Where there is sport, there will be injuries and the need for athletic trainers. These people are highly qualified and specialized health professionals who are trained in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. The undergraduate athletic training program at West Virginia University is a three year program where clinical experience is combined with challenging academic coursework.

The program requires students to complete various clinical experiences in the WVU athletic training rooms, local sports medicine clinics, high schools, and general medical rotation. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program, the students are eligible to take the Board of Certification examination. Once a student passes this examination, he or she can practice as a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and seek job opportunities at the professional, collegiate, secondary, clinical, or corporate setting. Students may also pursue a graduate degree or enroll in other health-related professions such as physical therapy, physician’s assistant, or medical school.