Bachelor’s Program

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Dakota Wesleyan University will discontinue the Bachelor of Science in athletic training after 2017. The information in this section is available for those students currently enrolled in the bachelor's program.

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In Addition to Your Tuition Costs:

  • There will be a $230 athletic training fee every semester beginning the second semester of your first year.
  • For $40-$70, we will complete your criminal background check. (You can make your arrangements with or ask questions of Dr. Dan Wagner, the athletic training education chair, or Dr. Lana Loken, the clinical education coordinator.)
  • To ensure you stay healthy as you take care of others, you will need to complete the required vaccinations before acceptance.
  • Each year you are in the program, we will give you one athletic training shirt and you will be able to choose the rest of your clinical rotation uniforms.
  • Transportation costs are your responsibility during your clinical rotations. Take this opportunity to carpool with your classmates, get to know them better and study for that next exam!

AT Course Descriptions

ATN 110 Introduction to Athletic Training

3 Hours

This introductory survey course in the discipline of athletic training includes coursework in the basic components of a comprehensive injury prevention program, common risk factors, the body's response to injury, elements of an emergency care plan, and fundamental aspects of athletic injury recognition and treatment. Two lectures, one laboratory.

ATN 255 Rsearch Methds Health & Sciences I

1 Hours

This is a first in a series of courses that are intended to introduce concepts, theories and utilization for consumption and practice of research in scientific and clinical practices. This course introduces conceptual frameworks and theories of clinical research and evidence based practice. It will also explore concepts of basic statistical analysis and utilization of research as evidence.

ATN 320 Human Nutrition

3 Hours

This course is a comprehensive investigation concerning the basics of nutrition, common eating disorders, methods of weight control and special needs of athletes, including an examination of the common techniques of body composition analysis.

ATN 330 Pathology & Evaluation of Injury I

3 Hours

This course is a comprehensice study of the commonly accepted techniques used to clinically evaluate athletic injuries and illness for the purpose of determining the type and severity as well as the prescription of appropriate treatment and/or referral. Students will investigate typical symptoms and common clinical signs associated with athletic injuries and illnesses, including common contributing etiological factors. This course focuses primarily on the upper body. Prerequisite: BIO 211.

ATN 335 Pathology & Evaluation of Injury II

3 Hours

This course is a comprehensice study of the commonly accepted techniques used to clinically evaluate athletic injuries and illness for the purpose of determining the type and severity as well as the prescription of appropriate treatment and/or referral. Students will investigate typical symptoms and common clinical signs associated with athletic injuries and illnesses, including common contributing etiological factors.This course focuses primarily on the lower body. Prerequisite: BIO 211.

ATN 355 Research Methds Health/Science II

1 Hours

This is the second in a series of courses that are intended to introduce concepts, theories and utilization for consumption and practice of research in scientific and clinical practices. This course will familiarize students with research methodologies and analysis techniques. This includes gathering data and compiling a review of literature in order to support the development of a research project. Pre-requisites: ATN255. Co-requisite: MTH200 or equivalent.

ATN 390 Therapeutic Modalities

3 Hours

This course involves a comprehensive study of the physical principles, physiological effects, indications, contraindications, safety precautions and standard operating procedures of the therapeutic modalities commonly used in the treatment of athletic injuries. It also includes current pain control theories, the body's personal response to trauma and inactivity, as well as the role and function of various pharmacological agents used in the field of sports medicine. Prerequisites: ATN 330 andATN 335.

ATN 395 Therapeutic Exercise

3 Hours

This course examines the components of a comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning program. Subjects to be covered include: determining therapeutic goals and objectives, selecting therapeutic modalities and developing criteria for progression of therapy and return to competition. Prerequisite: ATN 390.

ATN 397 Medical Aspects & Pharm Interv. I

3 Hours

This is the first of two courses intended to introduce students to various health-related issues and associated pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. This course is taught in a system-based approach. Systems to be covered in the sequence of courses will include: respiratory, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, genitourinary, gynecological, Ear/Nose/Throat, neurological, dermatological, immune, musculoskeletal, and reproductive. Guest speakers will assist the instructor by presenting enhancing topics in addition to regular class meetings.

ATN 398 Med Aspects/Pharm Interv. II

2 Hours

This is the second of two courses intended to introduce students to various health-related issues and associated pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. This course is taught in a system-based approach. Systems to be covered in the sequence of courses will include: respiratory, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, genitourinary, gynecological, Ear/Nose/Throat, neurological, dermatological, immune, musculoskeletal, and reproductive. Guest speakers will assist the instructor by presenting enhancing topics in addition to regular class meetings.

