Athletic Training, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Athletic Training
Department:Movement Sciences and Health
Building 72, Room 241
850.474.2592
http://uwf.edu/msh
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.0913
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 54

The Commission of Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) recently announced that the professional degree for athletic training will be at the master's level and that, effective fall 2022, baccalaureate programs may not admit, enroll, or matriculate students into the athletic training program. UWF plans to transition to a master’s degree in the summer of 2021.

The Athletic Training (AT) Program is designed to prepare students for a professional entry-level healthcare career in the athletic training profession. This program, specifically designed to meet national and state licensure requirements, is a two-year master's level program (54 credit hours) that combine classroom and clinical education teaching/learning strategies.  Students completing this MS degree program will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree is offered through the UWF Department of Movement Sciences and Health (MSH). The professional preparation courses in this program encompass the athletic training professional domains. The overall objectives of the Athletic Training Program are to instruct, evaluate, and provide hands-on experience for students in the following domains:

  1. Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion - Students identify injury, illness, and risk factors associated with participation in sport/physical activity and implement all components of a comprehensive wellness promotion plan and injury prevention program. 
  2. Examination, Assessment, and Diagnosis - Students conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the physically active individual and formulate an initial diagnosis of the injury and/or illness for the primary purposes of administering care or making appropriate referrals to physicians for further diagnosis and medical treatment. 
  3. Immediate and Emergency Care - Students provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute injuries according to accepted standards and procedures, including effective communication for appropriate and efficient referral, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow up care. 
  4. Therapeutic Intervention – Students plan, design, and implement a comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and/or reconditioning protocols that make use of appropriate rehabilitative equipment, manual therapy techniques, or therapeutic modalities for injuries and illnesses. 
  5. Healthcare Administration & Professional Responsibilities - Students plan, coordinate and supervise the administrative components of an athletic training program, comply with the most current Board of Certification (BOC) practice standards and state/federal regulations, and develop a commitment to life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice.

AT students are educated in cognitive and psychomotor skills related to recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses involving the physically active as well as risk management, health care administration, pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, and medical ethics and legal issues. In addition to the didactic courses, students are required to complete a minimum number of clinical education hours in a variety of settings.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students will graduate with a Master of Science in Athletic Training and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and a grade of C or better on all prerequisite courses. The following prerequisite coursework ("C" grade or higher) is required for admission:
    • Anatomy/Physiology with lab - 2 courses
    • Biology with lab - 1 course
    • Physics - 1 course
    • Biomechanics - 1 course
    • Chemistry - 1 course
    • Exercise Physiology - 1 course
    • Nutrition - 1 course
    • Psychology - 1 course
    • Statistics - 1 course
  • Preferred course work: 
    • Principles of Athletic Training or equivalent - 1 course
    • Functional Kinesiology - 1 course
  • 50 hours of observation under a licensed and certified athletic trainer
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation - one letter should be from a practicing athletic trainer
  • A resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent per the department website