Athletic Training

Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major:Athletic Training
Department:Building 72, Room 241
(850) 474-2592
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.0913
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The Commission of Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) recently announced that all athletic trainers will need a master’s degree in the near future and that, effective 2022, no students can enroll in a bachelor’s degree in athletic training program to meet requirements for certification. Thus, the UWF Athletic Training Program is preparing to transition from a BS in Athletic Training to a MS in Athletic Training and is no longer accepting freshman into the university to pursue an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training.  However, there is a place for students currently enrolled in the Athletic Training Undergraduate Program who meet the academic criteria for the BS in Athletic Training degree to complete their degree before the university transitions to the MS in Athletic Training.  Students seeking an undergraduate pathway to a Masters in Athletic Training Program can enter the UWF undergraduate Exercise Science Program at UWF.

The Athletic Training (AT) major is designed to prepare students for an entry-level allied healthcare career in the athletic training profession (high school athletics, college/university athletics, professional sport teams, industrial, or sports medicine clinic/outreach settings). This program, specifically designed to meet national and state licensure requirements, includes a three-year comprehensive plan of study starting in the sophomore year that combines classroom and clinical education components. Students graduating from this program may be eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Board of Certification (BOC) examination and athletic training state licensure/certification in Florida (as well as other states). BOC exam eligibility requirements are defined in the ATP Retention and Program Progression Guidelines.  Contact the Program Director for this information. The AT major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This is a limited access program and acceptance to the University does not constitute admission to the upper division portion of the Athletic Training major. A separate application must be made to the department during spring semester of the sophomore year.

Program Requirements

Students may declare a preliminary major in Athletic Training, but may not enroll in the initial clinical course (ATR 3812 Athletic Training Clinical I) until the fall semester of each year after being formally admitted to this limited access program. Acceptance into the program is competitive.  Minimum application requirements are based on the prerequisites for entry into ATR 3812. The  AT student must earn a grade of "C” or better in all major and major-related courses to graduate. Additionally, students admitted into the athletic training major must adhere to the program retention policies as outlined in the Athletic Training Student Handbook.  BOC certification exam eligibility requirements are defined in the program retention policies.  For more information, contact the Director of Athletic Training Education.

Admission Requirements

Students with an interest in the Athletic Training major should contact the Director of Athletic Training to discuss this rigorous program before declaring this as a preliminary major. Students must be accepted into this limited access program before beginning upper division course work.

Graduation requirements for the program are:

  • Complete application documents to the Athletic Training Program
  • Fulfill admission and retention requirements for the Athletic Training Program
  • Grade of "C"or better in all major and major-related courses
  • Adhere to ATP Retention and Progression Guidelines.