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Quick Facts

 

ATHLETIC TRAINING
100% - First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2013 graduates
PRE-CLINICAL
3rd - Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF (UCF Facts 2013-14)
PHYSICAL THERAPY
7 - Ranking in "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report in 2014

3.62 - Average prerequisite GPAs of the admitted Class of 2016

 

3.69 - Average GPAs of last 60 undergraduate credit hours of the admitted Class of 2016

156 - Average Quantitative GRE score of admitted Class of 2016

154 - Average Verbal GRE score of admitted Class of 2016

100% - Percent of graduating students from the DPT Program from Class of 2010 thru Class of 2013 that passed the national licensure exam (national average was 88-93%)

100% - Percent of graduating students from the DPT Program from Class of 2010 thru Class of 2013 who were employed as physical therapists within 6 months of licensure

Athletic Training

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Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Athletic Training Program at the University of Central Florida. We are pleased that you are considering the exciting and challenging career of athletic training.

The Athletic Training Program is designed to enable students to demonstrate, in the classroom and in clinical rotations, that they have achieved levels of comprehension, competency and proficiency expected of entry-level athletic trainers. The University of Central Florida is committed to the idea that professional education requires sound academic preparation that is enriched by clinical experiences.


The classroom component is divided into several areas: foundational science courses, athletic training theory and practice, and clinical science. All students are required to complete the entire curriculum in sequence. Each course identifies specific objectives to be met. The information presented in the course sequence is 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 content set forth by the 5th Edition of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies.


The purpose of clinical education is to provide athletic training students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in direct care of athletic injuries; to establish the foundational behaviors of professional practice; to understand the medical delivery system in a variety of settings; and to understand the legal and ethical aspects of practicing athletic training.

The UCF Athletic Training Program was established in 1998 as a baccalaureate program within the Department of Health Professions. The program was given candidacy status and accreditation was officially granted in 2002. The program continues to maintain full accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The mission of the Program in Athletic Training is to prepare students to be confident and proficient athletic trainers by providing comprehensive education in the foundational behaviors of professional practice, the 8 competency content areas, and the clinical integration proficiencies set forth by the 5th Edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies. These include:

Evidence-Based Practice

Prevention and Health Promotion

Clinical Examination and Diagnosis

Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses

Therapeutic Interventions

Psychosocial Strategies and Referral

Healthcare Administration

Professional Development and Responsibility

The 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 Athletic Training Program are fully prepared to take and pass the comprehensive Board of Certification (BOC) exam and start their careers as athletic trainers.

 

Program Contact Information

Program Office

HPA-2 Room 119

Phone 407-823-2747

Fax: 407-823-2596

E-mail: atinfo@ucf.edu

Contact the program office for general program information and questions. 

Undergraduate Student Support
E-mail: hpainfo@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-0010
Contact USS for undergraduate advising and general education questions.

Ms. Jennifer Plant, MS Ed, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Clinical Education Coordinator

HPA II - 122

Phone: 407-823-5232
E-mail: jennifer.plant@ucf.edu
Contact Ms. Plant for all clinical education questions.

Dr. Kristen C. Schellhase, Ed.D., ATC, LAT, CSCS
Program Director
HPA II – 121
E-mail: kristen.schellhase@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-3463
Contact Dr. Schellhase for specific program information and questions.

 

The UCF Athletic Training Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).