Frequently Asked Questions

This degree is designed to prepare the student to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

Although students can declare Pre-Athletic Training as a major, students must submit an application to the Athletic Training Program for admission to Athletic Training as a major. Students typically apply during the spring of the sophomore year or when finishing pre-requisites

All pre-requisites must be complete or in progress during the semester you apply.  You must receive a C- or better in all pre-requisites to be considered as an applicant.  

Applications are accepted until February 1st of each year. The program starts during Summer C session each year. Applications are only accepted one time per year.

Yes, CPR with AED training and First Aid must be completed prior to application.  Applicants must include a photocopy of the CPR and First Aid cards with the application.

You should take adult, child and infant CPR with AED.

Students are notified if they have been selected to get an interview approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Only the top 40-45 students will be invited for an interview. Approximately 2 weeks following the interview, students are informed of their status.

We accept approximately 30 students each year depending on the quality of the candidate pool.

This program is not designed to be a pre-physical therapy degree. Many physical therapy programs require different pre-requisites that the USF Athletic Training Program requires. There is limited room to take electives once the student is accepted into the athletic training program, so if a student desires to take additional courses to qualify for physical therapy he/she should complete those requirements either prior to applying to the Athletic Training Program or after completing the Program.

Some of the pre-requisite courses are on-line but none of the Athletic Training core classes are online

Students may begin applying in January of each year. Applications are accepted through February 1st. Students must be admitted to USF prior to applying to the program.

The program is 2 years in length including summers.

Our students have classes daily in the morning and clinical experiences in the afternoons and evenings. The Athletic Training Program utilizes an alternative calendar that may not match the main-campus calendar.

Due to the clinical education component of the Athletic Training Program, it is very difficult to work while in this program. The Athletic Training Program is a full-time program with hours that are often variable and sometimes unpredictable. We advise students not to work if at all possible while in the USF ATEP.

Due to the clinical education component of the Athletic Training Program, it is very difficult to participate in intercollegiate athletics, especially at the Division I level where the expectations for time commitment to the sport are extensive.  Once admitted to the program, students are in class from 8-12 daily and performing clinical experience in the afternoons and evenings often at the same time the athletic teams are practicing.  Students generally have to make a decision if accepted into the Athletic Training Program of being an athletic training student or an athlete.

No, there are no minors in the field of athletic training because certification and licensure standards require that anyone sitting for the certification or licensure examinations must have a major in Athletic Training.