College of Health and Public Affairs
Department of Health Professions,
Health and Public Affairs II, Room: 118/119
Dr. Kristen C. Schellhase
- The Athletic Training Program admitted the final undergraduate cohort in summer 2018 and will transition to the graduate level in 2019. Students interested in the Master of Athletic Training degree program should consult an advisor about an appropriate undergraduate degree and visit https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/hp/athletic-training-program/masters/
- Students may only begin the Athletic Training Program in the Summer B semester.
- A separate application to this competitive restricted access program must be made to the Athletic Training Program by March 1st. Acceptance into the University for the summer semester is necessary before acceptance into the Athletic Training Program can occur. Acceptance into the University does not constitute acceptance into the Athletic Training Program.
- The Athletic Training Program is planning to transition to a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree in the 2019-2020 academic year. Students must meet the requirements below, apply by March 1, 2018, and complete the Bachelor of Science degree program by the end of spring of 2020. Students who are concerned about the timeline should seek academic advising.
- Students must meet the following requirements: a minimum of a 2.75 overall grade point average after all transfer courses are evaluated; a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in the Common Program Prerequisites (CPP); and a minimum of 100 documented clock hours volunteering/shadowing with a certified athletic trainer (ATC) prior to application. At least 50 of these hours must be obtained within a high school, college, and/or professional setting.
- Completion of an AA degree from a Florida College or completion of UCF’s General Education Program (GEP) must occur before beginning the Athletic Training Program.
- The Athletic Training Program is work-intensive and courses include clinical practice in a variety of settings. Due to this intensity, it is strongly recommended that students be at least one year post high school prior to applying to the program.
Technical Standards Requirement
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 provides comprehensive civil rights protection to people with disabilities. The ADA “prohibits all programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from discrimination against individuals with disabilities who are ‘otherwise qualified’ to participate in those programs”. However, there are essential requirements needed in order for a person to meet the standard of care for the athletic training profession and meet licensing/certification requirements. The Supreme Court has stated that physical qualifications could lawfully be considered as “technical standards(s) for admission”.
- The institution/program may not exclude an ‘otherwise qualified” applicant due to a disability if the institution/program can reasonably modify the program or facilities to accommodate the student with the disability. The institution/program is not required to fundamentally alter” the program nor create an “undue burden” on itself.
- The Athletic Training Program at the University of Central Florida is a rigorous and intense program that places specific requirements and demands on students. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals engaged in physical activity. The technical standards set forth by the Athletic Training Program establish the physical, cognitive, and attitudinal abilities considered necessary for an entry level athletic trainer. Further, the technical standards attempt to reflect the necessary skills and abilities needed to meet the expectations of the Program’s accrediting agency (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, or CAATE) and the Board of Certification (BOC(c)) Practice Analysis.
- The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to and matriculating through the UCF Athletic Training Program:
- Students must possess the mental capacity (without assistance from an intermediary) to integrate, synthesize, analyze, and problem solve in order to effectively examine and treat patients with injuries and illnesses. Students must be able to perform the above quickly in an emergency situation and it a timely manner otherwise.
- Students must possess sufficient cognitive, postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, ambulation, and coordination to perform appropriate patient examinations and interventions using accepted techniques, as well as accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials for such purposes. Students must be able to perform the above quickly in an emergency situation and it a timely manner otherwise.
- Students must annually pass examinations by external entities such as CPR for the Professional Rescuer (or similar certification) and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training.
- Students must possess the ability to communicate (orally and in writing) effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate/document judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice. Students must be able to perform the above quickly in an emergency situation and it a timely manner otherwise.
- Students must be able to document appropriate vaccinations applicable to healthcare professionals and maintain appropriate personal hygiene conducive to the classroom and clinical setting.
- Students must have the capacity to maintain composure, exercise good judgment, and perform within the standard of care for a student of the same educational level during periods of high stress.
