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. Clinical rotations will be tailored to individual goals and will include a minimum of...
- two semesters at our on-campus clinical site, working with Whitworth Athletics;
- one semester at a local college, high school or professional-sport venue;
- one half-semester rotation in a therapy clinic or industrial setting off campus;
- one half-semester rotation in a general medical setting (urgent care, emergency room, etc.).
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 or clearances, which will be completed through the Athletic Training Program and paid for by the student.
The AT program encourages students to study abroad during their time at Whitworth. In a healthcare professional program such as Whitworth's, opportunities for full-semester study abroad may be limited by course sequencing. However, several shorter study-abroad opportunities exist during Jan Term and May Term. Admitted 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: