Athletic Training Program
The Athletic Training Program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level allied healthcare career in the athletic training profession in a variety of job settings, including high school athletics, college/university athletics, professional sport teams, industrial, or medical clinics.
The University of West Florida Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Recently, CAATE, with the full support of the Board of Certification and the NATA Research & Education Foundation, agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master's level.
Thus, the UWF Athletic Training Program is preparing to transition from a BS in Athletic Training to a MS in Athletic Training and is no longer accepting freshman applicants to the university to pursue an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. However there is a plan in place for students currently enrolled in the Athletic Training undergraduate program who meet the academic criteria for the BS in Athletic Training degree to complete their degree before the university transitions to the MS in Athletic Training program.
This program, specifically designed to meet national and state licensure requirements, includes a three-year comprehensive plan of study starting in the sophomore year that combines classroom and clinical education components. Students graduating from this program may be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and athletic training state licensure/certification in Florida (as well as other states). BOC exam eligibility requirements are defined in the ATP Retention and Program Progression Guidelines. Contact the Program Director for this information.
Students may declare a preliminary major in Athletic Training, but may not enroll in the initial clinical course (ATR 3812 Athletic Training Clinical I) until the fall semester after being formally admitted to the professional degree phase of this program. Acceptance into the program is competitive. After admission, the student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major and major-related courses to graduate. Additionally, students admitted into the athletic training major must adhere to the program retention policies as outlined in the Athletic Training Student Handbook. BOC certification exam eligibility requirements are defined in the program retention policies. For more information, contact the Director of Athletic Training.
In April, 2004, the undergraduate Athletic Training Program (ATP) received initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This accreditation enables students that complete the program to be eligible to sit for the BOC certification examination. On July 1, 2006 the ATP transitioned to the newly implemented accrediting body known as CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). On January 24, 2019, UWF’s ATP was granted reaccreditation for 10 years, the maximum period allowed by CAATE.
The University of West Florida is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education CCAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 11, 2020, by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.
Board of Certification (BOC) Pass Rates
BOC pass rate results are based on the Class Cohorts and do not reflect annual graduation results.
Download the current 2019 Student Outcomes Annual Report
Athletic Training Mission and Purpose
The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at the University of West Florida is to provide quality didactic (classroom) and clinical (hands-on) preparation for individuals pursuing a career in the athletic training profession. The effective integration of the didactic and clinical education provides the students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to perform as a competent healthcare provider to the physically active person. Furthermore, it is our desire to enhance the physical and mental well-being of our students and to promote a better quality of life.
The purpose of the undergraduate Athletic Training Program (ATP):
- The program develops the cognitive and psychomoter skills in the various athletic training domains to prepare students to provide quality healthcare to the physically active person who is involved in recreational, interscholastic, intercollegiate, or professional activities.
- The athletic training students experience a clinical education environment with the UWF Athletic Department Athletic Training staff, and other healthcare to their patients.
- The program is committed to educating physically active individuals, coaches, administrators, other allied healthcare professionals, and the general public of the roles and responsibilities of the BOC Certified Athletic Trainer in serving as primary point-of-service for quality healthcare to the physically active person.
ATP Required Costs
For costs associated with UWF Tuition and Fees, please visit Cost & Financial Aid
Students pursuing admission into and retention in the UWF ATP will incur additional expenses that are required in order to maintain needed credentials.
Required costs in ATP
- CPR Professional Rescuer certification- $80.00-$95.00 biannually. Each student must be CPR/Professional Rescuer Certified before being admitted to the UWF ATP. Renewal of this certification during your junior and/or senior years will be required.
- Fingerprinting/background check - $71.00-$85.00 for a two-year Baptist Health Care ID badge. Each student must be eligible for an ID badge for admission into ATEP and must wear the ID badge while completing any clinical field experiences at all off-campus venues.
- Blood-Borne Pathogens (BBP) educational training is provided at NO COST to the UWF AT student during an In-Service each August. If you cannot attend this August In-Service, then you must complete a BBP Training course on your own ($20.00-$35.00) before you can begin your clinical field experiences. Contact the Program Director for information regarding on-line BBP courses.
- Students are required to wear UWF Athletic Training shirts during their clinical rotations. Polo shirts are available for purchase, ranging from $20.00 - $35.00.
- TB Test (free at the UWF Health Center) must be completed before being admitted to the UWF-ATP.
- Travel costs (varies) to and from clinical sites will be the responsibility of the individual student.
- Although it is not required, students are encouraged to join the UWF Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA). Annual dues for this club are $40.00