Athletes and active people put their bodies under stress often, sometimes even daily. Increased activity can sometimes lead to injury. In addition, all people need to know how to keep themselves healthy and injury-free. 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.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. in Applied Human and Sport Physiology
This 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 National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certification Exam.
For program: Hours may vary
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120
Popular minors: Biology, Psychology, Foods and Nutrition
School: Natural and Social Sciences
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.
- Knowledge of body structure and function
- Health status and risk factor identification
- Athletic performance and nutrition
- Prevention and care of injuries
- Fitness appraisal and injury evaluation
- Principles of strength and conditioning
- Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise prescription
- Kinesiology / biomechanics
- First aid and CPR
- Orthopedic injury examination techniques
- Injury rehabilitation
- Clinical athletic trainer
- Head athletic trainer
- Assistant athletic trainer
- Sports medicine director
- Academic program director
- Durable medical equipment associate
- Orthopedic equipment sales representative
- Public and private secondary 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, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. 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 a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education 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.