General Degree Requirements
Whether you have already made a decision to major in Athletic Training or still deciding, there are general education requirements for all baccalaureate degrees that are common to any major field of study at the University of South Florida.
The university's general education program focuses on a wide range of skills, knowledge and issues that is especially important for all college graduates. The general education requirements are intended to help you prepare for a successful and fulfilling career in the ever-changing world. The general education component of your curriculum will complement your major, and your major provides a depth of study in a specific area of specialization as well as prepare you for a particular or advanced study.
Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits hours for any degree, and within the 120-credit minimum, you will be taking general education, major elective, and exit courses.
The following is an overview of the general education requirements:One Course of:
- Non-Western Requirements (ALAMEA)
- Literature/Writing Exit Requirement
- Fine Arts
- Major Works/Major Issues Exit Requirement
Two Courses of:
- Natural Sciences
- Social Science
- Historical Perspectives
- Gordon Rule: Computation
- Four Courses of:
- Gordon Rule: Communication
Gordon Rule is a state-mandated requirement with two components to this rule: a writing (communication) portion and a math (computation) portion.
Gordon writing courses 12 credits (4 courses)
Gordon math courses 6 credits (2 courses)
Communication: This writing portion consists of twelve semester hours (four courses) of English courses in which a student is required to demonstrate writing skills. For the purpose of this rule, an English course is defined as a semester length course within the general study area of humanities in which the student is required to produce written work of at least 6000 words. To be eligible for a degree, all students are required to write a minimum of 24,000 words so you will be taking four English courses. ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 (Freshman English I & II) will count for half of this requirement. The remaining courses can be taken in conjunction with the completion of other requirements
Computation: This math portion of this rule that consists of six semester hours (two courses) of mathematics coursework at the level of college algebra or above. Some math courses such as applied logic, statistics, or any course with the prefix MFG, MTG, MAC, or STA are not listed under the Mathematics section in Oasis yet count towards this requirement.
In order to receive credit for fulfillment of this rule, you are required to receive a grade of "C" or higher in each course in both portions (no "S" grades).
You are required to take the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) in order to graduate. This is a state test. This test should be taken by the time you earn 45 semester credits. There are four components to this test: writing, reading, math and essay. This test measures whether you have achieved the expected level of competency and mastery of communication and mathematical skills for students completing their sophomore year in college.
You will be required to earn a minimum score of 295 in the writing, reading and math sections and a score of 6 on the essay section unless you are exempt from the test. You may qualify for an exemption for this test if:
- Your grade point average in the related English and math course is 2.5 or higher
- Your SAT and/or ACT score is high enough
Exemption based on ACT or SAT test scores:
- SAT Verbal 500
- SAT Math 500
- ACT English 21
- ACT Math 21
- ACT Reading 22
Refer to the Undergraduate catalog available on line at http://www.ugs.usf.edu/catalogs/0607/clast.htm more information about this test.
You may register for this test by contacting the Office of Testing in the Student Services Building. Refer the Undergraduate catalog for registration deadline and test dates.
You are required to complete nine of the credits you earn for your degree in the summer session as USF or another Florida state university before graduation.
Exemption to this requirement: Successful completion of a minimum of 9 credits by dual enrollment or by advanced placement with at least a "C" while in high school and before enrolling at USF. These courses must be approved courses.
Athletic Training Program Course Sequence
|Year 1 - Summer|
|ATR 3102C||Athletic Training Techniques||3|
|ATR 3534||Documentation in Athletic Training||1|
|ATR 3202||Measurement and Evaluation in Athletic Training||2|
|Year 1 - Fall|
|ATR 3213||Lower Extremity Assessment||3|
|ATR 3132||Kinesiology and Pathomechanics||3|
|APK 3110||Exercise Physiology I||3|
|ATR 3812||Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||12|
|Year 1 - Spring|
||Upper Extremity Assessment||3|
||Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II||3|
||Scientific Foundations of AT||3|
||Exercise Prescription for Strength & Conditioning||3|
|Semester Credit Hours
||Independent Study in Sports Medicine (elective)||1-3|
|Complete Gen Ed or Exit Requirements
|Year 2 - Fall|
|ATR 4504||Seminar in Sports Medicine||3|
|ATR 4314||Therapeutic Rehabilitation||3|
|ATR 4832||Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III||3|
|ATR 4432||General Medical Conditions in the Athlete||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||12|
|Year 2 - Spring|
|ATR 3512||Athletic Training Administration & Policy||3|
|ATR 4842||Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV||3|
|ATR 4223||Advanced Athletic Training||3|
|ATR 4902||Independent Study in Sports Medicine (elective)
|Finish any graduation requirements|
|Semester Credit Hours
|Total Degree Hours||120|
The College of Medicine and the USF Athletic Training Program utilizes an alternative calendar. Students must be aware that courses may start before or end after courses on main campus. Students may be required to complete their clinical hours when classes on main campus are not in session.
