Micki Cuppett, Ed.D., A.T.C.

Director, Athletic Training Education Program
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine


  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Northern Iowa
  • M.S. Exercise Science, University of Northern Iowa

Biographical Sketch

Micki Cuppett, EdD, ATC is a Professor and the Director of the Athletic Training Program and Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Cuppett earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a master's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa, while her undergraduate degree is from the University of North Dakota.

Prior to joining the College of Medicine, Dr. Cuppett was an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program. Before coming to USF, Dr. Cuppett was the Director of Athletic Training Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she designed the nation's first accredited entry-level master's degree in Athletic Training. At UNO, she directed both the graduate and undergraduate programs in athletic training.

Dr. Cuppett has been an Athletic Trainer for 28 years and prior to entering academe, she worked as an athletic trainer in various settings including high schools, college, military, and hospital settings. She worked for 2 years as an athletic trainer and instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Dr. Cuppett is very active in athletic training education and is president of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). She has previously served as an accreditation site visitor and has done considerable consulting in athletic training education. Dr. Cuppett has served on the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee and numerous committees for the Board of Certification. Dr. Cuppett received the NATA Service Award in 2007.

Dr. Cuppett is known both nationally and internationally for using high fidelity simulators in athletic training. She frequently speaks at conferences on various sports medicine topics as well as the use of technology in education. She has been an invited speaker several times for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, the NATA Educator's Conference and NATA District and State meetings as well as the International Meeting for Simulation in Health Care, the Human Patient Simulation Network International Conference and the International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Dr. Cuppett's textbook ,General Medical Conditions in the Athlete is in its 2nd edition . The DVD from the first edition won the 2006 International Silver Davey Award for interactive multimedia.

Dr. Cuppett initiated several technological innovations at USF Health including FACDOT, audience response systems and i-Tunes U. She is involved in medical simulation and the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning. Besides teaching athletic training courses, Cuppett also teaches in the medical curriculum.