Why choose WC?
10 Reasons for Choosing Wilmington College Athletic Training
- Each student accepted into the athletic training program receives a $5,000.00 scholarship paid over three years. Students are given $1,500.00 their sophomore and junior years and $2,000.00 their senior year.
- Steeped in 30 years of tradition, the program has been extremely successful in preparing over 200 graduates to pass the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) exam to become Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC). With this large number of graduates we have developed an extensive alumni network for job placement. Upon graduation we will use this network to find you a job or acceptance into graduate school.
- National award winners. In 1997, Linda Tecklenburg '96 won the Eddie Wojecki Achievement Award for the highest score on the NATABOC exam. Linda received a $2,000 prize from the NATA. Undergraduate Scholarship Awards have been presented to Jennifer Judy '97, Chandalar Alborn '98, S. Jill Cropper '98 and Kaitlyn Donohoe '08. Each student received a $2,000 scholarship from the NATA for their accomplishments in athletic training and student leadership. NATA graduate scholarships have been awarded to Chandalar Alborn ‘98 and Megan Woodruff '03, each received $2,000.
- 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. In 2005 five senior students and 2006 four senior students gave poster presentations at the state (OATA) and district (GLATA) annual meetings. In 2005, Michael Moore, and in 2006 Kristin Stanton won the "OATA Exceptional Research Award" for undergraduate students. Each senior AT major completes a semester long research project of their choice and submitts their findings for publication and presentation.
- 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 room, with sports teams, and the campus medical clinic. Supervised off-campus rotations also include the Kettering Sports Medicine Center, local high school's, Clinton Memorial Hospitals emergency room and physical therapy department, and an off campus internship of the student’s choice. In the past this has included professional sports teams such as the Cincinnati Reds and Dayton Dragon's(baseball), Cincinnati Bengals (football), and Cincinnati Cyclones (hockey).
- Unlike many other schools, students who major in Athletic Training at Wilmington College have an opportunity to participate in the highly competitive forum of NCAA athletics. AT mjors are allowed to participate in one intercollegiate sport. Many programs will not allow AT majors to play a sport and graduate in four years.
- The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accredition 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 NATA-BOC certification exam. Students must pass this exam to become a Certified Atheltic Trainer.
- The faculty and staff at WC are deeply committed to meeting individual student needs. Together, the six full-time Athletic Training faculty and staff who teach and provide services have over 65+ 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.