Athletic Training Program will transition to the master's level in
Important! Please Read!
Over the past several years, the
leaders of the athletic training (AT) profession assessed the
question of what is the best degree level to educate future
athletic trainers. The Strategic Alliance (NATA, BOC, CAATE
and NATA Foundation) evaluated many aspects of such a huge change
and came to their decision a few months ago. That decision was
that the master's degree would provide the best preparation for
future athletic trainers. For more information on this change,
and the rationale for the decision, please go to www.nata.org/strategic-alliance-degree-statement.
The new standard states that programs must have accepted (accepted
into AT as defined by their university) their final bachelor's
level class in 2022. So, in theory, there could be programs
that still have B.S. students through 2025 … though most are
expected to transition ahead of the deadline.
The UCF AT Program is currently
planning to transition during the 2019-2020 academic
year. This means the Class of 2020 will be our FINAL
bachelor's level cohort.
If students intend to graduate with a BS degree in AT from UCF,
they must have applied to the program by March 2018 (general
education requirements and AT pre-requisites done or in progress
during spring 2018). The last bachelor's level class will
apply during the spring of 2018, begin during summer B of 2018 and
graduate in May of 2020.
If students intend to join our first master's level cohort,
they must earn their bachelor's degree by the spring of 2019.
Those students would apply to the program in the spring of 2019,
begin with the first cohort in Summer B of 2019, and graduate with
a two year Master of Science in Athletic Training degree in the
spring of 2021. The AT Program is currently creating the new
curriculum and has not yet outlined specific admission
requirements; that said, it is very likely that the current
bachelor's level prerequisites will be included. Students
currently earning a bachelor's degree should include these in their
plan of study and regularly check back with this website for
further information. There will not be a specific bachelor's
degree required to enter the program though the Health Sciences
Pre-Clinical BS (College of Health and Public Affairs) or Sport and
Exercise Science BS (College of Education) at UCF would likely be
of interest to students interested in AT.
Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Science in
Athletic Training (AT) Program at the University of Central
Florida. We're pleased you're considering the exciting and
challenging career of athletic training.
The AT Program is designed to enable students to demonstrate, in
the classroom and during clinical rotations, that they
have achieved levels of comprehension, competency and proficiency
expected of entry-level athletic trainers. UCF is committed to the
idea that professional education requires sound academic
preparation that is enriched by clinical experiences.
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 program are fully prepared to take and pass the
comprehensive Board of
Certification (BOC) exam and start their careers as athletic
The program's classroom component is divided into
several areas of study: foundational science courses, athletic
training theory and practice, and clinical science. The information
is presented in a prescribed sequence of courses.
Each course identifies specific objectives to be met. The
courses are 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
All students are required to complete
the curriculum in the established sequence of
The purpose of clinical education is to provide athletic
training students with the opportunity to:
develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes in direct care of
establish the foundational behaviors of professional
understand the medical delivery system in a variety of
understand the legal and ethical aspects of practicing athletic
UCF's Athletic Training Program was
established in 1998 as a baccalaureate program in the Department of
Health Professions. At the time, the program was given candidacy
status for accreditation. Accreditation was officially granted in
2002. The program continues to maintain full accreditation through
the Commission on Accreditation of
Athletic Training Education (CAATE).