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Student Experience

Clinical Experience

As a healthcare professional program, the Whitworth Athletic Training Program integrates clinical rotations with course curriculum and designs these programs to prepare graduates to become certified athletic trainers. Your clinical experiences will take place in athletic, office/industrial and general medical settings both on site and off site at local clinics and agencies.

You'll have the opportunity to engage in five terms of clinical experience tailored to your individual goals, which may include rotations with Whitworth athletics, local colleges or high schools, a therapy clinic, and an urgent care or emergency department. Past students have completed athletic training clinical rotations at:

  • Gonzaga University
  • Spokane Chiefs Hockey
  • Seattle Sounders MLS
  • University of Montana Western
  • Local high schools including Gonzaga Prep, Mead, East Valley and North Central.

Athletic training students enrolled in clinical experiences are those who have met and can maintain all standards for program admission (including immunizations, technical standards, etc.). Students must also hold current CPR, AED and first aid certificates. Certain off-campus sites may require additional background checks, drug testing or clearances, which will be coordinated through the Athletic Training Program.

Study-Abroad Opportunities

The AT program encourages undergraduate students to study abroad during their time at Whitworth. In addition to a full semester abroad, several short-term study-abroad opportunities exist during Jan Term and May Term. Undergraduate students should discuss study-abroad opportunities and scheduling with their academic advisor and with AT Program Director Cynthia Wright.

Two opportunities specific to the Athletic Training Program 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 biannually during Jan Term and requires at least one year of Spanish-language proficiency. Past trips have included the following experiences:

  • A medical Spanish course
  • A medial internship experience in a Costa Rican healthcare facility
  • Home stays with Costa Rican families
  • Weekend trips to the beach (e.g. Puerto Viejo, Tárcoles)
  • Attendance at a local soccer game
  • Visits to various tourist sights (e.g. coffee plantation, Volan Poas)

The Seminar in Sports Medicine program in Japan exposes students to a comparative analysis of Eastern and Western philosophies of athletics healthcare. This course generally runs every third year during May Term (next program: summer 2019). Past programs have included visits to the following venues:

  • 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 home stays with Japanese families
  • The Hanshin Tigers' professional baseball team facility

Program Facilities

Dr. James P. Evans Athletic Training Center

Whitworth's athletic training center includes the Ben B. Cheney Treatment Center and faculty offices. The entire facility is designed and equipped with technologically advanced equipment, including modern therapeutic modalities, a hydrotherapy center, and a functional rehabilitation center. Also included in this space is a computer lab for exclusive use of athletic training students

Human Performance Lab

Whitworth's Human Performance Lab is housed in the Eric Johnston Science Building. This facility is used by several courses within the athletic training major to provide students with experiential opportunities in exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness prescription, and basic health sciences. These opportunities include instruction and practice with basic medical and advanced research equipment in labs, student-led original research projects, and application of fitness prescription and rehabilitation concepts with peer and campus populations.

Athletic Training Lab/Classroom

The athletic training lab is housed adjacent to the human performance lab in the Eric Johnston Science Center. This laboratory classroom is dedicated to the athletic training program and includes 13 treatment tables for practicing hands-on patient-care skills. The athletic training lab is well-stocked with the equipment and supplies necessary to practice athletic training skills such as taping, bandaging, first aid, CPR and orthopedic evaluation.