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Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

Mailing Address

Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Program

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If you are NOT a graduate of the program but would like additional information, please email us at: atinfo@ucf.edu.

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UCF Athletic Training Program will transition to the master's level in 2019-2020.
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.

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Welcome

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.

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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 trainers.

 

Course Work

Athletic Training Class_08The 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 Competencies.

All students are required to complete the curriculum in the established sequence of courses.

Clinical Education

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 athletic injuries
  • establish the foundational behaviors of professional practice
  • understand the medical delivery system in a variety of settings
  • understand the legal and ethical aspects of practicing athletic training

Accreditation

CAATE logoUCF'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).

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Program Contact

Contact the program office for general program information and questions.

Office: HPA II - 119
Phone: 407-823-2747
Fax: 407-823-2596
E-mail: atinfo@ucf.edu

 

 



Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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