Program Mission

Athletic Training at Wilmington College (WC) is a full time, two-year program of study. Based on a solid foundation in the liberal arts with emphasis in the professional study of Sports Medicine, practical experience is provided by combining academic preparation with supervised clinical experiences. The program of study leads to a master’s degree in Athletic Training (MSAT). The Athletic Training Program is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the substantive change process. Any student who has completed a bachelor’s degree from WC or a regionally accredited four-year institution, and has completed the prerequisite requirements is eligible for consideration for admission to the WC MSAT. No specific undergraduate degree is required for program admission, but a strong background in basic sciences and a related field is desirable.

The program provides athletic training students with an effective blend of evidence-based didactic information, clinical experiences for skill and theory integration, and exposure to a variety of practice settings for athletic trainers. The WC AT program thoroughly addresses compliance with CAATE accreditation standards, from which the WC MSAT Program is seeking accreditation, and Board of Certification (BOC) requirements.

Upon graduation and completion of the academic and clinical components of the degree, students will be eligible to sit for Board of Certification (BOC) exam and State licensure. The WC MSAT Program is designed to educate each student about the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to work as part of an inter-professional, patient-centered healthcare team to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat all aspects of injury and illness. The vision of the program is to provide the region, state, and nation with competent healthcare providers ready to practice in a variety of settings and serve/advocate for the athletic training profession while maintaining the highest level of quality care through continued education.

Specific program learning outcomes for the WC MSAT Program include the following:

  1. Master Clinicians – To prepare athletic training students to exhibit clinical reasoning skills to recognize, analyze, synthesize information related to the discipline of athletic training and use evidence to answer clinical questions and guide clinical practice.
    2. Communicate – To prepare the students to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
    3. Evaluate – To prepare the students to become skillful in developing and conducting research and/or creative activities related to healthcare for a diverse patient population.
    4. BOC Exam Results – The development of foundational professional knowledge and clinical skills over a two-year period to prepare the students for successful completion of the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.