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Athletic Training, Sports, and Wellness


Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.

For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:

College of Arts, Education and Sciences
College of Business Administration and Information Science
Venango College

For students seeking information about degree programs prior to fall 2014, it is available in the 2013-15 Undergraduate Catalog or in the 2013-15 Graduate Catalog.

A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.


Athletic Training, Sports, and Wellness (ATSW)

The Athletic Training, Sports, and Wellness (ATSW) programs are designed to give the student a solid foundation for success in this expanding field. Graduates work as athletic trainers, administrators, or fitness directors at fitness clubs and YMCA/YWCAs, manage sports teams, run municipal recreation departments, and serve as coaches. Students can choose from a variety of options including either a bachelor's degree program in athletic training, a liberal studies degree with concentrations in athletic coaching or sports management, a minor in sports management, or athletic coaching (which includes a National Level III Certification). Check specific Websites for details, updates, and requirements for each program.

The Athletic Training, Sports, and Wellness (ATSW) programs currently offer three distinct areas of specialization:

  • Athletic Training Education,

  • Sports Management, and

  • Athletic Coaching Education.

Each of these exceptional programs has been designed to give the student a solid foundation for success in these ever expanding fields. Graduates may work as athletic trainers, athletic administrators, fitness directors, facility managers, manage sports teams, run municipal recreation departments, and serve as coaches at all levels. Students can choose from a variety of specialization levels including either the Bachelor of Science degree program in Liberal Studies and Concentrations in Athletic Training, Sports Management or Athletic Coaching.

A Minor degree program is available for Sports Management and Athletic Coaching (which includes the National Level III certification). And an Athletic Coaching Verification Program is an option for education majors who will pursue a career in teaching. Please speak with an academic advisor or check specific websites for details, updates, and requirements for each program.

 

Athletic Training Education Program

Athletic Training Profession Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are board certified health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity.  As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Certified Athletic Trainers can be found in various work settings such as secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals, clinics, physician offices, sports medicine clinics, military and law enforcement, industrial and commercial, and the performing arts.

Athletic Training Program Through a collaborative agreement with California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University students can earn a bachelor's degree in athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania. Concurrently, students are able to take a series of general education courses allowing them the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in athletic training from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

 

Admission into the Athletic Training Program

During the first year, students planning to apply for admission into the Athletic Training Program must complete specific courses, including Anatomy & Physiology I and II, General Psychology, Health Education, and Introduction to Athletic Training. Students must obtain a quality-point average (QPA) of 3.0 to be eligible to apply for the Athletic Training Program. During the freshman year, pre-professional students must also complete a pre-profressional observation experience. These observation experiences must take place on the Clarion campus during practices and games with Clarion's varsity teams.

 

Curriculum

The Athletic Training Program consists of 120 credits and can be completed in four years. Of the 72 credits which must be completed in the Arts & Sciences, all but 22 are encompassed by the core classes in Athletic Training. These additional 22 credits can be comprised of any Arts & Sciences courses. The 48 credits required in General Education are structured to fulfill the requirements of both the B.S. in Liberal Studies at Clarion University and the B.S. in Athletic Training at California University of Pennsylvania.


Athletic Training Requirements

FIRST SEMESTER/CREDITS

BIOL 251/261: Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab), 4 credits
ENG 111: Writing II, 3
SC 113: Public Speaking, 3
PSY 211: General Psychology, 3
Mathematics requirement, 3
                    Total    16

SECOND SEMESTER

BIOL 252/262: Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab), 4 credits
ATSW 150: Introduction to Athletic Training, 3
HPE 111: Health Education, 2
HPE: Personal Performance, 1
ENG 130: Literary Experience or        
ENG 200: Composition and Literature or
ENG 307: Business Writing, 3
CIS 110: Intro to Computer Info Systems or
CIS 217: Applications of Microcomputers, 3
                    Total    16

THIRD SEMESTER

ATE 204: Athletic Training Clinical Ed. I, 2 credits
ATE 225: Evaluation Techniques I, 4
HSC 275: Functional Kinesiology, 3
ATSW 300: Emergency Medical Technician, 4
General Education Elective, 3
                    Total 16

FOURTH SEMESTER

ATE 204: Athletic Training Clinical Ed I, 2 credits
AE 265: Evaluative Techniques II, 4
HSC 290: Therapeutic Modality and Lab, 4
SOC 211: Principles of Sociology, 3
General Education Elective, 3
                    Total 16

FIFTH SEMESTER

ATE 305: Athletic Training Clinical Ed II, 2 credits
ATE 330: Therapeutic Exercise and Lab, 4
ATE 425: Admin. Strategies in Ath. Training, 2
Science Elective, 3
Social/Behavioral Science elective, 3
                    Total     14

SIXTH SEMESTER

ATE 305: Athletic Training Clinical Ed II, 2 credits
ATE 315:General Medical Assessment, 3
HSC 325: Physiology of Exercise, 3
FIT 400: Int. Sport Performance Training, 3
Humanities elective, 3
                    Total     14

SEVENTH SEMESTER

ATE 400: Ortho Evaluations in Sport Med, 1 credits
ATE 405: Athletic Training Clinical Ed III, 2
ATE 440     Pharmacology, 2
ATE 460: Sports Medicine Research, 3
Humanities elective, 3
Arts & Science elective, 3
                    Total    14


EIGHTH SEMESTER

ATE 400: Ortho Evaluations in Sport Med, 1 credits
ATE 405: Athletic Training Clinical Ed III, 2
Arts & Sciences electives, 12
                    Total     15

 

Athletic Coaching Education Program

The athletic coaching education program is comprised of three distinct levels of specialization designed to meet the needs of all students interested in pursuing an education in the mastery of coaching. The minimum requirement for the athletic coaching program “verification” is 13 credits. A total of 18 credits is required for successful completion of the athletic coaching program “minor” which includes the Nationally Accredited Level III Athletic Coaching Certification.

