The Athletic Training Program is designed to enable students to demonstrate, in the classroom and during clinical experiences, that they have achieved levels of comprehension, competency, and proficiency expected of entry-level athletic trainers. UCF is committed to the idea that professional education requires sound academic preparation that is enriched by clinical experiences.
The program’s classroom component is divided into several components: foundational courses, athletic training theory and practice, and clinical experiences. The courses are designed to expose students to information through multiple didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences. These courses incorporate the content required to establish the foundational behaviors of professional practice and the Curricular Content Standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
All students are required to complete the curriculum in the established sequence of courses.
Program faculty believe in providing students with enriching educational experiences that foster personal growth, communication skills, critical thinking skills and professional ethics. By combining excellence in teaching, the latest technologies available in education and outstanding clinical site affiliations, graduates of the program are fully prepared to take and pass the comprehensive Board of Certification (BOC) exam and start their careers as athletic trainers.
UCF’s Athletic Training Program was established in 1998 as a baccalaureate program. Accreditation was officially granted in 2002. The program continues to maintain full accreditation through the CAATE through 2026-2027.
The mission of the AT Program is to prepare students to contribute to the health and welfare of the community as competent and proficient athletic trainers. The AT Program faculty and clinical preceptors will provide students with a high-quality comprehensive education in the foundational behaviors of professional practice and the Curricular Content Standards set forth by the CAATE. The Program faculty believes in providing students with enriching educational experiences which foster personal growth and leadership, communication skills, critical thinking skills, and professional ethics.
Completion of prerequisite coursework outlined below with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0). Candidates with all prerequisites completed at the time of application may be given preference over those still completing courses. Courses older than seven years will not be accepted.
Online courses are not accepted for anatomy, physiology, chemistry or physics. Hybrid courses will be accepted if the lab component is delivered in a face-to-face format (submission of course description/syllabi may be required to verify lab delivery mode).
General Bio/Biology - A minimum of 4 credits (including a lab) for science majors - Biology courses for non-science majors and non-human biology courses are not acceptable.
Human Anatomy and Physiology – A minimum of 8 credits (including two labs) for science majors - Anatomy and physiology courses for non-science majors and non-human anatomy and physiology courses are not acceptable.
Option 1: One semester of Human Anatomy with lab and one semester of Human Physiology with lab
Option 2: Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology combined courses with a lab each
Statistics – A minimum of 3 credit hours
Human Nutrition /Clinical Nutrition - A minimum of 3 credit hours for science or health/medicine/nursing majors
General Psychology – A minimum of 3 credit hours - Any course taken within a psychology department/unit will be acceptable.
Exercise Physiology – A minimum of 3 credit hours
Biomechanics or Kinesiology – A minimum of 3 credit hours
General Chemistry/Chemistry I - A minimum of 4 credits (including a lab) for science majors
Physics I - A minimum of 4 credits (including a lab) for science majors
The MAT degree program is a two-year full-time professional master’s program requiring 65 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The courses are taken in a prescribed sequence over 6 semesters, including 18 credit hours of clinical practice. Clinical practice occurs under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed athletic trainer.
Total Credit Hours Required: 65 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Required Courses—65 Credit Hours
Summer 1/Semester 1—9 Credit Hours
Fall 1/Semester 2—12 Credit Hours
Spring 1/Semester 3—12 Credit Hours
Summer 2/Semester 4—8 Credit Hours
Fall 2/Semester 5—12 Credit Hours
Spring 2/Semester 6—12 Credit Hours
Passing a comprehensive examination with a grade of 80 percent or better is a requirement for continued progress in the Master of Athletic Training degree. This examination will be given to every student at the end of the third semester (mid-point of the program). Students must take the exam at that time and will be allowed a total of three (3) attempts. Failure to pass the examination in 3 attempts will result in a review by the Progression and Retention Committee and may result in dismissal from the program. Students may not enroll in fourth-semester coursework until they have successfully completed the Comprehensive Examination.
Students enrolled full-time in the Master of Athletic Training degree program pay an estimated Equipment Fee of $90 each semester they are enrolled.
Additional Program Costs
Current expenses for tuition fees and other university fees are listed on the UCF Student Accounts website (https://studentaccounts.ucf.edu/tf-graduate/). Additionally, several MAT courses include Material and Supply fees which are listed in the UCF Graduate Catalog. Students in the MAT program are also expected to pay for the following: nametags, CPR/First Aid/AED certification, appropriate clinical attire, transportation costs, and background checks/fingerprinting.
All students in the Master of Athletic Training Program are required to engage in independent learning, a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without help of others, to attain knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors. Activities such as case studies, critical analysis of literature, research/capstone projects, and clinical practica provide important independent learning experiences that give students ample opportunity to demonstrate and develop independent learning skills.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
The Master of Athletic Training degree at UCF participates in the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service, known as ATCAS. Prospective students applying to the program must apply online using the ATCAS application. To learn more about the ATCAS application process, visit http://caate.net/apply-now/.
All application materials MUST be sent directly to ATCAS. Materials sent to the university or program and not to ATCAS will not be accepted. The following application materials must be received by ATCAS by the application deadline in order to be considered for admissions:
- Completed ATCAS application including all documents required by ATCAS.
- One official transcript from each college/university attended.
- The transcripts must demonstrate a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA in undergraduate coursework and completion (or enrolled in a maximum of two pre-requisites at the time of application) of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0).
- The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution and may be in progress at the time of application. However, the degree must be awarded prior to the program’s start date in the Summer C semester (mid-May).
- Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must also provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation.
- Official GRE scores taken within last five years (if an applicant does not possess a 3.4 overall GPA). Use GRE CODE for UCF ATCAS: 4241 (Do not use the “Institution Code” for GRE listed at the bottom.)
- Proof of 50 hours of observation of an AT (BOC certified) in a high school, collegiate, and/or professional sports setting
- Completed technical standards document
- Three (3) letters of recommendation with ATCAS recommendation forms, including one from an athletic trainer
- Complete a personal statement/essay about professional goals and the discipline of athletic training
Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.
An on-campus interview, by invitation only, may be required after the initial application review process is complete.
Applicants not meeting these minimum requirements will not be considered for admission. Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant an interview or admission to the program.
Admissions decisions will be made only once per academic year. Incoming students must begin the program in the summer C semester (mid-May).
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 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 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 in 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 in 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 in 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.
- All students will be evaluated first with regard to their academic and program qualifications and all students will be evaluated using the same scoring system. To promote fairness and equality, the program seeks to identify a suitable candidate before discussing anyone’s disability status. Once a determination is made that a candidate is ‘otherwise qualified’, discussions will begin regarding whether the Athletic Training Program can make reasonable accommodations to a student who has identified that they require accommodations.
- 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 an 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© certification exam. Students with a concern should contact the BOC© for the specific technical standards needed to take the certification examination (bocatc.org).
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.