ATR 3812L, 3822L, 4832L, and 4842L each require a minimum of 200 hours/semester and a maximum of 300 hours/semester of clinical education at various sites. Students should be aware that this is a considerable time commitment and should plan accordingly. Students may acquire hours outside of this range under rare circumstances, and are considered exceptions. Program Director and Clinical Education Coordinator must approve all exceptions.
On a typical day, students must be available from 8am-12pm for class and from 2pm-7pm for clinical education daily (times vary depending on site). Students must also be available nights and weekends for clinical assignments as needed.
There will be additional costs (above tuition and fees) for the clinical rotations. Costs may include, but are not limited to professional liability insurance, physical examination and immunizations, professional association fees, uniforms, and travel expenses related to clinical education. Transportation is needed for all off-campus clinical sites. Each student will have a minimum of one off-campus site.
Students completing clinical rotations off campus at area high schools will be asked to submit to a background check and must be fingerprinted. The student is responsible for these additional costs. Students should check with his/her assigned clinical instructor prior to the start of the clinical rotation to be sure that all requirements are met ahead of time.
ATR 3102 Athletic Training Techniques (3)
Overview course including basic components of the athletic training profession including the prevention, recognition and evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries. Medical terminology, emergency procedures, and taping procedures will be covered.
ATR 3534 Documentation in Athletic Training (1)
An introduction to the foundation of appropriate terminology, documentation, and communication methods as they relate to athletic training and sports medicine.
ATR 3534 Measurement and Evaluation in Athletic Training (2)
An introduction to the study and practice of measurement and evaluation techniques used in the assessment and rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries.
ATR 3213 Lower Extremity Assessment (3)
The study and practice of techniques used when assessing athletic injuries to the lower extremity, hip, pelvis and gait.
ATR 3132 Kinesiology and Pathomechanics (3)
A study of the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular systems and of mechanical principles related to psycho-motor performance.
ATR 3110 Exercise Physiology I (3)
A study of the effects of physical activity on the body. Topics include acute and chronic adaptation of the cardiovascular, muscular, metabolic, hormonal, and energy systems to exercise. Open to non-majors.
ATR 3812 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I (3)
PR: ATR 3213 Performance of basic athletic training skills under the supervision of a preceptor at various sites. Students develop competence in introductory athletic training skills. Focus on equipment intensive sports. A weekly seminar also required. Fall 1st year
ATR 4136 Exercise Prescription for Strength and Conditioning (3)
PR: APK 3110. Techniques in conducting health-fitness test and exercise prescription for adults. Includes cardiovascular strength, flexibility, body composition, health risk testing, exercise prescribing, and monitoring. Open to non-majors.
ATR 3212 Upper Extremity Assessment (3)
The study and practice of techniques used when assessing athletic injuries to the upper extremity, head and spine.
ATR 3822 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training II (3)
PR: ATR 3812. Performance of basic athletic training skills under the supervision of a preceptor at various sites. Students develop competence in introductory and mid-level athletic training skills. Weekly seminar is also required.
ATR 4302 Therapeutic Modalities (3)
This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical applications of modalities for the prevention, management and rehabilitation of physically active individuals. Concepts pertaining to the use of pharmacology, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, fluidotherapy, ultrasound, biofeedback and manual techniques will be emphasized.
ATR 4504 Seminar in Sports Medicine (3)
PR: PET 3617C and PET 3618C. The advanced study, writing, and discussion of topics and issues related to the field of athletic training. Emphasis is on professional preparation, credentialing, governance, ethics, and scope of practice. Employment issues will also be studied.
ATR 4314 Therapeutic Rehabilitation (3)
Theories and applications methods of comprehensive therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation programs for injuries commonly sustained by the physically active.
ATR 4832 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training III (3)
Performance of mid-level athletic training skills under the supervision of a preceptor at various sites. Students develop competence in mid-level and advanced athletic training skills. Experience will also include general medical experience and surgery observation. Weekly seminar also required. (Fall 2nd year) (Pre-requisite PET 3671L)
ATR 3512 Athletic Training Administration and Policy (3)
Analysis and application of organizational skills and administrative structure of the athletic training profession, including current theory about budget management, medical record keeping, drug testing, facility design and maintenance, legal aspects of sports medicine, athletic physical examinations, medical ethics, current educational concepts, and administrative policy.
ATR 4432 General Medical Conditions in the Athlete (3)
PR: ATR 3212 and 3213. Advanced theory of pathology in injury, management of tissue and bone healing environments, disease, internal illness and injury and other general medical conditions. Issues related to radiology and pharmacology are also discussed.
ATR 4842 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training IV (3)
A capstone experience under the supervision of a preceptor at various sites. Students develop competence in mid and advanced athletic training skills and prepare for certification exam. Experience will also include general medical experience and surgery observation. Weekly seminar also required. (Spring 2nd year)
ATR 4223 Advanced Athletic Training (3)
PR: PET 3617C and PET 3618C. Advanced techniques in athletic training including orthopedic assessment, casting and bracing and imaging techniques.
ATR 4902 Independent Study in Sports Medicine (1-3)
Elective. S/U Only. Specialized independent study determined by the student's needs and interest. Repeatable 1 time.