Athletic Training

Athletic Training Program


Welcome to the home page of the Concord University Athletic Training Program (ATP).  We are pleased you are interested in learning more about our major and our university.  Our program’s primary mission is to educate each of its students about the theoretical and clinical skills necessary to work effectively with the physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects of injury, illness and performance regarding physically active individuals. Students are presented with the didactic, psychomotor, and affective experiences that will lead them to be able to exercise sound and ethical judgment and critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to assist them in achieving satisfying careers and making positive contributions to their profession and communities. In addition, the ATP guides the student on the journey to become a lifelong learner through obligatory professional continuing education.

The ATP at CU is housed in the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Natural Science, Mathematics and Health.  We are proud to offer individualized attention and boast an average size of approximately 10 students per class within the major requirements.  We received our initial accreditation in 2004.  In 2009, the ATP received a 10-year award of continuing accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  This honor is the highest awarded.  It exemplifies the integrity and quality of our program.  We offer clinical assignments and observation opportunities within multiple professional settings, including: collegiate, high school, physical therapy, chiropractic, and general medical and orthopedic physician clinical rotations.

We are located atop the beautiful Appalachian Mountain ranges of southern West Virginia in Athens, 10 minutes from Interstate 77 and Pipestem Resort.  Most of our students are from the West Virginia area, but we have current students and ATP alumni from Michigan, Florida, New York and Japan.  Most of our graduates have gone directly to pursue Masters Degrees with eventual placement in collegiate, high school, clinical and even international settings.

We are proud of our Mountain Lion traditions and strive to provide the best education possible.  If you are interested in discovering more about our program, I encourage you to explore the information provided throughout our website.  If you have any questions about the Athletic Training Program at Concord University feel free to contact our Clinical Education Coordinator: Laura Wamsley (304-384-6264,  Good luck in all your future endeavors and we hope to meet you soon!


What is an Athletic Trainer?

Certified athletic trainers serve as the critical link between athletic programs, emergency medical services, and the medical community. Certified athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physician and provide a broad range of services to the physically active. Their primary responsibilities include injury prevention, recognition and evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries, organization and administration, education and counseling.

"The Concord University Athletic Training Program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)."