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The AT Program encourages students to study abroad during their time at Whitworth. As a healthcare professional program, opportunities for full semester study abroad may be limited by course sequencing. However, several shorter study abroad opportunities exist during Jan-term or May-term.
Two opportunities specific to Athletic Training majors include a Health Sciences trip to Costa Rica, and a Seminar in Sports Medicine in Japan. Additional study abroad courses open to all Whitworth students can be found on the Off-Campus Studies website.
The Health Sciences trip to Costa Rica typically runs annually during Jan-term. This trip includes a course in Medical Spanish as well as a medical internship experience in a Costa Rican healthcare facility. In addition to coursework and internships, students participate in home stays and cultural excursions. One year of Spanish language proficiency is required.
The “Seminar in Sports Medicine: Japan” exposes students to a comparative analysis of Eastern and Western philosophies of athletic health care. This course generally runs every third year during May term (next trip May 2013). Past tours have included visits to:
- Nobuhara Orthopedic Hospital
- Meiji School of Oriental Medicine
- Asics Biomechanics Lab
- Mizuno Human Performance Division
- Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima
- The ancient Cities of Kyoto and Nara
- Weekend homestays with Japanese families
- Hanshin Tigers Professional baseball team
Admitted students should discuss study abroad opportunities and scheduling with their academic advisor and the AT Program Director, Dr. Cynthia Wright.