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Athletic trainers are health care professionals educated to provide management of health care problems associated with sport and physical activity. An M.S. in Athletic Training from UWF will give you the skills you need — and a competitive edge in the job market.

Why Study Athletic Training at UWF?

After Fall 2022, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, or CAATE, requires that professional education in athletic training must occur at the graduate level.

The University of West Florida is currently seeking accreditation for its Master of Science in Athletic Training Program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The institution will submit a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2022.

UWF's new Master of Science in Athletic Training program will prepare you for a successful career in high school athletics, college/university athletics, professional sport teams, industry, medical clinics and other settings.

As an athletic trainer, you will help prevent injuries and illnesses; provide assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and/or chronic injuries; and return patients to sport or activity. 

What You Will Learn

The athletic training program will prepare you for a rewarding health care career. Our two-year program is specifically designed to meet national and state licensure requirements. When you complete the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination.

Our program will teach you about the five domains of athletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organizational and professional health and well-being.

You will also engage in clinical education opportunities at the Andrews Institute clinics, doctor's offices and outreach settings including nearly every high school in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Additionally, students are assigned to most UWF's sports programs as well as at Pensacola State College, Select Physical Therapy, University of South Alabama, University of Tennessee, NASA and Disney.

You will also take an immersion clinical education course. This clinical rotation is a full-time assignment with a preceptor that gives you an understanding of the role of the Certified Athletic Trainer and the demands of a typical workday.