Athletic Training (B.S.)

Accreditation and Admission

The Athletic Training program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training. Students who wish to pursue this degree must be formally admitted to the program. This is a selective admissions program with a competitive admission process. Acceptance into the program is based on the admission material completed and submitted to the Program Director on or before March 15. To see all admissions requirements and to obtain admission materials, visit the Athletic Training Program page.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Mission Statement

The Athletic Training Program at Nebraska Wesleyan University prepares students for a career in athletic training by providing them the skills and knowledge to practice in a variety of settings while allowing opportunities for intellectual and personal growth within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Program Goals

NWU's Athletic Training Program will:

1. Provide students diverse classroom and clinical experiences that allow them to be active learners.

2. Prepare students to pass the BOC exam. (Our goal is to have at least an 80% first-time pass rate.)

3. Develop students who act as ethical and responsible athletic training professionals.

Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities required of an entry-level athletic trainer.
  2. Be prepared for employment in a variety of athletic training and healthcare settings.
  3. Employ skills and communication techniques appropriate for serving diverse patient populations.
  4. Recognize the importance of being involved in and network through professional organizations.
  5. Value ethical principles and behavior required of a healthcare professional.

 

AT 1270 Advanced Emergency Care (1 hour)

See HHP 1270 Advanced Emergency Care.

AT 1300 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 hours)

See HHP 1300 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries.

AT 2010 Athletic Training Clinical Experience I (2 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on advanced first aid and CPR with AED, spine boarding, emergency action plan implementation, heat and environmental related conditions, risk management and injury prevention, taping and wrapping of athletic injuries and protective equipment fitting and prevention, taping and wrapping of athletic injuries and protective equipment fitting and maintenance.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the ATP.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

AT 2020 Athletic Training Clinical Experience II (2 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on recognition and evaluation of the lower extremity sports injuries.
Prerequisite(s): AT 2010 Athletic Training Clinical Experience I.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

AT 2400 Physical Exam of the Lower Extremity (3 hours)

An in-depth study of the lower extremities including skills used to evaluate, treat and manage athletic injuries. Includes one 1-hour lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): Formal admission into ATP or BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II and junior standing and permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

AT 2410 Physical Exam of the Upper Extremity (3 hours)

An in-depth study of the upper extremities including skills used to evaluate, treat and manage athletic injuries. Includes one 1-hour lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): AT 2400 Physical Exam of the Lower Extremity.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

AT 2450 Therapeutic Modalities of Athletic Injuries (3 hours)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the theory, application, and knowledge of therapeutic modalities. The use of heat, cold, electrical, and other treatments will be explored. Includes one 1-hour lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the ATP, AT 2400 Physical Exam of the Lower Extremity, and permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
AT 3010 Athletic Training Clinical Experience III (2 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on recognition and evaluation of upper extremity injuries, and therapeutic modalities.
Prerequisite(s): AT 2020 Athletic Training Clinical Experience II.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

AT 3020 Athletic Training Clinical Experience IV (2 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis will be placed on conditioning and rehabilitation exercises for injuries.
Prerequisite(s): AT 3010 Athletic Training Clinical Experience III.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

AT 3330 Health Assessment (3 hours)

This course will provide skills required to conduct a holistic health assessment through comprehensive analysis of a patient's health status across the age continuum. Topics include: dermatological, cardiovascular, ear, nose and throat, neurological, respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, renal and urogenital, endocrine and metabolic systems, and psychological medical disorders.
Cross listed with HHP 3330.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
AT 3600 Rehabilitation of Injuries (3 hours)

This course involves learning essential components of a rehabilitation program including principles of therapeutic exercises, rehabilitation techniques and special therapeutic techniques. Includes one 1-hour lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the ATP, AT 2400 Physical Exam of the Lower Extremity, AT 2410 Physical Exam of the Upper Extremity and permission of instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
AT 4010 Athletic Training Clinical Experience V (2 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis is placed on medical conditions and disabilities, pharmacology, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, and psychosocial intervention and referral.
Prerequisite(s): AT 3020 Athletic Training Clinical Experience IV.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
AT 4020 Athletic Training Clinical Experience VI (2 hours)

This course provides clinical experience supervised by a Clinical Preceptor in an athletic training setting. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer software, health care administration, and professional development. Incorporated into this course will be a research project which serves as a capstone of the educational experiences at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Prerequisite(s): AT 4010 Athletic Training Clinical Experience V.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
AT 4350 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training (3 hours)

This course is designed to study the application of the organizational and administrative outlooks in regards to the field of athletic training. It will address emergency care situations in respect to proper record keeping, facility management, and scheduling of medical staff and equipment. In addition, an in-depth exploration of the requirements set forth by OSHA and other federal agencies will be incorporated into each learning environment.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the ATP, Junior standing, and permission of instructor.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
AT 4990 Senior Capstone (1 hour)

This senior capstone class is the final course for a degree in the Health and Human Performance Department. In a capstone experience, students will reflect on your academic growth while finalizing a customized electronic portfolio. The ePortfolio will be used to review and reflect on previous work, carryout an assessment of their academic career, and project a future vision for an intended career in their chosen field. This ePortfolio can be used for future academic goals as well as to serve as an aid for housing acquired material. No Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and a departmental major, or permission of the instructor.

BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours)

An introductory study of cellular physiology and tissues along with a comprehensive study of the integumentary skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, and special senses.
Three lectures per week.
Does not count toward a biology major or general education.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1090L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

BIO 1090L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1 hour)

Laboratory experiments and investigative exercises supporting BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1090.

BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours)

An introductory study of the blood, cardiovascular lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems in addition to metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance and acid-base balance of the body.
Three Lectures per week.
Does not count toward a biology major or general education.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I or permission of the instructor.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1100L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab.

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

BIO 1100L Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 hour)

Laboratory experiments and investigative exercises supporting BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II.
Pre or Corequisite(s): BIO 1100.

HHP 1270 Advanced Emergency Care (1 hour)

A study and application of the principles and techniques involved in the advanced administration of first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs). Students will earn American Red Cross certifications. Cross listed with AT 1270.
(Normally offered each semester.)

HHP 1300 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 hours)

A study of injuries common to athletic participants and the prevention and care of such injuries. Cross listed with AT 1300.
(Normally offered each semester.)

HHP 2010 Drugs in Modern Society (3 hours)

A course designed to develop and expand information about the use and abuse of drugs including: alcohol, tobacco, depressants, stimulants, narcotics, inhalants, club drugs, date rape drugs, hallucinogens, marijuana, sport enhancement drugs, prescription and OTC drugs. The course will include history of, and facts about the substances, the pharmacokinetic properties, the formation of laws, the victims, prevention, and approaches to treating the problem.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
HHP 2500 Basic Human Nutrition (2 hours)

This is a course designed to provide students with the basic scientific principles of nutrition focusing on their personal choices and experiences. The student will develop a definition of nutrition, and learn how nutrition has evolved. The student will be introduced to the concepts of: essential nutrient classifications, defining and developing a healthy diet, recommendations for specific nutrients, eating disorders, energy balance and obesity, body composition, lifetime nutrition (infancy to older adults), and food/beverage choices and the influence on chronic disease and optimal wellbeing.
(Normally offered each semester)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread
HHP 2650 Strength Training and Conditioning for Coaches (2 hours)

A course designed to provide coaches with solid guidelines for designing strength training and conditioning programs for athletes. The course will cover information on designing year-round programs, proper training technique, and physiological changes associated with training.

Prerequisite(s): HHP 1270 Advanced Emergency Care, BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

HHP 3850 Biomechanics and Kinesiology (4 hours)

This course integrates physics with human movement to provide understanding of human movement from a kinetic and kinematic perspective. Students will explore and apply these principles to a human movement or exercise of their choice. In the later part of the course, students will be exposed to the detailed structural kinesiology of the musculoskeletal system.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I and junior standing.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

HHP 4150 Physiology of Exercise (4 hours)

This course explores the physiological effects and adaptations of exercise using a system approach. Students will be exposed to the latest research in the field that contributes to our understanding of how the human body is designed for exercise and movement. Practical application of these principles will be explored during class and throughout the laboratory experience.
One 1.5 hour lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 1100 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II and junior standing.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

PSYCH 2450 Health Psychology (4 hours)

An introduction to the field of health psychology, which is devoted to understanding how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond to illness and disease. Topics will be discussed from local, national, and global perspectives, and will include the behavioral aspects of the health care system, exercise and nutrition, health-compromising behaviors, stress, AIDS, and the etiology and correlates of health, disease, and dysfunction.
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1010/PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Human Health and Disease Thread