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Why choose WC?

Many of the benefits offered to Wilmington College Athletic Training students are described below. For a listing of the benefits we provide all WC students, visit Benefits of Being a WC Student.

A Letter from the Program Director

Greetings, thank you for your interest in Wilmington College and our Athletic Training program! As Program Director, I’d like to discuss some of the benefits of our program as you continue your college search.

  • The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the national accrediting agency for the profession of Athletic Training. Students must be a graduate of an accredited AT program to qualify for the BOC certification exam. Students must pass this exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.
  • Founded in 1974, our athletic training program is one of the oldest, largest and most productive in Ohio with a long, successful history of producing over 250 certified athletic trainers. In 1997, one of our students scored the highest in the nation!
  • Considered a “best-practice” model at the small-college level, WC Athletic Training faculty and students have been featured in full-color photographs on the cover of NATA News in April 2000— the monthly newsmagazine for Certified Athletic Trainers, as well as the cover of June 8, 2001 Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network Section—the weekly publication for all of higher education.
  • Students are actively involved in research. Between 2018 and 2020, sixteen students gave poster presentations at the state (OATA) annual meetings. In 2020, Alyssa McKenzie won the “OATA Exceptional Research Award” for Undergraduate Students, joining Kyle Arcaro (2018) and Taylor Priest (2019) in this honor.
  • Extensive involvement from physicians and other allied-health care professionals. These individuals serve as guest lecturers and teachers. In several classes our physicians teach students the skills necessary for evaluating potentially life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
  • The clinical education plan for Athletic Training is well-developed and includes early hands-on rotations in the state-of-the-art athletic training clinic, with sports teams and clinical rotations on and off campus.
  • We have a vast alumni network for job placement and immersive clinical experiences since most of our program graduates work in the state of Ohio. (The head athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Bengals and the head athletic trainer for the Kansas City Royals are graduates of our program.) We have graduates at all levels of athletic training.
  • The faculty and staff at WC are deeply committed to meeting individual student needs. Together, the seven full-time Athletic Training faculty and staff who teach and provide services have over 100 years of experience. WC is a private college that promotes understanding and respect for all people through the integration of its Quaker tradition, practices and beliefs. This non-discriminatory, social justice philosophy permeates throughout the program, and is a focal point in the development of caring attitudes toward injured athletes and patients.

If you are interested in pursuing athletic training as a career choice, we can certainly provide you with a challenging, comprehensive curriculum that, with hard work and dedication, can help you achieve your career goals. I invite you to visit campus to meet with faculty and current students. To request additional information, click on the recruit form link at the top of this page and complete the form. I will personally respond by sending you additional information.

You may also call the Admissions Office at the number below to make an individual appointment with me or to register for our “Sport Science Day”, or one of our “Inside Look Days”. We invite all of our interested students and families to spend the morning with us. We provide in-depth information about the program, the college and anything else you need to know about to help you make an informed decision. I think you will be impressed with what you hear and see. We want you to be a part of our entering cohort class. I look forward to talking with you soon! – J. Brett Massie