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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. 

You'll have the opportunity to engage in five terms of clinical experience tailored to your individual goals, which typically includes 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
  • University of Washington
  • Amazon
  • Local high schools including Gonzaga Prep, Mead, East Valley and North Central

Program Facilities

State-of-the-Art Health Science Building

Whitworth University continues to expand its graduate health program portfolio and invest in its expert faculty team with its new 38,000-square-foot health sciences building. This building houses doctoral programs in physical and occupational therapy as well as the master's in athletic training program to intentionally support and encourage interprofessional collaboration. It includes a motion analysis research lab, exercise physiology labs, anatomy labs, simulation labs, dedicated classroom and functional lab spaces, and a practice clinic. The new facilities reflect Whitworth's commitments to quality, faculty, student and staff support, accessibility and environmental sustainability. Click the button below to learn more.


Athletic Training Lab/Classroom

The athletic training program has two classrooms exclusively available for program use; both include the treatment tables, specializing equipment and supplies necessary to practice hands-on athletic training skills. 

Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Lab provides students with experiential opportunities in exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness prescription and basic health sciences.

Dr. James P. Evans Athletic Training Center

Whitworth Athletics clinical site serves the university’s athletic population with spaces for comprehensive athletic training services including taping, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy.

Study-Abroad Opportunities (undergraduate students only) 

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.

One opportunity specific to athletic training students is a seminar in sports medicine in Japan. Additional study-abroad courses open to all Whitworth students can be found on the off-campus programs webpage.

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. 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