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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:
Prevention and Health Promotion
Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses
Psychosocial Strategies and Referral
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
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
HPA-2 Room 119
Contact the program office for general program information and questions.
Undergraduate Student Support
Contact USS for undergraduate advising and general education questions.
Ms. Jennifer Plant, MS Ed, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Clinical Education Coordinator
HPA II - 122
Contact Ms. Plant for all clinical education questions.
Dr. Kristen C. Schellhase, Ed.D., ATC, LAT, CSCS
HPA II – 121
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