- Applicants to the Athletic Training Program will be required to verify that they understand and meet the above technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet these standards.
- The University of Central Florida’s Student Disability Services will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the Program’s technical standards with accommodation(s) and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. A review of the following will occur: whether the accommodation(s) requested is reasonable; whether accommodation would jeopardize clinician-patient safety; and whether the accommodation will jeopardize the educational process of the student (including all coursework, clinical experiences, and internships deemed essential to graduation). Compliance with the Program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the BOC(c) certification exam. Students with a concern, should contact the BOC(c) for the specific technical standards needed to take the certification examination (http://bocatc.org).
- Students who are accepted into the Program in Athletic Training must adopt the most current catalog.
- Accepted students must agree to be available for practicum requirements which may occur during times and days which are outside of the UCF Academic Calendar; once admitted into the Athletic Training Program, students must consult the Clinical Education Coordinator and/or Program Director well in advance of any potential scheduling conflict.
- The courses designated in General Education Program (GEP) and Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) below may be taken at any Florida College System or State University System institution, and should usually be completed in the first 60 hours.
- Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Board of Certification (BOC(c)) examination. The examination application requirements include criteria related to criminal history and academic disciplinary history. Applicants to the Program in Athletic Training are encouraged to investigate these requirements before beginning the Athletic Training Program.
General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)
Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)
Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)
Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)
Select One: (3 Credit Hours)
Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (15 Credit Hours)
The following courses are required before entering the professional phase of the Program in Athletic Training. Each of the required courses must have a grade of a “C” (2.0) or better.
See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information.
Select One: (4 Credit Hours)
One of the following courses must be taken as a prerequisite or co-requisite to core requirements:
Core Requirements: Basic Level
Core Requirements: Advanced Level (62 Credit Hours)
The following courses are required to complete the professional phase of the Program in Athletic Training. Each of the required courses must have a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.
Suggested electives relate to Health Sciences, Business, Education, Health Services Administration, Health Informatics and Information Management, Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Science.
Foreign Language Requirements
- Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.
Departmental Exit Requirements
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.75
- A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in Common Program Prerequisite (CPP) and core requirement courses.
- Two years of successful clinical rotation under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor.
University Minimum Exit Requirements
- A 2.0 UCF GPA
- 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
- 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
- 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
- A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
- Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.
Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120
Honors In Major
- Qualified students are encouraged to participate in Honors in the Major. Interested students should consult with the Program Director.
- Students should consult a departmental advisor regarding chemistry selection. CHM 2045C is the preferred chemistry course for students who intend to apply to graduate professional healthcare programs (e.g., physical therapy, physician assistant, medical).
- When possible, students should complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and the Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) before transferring within the Florida College System or State University System.
- Students who transfer with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must meet the University foreign language admission requirements for graduation.
Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses
- The Human Anatomy (ZOO 3733C ) and Human Physiology (PCB 3703C ) requirements can be satisfied by taking: both Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BSC X093 + L and X094 + L; or BSC X085 + L/C and X086 + L/C); or by taking both PET X322C and PET X323C; or by taking both APK X100C and APK X105C.
- Biology I with Lab (BSC X010 and BSC X010L; or BSC X010C)
- Physics I with Lab (PHY X053; or PHYX048 and X048L; or PHY X048C)
- For Athletic Training Program purposes, Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (HUN 2201 ) will be seen as equivalent to HUN X201, HUN X941, HUN X002, and HSCX577.
- For Athletic Training Program purposes, Statistical Methods I (STA 2023 ) will be seen as equivalent to STA X023, STA X122, and STA X201.
- General Psychology (PSY X012)
Program Academic Learning Compacts
- Part-Time Student: $19.50 per term
- Full-Time Student: $39 per term
Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)
1 Other CHM courses might be acceptable as pre-requisites to PCB 3703C
Freshman Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)
Sophomore Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)
Sophomore Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Sophomore Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Fall (10 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Summer (8 Credit Hours)
Senior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)
Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)