The Athletic Training Strategic Alliance (BOC, CAATE, NATA and NATA Foundation), under the lead of NATA and CAATE, have been actively engaged in a critical examination of what the appropriate professional degree level should be to best prepare athletic trainers for an integral role in the evolving health care system. The NATA Board of Directors and the Commissioners of the CAATE, with the full support of the Board of Certification and the NATA Research & Education Foundation, have agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master's level.
With this change in status of degree level, Wheeling Jesuit University Athletic Training Program will be applying for substantive change in October 2016 through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to change degree status from undergraduate to graduate level. The anticipated date of approval and offering of first class will be in the summer of 2019. The graduate program will be a comprehensive 2 year (6 semester) program with two routes to gain entry into the program.
- Students who receive a bachelor's degree and meets the required pre-requisites will be eligible to apply to the program.
- Students who enter into the exercise science program at Wheeling Jesuit University will be eligible to apply during their third year, or 6 semesters, in the program as long as they have completed their general education "core" requirements and meet the required pre-requisites set forth by the Athletic Training Program. This would allow the student to seamlessly transition from the Exercise Science Program to the Athletic Training Program and graduate with both the Exercise Science Undergraduate degree and Athletic Training Graduate degree.
Both options will allow the student to be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) national exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.
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