ATN 455 Organ/Admin for Healthcare Profess

2 Hours

This course is designed to familiarize students with the various administrative and management responsibilities of athletic training. The course primarily focuses on the management dynamics of athletic training facilities, including personnel, students, facilty design, purchasing and budgeting of financial resources. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

HLT 310 Advanced Emergency Skills for Profe

2 Hours

This course is designed to teach the student advanced emergencies skills such as airway management, 1 and 2 person CPR, AED, Oxygen Administration and basic first skills. Credit is granted only upon successful completion of the course, or by verified certification from an approved agency and successful completion of a challenge test of skills evaluated by a faculty member certified by an approved agency to provide training. The course is set as a lecture/lab combination.

SPX 240 Methods of Weight & Conditioning

3 Hours

This course studies the various methods and techniques used in free-weight training and conditioning. The focus of study will be targeted toward sport-specific exercises, progression of exercise, methods of determining strength, lifting and spotting techniques, and plyometric exercise. Prerequisite: BIO 220 or consent of instructor.

SPX 305 Eval & Prescip of Hlt & Fitness Prg

3 Hours

This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge in health and fitness assessment. Areas of study include population characteristics, common fitness evaluation tools, test design, criteria for termination and documentation of results. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 Hours

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems at all levels of organization. Topics include cell biology, histology, developmental anatomy and pathological conditions relevant to students majoring in the health sciences. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: concurrent or prior enrollment in CHM 113 or CHM 150 is strongly recommended.

BIO 330 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Hours

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems at all levels of organization. Other topics include fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, and pathological conditions relevant to students majoring in the health sciences. Three lectures and one laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 113 or CHM 150 or by permission of the instructor; BIO220 is stongly recommended.

MTH 200 Statistical Methods I

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to descriptive statistics, including graphs, sampling distributions, measures of central tendency, probability theory, hypothesis testing through nonparametic tests, confidence intervals, correlation and regression. Statistical applications, hypotheses testing and the use of statistical software for graphing is emphasized. Prerequisite: MTH 125 or consent of instructor. General Education: Critical and Collaborative Thinking – Quantitative Reasoning (beginning fall 2009) General Education: Mathematics (prior to 2009)

MTH 350 Statistical Methods II

3 Hours

This project-oriented course in statistics and experimental design includes categorical analysis, multiple regression, the analysis of variance, factor analysis and other statistical techniques as appropriate. Prerequisite: MTH 200.

PSY 443 Abnormal Psychology

3 Hours

This course is a study of the dynamics of abnormal personality development and behavior, including a comprehensive study of the origin, symptoms and treatment of psychological disorders. Students will be exposed to the diverse aspects of clinical psychology. Prerequisite: Six credit hours of psychology courses.

SPX 315 Kinesiology

3 Hours

This course examines the kinesiological, anatomical and mechanical concepts requisite to critical assessment, description and qualitative analysis of human exercises, sport and locomotive activities. Two lectures, one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO 220.

SPX 410 Physiology of Exercise

3 Hours

This course investigates the physiological adjustments of the human organism to exercise, including neuromuscular, metabolic and cardiorespiratory changes that occur with acute and chronic exercise, and the influence of such variables as nutrition, drugs, environment, gender, age, training and body weight. Prerequisite: BIO 122.

ATN 250 Clinical Applc in Athltc Trn I

2 Hours

This course is focused on three objectives: the construction and application of special protective devices; the application of tape as a means of support and stabilization; and the palpable anatomy relevant to injury evaluation.

ATN 251 Practicum in Athletic Training I

2 Hours

This course focuses on the supervised clinical experiences associated with established procedures regarding the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition, this course deals specifically with issues related to the protocols of HOPS, HIPSand SOAP.

ATN 252 Practicum in Athletic Training II

2 Hours

This course focuses on the supervised clinical experiences associated with establishing procedures regarding the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitaion of athletic injuries, with specific emphasis on the management and evaluation of lower extremity injuries.

ATN 351 Practicum in Athletic Training III

2 Hours

This course focuses on the supervised clinical experiences associated with establishing procedures for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitaion of athletic injuries, with specific emphasis applied to upper extremity injuries, pharmacology and skin disorders.

ATN 352 Practicum in Athletic Training IV

2 Hours

This course focuses on the supervised clinical experiences associated with establishing procedures for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitaion of athletic injuries, with specific emphasis on the application of therapeutic modalities.

ATN 451 Practicum in Athletic Training V

2 Hours

This course focuses on the supervised clinical experiences associated with established procedures for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and provides a comprehensive review of the requisite clinical skills of an athletic trainer.

ATN 452 Practicum in Athletic Training VI

2 Hours

This course focuses around the supervised clinical experiences associated with procedures developed for the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. This coures specificallly addreses the mastery of the enrty-level non-orthopedic skills needed for senior level athletic training students. This course will also serve as a study preparation course for the BOC exam.

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