Accreditation and Cost
The athletic training major at DWU is accredited through Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and prepares students for the national certification exam given by the Board of Certification (BOC).
DWU's athletic training major is designed to prepare students to give the highest quality care to others while encouraging ethical and moral conduct as well as personal and professional growth.
Athletic training students at Dakota Wesleyan will gain valuable experience by working with certified athletic trainers, physicians, physicians' assistants and physical therapists. Students are allowed to begin observation as early as the first semester of their freshman year and may be fully accepted into the academic major by the beginning of their sophomore year.
Students are expected to study biology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, and other subject areas. All athletic training students must complete a minimum of 800 hours of field experience. After completing the required coursework and clinical and field experience, graduates take a national certification examination.
A majority of states, including South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, require athletic trainers to become licensed in that state before practicing. Undergraduate athletic training can also be a beneficial preparation for graduate degrees in athletic training, exercise physiology, physical therapy or medicine.
The profession of athletic training is one of the integral components of sports medicine. A certified athletic trainer is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care professional, just like nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. As certified athletic trainers, our graduates are responsible for the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries sustained in athletics.
In addition to DWU tuition costs, there is a $230 athletic training fee every semester
beginning the second semester of the freshman year. All students will be responsible for completing a criminal background check. Specifics can be obtained from the athletic training education chair or the clinical education coordinator. The student is responsible for the required vaccinations before being accepted into the athletic training major. Specific clothing may be required for clinical rotations. Each student will be provided one approved athletic training shirt. Cost of other clothing required for clinical rotations is the responsibility of the student. Each student is responsible for the costs of transportation for clinical rotations.