About Us

University of West Alabama Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Athletic Trainers have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including: secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports, youth sports, physician offices, hospitals, outreach clinics, occupational health departments in commercial settings, police and fire departments and academies, branches of the military, and performing arts.

The UWA Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Staff play a key role in not only the university athletics, but also provide services to the community through our Physician’s Clinic and Secondary School Program. UWA AT&SMC partners with the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama to provide these services including athletics, athletic training, orthopedics, and sports medicine.

Accreditation

The University of West Alabama’s Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This program is designed to prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination. The curriculum requirements are met through the comprehensive athletic training major offered through the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. The curriculum requirements are met through the comprehensive athletic training major offered through the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. The program places strong emphasis on the practical clinical experience coupled with specific professional course work.

Mission Statements:

The University of West Alabama’s Athletic Training Education Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) to prepare students for the Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination. The curriculum requirements are met through the comprehensive athletic training major offered through the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.   The program places strong emphasis on the practical clinical experience coupled with specific professional course work. The University of West Alabama athletic training students put classroom concepts into practice by assisting staff athletic trainers with the day to day care of athletes in a variety of intercollegiate and interscholastic athletic training settings.  Training in these diverse athletic environments provides students with valuable clinical experience in a variety of sports and sports related injuries.

UWA Mission

The University of West Alabama is a state-supported, coeducational institution of higher learning governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor. As a regional institution, the University’s foremost commitment is to meeting the educational needs of the State and particularly of the West Alabama area. Valuing a diverse student enrollment, though, it also welcomes students from throughout the United States and from other countries.

The primary purpose of the University is to provide opportunities for students to pursue a quality education through associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and education specialist degrees in liberal arts, natural sciences and mathematics, pre-professional programs, nursing, technology, business, and education. Importance is placed on providing opportunities within the curricula for the development of enhanced skills in critical thinking, communication, leadership, and computer literacy. The University also seeks to provide students opportunities for growth beyond the classroom through a wide range of extracurricular activities, programs, and services and through the maintenance of an environment of cultural and intellectual diversity. Through the total educational experience that it provides and through its encouragement of the free exchange of ideas among faculty, administration, and students, the University attempts to assist its students in developing the important qualities of independent thinking and respect for the ideas of others and in building firm foundations of personal integrity and character in order to realize their quests for a philosophy of life and for self-fulfillment.

At the University of West Alabama, the emphasis is upon the traditional learner, but the institution is also committed to furthering the concept of lifelong learning and to serving the non-traditional student. It considers among its clientele are high schools, businesses and industries, governmental agencies, and professional workers. In serving these diverse publics, the institution employs not only traditional means of delivery, but it also seeks to expand its use of innovative technologies, including distance learning, and to networking with other educational institutions and agencies in order to more comprehensively address the needs of its region.

In fulfilling its mission, the University seeks to employ a vibrant, talented, and diverse faculty. In the recruitment and retention of this faculty, as with all members of the University community, the institution, consistent with its academic heritage, maintains an openness to all qualified persons.

Excellence in teaching and advising is paramount to the faculty, but the members are also committed to providing leadership and fostering positive growth throughout West Alabama through research and public service, with primary emphasis on that which meets the educational, social, cultural, and economic needs of the region.

UWA Vision

To offer quality education and effective services while establishing a model for leadership in our region and beyond

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am-11:00 am (August-mid May)

Walk-Ins Welcome | Appointments Appreciated

1 College Drive, UWA Station 14,

Livingston Alabama 35470

(205) 652-3714

Fax: (205) 652-3799