic training degree.
- Anatomical dissection
- Body composition assessment
- Functional movement assessment
- Health status and risk factor identification
- Prevention and care of injuries
- Fitness appraisal
- Injury evaluation and rehabilitation
- Exercise technique and prescription
- Biomechanical or motion analysis
- Chemistry and lab techniques
- Nutritional assessment
- Clinical, head, or assistant athletic trainer
- Sports medicine director
- Academic program director
- Durable medical equipment associate
- Orthopedic equipment sales representative
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Professional and Olympic organizations
- Youth sports facilities
- Physician practices and clinics
- Commercial health departments
- Police and fire departments
- Military organizations
Learn From the Best
Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the pre-athletic training program.
Paul McCawley, MSE
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the pre-athletic training program by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.
Clubs and Organizations
Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester. Examples of community and Service-Learning events include:
- World Heart Day: Provide free blood pressure screening, share heart health information and heart-healthy snacks, and facilitate recreation opportunities for local families and children
- Boomerfest: Help with this event geared towards seniors, a day created to give back to the older generation of the community, filled with education, food, dancing, and fun.
- Body tests - Help local high school wrestlers meet NSAA program guidelines by measuring their body composition and hydration levels.
- Clinics and conferences – Travel with other students to the NSCA clinic and CNOS conference to gain in-depth knowledge from industry experts in nutrition, mobility, training, sports medicine, and more.
- Recognition – Each year, the department awards and recognizes one student from each of the HHPS majors for their achievements.
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Before graduating with your degree in applied human and sport physiology, you’ll have a chance to earn credit through on-campus services like the wellness program or human performance lab, or anywhere you’d like to do an internship. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.