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.
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: