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Dave Dennis
Department Chair
Email: ddennis@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2164

Department of Athletic Training


A career in athletic training is unique because it combines a well-rounded knowledge of the sports industry with an expertise in training, conditioning and medicine. As an athletic trainer, you'll interact with athletes at all skill levels--from those on the little league team to those on a professional playing field. On any given day, you may find yourself administering emergency first aid, making medical decisions, devising and documenting treatment protocols or serving as a liaison to a physician. Your responsibilities may extend to the management of a training facility, patient education on health topics such as nutrition, exercise, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and communication with other colleagues under the "sports medicine" umbrella, including other athletic trainers, coaches, physicians, nurses, insurance companies and physical therapists.

Athletic Training Education Program Mission Statement

Wheeling Jesuit University's Athletic Training Education Program, as a subsidiary of the Department of Athletic Training, has a mission which is to reinforce the University's mission of educating young men and women for life, leadership, and service with and among others. In addition, the ATEP mission is to provide an exciting, educational, nurturing, and caring environment in which the student will learn skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, professionalism and respect for others while integrating the necessary professional, educational and clinical skills of an athletic trainer in accordance with the six practice domains of (a) prevention, (b) clinical evaluation and diagnosis, (c) immediate care, (d) treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning, (e) organization and administration, and (f) professional responsibility, with an ultimate goal of becoming an allied health care professional who will feel confident and comfortable providing the safest and best possible care to physically active individuals.

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