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Dave Dennis
Department Chair
Email: ddennis@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2164

Department of Athletic Training


The profession of athletic training includes injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, wellness protection, immediate and emergency care, organizational and professional health and well‐being. As vital members of a medical team, certified athletic trainers provide immediate care for the physically active who sustain injuries and continuing such care as one goes through surgery, rehabilitation, and return to play. Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) is committed to the concept that professional education requires rigorous academic preparation that is cultivated by clinical experiences.

Grounded in Jesuit intellectual and religious traditions and core commitments of learning, research, economic development, and service, the mission of WJU's professional level Master of Athletic Training Program is to provide a comprehensive education blending the foundational behaviors of professional practice, competency content areas and clinical integration proficiencies though a learner-centered approach fostering confident, proficient, and competent certified athletic trainers.

The faculty and preceptors value providing students with enriching educational and clinical experiences promoting personal growth, communication skills, critical thinking skills, professional ethics, and life-long learning. Upon completion of the 64 credit curriculum and 800 hours of field experience (4 days a week, minimum), students will have the knowledge, skills and ability to sit for the Board of Certification exam.

Athletic Training Education Program Mission Statement

Wheeling Jesuit University's Athletic Training Program (ATP) as a subsidiary of the Department of Athletic Training has a mission which is to reinforce the University's mission of educating young men and women for life, leadership, and service with and among others. In addition, the ATP mission is to educate, disseminate, and apply knowledge in health and rehabilitation sciences. The department strives to develop critically thinking, innovative, and evidence-based professionals who engage in Jesuit tradition of life-long learning and leadership in the areas of clinical practice, research, and community service.

Wheeling University is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective May 4, 2020.

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