The B.S. Liberal Studies degree is also available with a concentration in Athletic Coaching. These programs were developed for students who intend to coach in interscholastic programs, youth sport or community recreation programs. It is not a degree program in physical education, but rather a specialized curriculum designed to provide those interested in coaching with a fundamental, educationally sound basis from which to pursue their coaching goals. The program is open to all students; however, the athletic coaching verification was specifically designed for education majors who want to combine coaching expertise with a teaching degree.

Many non-education majors have found the athletic coaching program minor and certification to be an excellent addition to their current major. The B.S. Liberal Studies degree with a Concentration in Athletic Coaching is geared toward students who wish to pursue athletic coaching as a fulltime career in the collegiate or professional ranks. 


Athletic Coaching Verification, Minor, National Level III Certification, and Concentration

Athletic Coaching (Verification)
requirements are 13 credits.


Athletic Coaching (Minor)
and nationally accredited Level III Certification requirements are 18 credits.


B.S. in Liberal Studies with Concentration in Athletic Coaching
requires 29 credits in ATSW coaching courses.

 

ATHLETIC COACHING (VERIFICATION)–13 credits
This option is designed for those students wishing to have athletic coaching as their area of emphasis.

Required:
ATSW 406: Athletic Injuries: Prevention, Recognition, and Evaluation, 4 credits
ATSW 407: Physiological Foundations of Coaching, 3
ATSW 408: Principles and Problems of Athletic Coaching, 3
ATSW 409 Kinesiological Foundations of Coaching, 3


MINOR in ATHLETIC COACHING & NATIONAL LEVEL III CERTIFICATION IN ATHLETIC COACHING–18 credits
Must include the courses above for the athletic coaching verification plus one of the following theory and techniques courses:
ATSW 350: Theory and Techniques of Coaching, 2 credits
ATSW 351: Theory and Techniques of Coaching Basketball, 2
ATSW 352: Theory and Techniques of Coaching Baseball and Softball, 2
ATSW 354: Theory and Techniques of Coaching Football, 2
Required Athletic Coaching Field Experience
COOP 444: Athletic Coaching Internship, 3


B.S. LIBERAL STUDIES WITH ATHLETIC COACHING CONCENTRATION
Must include the courses listed above for the athletic coaching minor plus one additional theory and techniques course and:
ATSW 333: Fitness for Wellness, 3 credits
ATSW 334: Food, Fitness, and Weight Management, 3
ATSW 440: Sports Facility and Event Management, 3

 

Sports Management Program


The Sports Management Program is comprised of two curricular choices: B.S. Liberal Studies degree with a Concentration in Sports Management, and a Minor in Sports Management. Both choices offer a focused curriculum designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills specifically applicable to sports and recreation organizations.

The B.S. Liberal Studies degree with a Concentration in Sports Management requires dedicated coursework including anchor courses such as Sports Management and Sports Facilities and Event Management. A minimum of 39 credits on the right side of the check sheet must be 300 level courses or above.


With the emphasis on a health conscious society today, there is a growing need to have individuals capable of efficiently and effectively managing a variety of sport facilities ranging from YMCAs to fitness clubs. Clarion has made it possible to complete the Sports Management Program as a supplement to your choice of any academic major. Students pursuing a Sports Management Minor will likely pursue entry-level jobs in the field or continue to graduate programs in Sports Management. Additionally, the skills and knowledge acquired in the program are applicable in many other industries.

The requirement for the Sports Management Minor is 21 credits. Please consult your advisor and/or check sheet for specific requirements.


SPORTS MANAGEMENT MINOR–21 credits

Required:
ACTG 201: Intro to Accounting Survey ...............................3
ECON 175: Economics of Free Enterprise
       and Public Policy..........................................................3
SOC 410: Sociology of Sports..............................................3
    OR
ATSW 380: Fundamentals of Sport in American Society .. 3
ATSW 408: Principles and Problems of Athletic Coaching.3
ATSW/MGMT 430: Sports Management..............................3
ATSW 440: Sports Facility and Event Management............3
COOP 447: Co-op Experience.....................................3


B.S. LIBERAL STUDIES WITH SPORTS MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
A minimum of 39 credits on the right side of the check sheet must be at or above the 300 level.  

ATSW 370: Women in Sport, 3
ATSW 380: Fundamentals of Sport in American Society, 3
ATSW/MGMT 430: Sports Management, 3
ATSW 440: Sports Facility and Event Management, 3
MGMT 320: Management Theory and Practice, 3
COOP 447: Co-op Experience, 3-12
Choose one of the following: ECON 175, 211, or 212, 3

 

Sports Management (BSLS) Degree Outcomes
1. Students graduating from Clarion University with an BS
LS Degree in Sports Management will be able to develop
a comprehensive plan for a sport team that includes basic
sport management elements such as a marketing strategy,
promotional materials, game day management, personnel
management, budget planning, risk management, and
equipment management.
2. Students graduating from Clarion University with an BS
LS Degree in Sports Management will be able to design
a marketing and promotional plan for a competitive sport
season that will result in increased attendance at the
competition/event.
3. Students graduating from Clarion University with an BS
LS Degree in Sports Management will be able to publicly
communicate a marketing and promotional plan to a group
of people.
4. Students graduating from Clarion University with an BS
LS Degree in Sports Management will be able to identify
career opportunities in sport management and provide
strategies for pursuing employment.